The Portland Timbers are the reigning 2015 MLS Cup Champions and are one of the most exciting teams to watch in Major League Soccer. After finishing third in the 2015 MLS Western Conference (5th overall), they triumphed in an incredible postseason surge where there won the MLS Cup Final and thrilled their loyal fans with the ultimate prize in Major League Soccer. But there is more to the Timbers than their recent success.
The Portland Timbers have been a part of Major League Soccer since 2009 and play their home games at Providence Park in Oregon. They were the 18th team to join MLS, and have experienced plenty of success in few years as a franchise. Playing their first game just five years ago, they lost 3-1 to the reigning champions at the time, Colorado Rapids. But it’s been an upward curve ever since, with that opening season of mediocrity (The Timbers finished 8th out of 9 Western Conference teams) long since forgotten.
In 2013, The Timbers won the Western Conference, and it was in no small part thanks to their new coach hired in the offseason, Caleb Porter. Finishing third across both conferences, The Timbers won the title before embarking on their maiden postseason. With all-star Diego Valeri, they knocked the Seattle Sounders out in the Western Conference semi-finals, winning 5-3 on aggregate. But in the conference finals, they lost 5-2 to Real Salt Lake and the dream of winning the coveted MLS Cup was dashed.
2014 saw The Timbers try to go one step further, but the opposite came true. A disastrous start with just one win in their first ten conference games (partly due to injuries to Diego Valeri and Will Johnson) saw a team many pundits had fancied for big things flounder. A comeback over the second half of the season actually gave The Timbers a shot at making the playoffs going into the final weekend of fixtures, but it wasn’t to be.
2015 was approached with some optimism thanks to it being The Timbers’ fifth year in the MLS and 40th since being founded as a club in the North American Soccer League. With the addition of Argentine striker Lucas Melano covering Valeri’s continued absence, The Timbers started with more consistency than the previous season, and after finishing third in the regular season (5th overall), they marched on to the playoffs.
In the knockout round, The Timbers beat Sporting Kansas City on penalties before dispatching Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 in the conference semi-finals. The Western Conference finals saw Portland Timbers triumph 5-3 on aggregate against FC Dallas, before they progressed to the MLS Cup Final itself.
The postseason showpiece began brilliantly, with the fastest-ever MLS Cup Final goal by Diego Valeri. Columbus Crew, The Timbers opponents on the day, conceded again when The Timbers’ Rodney Wallace made it 2-0, before the tournament’s top scorer in postseason, Kei Kamara grabbed what turned out to be only a consolation. The Portland Timbers were MLS Cup winners! In 2016, The Timbers will be as tough to stop as ever before, especially at Providence Park.
Portland Timbers Betting Lines Today
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Portland Timbers Scores & Schedule
The Portland Timbers will be looking to retain their debut MLS Cup Final success in 2016, so check back here for all the latest scores and upcoming games.
Portland Timbers Standings Right Now
2015 saw the Portland Timbers finish third in the Western Conference. Can they make the playoffs once again and make a dramatic push for MLS Cup glory?
How To Win At Portland Timbers Betting
If 2015 saw The Timbers sneak up on pundits and fans alike, 2016 will be quite the opposite. The Timbers are one of the most fancied sides in both Conferences this season and their attacking flair and never-say-die attitude made them +1000 on the moneyline on April 7th, 2016 for winning back-to-back MLS cups come the postseason, third favourites behind L.A. Galaxy (+400) and Sporting Kansas City (+900).
While we wouldn’t put you off those sides, The Timbers represent better value than Galaxy, who at present aren’t enjoying the best of form. When it comes to the regular season, The Timbers are above average for both goals scored and conceded.
Despite being 5/5 for the over or under 2.5 goals market across the first 10 games, we think this makes them very good value for taking the over frequently, especially against teams with strong scoring records or a genuine chance of reaching the playoffs.
In Diego Valeri, they have a talisman who is likely to win more Man-of-the-Match awards than most, and with a goalscoring record of 25 goals in 94 games when he turned 30 on 1st May this year, he is still the man that The Timbers will look to as inspiration if not perspiration.
The Timbers can often look a good value bet to win games, but it’s worth remembering that only once have they won the Western Conference outright. They have a very strong record at home in the early part of the 2016 season, but this is not matched by points gathered away from home, with The Timbers winless across the first quarter of the season in hostile environments.
They’ll need to improve dramatically on the road to become good value to mount a title challenge, but their ability to finish the season strongly makes them a good value bet for the playoffs. If they can get there again, no-one will want to face them in a knockout fixture. Check out some highlights from the stunning MLS Cup Finals victory against Columbus Crew right here: