Tension is in the air around Portland as Timbers’ postseason surges forward and as Blazers fans witness the start of a new era in the franchise. The Timbers defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps to advance to the conference finals. Meanwhile, the Portland Trailblazers try to discover who they are again as they deal with losing key starters from previous years, including Lamarcus Aldridge. The Portland Thorns are looking forward to next year with some added talent to the roster.
For the second time in the franchise’s short history, the Timbers will advance to the Conference championships. The win over the Vancouver Whitecaps on November 8 means Portland will face the number one ranked Dallas FC for the western conference title. Fanendo Adi’s striking ability has been an asset all season and came through Sunday night with the first score in the 31st minute. Standout midfielder Diego Valeri came through with the assist. Midfielder Diego Chara capped off the victory with another score in stoppage time.
While the faces of the starters for the Portland Trailblazers this year should not be all that unfamiliar for fans this season, hearing their names being announced at the start of games will be. After two strong seasons led by the most elite squad the franchise has had in years, the Blazers now enter the 2015-2016 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 C. J. 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, as they are 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.