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Topic - Caleb Porter
The Portland Timbers mirror the personality of first-year coach Caleb Porter. With two matches left and a playoff berth within grasp, the team is all business.
After missing his team's final soccer game last season because of cancer treatment, 8-year-old Atticus Lane-Dupre made sure his teammates were in on his wish to scrimmage against the Portland Timbers.
For all the talk about the strides soccer has made in the United States, results of late have been stark and disappointing.
"I think overall, it's just that our mentality is good. We're a cohesive team. These guys fight for each other, they work for each other, they have great chemistry," Porter said. "That's a common thread in every successful team at any level. You look at the best teams in the world, teams that raise trophies are teams that have good chemistry, teams that remain humble."
"We know we're two games away from doing something special, but we're going to focus on Salt Lake, that's it," Porter said. "We're going to focus on getting three points, that's absolutely it."