2011 Portland Timbers season

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Portland Timbers
2011 season
President Merritt Paulson
Head Coach John Spencer
Stadia Jeld-Wen Field
Portland, Oregon
(Capacity: 18,627)
Merlo Field (1 game)
Portland, Oregon
(Capacity: 4,892)
Major League Soccer Conference: 6th
Overall: 12th
MLS Cup Playoffs Did not qualify
U.S. Open Cup Qualification semifinals
Cascadia Cup 2nd
Top goalscorer League:
Kenny Cooper (8 goals)

All:
Kenny Cooper
Jack Jewsbury
(8 goals)
Highest home attendance 20,323
vs. NE (Sep 16)
vs. HOU (Oct 14)
Lowest home attendance League:
18,627 (15 times)
All:
5,061 (Merlo Field)
vs. CHV (Mar 29)
Average home league attendance League: 18,827
All: 17,711
Primary colors
Secondary colors

The 2011 Portland Timbers season was the debut season for the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer (MLS), the top flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. As the fourth incarnation of a professional soccer club to bear the Portland Timbers name, the MLS version of the Timbers began the 25th season in club history with three games on the road due to ongoing renovations to Jeld-Wen Field.

The club's first game was played at Dick's Sporting Goods Park versus Colorado Rapids on March 19, which the Timbers lost 3–1. The first MLS match in Portland was on April 14 when the Timbers bested the Chicago Fire by a scoreline of 4–2 in front of a sold-out crowd of 18,627 at newly renovated Jeld-Wen Field.

Background[edit]

November 2010[edit]

The building of the MLS Timbers began in earnest upon the completion of the 2010 MLS season on November 21, 2010. The very next day the club acquired midfielder/defender Jeremy Hall from New York Red Bulls in exchange for a third-round pick in the January SuperDraft and also traded allocation money to Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for use of an international roster spot in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.[1]

Two days after that, on November 24, 2010, the league conducted the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft which allowed both the Timbers and expansion cousins Vancouver Whitecaps to choose ten players each from those unprotected by their existing clubs. Portland drafted some players to keep, some players to trade, and some players to wait on in the future. In the expansion draft, the Timbers selected and kept five players: defender Eric Brunner (from Columbus Crew), midfielder Adam Moffat (Columbus), defender David Horst (Real Salt Lake), midfielder Peter Lowry (Chicago Fire), and defender Jordan Graye (D.C. United).

The club selected and immediately traded three players: midfielder Dax McCarty (selected from FC Dallas, traded to D.C. United), defender Anthony Wallace (selected from and traded back to Colorado Rapids), and midfielder Arturo Alvarez (selected from San Jose Earthquakes, traded to Real Salt Lake). McCarty was traded for defender Rodney Wallace and a 4th round SuperDraft pick; Wallace was traded for allocation money; and Alvarez was traded for a 2nd round SuperDraft pick.

The Timbers used their other two expansion picks to select the rights of players leaving MLS: forward Robbie Findley and defender Jonathan Bornstein. Both players' contracts were to expire on December 31, 2010. Bornstein had already signed a contract with Mexican side Tigres while Findley had broadly announced his intention to seek a contract in Europe, which he later found with English club Nottingham Forest. Portland drafted these players to hold their rights should they return to MLS.

December 2010[edit]

The club continued shaping its roster in December. On December 13, Portland traded defender Jordan Graye to Houston Dynamo in exchange for a 2014 4th round SuperDraft pick.[2] Four days later, the Timbers traded goalkeeper Steve Cronin and allocation money to D.C. United in exchange for goalkeeper Troy Perkins and salary considerations.[3]

January[edit]

At the January 13, 2011 SuperDraft, the club selected Generation adidas forward Darlington Nagbe in round one and defender Chris Taylor in round two. The club also made two trades on draft day. The first saw Portland acquire the No. 11 pick in the draft and use of an international roster spot for the 2011 season from Seattle Sounders FC in exchange for the No. 20 pick and allocation money. Portland then traded the newly acquired No. 11 pick to Houston Dynamo in exchange for allocation money. The club was more than happy with its draft day results. "We get the international slot for a year and ultimately, through the deals, we’re banking some allocation money," said Portland general manager and technical director Gavin Wilkinson. "So, the way we walk out of it, at the end of that, we’re lucky to get the player we absolutely loved [Darlington Nagbe, chosen 2nd overall by Portland] and an international spot, which is needed in the way that we’re trying to build this squad. … We think it was a win-win."[4]

The following week, Portland selected forward Spencer Thompson, midfielder Robby Lynch, forward Raymundo Reza, and defender Taylor Mueller in the 2011 Supplemental Draft. Of all the draft choices, only Nagbe was immediately added to the club's roster as he had already signed a contract with Major League Soccer. Taylor, Thompson, Lynch, Reza, and Mueller are not guaranteed contracts and must earn a spot on the club's final roster.

On January 17, the club entered the international transfer market and acquired forward Kenny Cooper from Bundesliga 2 side 1860 Munich for an undisclosed fee.[5] Portland used its No. 2 position in the MLS Allocation Ranking to acquire the MLS rights to Cooper.

The Timbers announced the signings of goalkeeper Adin Brown and defender Steve Purdy — both members of the USL Portland Timbers — on January 26.[6]

Preseason[edit]

  Win   Tie   Loss

California training camp[edit]

The Timbers began training camp in Ventura, California with their first practice on February 2.[7] During the first preseason game against Ventura County Fusion on February 4, first round draft pick Darlington Nagbe scored in the second half to earn Portland a 1–1 draw.[8] Forward Bright Dike sustained an Achilles tendon injury during the game and was expected to miss 6 to 9 months.[9]

Portland faced their first MLS opposition on February 8 in a training match versus Los Angeles Galaxy. Newly acquired Los Angeles midfielder Miguel Pedro López was shown a red card in the first half but the Galaxy were allowed to replace him due to the nature of the match. The Timbers again relied on a second half equalizing goal – this time by trialist Brian Umony — to earn their second consecutive 1–1 draw.[10]

Arizona training camp[edit]

Just prior to leaving for training camp at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Arizona the Timbers announced that they had acquired midfielder Sal Zizzo from Chivas USA in exchange for allocation money[11] and had signed two players from the undefeated 2010 Portland Timbers U-23 squad, Freddie Braun and Jake Gleeson.[12]

Portland faced off against the Houston Dynamo on February 19 in a match that was halted in the 80th minute due to poor conditions. New signings Zizzo and Kenny Cooper made their debuts in the 0–0 draw. Due to the inclement weather, a scrimmage versus the United States U-18 men's national team scheduled for later the same day was cancelled.[13]

The second training match in Arizona took place on February 23 against NASL side Montreal Impact. The Timbers held on for a 1–0 win – their first of the preseason – thanks to a 7th minute headed goal from forward Eddie Johnson.[14]

On February 25, Portland introduced five former players and coaches from previous Portland Timbers squads as Alumni Ambassadors. John Bain (player, NASL Portland Timbers; head coach, WSA/APSL Portland Timbers), Bernie Fagan (player, NASL Portland Timbers; head coach, WSA/APSL Portland Timbers), Lee Morrison (player, USL Portland Timbers), Mick Hoban (player, NASL Portland Timbers) and Jim Brazeau (goalkeeper coach, USL Portland Timbers) joined previously announced Community Ambassador Scot Thompson (player, USL Portland Timbers) in an official capacity to represent the Timbers at community events and speaking engagements.[15]

In their final preseason game in Arizona, the Timbers came away with another 0–0 draw versus Sporting Kansas City. Future Portland captain Jack Jewsbury came on as a 63rd-minute substitute for Kansas City in the match.[16]

Cascadia Summit[edit]

On March 1, the Timbers sent allocation money to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for midfielder Jack Jewsbury just before leaving for Tukwila, Washington to attend the 2011 Cascadia Summit.[17] That same day it was announced that rookie Darlington Nagbe would have to undergo surgery for a sports hernia and would miss 2 to 4 weeks.[18]

The first match of the Cascadia Summit saw the Timbers defeat hosts Seattle Sounders FC 2–0 off of goals by trialist Jorge Perlaza and Kenny Cooper.[19] New signing Jack Jewsbury wore the captain's armband for Portland, though he had been with the team for only two days,[20] and would later be named captain on a permanent basis.

The next day, Portland faced their other Cascadia rivals, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and the Timbers made 11 changes to the side that faced Seattle. Midfielder Ryan Pore scored early in the first half but the Whitecaps equalized before halftime thanks to an own goal from defender David Horst. Portland's reserves held Vancouver scoreless in the second half to come away with a 1–1 draw.[21]

Final preparations[edit]

Portland officially signed trialist Jorge Perlaza on March 7 after clearing up a complicated contract situation with his previous club, Deportes Tolima.[22] After donning the armband during the Cascadia Summit, midfielder Jack Jewsbury was named captain for the remainder of the season on March 11.[23]

The Timbers played their final preseason game on March 12 versus fellow Western Conference side San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Portland defender Eric Brunner gave the Timbers the lead in the 52nd minute but the Earthquakes equalized from the penalty spot 17 minutes later. San Jose defender Chris Leitch was sent off late in the game but, due to it being a preseason training match, the Earthquakes were allowed to replace him. Portland held on for the 1–1 draw to finish their preseason undefeated.[24]

On March 14, Portland announced that Oregon-based windows and doors manufacturer Jeld-Wen had purchased the naming rights for PGE Park and that the stadium would be known as Jeld-Wen Field effective immediately. While details of the deal were not announced it was speculated to be a multi-year, multimillion-dollar deal.[25]

Although it had been widely reported in Uganda for several weeks, the Timbers officially announced the signing of forward Brian Umony on a year-long loan from South African side Tuks FC on March 16.[26] Portland announced three more player additions the next day as former Portland Timbers (USL) midfielder Rodrigo López, SuperDraft pick Chris Taylor and Supplemental Draft pick Spencer Thompson were all signed to contracts.[27]

Just one day before the Timbers inaugural MLS game versus defending champions Colorado Rapids, Portland General Manager / Technical Director Gavin Wilkinson revealed that the team had given up their pursuit of former Arsenal defender Kerrea Gilbert due to his P-1 visa being denied.[28] Gilbert was removed from the official roster later that day.

Regular season[edit]

March[edit]

The Timbers came into their first MLS game nursing injuries to several players including expected starters Darlington Nagbe, Sal Zizzo and Troy Perkins as well as Bright Dike and Eddie Johnson.[29]

The defending champions Colorado Rapids took the field with the same 11 players which had started MLS Cup 2010 and dealt the Timbers an early blow with an 8th-minute goal by Jeff Larentowicz. The Rapids scored two more first half goals in rapid succession to put Portland down 3–0 at halftime. Timbers forward Kenny Cooper scored the first ever MLS goal for Portland from a free kick in the 80th minute but it was not enough as the Timbers lost their inaugural game 3–1.[30] The Timbers Army — an independent supporters group for the Portland Timbers – sent over 400 members to Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the game, a record for away support in Colorado.[31]

Prior to the March 26 game versus Toronto FC, it was announced that defender Mamadou Danso had been called up for Gambia and would miss the match.[32] Portland would also be without Nagbe, Perkins, Dike and Johnson because of injuries while Zizzo returned after recovering from a separated shoulder.

Toronto opened the scoring in the 14th minute through Javier Martina. Backup goalkeeper Adin Brown suffered a strained hamstring in the first half and was replaced by Jake Gleeson at halftime. Gleeson made 3 saves during the game, including one which earned the young goalkeeper MLS Save of the Week honors,[33] but Martina found the back of the net again in the 70th minute to put the game beyond reach as the Timbers lost 2–0.[34] Midfielder Sal Zizzo came on as a second-half substitute for Portland but reinjured his shoulder and was expected to be out two more weeks.[35]

Unlike previous years when second division Portland sides were often guaranteed a spot in the U.S. Open Cup, the Timbers would have to defeat three other MLS teams in a qualification tournament in order to join the competition. The Timbers began their campaign to qualify for the 2011 U.S. Open Cup on March 29 as the team played their first game in Portland versus Chivas USA. Due to ongoing renovations at Jeld-Wen Field, Portland hosted the game at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland. Injuries to their starting and backup goalkeepers forced the Timbers to add Kevin Guppy to the squad from the league-wide MLS Goalkeeper Pool as an emergency backup to Gleeson.[36]

A sell-out crowd of 5,061 were on hand as the MLS version of the Timbers made their debut in Portland. Chivas USA were reduced to 10 men after Andrew Boyens was shown a second yellow card late in the first half. It took nearly the entire second half for the Timbers to capitalize on the man advantage as substitute Jack Jewsbury finally gave Portland the lead with a long-range strike in the 84th minute. Captain for the night, Eric Brunner, sealed a first-ever competitive win for the Timbers with a headed goal two minutes later as Portland won 2–0 to advance to the semifinals of the qualification tournament versus the San Jose Earthquakes.[37]

April[edit]

Hoping to build on their positive result in Portland, the Timbers started the league game against the New England Revolution with the same 11 players which were on the field at the conclusion of the U.S. Open Cup qualification win versus Chivas USA.[38] Both Eddie Johnson and rookie Darlington Nagbe recovered from their injuries and were available on the bench. The Timbers again fell behind to an early goal but were able to equalize just before the end of the first half through captain Jack Jewsbury. Portland held on for the 1–1 draw to gain the club's first ever point in Major League Soccer. Nagbe made his Timbers debut in the 66th minute, coming on for Jeremy Hall.[39]

On April 7, one week before the Timbers home opener at Jeld-Wen Field, starting center back David Horst suffered an ankle injury during practice and was expected to miss several weeks.[40] The next day it was announced that the Timbers would host the U.S. Open Cup qualification semifinal match vs. San Jose Earthquakes at Jeld-Wen Field on May 3. San Jose originally won hosting rights for the game through a preseason coin toss but was unable to secure a venue in time.[41]

Portland recorded another club first on April 13 when the Timbers signed their first ever Designated Player, Diego Chará. The 25-year-old Colombian midfielder, who was a childhood friend and recent teammate of Jorge Perlaza at Deportes Tolima, was expected to join the Timbers after acquiring his P-1 visa.[42] It was later revealed, when the players union released salary figures for all MLS players, that Chará's salary was well below the level usually associated with Designated Players and his designation as such was due to the transfer fee paid by the Timbers to Tolima.[43]

Chicago Fire were the Timbers opponents for the first ever MLS game in Portland on April 14. Fans lined up outside Jeld-Wen Field hours before kickoff in a steady downpour that would last throughout the night. Prior to kickoff, the Timbers Army sang the national anthem en masse while accompanied by fireworks and subsequently revealed a large tifo display celebrating the city of Portland.[44]

A boisterous sell-out crowd of 18,627 watched as Jorge Perlaza scored his first goal for the Timbers in the 29th minute to give Portland their first lead of the season. Less than 10 minutes later, the Timbers were up 2–0 after a long-range goal from defender Rodney Wallace. The dream start to Portland's home opener continued just after halftime when Perlaza pounced on a spilled rebound by Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson to give the Timbers a 3–0 lead. Chicago attempted to stage a comeback after a 65th minute own goal by Eric Brunner and an AT&T Goal of the Week nominee blast by Marco Pappa in the 80th minute brought the Fire to within a single goal of the Timbers. Portland put the game beyond reach after a goal mouth scramble in the 84th minute restored the Timbers two goal lead thanks to an own goal by Chicago defender Dasan Robinson. Portland held on for the 4–2 win, the club's first in league play.[45]

The Timbers were back in Jeld-Wen Field three days later as they hosted FC Dallas in front of a second consecutive sell-out crowd. Just as in the game versus Chicago, Portland jumped out to a 2–0 first half lead thanks to goals from Jewsbury and Kenny Cooper then extended the lead to 3–0 early in the second half when Kalif Alhassan dribbled past four Dallas defenders to find Wallace who steered the ball into the back of the net for his second goal in as many games. In a scene which was to be repeated throughout the season, the Timbers gave up two goals late in the game to put the victory in jeopardy. However, Portland held on for the 3–2 win to remain perfect at home in MLS play.[46]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
MLS 12th March 19, 2011 October 22, 2011
U.S. Open Cup Play-in round Qualification semifinals March 29, 2011 May 3, 2011
Cascadia Cup 2nd May 14, 2011 October 2, 2011

Last updated: October 26, 2011
Source: Competitions

Major League Soccer[edit]

Western Conference standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 LA Galaxy (SS) (W1) 67 34 19 5 10 48 28 +20 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 Seattle Sounders FC 63 34 18 7 9 56 37 +19
3 Real Salt Lake 53 34 15 11 8 44 36 +8
4 FC Dallas 52 34 15 12 7 42 39 +3 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
5 Colorado Rapids 49 34 12 9 13 46 42 +4
6 Portland Timbers 42 34 11 14 9 40 48 −8
7 San Jose Earthquakes 38 34 8 12 14 40 45 −5
8 Chivas USA 36 34 8 14 12 41 43 −2
9 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 28 34 6 18 10 35 55 −20

Updated to matches played on October 22, 2011. Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner
(W1) = Western Conference champion
  • ^Note 1 - The top three clubs in each conference are guaranteed spots in the 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals. The other four clubs in the playoffs enter via wild card entrees, regardless of their conference, based on their overall standings in a single table.

Overall standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 LA Galaxy (SS) (W1) 67 34 19 5 10 48 28 +20 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 Seattle Sounders FC 63 34 18 7 9 56 37 +19
3 Real Salt Lake 53 34 15 11 8 44 36 +8
4 FC Dallas 52 34 15 12 7 42 39 +3
5 Sporting Kansas City (E1) 51 34 13 9 12 50 40 +10
6 Houston Dynamo 49 34 12 9 13 45 41 +4 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
7 Colorado Rapids 49 34 12 9 13 44 41 +3
8 Philadelphia Union 48 34 11 8 15 44 36 +8
9 Columbus Crew 47 34 13 13 8 43 44 −1
10 New York Red Bulls 46 34 10 8 16 50 44 +6
11 Chicago Fire 43 34 9 9 16 46 45 +1
12 Portland Timbers 42 34 11 14 9 40 48 −8
13 D.C. United 39 34 9 13 12 49 52 −3
14 San Jose Earthquakes 38 34 8 12 14 40 45 −5
15 Chivas USA 36 34 8 14 12 41 43 −2
16 Toronto FC 33 34 6 13 15 36 59 −23 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League Preliminary Round 3
17 New England Revolution 28 34 5 16 13 38 58 −20
18 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 28 34 6 18 10 35 55 −20

Updated to matches played on October 22, 2011 (NER v TFC). Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner
(E1) = Eastern Conference champion
(W1) = Western Conference champion


Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
34 42 11 14 9 40 48  −8 9 5 3 30 22  +8 2 9 6 10 26  −16

Last updated: October 26, 2011
Source: Portland Timbers
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Ground A A A H H A H H A H H A H H A H H A A H H A A A H H A H H A A H A A
Result L L T W W L W W T W L L L T L L L W L T W T L L W W T W T L W L T T
Conference 8 9 8 8 4 6 6 5 6 5 6 7 8 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 7 7 7 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Overall 17 18 17 17 9 13 10 8 8 6 8 9 12 11 12 15 15 14 14 14 13 13 13 13 13 11 12 11 10 12 11 11 11 12

Last updated: October 26, 2011.
Source: Portland Timbers
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Reserve League[edit]

West Division standings[edit]
Pos Club Pts Pld W L T GF GA GD
1 Seattle Sounders FC Reserves 25 10 8 1 1 21 11 +10
2 Portland Timbers Reserves 20 10 6 2 2 24 16 +8
3 Chivas USA Reserves 13 10 3 3 4 18 21 −3
4 San Jose Earthquakes Reserves 10 9 3 5 1 11 12 −1
5 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves 8 10 2 6 2 10 15 −5
6 Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves 5 9 1 6 2 11 20 −9

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Qualifying bracket[edit]

Home teams listed at top of bracket.
  Play-in round     Qualification semifinals     Qualification final
                           
      2  San Jose Earthquakes (aet) 1  
  10  Portland Timbers 2     10  Portland Timbers 0    
  8  Chivas USA 0         2  San Jose Earthquakes 2 (4)
      4  Chicago Fire (aet) (p) 2 (5)
      4  Chicago Fire 2    
        1  Colorado Rapids 1  

Play-in round[edit]

March 29, 2011
19:00 PDT
Portland Timbers 2–0 Chivas USA
Jewsbury Goal 84'
Brunner Goal 86'
Report Red card 43' Boyens
Merlo Field
Attendance: 5,061 (SO)
Referee: Juan Guzman

Qualification semifinals[edit]

May 3, 2011
19:30 PDT
Portland Timbers 0–1 (a.e.t.) San Jose Earthquakes
Report Goal 120' Opara
Jeld-Wen Field
Attendance: 11,412
Referee: Alejandro Mariscal

Cascadia Cup[edit]

The Cascadia Cup is a trophy that was created in 2004 by supporters of the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. It is awarded to the club with the best record in league games versus the other participants. Since 2009, when Seattle joined Major League Soccer, the cup has been contested between Portland and Vancouver only. In 2011, when the Timbers and the Whitecaps join the Sounders in MLS, all three Cascadia rivals will again vie for the cup.

Pos Club Pts Pld W L T GF GA GD
1 Seattle Sounders FC 8 4 2 0 2 9 6 +3
2 Portland Timbers 7 4 2 1 1 6 5 +1
3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 4 0 3 1 4 8 −4

Club[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Scotland John Spencer
Assistant Coach England Trevor James
Assistant Coach United States Amos Magee
Goalkeeper Coach England Adam Smith
Strength and Conditioning Coach Morocco Karim Derqaoui
Athletic Director United States Nik Wald

Last updated: December 9, 2010
Source: Portland Timbers

Management[edit]

Majority Owner & President United States Merritt Paulson
Chief Operations Officer United States Mike Golub
General Manager / Technical Director New Zealand Gavin Wilkinson
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Jeld-Wen Field (18,627 / 110x70 yards)

Last updated: March 23, 2011
Source: Portland Timbers

Staff recognition[edit]

MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week[47]

Week Staff member Opponent(s) Ref
21 Scotland John Spencer Los Angeles Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes [48]

Squad[edit]

Kits[edit]

Primary
Primary Alt.
Secondary
Type Shirt Shorts Socks First appearance / Info
Primary[49] Green / White sleeves White Green
Primary Alt. Green / White sleeves Green Green MLS, March 19 against Colorado
Secondary Red / White sleeves White Red

Final roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Troy Perkins
2 United States DF Kevin Goldthwaite
4 United States DF Mike Chabala
5 United States DF Eric Brunner
6 Liberia MF Darlington Nagbe
7 United States MF Sal Zizzo
8 United States MF Peter Lowry
9 United States FW Bright Dike
10 England FW Eddie Johnson
11 Ghana MF Kalif Alhassan
12 United States DF David Horst
13 United States MF Jack Jewsbury (captain)
14 Haiti MF James Marcelin
15 Colombia FW Jorge Perlaza
No. Position Player
17 United States MF Eric Alexander
19 United States MF Rodrigo López
20 New Zealand GK Jake Gleeson
21 Colombia MF Diego Chará
22 Costa Rica DF Rodney Wallace
24 United States GK Adin Brown
25 El Salvador DF Steve Purdy
26 Uganda FW Brian Umony (on loan from Tuks FC)
27 United States DF Chris Taylor
28 United States MF Freddie Braun
30 Jamaica MF Lovel Palmer
31 United States FW Spencer Thompson
33 United States FW Kenny Cooper
98 The Gambia DF Mamadou Danso

Reserve team players[edit]

This list shows players who have played for the team in official 2011 MLS Reserve Division games, but are not part of the senior roster.[50]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States DF Dillon Barna (guest player)
Benin DF Damien Chrysostome (guest player)
Iceland DF Stefán Gíslason (guest player)
United States DF Jesus Gonzalez (Portland Timbers U23's)
Canada DF Kevin Harmse (guest player)
United States DF Mark Lee (guest player)
United States DF Taylor Mueller (guest player)
Ghana DF Douglas Nyame (guest player)
Canada DF Ross Smith (Portland Timbers U23's)
United States MF Tracy Hasson (Portland Timbers U23's)
United States MF Nosa Iyoha (Portland Timbers U23's)
No. Position Player
The Gambia MF Omar Jasseh (guest player)
United States MF Dylan Leslie (guest player)
United States MF Tony McManus (guest player)
United States MF Sean Morris (Portland Timbers U23's)
United States MF Alex Nimo (guest player)
United States MF Paul Ogunyemi (Portland Timbers U23's)
United States FW Bryan Burke (guest player)
Trinidad and Tobago FW Darryl Roberts (guest player)
Republic of Ireland FW Cillian Sheridan (guest player)
United States FW Darren Spicer (guest player)

Player recognition[edit]

MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Month[51]

Month Player Ref
August United States Jack Jewsbury [52]

AT&T Goal of the Week[53]

Week Player Opponent Ref
5 Colombia Jorge Perlaza Chicago Fire [54]
16 Liberia Darlington Nagbe Sporting Kansas City [55]
29 United States Kenny Cooper Vancouver Whitecaps FC [56]

MLS Save of the Week[57]

Week Player Opponent Ref
2 New Zealand Jake Gleeson Toronto FC [58]
5 New Zealand Jake Gleeson FC Dallas [59]
10 United States Troy Perkins Columbus Crew [60]
17 United States Troy Perkins Seattle Sounders FC [61]
18 United States Troy Perkins Chicago Fire [62]
28 United States Troy Perkins New York Red Bulls [63]

MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week[47]

Week Player Opponent(s) Ref
5 Ghana Kalif Alhassan Chicago Fire, FC Dallas [64]
Colombia Jorge Perlaza
Costa Rica Rodney Wallace
9 The Gambia Mamadou Danso Seattle Sounders FC [65]
12 United States Troy Perkins Chivas USA [66]
18 Ghana Kalif Alhassan Chicago Fire [67]
United States Troy Perkins
19 Liberia Darlington Nagbe Columbus Crew [68]
20 United States Sal Zizzo Toronto FC [69]
21 United States Mike Chabala Los Angeles Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes [48]
Colombia Jorge Perlaza
23 Colombia Diego Chará Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver Whitecaps FC [70]
24 United States Eric Brunner Chivas USA [71]
27 Liberia Darlington Nagbe New England Revolution [72]
32 The Gambia Mamadou Danso D.C. United, Real Salt Lake [73]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

All players contracted or loaned to the club during the season included.[74]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Major League Soccer U.S. Open Cup Qual.
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK United States Troy Perkins 30 0 29+0 0 1+0 0
2 DF United States Kevin Goldthwaite 5 1 3+1 1 1+0 0
4 DF United States Mike Chabala 14 1 13+1 1 0+0 0
5 DF United States Eric Brunner 33 4 31+1 3 1+0 1
6 MF Liberia Darlington Nagbe 29 2 21+7 2 0+1 0
7 MF United States Sal Zizzo 31 0 14+16 0 1+0 0
8 MF United States Peter Lowry 4 0 2+1 0 1+0 0
9 FW United States Bright Dike 11 1 0+11 1 0+0 0
10 FW England Eddie Johnson 7 1 3+4 1 0+0 0
11 MF Ghana Kalif Alhassan 33 0 27+5 0 1+0 0
12 DF United States David Horst 18 0 11+5 0 2+0 0
13 MF United States Jack Jewsbury 32 8 31+0 7 0+1 1
14 MF Haiti James Marcelin 22 0 12+8 0 2+0 0
15 FW Colombia Jorge Perlaza 32 6 26+5 6 1+0 0
(16) MF Scotland Adam Moffat (traded to United States Houston Dynamo) 5 0 0+4 0 1+0 0
17 MF United States Eric Alexander 6 0 3+3 0 0+0 0
(17) MF United States Jeremy Hall (traded to United States FC Dallas) 19 0 17+0 0 0+2 0
19 MF United States Rodrigo López 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
20 GK New Zealand Jake Gleeson 5 0 3+1 0 1+0 0
21 MF Colombia Diego Chará 28 2 27+1 2 0+0 0
22 DF Costa Rica Rodney Wallace 26 2 22+3 2 1+0 0
(23) MF United States Ryan Pore (loaned to Canada Montreal Impact) 10 0 2+6 0 2+0 0
24 GK United States Adin Brown 2 0 2+0 0 0+0 0
25 DF El Salvador Steve Purdy 10 0 8+0 0 2+0 0
26 FW Uganda Brian Umony 6 0 0+6 0 0+0 0
27 DF United States Chris Taylor 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
28 MF United States Freddie Braun 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
30 MF Jamaica Lovel Palmer 15 0 15+0 0 0+0 0
31 FW United States Spencer Thompson 1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
(32) GK United States Kevin Guppy (3 week loan from MLS goalkeeper pool) 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
33 FW United States Kenny Cooper 35 8 29+5 8 1+0 0
98 DF The Gambia Mamadou Danso 25 3 23+1 3 0+1 0

Top scorers[edit]

Players with 1 goal or more included only.[74]

Rk. Nat Pos Player Total Major League Soccer U.S. Open Cup Qual.
1 United States FW Kenny Cooper 8 8 0
United States MF Jack Jewsbury 8 7 1
3 Colombia FW Jorge Perlaza 6 6 0
4 United States DF Eric Brunner 4 3 1
5 The Gambia DF Mamadou Danso 3 3 0
6 Colombia MF Diego Chará 2 2 0
Liberia MF Darlington Nagbe 2 2 0
Costa Rica DF Rodney Wallace 2 2 0
9 United States DF Mike Chabala 1 1 0
United States FW Bright Dike 1 1 0
United States DF Kevin Goldthwaite 1 1 0
England FW Eddie Johnson 1 1 0
OWN GOALS 3 3 0
TOTALS 42 40 2

Disciplinary record[edit]

Players with 1 card or more included only.[75]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Major League Soccer U.S. Open Cup Qual.
YC Red card YC Red card YC Red card
4 United States DF Mike Chabala 4 0 4 0 0 0
5 United States DF Eric Brunner 1 1 1 1 0 0
8 United States MF Peter Lowry 1 0 1 0 0 0
9 United States FW Bright Dike 2 0 2 0 0 0
10 England FW Eddie Johnson 1 0 1 0 0 0
11 Ghana MF Kalif Alhassan 3 1 3 1 0 0
13 United States MF Jack Jewsbury 5 0 5 0 0 0
14 Haiti MF James Marcelin 5 0 4 0 1 0
15 Colombia FW Jorge Perlaza 2 0 2 0 0 0
(16) Scotland MF Adam Moffat 1 0 1 0 0 0
(17) United States MF Jeremy Hall 7 1 6 1 1 0
21 Colombia MF Diego Chará 7 0 7 0 0 0
22 Costa Rica DF Rodney Wallace 6 0 6 0 0 0
(23) United States MF Ryan Pore 1 0 0 0 1 0
25 El Salvador DF Steve Purdy 3 0 2 0 1 0
26 Uganda FW Brian Umony 1 0 1 0 0 0
30 Jamaica MF Lovel Palmer 2 0 2 0 0 0
33 United States FW Kenny Cooper 2 0 2 0 0 0
TOTALS 54 3 50 3 4 0

Goalkeeper stats[edit]

All goalkeepers included.[76]

No. Nat Player Total Major League Soccer U.S. Open Cup Qual.
MIN GA GAA SV MIN GA GAA SV MIN GA GAA SV
1 United States Troy Perkins 2730 39 1.29 94 2610 38 1.31 91 120 1 0.75 3
20 New Zealand Jake Gleeson 405 6 1.33 14 315 6 1.71 12 90 0 0.00 2
24 United States Adin Brown 135 4 2.67 5 135 4 2.67 5 0 0 0
(32) United States Kevin Guppy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 3270 49 1.35 112 3060 48 1.41 107 210 1 0.43 5

Player movement[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
October 19, 2010 United States Steve Cronin GK United States Portland Timbers (USL) Free [77]
October 19, 2010 United States Bright Dike FW United States Portland Timbers (USL) Free [77]
October 19, 2010 England Eddie Johnson FW United States Austin Aztex[A] Free [77]
October 19, 2010 United States Ryan Pore MF United States Portland Timbers (USL) Free [77]
November 22, 2010 United States Jeremy Hall MF United States New York Red Bulls Acquired for a 2011 3rd round SuperDraft pick [78]
November 24, 2010 United States Dax McCarty MF United States FC Dallas Expansion Draft, 1st round; immediately traded [79]
November 24, 2010 United States Eric Brunner DF United States Columbus Crew Expansion Draft, 2nd round [79]
November 24, 2010 Scotland Adam Moffat MF United States Columbus Crew Expansion Draft, 3rd round [79]
November 24, 2010 United States Anthony Wallace DF United States Colorado Rapids Expansion Draft, 4th round; immediately traded [79]
November 24, 2010 United States David Horst DF United States Real Salt Lake Expansion Draft, 5th round [79]
November 24, 2010 United States Peter Lowry MF United States Chicago Fire Expansion Draft, 7th round [79]
November 24, 2010 United States Jordan Graye DF United States D.C. United Expansion Draft, 9th round; immediately traded [79]
November 24, 2010 El Salvador Arturo Alvarez MF United States San Jose Earthquakes Expansion Draft, 10th round; immediately traded [79]
November 24, 2010 Costa Rica Rodney Wallace DF United States D.C. United Acquired with a 2011 1st round Supplemental Draft pick in exchange for Dax McCarty and allocation money [80]
December 13, 2010 England Kerrea Gilbert DF England Arsenal Free [2]
December 15, 2010 Ghana Kalif Alhassan MF United States Portland Timbers (USL) Free [81]
December 15, 2010 The Gambia Mamadou Danso DF United States Portland Timbers (USL) Free [81]
December 15, 2010 United States Kevin Goldthwaite DF United States Portland Timbers (USL) Free [81]
December 15, 2010 Haiti James Marcelin MF United States Portland Timbers (USL) Free [81]
December 17, 2010 United States Troy Perkins GK United States D.C. United Acquired with salary considerations in exchange for Steve Cronin and allocation money [3]
January 13, 2011 Liberia Darlington Nagbe (R) MF United States Akron Zips
United States Cleveland Internationals
SuperDraft, 1st round; signed to Generation adidas contract prior to draft [82]
January 17, 2011 United States Kenny Cooper FW Germany 1860 Munich Undisclosed fee; rights acquired via Allocation Ranking [83]
January 26, 2011 United States Adin Brown GK United States Portland Timbers (USL) Free [6]
January 26, 2011 United States Steve Purdy DF United States Portland Timbers (USL) Free [6]
February 16, 2011 United States Sal Zizzo MF United States Chivas USA Acquired for allocation money [11]
February 17, 2011 United States Freddie Braun MF United States Portland Timbers U23's Free [12]
February 17, 2011 New Zealand Jake Gleeson GK United States Portland Timbers U23's Free [12]
March 1, 2011 United States Jack Jewsbury MF United States Sporting Kansas City Acquired for allocation money [17]
March 7, 2011 Colombia Jorge Perlaza FW Colombia Deportes Tolima Undisclosed fee [84]
March 17, 2011 United States Rodrigo López MF United States Portland Timbers (USL) Free [85]
March 17, 2011 United States Chris Taylor (R) DF United States Tulsa Golden Hurricane SuperDraft, 2nd round [85]
March 17, 2011 United States Spencer Thompson (R) FW United States UC Irvine Anteaters Supplemental Draft, 1st round [85]
April 13, 2011 Colombia Diego Chará MF Colombia Deportes Tolima Undisclosed fee; signed to Designated Player contract [86]
July 21, 2011 Jamaica Lovel Palmer DF United States Houston Dynamo Acquired with Mike Chabala and a 2011 international roster spot for Adam Moffat and allocation money [87]
July 21, 2011 United States Mike Chabala DF United States Houston Dynamo Acquired with Lovel Palmer and a 2011 international roster spot for Adam Moffat and allocation money [87]
August 19, 2011 United States Eric Alexander MF United States FC Dallas Acquired in exchange for Jeremy Hall [88]

Loans in[edit]

Date Player Position Loaned From Fee/Notes Ref
March 16, 2011 Uganda Brian Umony FW South Africa Tuks FC Season-long loan with option to buy [89]
March 28, 2011 United States Kevin Guppy GK MLS Goalkeeper Pool Added to roster following injuries to Troy Perkins and Adin Brown; removed from roster on April 22, 2011 [36]

Transfers out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 24, 2010 United States Dax McCarty MF United States D.C. United Traded with allocation money for Rodney Wallace and a 2011 1st round Supplemental Draft pick [80]
November 24, 2010 El Salvador Arturo Alvarez MF United States Real Salt Lake Traded for a 2011 2nd round SuperDraft pick [90]
November 24, 2010 United States Anthony Wallace DF United States Colorado Rapids Traded for allocation money [90]
December 13, 2010 United States Jordan Graye DF United States Houston Dynamo Traded for a 2014 4th round SuperDraft pick [2]
December 17, 2010 United States Steve Cronin GK United States D.C. United Traded with allocation money for Troy Perkins and salary considerations [3]
March 18, 2011 England Kerrea Gilbert DF England Yeovil Town P-1 visa denied, free transfer [91][92]
July 21, 2011 Scotland Adam Moffat MF United States Houston Dynamo Traded with allocation money for Lovel Palmer, Mike Chabala and a 2011 international roster spot [87]
August 19, 2011 United States Jeremy Hall DF United States FC Dallas Traded for Eric Alexander [88]

Loans out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
July 21, 2011 United States Ryan Pore MF Canada Montreal Impact Season-long loan [93]

Unsigned draft picks[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Notes Ref
November 24, 2010 United States Robbie Findley FW United States Real Salt Lake Expansion Draft, 6th round; out of contract, Portland will retain MLS rights [79]
November 24, 2010 United States Jonathan Bornstein DF United States Chivas USA Expansion Draft, 8th round; out of contract, Portland will retain MLS rights [79]
January 18, 2011 United States Robby Lynch MF United States Evansville Purple Aces
United States Kalamazoo Outrage
Supplemental Draft, 1st round; attended training camp, not offered a contract [94]
January 18, 2011 United States Raymundo Reza FW United States San Diego State Aztecs Supplemental Draft, 2nd round; attended training camp, not offered a contract [94]
January 18, 2011 United States Taylor Mueller DF United States Washington Huskies Supplemental Draft, 3rd round; attended training camp, not offered a contract [94]

Allocation ranking[edit]

Portland is in the No. 14 position in the MLS Allocation Ranking. The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. Portland started 2011 ranked No. 2 on the allocation list and used its ranking to acquire Kenny Cooper. A ranking can be traded, provided that part of the compensation received in return is another club's ranking.[95]

International roster spots[edit]

Portland has 11 international roster spots. Each club in Major League Soccer is allocated 8 international roster spots, which can be traded. Portland acquired its first additional spot from Los Angeles Galaxy on November 22, 2010 for use in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.[1] On January 14, 2011 the club acquired a second additional spot from Seattle Sounders FC for use in the 2011 season only.[82] Portland acquired a third additional spot from Houston Dynamo on July 21, 2011 for use during the remainder of the 2011 season only.[96] There is no limit on the number of international slots on each club's roster. The remaining roster slots must belong to domestic players. For clubs based in the United States, a domestic player is either a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident (green card holder) or the holder of other special status (e.g., refugee or asylum status).[95]

Future draft pick trades[edit]

Future picks acquired: 2014 SuperDraft Round 4 pick acquired from Houston Dynamo.
Future picks traded: None.

MLS rights to other players[edit]

Portland has the MLS rights to Jonathan Bornstein and Robbie Findley. Both players declined contract offers by the league and signed overseas with no transfer fee received. Portland acquired rights to both players by drafting them in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft.

Notes[edit]

A. a Johnson signed for Portland Timbers (USL) before the 2010 transfer deadline and was loaned back to Austin for the remainder of the 2010 season.

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