The new professional women's soccer club will be named the Portland Thorns FC, officials announced Thursday.
While it was a disappointing second season for the Portland Timbers, there is reason for hope.
Chris Wondolowski tied the MLS single-season record with his 27th goal and the San Jose Earthquakes wrapped up the regular season with a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.
The Timbers (8-16-9) won for the first time on the road this season and ended a six-game losing streak before a disappointed sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium.
Despite a disappointing second season in Major League Soccer, the wildly popular Timbers are not letting a commitment to the community slide.
Eddie Johnson scored his 14th goal of the season just minutes after an own goal gave Seattle the lead, Fredy Montero added another in the 62nd minute, and the Sounders raced past Cascadia rival Portland 3-0 on Sunday night before a record crowd of more than 66,000.
Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson was nailed by Major League Soccer with a $25,000 fine for confronting the officials during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with the D.C. United.
Chris Wondolowski scored two goals in the second half, including the tying goal in stoppage time, to lift the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.
Rodney Wallace headed in a corner kick in the 78th minute and the Portland Timbers stalled the Seattle Sounders' playoff push with a 1-1 draw Saturday.
Akpan scored in the sixth minute and the Rapids escaped the Western Conference basement with a 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.
Bright Dike scored just before halftime and the Portland Timbers beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 Friday night to get consecutive wins for the first time this season.
The Portland Timbers announced Caleb Porter, 37, who coached the Akron University Zips to a 2010 NCAA championship win, will head up the popular Portland team in 2013.
Franck Songo'o scored the go-ahead goal and the Portland Timbers snapped an eight-match Major League Soccer winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Pacific Northwest rival Vancouver on Saturday night.
Portland's Sal Zizzo put the Timbers up 1-0 in the 21st minute. After David Horst's header following a corner was cleared off the line by a TFC defender, Zizzo pounced on the loose ball from a yard out for his first goal of the season.