Tension is in the air around Portland as the Timbers’ season nears its close and as Blazers fans witness the start of a new era in the franchise.
The Timbers advanced to the conference championships with a win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0, on Nov. 8.
Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers try to discover their new identity as they deal with losing key starters from previous years, including LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Portland Thorns, the women’s soccer team whose season ended in September, are looking forward to next year with some added talent to the roster.
Despite losing four out of the five starting lineup, fans may recognize some returners like CJ McCollum, Meyers Leonard and Allen Crabbe.
After two strong seasons, led by arguably the most elite squad the franchise has had in years, the Blazers now enter the 2015-16 season a new team with the loss of LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews, and Nicolas Batum.
Damian Lillard now leads the pack along with possible breakout star McCullum. The start of the season shows clear signs of a team in the process of rebuilding, but with promising prospects.
The Portland Thorns look for rebuilding as well, coming off a less-than-stellar season. New acquisitions in the off-season promise to bring more depth to the roster.
Midfielder Dangy Bryonjarsdottir was traded from the Boston Breakers as the number two pick overall. She proved herself at Florida State University, helping lead the Seminoles to the NCAA championship.
Another recent addition to the roster is defender Meghan Klingenberg. Playing in the 2015 World Cup, she showed herself to be one the most reliable defenders.