2015 Portland Timbers season

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Portland Timbers
2015 season
PresidentMerritt Paulson
Head CoachCaleb Porter
StadiumProvidence Park
Portland, Oregon
(Capacity: 21,144)
Major League SoccerConference: 3rd
Overall: 5th
MLS Cup PlayoffsWinners
U.S. Open CupFifth round
Cascadia Cup3rd
Top goalscorerLeague: Fanendo Adi (16)
All: Fanendo Adi (18)
Highest home attendancePreseason: 15,523
Regular Season: 21,144
Lowest home attendancePreseason: 10,417
Regular Season: 21,144
Average home league attendancePreseason: 13,810
Regular Season: 21,144
Primary colors
Secondary colors
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The 2015 Portland Timbers season was the 5th season for the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer (MLS), the top flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada this season resulted in the Timbers winning the 2015 MLS Cup.

Background[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Competition Started round Final position First match Last match Qualification
2015 MLS Western Conference MLS 1 3rd Place March 7, 2015 October 25, 2015 Conference Semifinals & 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
2015 Supporters' Shield MLS 1 5th place March 7, 2015 October 25, 2015 Conference Semifinals and 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
2015 MLS Cup Playoffs Knockout Champions October 29, 2015 December 6, 2015 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
2015 Open Cup 4th Round 5th Round June 16, 2015 July 1, 2015 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 2016 FIFA Club World Cup
Cascadia Cup MLS 4 3rd Place March 28, 2015 August 30, 2015

Major League Soccer[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Desert Friendlies

Simple™ Invitational

Pos Team GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 2 0 1 5 3 +2 7
2 United States Portland Timbers 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
3 United States Chicago Fire 3 0 0 3 2 2 0 3
4 Norway Stabæk 3 0 2 1 2 4 -2 1

MLS Regular Season[edit]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Standings[edit]

Western Conference standings[edit]
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 FC Dallas 34 18 10 6 52 39 +13 60 Conference Semifinals & 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 16 13 5 45 36 +9 53 Conference Semifinals
3 Portland Timbers 34 15 11 8 41 39 +2 53 Knockout round
4 Seattle Sounders FC 34 15 13 6 44 36 +8 51
5 LA Galaxy 34 14 11 9 56 46 +10 51
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
Overall standings[edit]
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 16 13 5 45 36 +9 53 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
4 Columbus Crew 34 15 11 8 58 53 +5 53
5 Portland Timbers (C) 34 15 11 8 41 39 +2 53 2016–17 CONCACAF Champions League
6 Seattle Sounders FC 34 15 13 6 44 36 +8 51
7 Montreal Impact 34 15 13 6 48 44 +4 51
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
(C) Champion.
Notes:
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U.S. Open Cup[edit]

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.

Pos Team Pts GP W L D GF GA GD
1 Seattle Sounders FC 12 6 4 2 0 9 8 +1
2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 8 6 2 2 2 6 7 -1
3 Portland Timbers 5 6 1 3 2 7 7 0

Friendlies[edit]

No Friendlies in 2015.

Club[edit]

Kits[edit]

Primary
Primary Alt.
Secondary
Secondary Alt.
Third
Type Shirt Shorts Socks
Primary Green / White White Green
Primary Alt. Green / White Green Green
Secondary Red / Black Red Red
Secondary Alt. Red / Black Black Red
Third Dark green Dark green Dark Green

Executive staff[edit]

Majority Owner & President Merritt Paulson
Chief Operating Officer Mike Golub
General Manager / Technical Director Gavin Wilkinson
Ground (capacity and dimensions) Providence Park (20,438 / 110x70 yards)

Last updated: January 23, 2012
Source: Portland Timbers

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Staff
Head Coach Caleb Porter
Assistant Coach Sean McAuley
Assistant Coach Cameron Knowles
Assistant Coach/Portland Timbers 2 Head Coach Jay Vidovich
Goalkeeping Coach Mike Toshack
Head Athletic Trainer Nik Wald

Last updated: February 5, 2015
Source: Portland Timbers

Squad[edit]

Roster and Statistics[edit]

All players contracted to the club during the season included.

No. Pos. Nat. Player Total App Total Goal Total Yellow card Total Red card MLS App. MLS Goal MLS Yellow card MLS Red card Open Cup App. Open Cup Goal Open Cup Yellow card Open Cup Red card
2 DF Jamaica Alvas Powell 19 0 5 0 18 0 5 0 1 0 0 0
4 MF Canada Will Johnson 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 FW Liberia Darlington Nagbe 19 1 0 0 18 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
7 DF United States Nat Borchers 17 2 0 0 16 2 0 0 1 0 0 0
8 MF Argentina Diego Valeri 8 2 1 0 7 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
9 FW Nigeria Fanendo Adi 19 8 1 0 18 8 1 0 1 0 0 0
10 FW Argentina Gastón Fernández 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
11 MF Colombia Dairon Asprilla 8 1 0 0 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 GK Norway Adam Larsen Kwarasey 19 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
13 MF United States Jack Jewsbury 17 1 3 0 16 1 2 0 1 0 1 0
14 MF United States Ben Zemanski 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 DF Brazil Jeanderson 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 MF United States Michael Nanchoff 5 2 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 FW Ghana Ishmael Yartey 5 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 DF United States Jorge Villafaña 19 0 2 0 18 0 2 0 1 0 0 0
20 DF United States Taylor Peay 9 0 1 0 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
21 MF Colombia Diego Chará 16 1 6 0 16 1 6 0 0 0 0 0
22 MF Costa Rica Rodney Wallace 16 2 2 0 15 1 2 0 1 1 0 0
23 DF Argentina Norberto Paparatto 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
24 DF England Liam Ridgewell 17 0 3 1 17 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
26 MF United States George Fochive 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
32 FW Zimbabwe Schillo Tshuma 9 0 1 0 9 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
33 GK United States Andrew Weber 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 FW Argentina Maximiliano Urruti 19 4 2 0 18 3 2 0 1 1 0 0
90 GK New Zealand Jake Gleeson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Own goals for 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalkeeper stats[edit]

Player movement[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date Player Pos Previous club Fee/Notes Ref
December 8, 2014 Norway Adam Larsen Kwarasey GK NorwayStrømsgodset [2]
December 8, 2014 Colombia Dairon Asprilla MF ColombiaAlianza Petrolera [3]
December 8, 2014 Jamaica Alvas Powell DF JamaicaPortmore United F.C. [4]
December 8, 2014 United States Nat Borchers DF United States Real Salt Lake [5]
December 8, 2014 Brazil Jeanderson DF BrazilSanta Rita [6]
July 17, 2015 Argentina Lucas Melano FW Argentina Lanús
August 6, 2015 Jamaica Michael Seaton FW United States D.C. United [7]

Loans in[edit]

Date Player Pos Previous club Fee/Notes Ref
March 26, 2015 Ghana Ishmael Yartey FW Switzerland FC Sion [8]

Loans out[edit]

Date Player Pos Destination club Fee/Notes Ref
January 8, 2015 England Liam Ridgewell DF EnglandWigan Athletic Short Term Loan [9]

Transfers out[edit]

Date Player Pos Destination club Fee/Notes Ref
October 29, 2014 Democratic Republic of the Congo Steve Zakuani MF Retired [10]
December 8, 2014 United States Michael Harrington DF United StatesColorado Rapids Exchanged for allocation money [11]
December 8, 2014 Ghana Kalif Alhassan MF N/A Option declined [12]
December 8, 2014 United States Steven Evans MF United StatesPortland Timbers 2 Option Declined [12]
December 8, 2014 United States Bryan Gallego DF N/A Option declined [12]
December 8, 2014 Norway Pa Modou Kah DF CanadaVancouver Whitecaps FC Option declined [12]
December 8, 2014 Colombia José Adolfo Valencia FW ArgentinaClub Olimpo Sold following loan [12]
December 8, 2014 United States Rauwshan McKenzie DF N/A Out of contract [12]
December 8, 2014 United States Danny O'Rourke DF N/A Out of contract [12]
December 10, 2014 Jamaica Donovan Ricketts GK United StatesOrlando City SC Selected 1st in the Expansion Draft [13]
July 20, 2015 Zimbabwe Schillo Tshuma FW United States Arizona United Waived [14]
August 3, 2015 Argentina Gastón Fernández FW Argentina Estudiantes LP Mutual Termination [15]

2015 MLS SuperDraft picks[edit]

Round (overall pick) Player Pos Previous club Ref
1 (5) United States Nick Besler MF University of Notre Dame [16]
2 (24) United States Andy Thoma DF University of Washington [16]
2 (32) United States Christian Volesky FW Southern Illinois University Edwardsville [16]
2 (34) United States Kharlton Belmar FW Virginia Commonwealth University [16]
3 (52) United States Anthony Manning DF Saint Louis University [17]
4 (84) United States Seth Casiple MF University of California [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers - MLS MatchCenter". MLSsoccer.com MatchCenter. April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Portland Timbers sign Ghana World Cup goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey". December 8, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Portland Timbers sign winger/forward Dairon Asprilla". December 8, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  4. ^ "Portland Timbers exercise purchase option on Jamaican international Alvas Powell, sign to long-term contract". December 8, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  5. ^ "Portland Timbers acquire defender Nat Borchers from Real Salt Lake in exchange for allocation money | Portland Timbers". Timbers.com. 2014-12-08. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  6. ^ "Portland Timbers sign Brazilian defender Jeanderson Salvador Pereira". December 8, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  7. ^ "Portland Timbers acquire forward Michael Seaton from D.C. United in exchange for targeted allocation money, international roster slot | Portland Timbers". Timbers.com. August 6, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  8. ^ "Portland Timbers acquire winger Ishmael Yartey | Portland Timbers". Timbers.com. March 26, 2015. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "Portland Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell to join Wigan Athletic on short-term loan". January 8, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  10. ^ "Portland Timbers midfielder Steve Zakuani announces retirement". October 29, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  11. ^ "Portland Timbers acquire allocation money from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for defender Michael Harrington". December 8, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g "Portland Timbers exercise options on seven players". December 8, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  13. ^ "Orlando City SC selects goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts No. 1 overall in MLS Expansion Draft". December 10, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  14. ^ "Portland Timbers waive forward Schillo Tshuma | Portland Timbers". Timbers.com. June 17, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  15. ^ "Portland Timbers and attacker Gaston Fernandez mutually agree to part ways". MLSSoccer.com. August 3, 2015. Retrieved October 7, 2017.
  16. ^ a b c d "SuperDraft: Portland Timbers select four players in 2015 MLS SuperDraft". January 15, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  17. ^ a b "SuperDraft: Portland Timbers select two in final rounds of 2015 MLS SuperDraft". January 20, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.