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Player Grades: Portland Timbers 2-2 Nashville SC

Despite being down 2-0 past the 60th minute, the Timbers rallied behind two crucial plays from Jaroslaw Niezgoda to get a positive result.

Three thoughts: A much needed win

Thoughts and reflections on a big win— that needs to turn into something more.

The state of the Timbers in 2022

A look at the Timbers’ terrible opening three months of the MLS season.

Player Grades: Portland Timbers 1-2 Inter Miami

Despite a late goal from Bill Tuiloma, the Timbers ran out of time to rally back and salvage a point

One Big Tree: A Different Energy

On execution, capturing old magic and catharsis

One Big Tree: Working Out of It

On reading things online, mini-roller coasters, and smooth Jazz(y)

Post-Slab Pint: Timbers 1-1 Orlando City

After a one-week hiatus, the Post-Slab Pint is back to examine the Timbers 1-1 draw against Orlando City.

Post-Slab Pint: Timbers 1-0 Austin FC

Newcomers, squad depth, and a sweet first three points of the season. The Post-Slab Pint is back after the Timbers’ 1-0 win against Austin FC.

One Big Tree: The Greater Green

On an encouraging trend, a big question, and some Spring hope.

One Big Tree: Scorin’ in the Rain

On a cautious foray, beautiful things, and picking up where we left off.

One Big Tree: Can’t Help Falling In Love

On magic, heartbreak and legacy.

One Big Tree: On the Verge of Glory

On writing the narrative, family and being ready to meet the moment.

How do the Timbers deal without Asprilla and (possibly) Blanco?

The Timbers host Real Salt Lake in the MLS Western Conference Final and will be without Dairon Asprilla and possibly Sebastian Blanco. If Blanco isn’t ready, how do the Timbers go about replacing two of their top three scorers?

One Big Tree: Built for This

On overcoming, performing and impressing.

Post-Slab Pint: Rapids 0-1 Timbers

In the first-ever MLS Thanksgiving Day match, the Timbers stunned the #1 seed Colorado Rapids with a 90th-minute winner from Larrys Mabiala to advance to the Western Conference Finals. What was good and what was bad about the result?

One Big Tree: The Winning Formula

On the best being the best, rising up when called upon and making the most of it.

One Big Tree: Finishing with a Flourish

On poetic parallels, platonic ideals and revival.

One Big Tree: Running on Vibes

On runaway trains, lighting a fire, and trying to figure this team out.

One Big Tree: Crashing Back Down to Earth

On regression, wanting it more, and how to get up (again).

One Big Tree: All Good Things...

On old bad habits, losing the edge, and putting learnings to the test.

One Big Tree: No Ceiling Yet

On doing what good teams do, lingering questions, and still reaching for the ceiling.

One Big Tree: Statement of Intent

On catharsis, putting it all together and something special.

One Big Tree: Refocused, Revitalized... and Resurgent?

On pleasant surprises and getting back to their roots (with more to prove).

One big tree: A sign of life

On rewriting scripts, pulling together, and perhaps finding a turning point.

One Big Tree: Disappointed, but not surprised anymore

On not being surprised anymore, coming home to roost, and how much more can it take.

One Big Tree: A feature, not a bug

On losing the magic, patterns emerging, and running out of time.

Numbers and Nonsense: Nine Games to Go for the Portland Timbers

Merlo Field versus Providence Park: which one is the best fit to host T2 games?

Is the cavernous Providence Park the right place to hold T2 games, or should more be held at Merlo Field?

Six Degrees: Road Warriors

Portland 2, RSL 1

State of the Timbers: Halfway home ... and not happy

The season so far, why it hurts so bad, and where it can possibly go from here.

It’s time to shed the “underdog” label

There’s only one Soccer City, USA

POR 4 - RSL 1: Timbers rediscover identity against Real Salt Lake

A return to the tried-and-true approach unlocks the attack and three points for Portland