The Portland Timbers won the MLS Cup in 2015, defeating Columbus Crew SC 2-1 after finishing third in the Western Conference during the regular season.
Portland fell from grace in 2016, finishing on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. They missed the playoffs by two points, finishing seventh in the Western Conference. Portland are coached by Caleb Porter and the Timbers look to return to the promise land in 2017. They have a few issues to rectify before once again being considered bonafide MLS Cup contenders.
Who Do The Portland Timbers Play Next
Take a look at who the Timbers play next and reference the betting lines so you know where the best-value bets lie. Make sure you take note of where the game is being played, too.
Portland Timbers Game Schedule
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Portland Timbers Standings Today
Portland Timbers would love to return to the eminent heights of 2015 when they won the MLS Cup. Take a look at how they are progressing in the current campaign.
How To Make Money On Portland Timbers
After winning the 2015 MLS Cup, Timbers came crashing back to Earth in 2016. Portland missed out on the playoffs by two agonising points, mostly due to their league's worst defensive record, which, in the MLS, is saying a lot. Teams don't perform extremely well on average in the MLS but Timbers were absolutely tragic on their travels.
Portland didn't win a single game of their 17 away fixtures. They were the only team in the MLS with that dubious record. Obtaining six of 51 away points is, in all candor, disgraceful. One away win would have been enough to ensure Portland qualifed for the playoffs but it just wasn't meant to be.
Contrastingly, Portland is almost invincible at home. They won 38 of their 46 points at Providence Park and boasted the league's third best home record. It's almost incomprehensible to think that a team with the third best offensive record missed the playoffs. Such was the state of their abysmal away form.
Portland were more than competent going forward, scoring 48 goals, the third most in the conference. To restore the balance, Portland's defense let them down miserably. Portland conceded 53 goals, the most in the Western Conference. Most of those goals were conceded on the road, though.
Veer straight toward the over market as a general rule of thumb as this team is unlike most others in its conference, as they play a run-and-gun style. While fans love the abundance of goals in Timbers matches, Portland's coaching staff must be constantly pulling out their hair.
Until Portland vastly improves their defensive record and away form, avoid backing them as future bets at all costs.
If Diego Valeri is firing on all cylinders, Portland Timbers should be looking at a playoff position. There is a lot more to this team than their talisman, but Valeri needs to perform well for Timbers to have a fighting chance.