The Portland Thorns begin their second season on Saturday in Houston, against the newest team in the second-year league. Only eight of the 22 players on the roster as the 2014 season starts were with Portland at the end of last season.
Clint Dempsey scored a hat trick, including two goals in the final five minutes of the match and the Seattle Sounders staged a furious late rally to pull out a 4-4 draw with the rival Portland timbers on Saturday.
PORTLAND — Andrew Weber has started eight Major League Soccer games, five of them for the Seattle Sounders. But the goalkeeper said none of that history will impact the his job Saturday, when he guards the goal for the Portland Timbers against the rival Sounders at Providence Park.