Portland Timbers – MLS Team Preview 2019

Portland Timbers - MLS Team Preview 2019

Portland Timbers - MLS Team Preview 2019

So close but yet so far were the Portland Timbers of achieving their 2nd MLS Cup, as they lost to Atlanta United in the finals. But with the new season, there is another chance for them to win their 2nd MLS Cup in their history.

 

Head Coach: Giovanni Savarese

Appointed as the head coach of Portland Timbers at the end of 2017, he became the 3rd coach in their MLS history. In the 2 years with Timbers, he has managed to finish 1st in the Conference in 2017 and brought the Timbers to the finals of the MLS Cup last season, where they lost to Atlanta United (2:0). With Portland, he has not yet won a silverware, however, while he coached New York Cosmos, he did manage to win the NASL Championship 3 times, finished Runner up once, and won the NASL Regular Season title 3 times.

 

Transfers

DateNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
January 24, 2019 Tomás Conechny San LorenzoPortland TimbersLoan
December 10, 2018 Marvin Loría SaprissaPortland TimbersTransfer
December 10, 2018 Andy Polo MoreliaPortland TimbersTransfer
January 24, 2019 Claude DielnaNew England RevolutionPortland TimbersTrade
January 18, 2019 Aljaž Ivačič Olimpija LjubljanaPortland TimbersTransfer
December 10, 2018 Renzo Zambrano Portland Timbers 2Portland TimbersFree
January 31, 2019 Liam RidgewellPortland Timbers Hull CityFree
December 27, 2018 Alvas PowellPortland TimbersFC CincinnatiTrade
December 24, 2018 Jack BarmbyPortland Timbers San Antonio FCFree

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

Last season was a highly successful one. Portland Timbers finished 5th in the Western Conference and went all the way to the finals of the MLS Cup, where they eventually lost to Atlanta united (2:0). As we might expect, Portland Timbers are looking to build on the successful 2018 campaign as they head into their 2nd season under Giovanni Savarese. While Timbers had an impressive run in 2018, they still have some work to do to compete with the top teams in the MLS. There is no denying they had some amazing runs during its years in the league, but then again, they have not yet been close to achieving the Supporters’ Shield. I expect Portland to once again achieve the playoffs, but as said, there is a lot of work that needs to be done before they get to be on the top.