The Portland Timbers continued their current twice-weekly recovery session trend today, holding a brief closed session at the team's Beaverton training facility in the wake of their 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday. With the Open Cup behind them and Sunday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes looming, the Timbers are now headed into their final match of this stretch of six games in twenty days.
When practice was opened to the press, the Timbers' starters from Wednesday were largely indoors already, while the rest of the team were stretching in the center of the pitch.
Injuries and Absences
Darlington Nagbe, who was held out of Wednesday's Open Cup match to rest a sore shoulder suffered against the LA Galaxy just over a week ago, trained with the team today but played a non-contact role in training, according to Porter.
Diego Chara, who was also held out on Wednesday with a sore ankle, was on the pitch taking shots on goal under the direction of the team's trainers when practice was opened. Porter told the press afterward that Chara did not train with the team, instead working with the trainers on the pitch.
According to Porter, both players, as well as Dairon Asprilla, who made his return to the pitch in Wednesday's loss to RSL, will need to be evaluated ahead of Sunday's match to determine if they will be available for the match.
There were a bevy of T2 players on hand to fill in today's training session for the Timbers' first team. Regulars Danny O'Rourke and Justin Luthy were both in training, and were joined by Steven Evans, Matt Rose, Daniel Withrow, and Anthony Manning.
Manning training with the first team is notable as the big defender has not played for T2 since early in the season after suffering a concussion during training. Manning had been working his way back into full training, but this is the first time that we have seen him in practice on the pitch with either the first team or T2 since his injury. Manning did make the bench in last night's 3-1 T2 win over Arizona United.