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MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

2016/2017 Season

POS TEAM W D L PTS
7 San Jose 5 7 4 22
8 Portland 5 5 6 20
9 Seattle 5 1 9 16
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Portland Timbers to start true title defense vs. Houston Dynamo

The reigning MLS Cup champions square off against the Houston Dynamo on MLS Soccer Sunday.

Are we watching the beginning of Portland Timbers' true title defense?

The Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016 have lifted the focus away from MLS, but Portland in particular is at a fascinating stage of its season. It has been creeping into form without ever really drawing attention to itself -- it has lost just one game in its past seven, a home loss to New York City FC that it largely dominated -- at a time when the rest of the league and the soccer-watching country had their eyes on the international...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

MLS bans D.C. United's Bobby Boswell, fines Portland Timbers' Lucas Melano

Bobby Boswell DC United
Bobby Boswell, left, was suspended and fined for his actions this weekend.

MLS has suspended D.C. United defender Bobby Boswell and fined Portland Timbers forward Lucas Melano, the disciplinary committee announced.

Boswell has been banned for one match and was issued an undisclosed fine for fouling Houston Dynamo forward Will Bruin in the 28th minute of D.C.'s 0-0 draw against Houston on Saturday.

Boswell was issued a yellow card after kneeing Bruin in the back -- an action the league's disciplinary body would later unanimously rule constituted serious foul play and endangered...

 By Chris Wright

Acrobatic 'somersault' dive from Portland Timbers' Lucas Melano

If there was some kind of formal award for elite play-acting, Portland Timbers forward Lucas Melano may have just sewn up the 2016 edition with his majestic theatrics during Saturday night's game against Real Salt Lake.

Having received the slightest of pushes in the back, Melano reacted in flamboyant style by pulling a full front somersault out of the bag before flashing a textbook pleading look in the direction of the referee.

Impressive, in a thoroughly depressing kind of way.

Editor of Who Ate All The Pies (@waatpies), Chris has worked for Shortlist, Metro and a smattering of other football blogs.