Wednesday, May 30, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 7:54 PM
called up by Holger Osieck
to Canada's 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup
are competing with Japan, Korea Republic, Australia, Cameroon, Mexico, Brazil
in the competition being held jointly in Japan
are in group B with Japan, Brazil and Cameroon and play their group matches
on 5/31, 6/2 and 6/4. Jeff is expected to rejoin
the Timbers in time for their home game against Vancouver
on June 13th.
posted by the timberlog at 3:41 PM
Media Watch - A Tale of Soccer Cities: Portland and Seattle.
A compare and contrast
piece on the Timbers
and the Sounders
posted by the timberlog at 2:29 PM
Timberlog team sheet
posted (for those of you new to this, a kind of poor substitute
for a match-day program) – print it out, show your friends, use it, abuse it, it also makes great confetti
for Timbers goal celebrations (although the Timberlog wouldn’t condone littering!
will be out of town so will miss Saturday’s and Monday’s games, back just in time for Wednesday so if the Timberlog
is quiet, that’s the reason dear reader.
Two games that the Timberlog really wanted to see: San Diego
looking for revenge and a chance to drop more of those bombs
right on top of the Timbers goal. Also another chance to take part in the "is it pronounced Chugger
(as in "aye, e loves im is beer, es a right chugger an no mistake" or Sugar
(as in: "That Mr Adair is a real sugar!"). Who knows?!
Then the Major League San Jose Earthquakes
and the chance to see Landon Donovan
, Dwayne DeRosario
and chums, although the Timberlog was just as excited to see if they brought mascot Rikter the Cyberdog
. I'd be interested to see what Timber Jim
would do if old Rikter
tried to take a leak on Jim's Log
Then there's the Open Cup
. Don't get me started
, don't even
get me started
! The Timberlog
gave itself a migraine
the other night trying to work out all the permutations
. You know, 16 teams advance, 10 group winners, 6 wildcards
, 5 D3 teams guaranteed
places, teams beginning with the letter "P"
get an extra point, teams named after animals
get rated depending on the relative strengths
of those beasts (Lions
!) etc, etc, etc.
All I could work out was that the Timbers
better get the maximum 5 points
out of the Utah game
to stand any chance of even getting a wild card
spot (probably 2 left for A-League
teams and clubs like Pittsburgh
will be up around that mark too.)
Of course what we really need is for Mr. Littman
and Mr. Burpo
to both have blinders
, keep clean sheets
and make the Sounders
and the Blitzz
share the points
Tuesday, May 29, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 7:59 AM
Saturday, May 26, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 10:12 PM
Soccer Not Boring - Scientists find proof as Timbers win 4 - 3 in San Diego.
pick up their first A-League win on the road in a game which saw 7 goals, 2 penalties, a substitute goalkeeper, a sending off
and an award winning
episode of the "Mark Baena Show"
scored first (again) and early when Darren Sawatzky
put the ball past Hall in the 3rd minute after a pass from Mark Baena
The Timbers made it 2 after 13', an O'Neill
steal and pass put Mark Baena
through and he beat the advancing Hall.
Then on 23' Matt Napoleon
left the field after picking up an injury to his left hand and Daniel Moss
, playing his first Timbers game as reserve keeper, came on
to take his place.
In the 4th and final minute
of injury time in the first half Maurer
went down in the box and the Flash
were awarded a penalty
stepped up and scored
to pull the game back to 1 - 2
From the kick off Ayim
was shown the red card for flattening Gavin Wilkinson
(it was later announced that Gavin picked up a yellow too?) and the teams left the field with an ugly scene developing
as players and Flash coaches argued
with the officials.
On 50' the Timbers
made it 1 - 3 as Baena
put in the loose ball after a corner.
On 61' a Sancho handball
gave the Flash their second penalty
hit the right hand post.
Then on 66' Baena
picked up his hat-trick
after a pass from O'Neill
to make the score 1 - 4
The Flash hit back
on 76' when Adair headed home
from a corner and then in injury time
at the end of the match Adair
again headed home from close in to make the score 3 - 4
It was too late
for San Diego and the Timbers
picked up the win and the bonus point
and set up the return match at PGE Park next Saturday
Friday, May 25, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 9:21 PM
Tomorrows team sheet
? Over there with the match reports!
posted by the timberlog at 6:51 PM
Inspired by David Beckham's
latest (successful) attempt to get into the news and Kevin Legg's coloration, the Timberlog
gives you Fun With Hair
. Episode 1 - Mark Baena.
Timbers announce official signing of Daniel Moss. Release Baarts, Gantz and Nelson
posted by the timberlog at 6:23 AM
announced this morning the official signing
of former Yale captain Danny Moss
to replace Matt Nelson
as the Timbers reserve goalkeeper
. Moss won a number of awards during his time at Yale including an All Ivy-League
honorable mention, the Arthur Ashe Sports Scholar Award
and the Jack Marshall Award
for team spirit, loyalty to his fellow players and dedication to the game.
Danny finished his 2000 season with a 0.98
goals against average and a career 1.06
goals against average.
“Danny is a great young talent and has the potential to become an outstanding professional,” said Jim Brazeau
, Timbers’ goalkeeping coach.
and Matt Napoleon
, it gives us the best goalkeeping tandem in the league.”
also announced that they had made the difficult decision to release Rob Baarts
and Roger Gantz
as well as Nelson
Thursday, May 24, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 6:02 PM
- San Diego soccer: From near-death to nirvana.
A preview of Saturday's
game in San Diego
and also of USL's Webcast
[note: you need register to view the webcast]
is returning from Yale to take up the Timbers backup keeper
...also the El Paso match report is posted.
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 8:04 PM
Timbers Beat El Paso 2 - 1
A great start with goals by Michael O'Neill
on 19' after a Mark Baena
shot rebounded from the keeper and on 21' a long ball from Michael O'Neill
found Darren Sawatzky
and he buried the ball inside the left post.
hit back on 63' after Farias scored
from a corner which was kicked off the line by Ochoa
. The game started to get more physical
as El Paso pressed for the equilizer but the Timbers
defence held off. On 79' Matt Chulis
was sent off for a strong but fair
tackle on Griego
, but the Timbers 10-men held off to the end of the game and importantly didn't crumble in the 3 minutes of injury time.
A great win
for the ever improving Timbers.
posted by the timberlog at 8:36 AM
- Howes scores points with the new team.
Oregonian article focusing on Greg Howes
, goalscoring, celebrations and a quote from Darren Sawatzky.
"We've got proven goal scorers on this team," he said. "Once we open up, we're going to start pounding goals in. We haven't hit that stride yet."
Tuesday, May 22, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 8:41 PM
The second edition of the Timberlog Team Sheet
for tomorrow night's game.
Maybe this will develop into something bigger over time but for now it's more like a little twig
. Hopefully this is useful for someone
out there. Last Sat it was useful for at least one person....The Timberlog
got home with only enough time to print out the team sheet rather than the usual extensive score card
...er....scratch that...anyway, I still missed the team announcements
and spent most of the game trying in vain to read the microscopic print
on the Nevada jerseys! I could have sworn the Aces had players called Geraldine Sultana
and Rusty Maharaja
Oh, by the way, the Timberlog is away (again) so will be taking advantage of Oregonlive's webcast
posted by the timberlog at 7:50 PM
Timbers sign Darin Lewis - Official!
have announced the signing of Trinidad and Tobago U-23
and U of Connecticut
F/MF Darin Lewis
. Darin opted for the A-League over MLS because of the 3 senior international limit and so he could continue his Sociology degree
Darin will begin training
with the Timbers on Wednesday and will officially be added to the full roster once he receives his international work visa
, which is expected in the next couple of weeks
posted by the timberlog at 5:32 PM
Season's end in Ireland
found the 2 clubs with Timbers connections
facing very different problems.
it was making room in the trophy cabinet
and for Kilkenny
it was facing next season in a lower division after being relegated
. One look at the Eircom Premier League
table showed the 2 clubs acting the bread
in that particular football sandwich
! Then, a week ago last Sunday, Bohemians
won the double by beating Longford Town 1 - 0
in the FAI Cup Final
It was this match-up which delayed Jeff Clarke's
clearance from the Irish FA. He was briefly on Longford Town's
books last year and they were worried (unnecessarily) that the Timbers and Bohemians might be involved in some shenanigans
, loaning him back to play against his old side!]
Monday, May 21, 2001
Nevada Report finally finished!
posted by the timberlog at 8:08 PM
[you know where it is...click on the match....there...on the right!]
Got some time on the Timberlog's flight
today despite the subliminal
but still annoying
piped bird sounds on Frontier
Some good things
about Saturday's game:
- Had a great debut
, bigger and stronger than the TLog had expected.
Full Backs getting forward
- Brent Sancho
and Matt Chulis
getting into scoring positions.
- Leggy is back! Leaner, Meaner and ....er...Greener!?
Those wing pairings
- Watches the ball spend 95% of the time in the Nevada half and still
keeps his concentration!
Sunday, May 20, 2001
An article about Wednesday's opponents
posted by the timberlog at 8:45 PM
the El Paso Patriots
including the great phrase "one of those sister-kissing verdicts"!
[note:this link may change to an archive one come Monday]
The Pats are 2-2-1
in the A-League
in the Open Cup
so far and of course the Timbers will be looking to avenge
their opening game 2 - 1
OT loss in El Paso.
Media Watch Update
Wilkinson has lyrics for chin music.
posted by the timberlog at 12:57 PM
Tribune article about Gavin "Bruiser" Wilkinson
who looks like he did
take up rugby rather than soccer! The Timberlog salutes
who was Gavin's first coach. Somebody give that woman a medal
The Tribune also reported that the Timbers are set to increase their Trinidad & Tobago
contingent by 100% by signing Darin Lewis
should buckle down and finish that Timbers calypso
its been working on!
Darin sounds like a exciting player
. Here is a quote from an article The "Darin Lewis Show" Hits Charlotte
prior to the MLS Draft.
His game consists of imagination and creativity, spontaneous runs, dribbling genius, fearlessness and an unpredictability that gives him game-breaking potential.
Darin, 25, is a native of Tunapuna, Trinidad
and played for the University of Connecticut
where he was the Offensive MVP in the 2000 College Cup. His goal in the 1999 semi-finals, a 30 yrd scorcher
against Santa Clara, seems to have worn out his parents VCR
Saturday, May 19, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 10:00 PM
Timbers Win on Frustrating Evening at PGE Park
got a win, saw Greg Howes
score on his debut, took the lap of honor, but ultimately will look on tonight's result, a 1 - 0
win, as a disappointment
The only goal came after 25 minutes, Greg Howes
heading home a cross from Scott Benedetti
. The crowd of 5,329
then saw the Timbers unable to put away chance after chance with the Northern Nevada Aces
closest chances coming in the game's final 5 minutes.
[match report to follow]
Wednesday, May 16, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 8:36 PM
heard at the Sounders game was the lack of, at the very least, a team sheet
. Here is a pretty simple team sheet
for Saturday's game v Northern Nevada Aces
. The line-ups are a total guess
at this point but at least might be a bit helpful so if you want to print it out
and take a pen
to the game go ahead. [Unfortunately the TLog
will be out of town until Sat morning so I won't be able to update the line-ups if any major changes become apparent]
posted by the timberlog at 8:36 AM
- Zach puts another around the advancing keeper with Chin Music
in his latest Willamette Week article. Goal!!!!!!
Tuesday, May 15, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 10:52 PM
- Timbers add offense with Howes' arrival
...and (for what it's worth) Timberlog's tuppenceworth
on the Home opener in the Comment
Monday, May 14, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 9:50 PM
got match reports posted after a crazy weekend (click on the game on the fixture list on the right).
posted by the timberlog at 8:37 AM
Timbers Lose in Overtime Again.
posted by the timberlog at 8:34 AM
The Seattle Sounders
got their revenge tonight in Seattle
beating the Timbers 2 - 1
, Kei Kinoshita
getting the winner in the very last minute of overtime.
had taken the lead in the 31st minute from a Darren Sawatzky
penalty after a foul on Mark Baena
Seattle hit back on 61' through Scott Jenkins
and the Timbers weathered heavy pressure for the rest of the game but overtime was to be the Timbers undoing once again.
The Timbers picked up yellow cards
for Sancho, Chulis, Baena, Benedetti
and a red for O'Neil
[match report later]
Friday, May 11, 2001
Amazing Night at PGE Park as 12,295 watch the Timbers beat the Sounders 2-0
posted by the timberlog at 9:56 PM
An amazing first night at PGE Park
saw the Timbers
run out 2-0
winners with goals from Mark Baena
after a one-two with Darren Sawatzky
on 24' and Brent Sancho
heading home a corner at the far post after 37'.
The second half was probably a bit of an anti-climax but Seattle
came close to scoring on 80' after Kieran Barton
hit the post with a shot from the edge of the box with Matt Napoleon
The crowd also witnessed the sad sight of Seattle No. 9 Craig Tomlinson
being carried off after a clash of heads
with Jesus Ochoa
. He was taken away by ambulance after the game with (presumably) concussion or a neck injury.
Media Watch - Timbers coach’s game plan: have fun, win.
today has a nice piece about Bobby Howe
, from his schooldays playing “jumpers-for-goalposts”
games in school breaks (one day remind the Timberlog
to tell you about the famous “Sock-Ball”
that he used to play with!) to his days with the Hammers
, watching the Beatles
and the Dave Clarke Five
, and then to the US and his time with Seattle and the USSF.
Tonight's Pre-Game Schedule
Gates open; live music at Widmer Brothers
On-Field Ceremony Begins / Timbers PA Announcer, Val Ring (Mix 107.5FM),
will serve as emcee
*Ceremony participants include: Mayor Vera Katz,
several former Timbers and various dignitaries from U.S. Soccer.
Timber Jim returns from hibernation and players enter PGE Park.
Former Timbers introduced and presented with lifetime
Timbers Team Photo
Ceremonial kick-off from former Timbers to present Timbers
Media Watch - Timbers head home, led by new midfielder.
Oregonian article this morning focusing on Michael O'Neill
with a nice picture of him getting in some heading
practice...hence the headline!
Looks like not only will Timber Jim
be coming down from the hills for tonight’s game but some of the original Timbers players will also be part of the pre-game (6.30pm)
Also news that Jeff Clarke's
clearance has come through and he will be eligible to play.
Thursday, May 10, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 4:20 PM
Since tomorrow looks like it's going to be another lovely day
in Portland and i'm not sure about the flammability of NexTurf
here is a Timberlog
public information warning.
posted by the timberlog at 12:13 PM
A couple of notes:Jeff Clarke
was present at the media session last night at PGE Park
. The Timbers
are waiting on clearance from the Irish FA
(long story!) before he can play. Hopefully that comes through in time for the games this weekend.Matt Nelson
is on the roster, his omission from the official site roster is an oversight.Kevin Legg
will be able to start full training on Monday.
The players looked relaxed doing a small training session and playing with some local kids. They were then introduced to members of the media by Bobby
(making sure people knew how to pronounce Baena
!) and telling everyone that Jimmy Conway
would be translating for Michael O'Neill
would be in turn translating Jimmy
Wednesday, May 09, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 1:21 PM
Keep an eye on the official roster, as official bios
are being added. The first, quite rightly, is the star of recent print ads Brent Sancho
. Hopefully pictures will be added soon so you can start stopping the players at the local supermarket (or pub!) and ask them..."Hey! Aren't you..."
Media Watch - Spike-Heeled Gypsies
posted by the timberlog at 11:15 AM
A great piece by the Willamette Week's
sports supremo Zach Dundas
today focusing on the mulitcultural, multiexperienced, multinational, mulithairdoed(?!) mixture that is...the Portland Timbers
Tuesday, May 08, 2001
Strange Supporters #1
posted by the timberlog at 2:05 PM
recently received a strange correspondence
from someone claiming to represent a group of Timbers fans
calling themselves The Baena Vista Social Club
. The Timberlog
put on its investigative journalist hat and ventured out to find out more. Read about it in the Miscellany.
posted by the timberlog at 1:33 PM
Getting PGE Park
ready for the Timbers
opening home game v Seattle Sounders
Media Watch - Timbers find answer in goal:Matt Napoleon.
posted by the timberlog at 1:19 PM
A nice profile of Matt
the "math and science"
guy in the Tribune
today. His wife Amy
and 7-month old daughter, Gianni
, arrive in time for Friday's game so welcome
to the Napoleons.
Monday, May 07, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 11:30 PM
Well, both the Utah
match reports are now all present and correct (click
on the appropriate fixture on the right)
A quick word about these radio-assisted match reports
. Obviously they can only represent a subset
of the whole game (as always is the case I suppose). Listening to games on the radio for the first time in a long while is frustrating
and obviously cannot capture much that goes on which isn’t directly
involved in the play (no great off-the-ball
stuff for example). In other words it’s a bit of a “can’t see the wood (Timber?) for the trees” situation! Ha! Gratuitous arboreal pun
hits the back of the net…One-Nil!
Sunday, May 06, 2001
Lock Up Your Daughters!
posted by the timberlog at 10:31 PM
According to Darren Sawatzky
a typical Timbers
night out goes something like this:
A few rounds at Kells Irish Restaurant & Pub
, maybe even dinner (glad to see they get thier priorities right!). Then a night of dancing at Embers
on Northeast Broadway.
Lots of women there. Some of the guys have gotten phone numbers!
Add to that the fact that the Timbers will be staying in Reno
tonight after their win and what can one say but...
Nevada, Lock Up Your Daughters!!!
posted by the timberlog at 5:03 PM
Timbers Hit Jackpot in Reno
beat the Northern Nevada Aces 1 - 4
with 2 goals in the first half - Michael O'Neill
from 18 yards on 38' and Mark Baena
from 20 yards (assist O'Neill
) after 43'. The first half would have seen more goals but for some good defensive blocking and saves by the Aces keeper Buchanan
The second half saw 2 more goals, the first from Vadim Tolstolutsky
on 50' and the fourth from O'Neill
, set up by Sawatzky
had his shot blocked.
got a consolation goal in the 71st minute with a nice overhead kick but the Timbers
totally dominated the game and suffered none of the lapses in concentration that affected the first 2 games. Man of the match: Michael O'Neill
for his 2 goals and an assist plus his performance in midfield. Brent Sancho
also had a strong game at the back and both Keith Costigan
and Neil Ryan
got some useful crosses in.
[Oregonian match report]
[Timbers Official match report NB: no permalink]
[Reno Gazette-Journal match report]
Saturday, May 05, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 8:19 PM
Timbers Lose 2 - 1 to Utah in "Sudden -Death" Overtime.
A lot of pressure from the Timbers in the first half but no spark up front to turn that possession into goals. Utah getting 9 behind the ball at times have only troubled the Timbers defence a couple of times. A couple of good shots by Mark Baena early in the half and a yellow card for Brian Winters. Team changes from last week: Costigan, O'Neill, Chulis in, Ochoa out, Vadim suspended.
Second half saw Utah pushing forward more leaving some spaces for the Timbers to work in. Then on 57' Michael O'Neill scored for the Timbers after a pass from Baena. The Timbers then seemed to sit back and Utah pressed forward looking for the equilizer. Both teams made substitutions, Ochoa and Gantz coming on for McPeak and Wilkinson respectively. The Timbers were not controlling the game but seemed to have got the win when in the 3rd minute of extra-time Utah pulled level after a throw from Noleen was headed home by Ovalle. (1 - 1)
In the first period of overtime it looked like Utah were settling for the draw with Sawatzky and Baena getting back into the game after a very quiet second half. Then in the 116th minute a cross by Afash was headed home past Matt Napoleon to give Utah the win.
posted by the timberlog at 2:28 PM
This weekends games are on KDBZ 620 AM (Sat 6.30 Utah)
and KUPL 970 AM (Sun 4.30 Nevada)
posted by the timberlog at 2:22 PM
is back in town so here is an update of information gleaned from this weeks papers.
reported that the subs at El Paso
were Roger Gantz, Keith Costigan, Neil Ryan, Rob Baarts
and Adam Pearce
. Kevin Legg
also made the trip but was injured with a hamstring pull
(which suggests that the pin in his foot has been removed and he has been training). Evidently Adam Pearce
is not expected to stay with the team and Matt Nelson
was being given a chance in practice this week to see if he was going to get the backup keepers position. (Note: Nelson
is no longer listed in the roster on the Timbers official site). Daniel Moss
may come back from Yale if his exams/studies are over. Vadim
misses the Utah
game because of suspension (hopefully that means he will be eligible for the home opener though) and evidently Vadim's first yellow
was for arguing with the referee and throwing the ball towards the linesman.Freddy Kummernes
(Norwegian - in the process of applying for a Green Card) has been training this week trying to regain fitness before he can be considered for the team.Bobby Howe
remarked that he was going for a win in Utah
and then would probably play some reserves against N. Nevada
the next day (depending on the previous day's result).
Friday, May 04, 2001
Timbers sign O'Neill and Chulis.
posted by the timberlog at 5:47 PM
announced today that they have signed Michael O'Neill
and Matt Chulis
is a 23 year old defender who has played for the Chicago Fire
, the Columbus Crew
and also the US (U-23) Olympic team
. Both have been cleared to play in the Timbers Open Cup
games this weekend.
Brian Kelly waived by LA Galaxy.
posted by the timberlog at 5:25 PM
wonders if, apart from scoring the Timbers
first goal, Brian
impressed enough to be considered for a place on the Timbers roster
? (that's if the Timbers have any more money
stashed under the bed!)
Thursday, May 03, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 12:06 PM
A mini pre-game piece
can be found for the trip to Utah
(click on the fixture on the right) which includes the best place to stop off for coffee and cake
on your way to the game.
Timberlog Quote of the Week.
posted by the timberlog at 10:31 AM
The marketable looks of many of the Timbers players have earned them the nickname "the Backstreet Boys of soccer" among PFE marketing gurus.
from PFE press release.
Wednesday, May 02, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 3:20 PM
- A couple of Timbers mentions in the Willamette Week
The first is in Zach Dundas'
column which I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. He ends a piece about the end of the Blazers season with this:
The season of the overpaid, overvocal and underachieving is over.
Many of the Timbers and Fire players work other jobs in the off-season to subsidize summers of sweaty toil at the fringe of sports' megawatt spotlight.
Why? We can only guess that maybe they love the games they play. Might be interesting to watch, no?
Then in the same issue someone else in the Murmurs
section writes this:
One team. Several spleens.
* They say money can't buy love or happiness, but they don't really say much about filthy lucre's relationship to victory on the soccer field. The Portland Timbers, Portland Family Entertainment's new pro futbol franchise, found out last weekend that cash doesn't necessarily equal success, losing in overtime to the El Paso Patriots--a team with roughly half the Timbers' payroll--in their inaugural A-League match.
Tuesday, May 01, 2001
posted by the timberlog at 9:39 PM
An interesting piece of information picked up from the El Paso broadcast (well, at least to the Timberlog
) was the fact that Matt Napoleon
is a student of Chemical Engineering
. As any student of that fine art
(OK by now you guess that the Timberlog
must have some
connection with it!) knows...the Mass Balance
would therefore like to present, in honor of Matt...The Timberlog Goalkeeping Mass Balance.
because we want all
those balls that enter
the area to leave
and then at the end of the game that old goal accumulation rate will be a big...Zero.
Bad News for Baltimore, Good News for Portland.Baltimore Blast
posted by the timberlog at 11:02 AM
lost game 3 of their NPSL
play-off semi-final last night to Philadelphia
which means that Jeff Clarke
will be joining the Timbers
this week. Also due in at the end of the week is former Northern Ireland International Michael O'Neill.Greg Howes
will be playing in the NPSL finals with Milwaukee
at least until May 11th
(game 3 of a best of 5). Game 4 (if required) will be played on May 12th
and the date of a possible game 5 has yet to be determined.