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Saturday, June 30, 2001

Media Watch - Timbers rusty after layoff
...and on the dead-tree version (front page no less) a color photo of Vadim and Vancouver's Steve Kindel.
Also some extra info on Darren Sawatzky's girlfriend (see yesterday, below). Amy Yarnevich begins chemotherapy on Monday in Kansas City.

Whitecaps Match Report

[Timberlog Match Report - in the works]

posted by the timberlog at 3:58 PM

Friday, June 29, 2001

Timbers suffer first A-League loss at PGE Park.

The Timbers went down to a single goal tonight (and failed to score for the first time this year) against the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of 6,013 fans. A poor throw by Matt Napoleon in the 62nd minute was intercepted by Dave Morris and Alfredo Valente's shot was deflected off of Matt Chulis sending Napoleon the wrong way. The Whitecaps outshot the Timbers 14 - 7 and were as solid at the back as they were in the previous meeting between the two sides. The addition of Jason Jordan up front meant that the Whitecaps attack was in better form, but this time the Timbers had no last minute reply. Darin Lewis made his debut, replacing Jeff Clarke on 81', but his introduction was too late even though his first touch of the ball and run ended with a dangerous Timbers free kick.

Darren Sawatzky took the field with his trademark locks shorn. His brother told me that Darren did this to show his support for his girlfriend Amy who is currently undergoing a fight with cancer. Darren donated his hair to an organization Locks of Love who make hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children undergoing their own fights.

I'd like to express my admiration to Darren for his show of support and send my best wishes to him and his girlfriend. My thoughts, and i'm sure those of all Timbers fans, are with both of them.


In the first part of tonight's double-header the Portland Rain beat the Seattle Hibernian & Caledonian Saints 4 - 0 in an exhibition game.

The goals came from Mimi Osei-Agyemang (30' and 47'), Laura Schott (55') and Emma Smith (68'). It was an enjoyable game. I hope I get to see the Rain play again this year. Check with Allison later for a full match report and photos!

posted by the timberlog at 9:43 PM

Darin Lewis ready to make his debut tonight!
...and starts on a mission to impress (along with our other Carribean star Brent Sancho) new T and T manager Professor Rene Simoes after Ian Porterfield's sacking this week .
The Oregonian reports that Darin will probably come off the bench tonight and play as a forward rather than in midfield as he did at UConn. The Timbers (who actually don't lead the Western Conference) have had time to allow minor injuries to heal and to quote (Professor) Bobby Howe...
"There's no excuse for us not to be firing on all cylinders"

posted by the timberlog at 9:47 AM

Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Ready for Friday?
A reminder that kick-off for the Portland Rain v Seattle Hibernian Saints is 4.15 , prior to the Timbers v Vancouver Whitecaps game this Friday.
2 weeks is a long time without seeing a ball kicked about in mid-season, but it's that time again for the (in)dispensable Timberlog Team Sheet!

posted by the timberlog at 9:34 PM

Tuesday, June 26, 2001

Miscellany - My First Ballgame
What I thought of my first real live baseball game. Don't worry, I haven't gone over to the dark-side!

posted by the timberlog at 8:26 PM

Media Watch
Did you catch the Darren Sawatzky profile on Fox49 news last night? I think they said it was going to be a regular Monday night thing so tune in next week. I'd like you to think that the Timberlog's vast Media Information Capture System which scours all media 24/7 was working to full effect but really it was some channel surfing by Mrs. Timberlog. "Oh, look who it is!" she exclaimed!
Darren talked about returning to Portland and being able to work close to his brother Bryan who works at PGE Park. It was touching as they seem to have a really tight brotherly bond, Bryan talking about how he looks up to his brother and always asks for his advice.
Darren also said that he really enjoys going to work each day which says a lot about the state of things in the Timbers camp and also revealed that even though his trademark locks are part of his personality he has no plans to endorse any shampoos just yet.
That, I think, is a pity.
"Urge...URGE....he's got the urge, he's got the urge for hat-tricks!"

posted by the timberlog at 9:13 AM

Sunday, June 24, 2001

Well, most of the Timberlog's stuff is out of boxes...trouble is it looked so much neater in rather than out all over the floor! Oh Well.
So the Timbers beat the Cascade Surge 4 - 1. According to both Allison and Peter B, Darin Lewis played well. I can't wait to see him.

Mentioning both Allison and Peter reminds me to plug both their sites (which I haven't done for a while). Both, as you know, are excellent but a couple of specific things have caught my eye recently. Allison has done a great service in adding a page for the Portland Rain women's team who will be playing their part in a double-header at PGE Park before the Timbers next game. I'm excited to see them play.
Then Peter has added some more pictures from the Timbers past (maybe they've been there a while and I just haven't noticed). There I was, looking at 1982's and there is a picture of #15 John Pratt. Interestingly my father used to work with John's father Albert at the Post Office (later British Telecom) in London where they were both telephone engineers. When I was younger I remember my dad telling me that Albert came back from visiting his son and raving about Portland and Oregon in general. When I told my dad about the return of the Timbers a while back he told me that Albert passed away quite a few years ago and he didn't know what the former Tottenham and Timbers player is doing now.

Anyone out there know?

posted by the timberlog at 11:40 PM

Saturday, June 23, 2001

What has the Timberlog been up to?
Taking part in the move-from-hell, that's what! Did get to go to my first ever baseball game tonight though. Watched the Beavers lose 5 - 4 to Tacoma. A nice break away from the U-Haul induced pain and humiliation.
Back Soon. Promise.

posted by the timberlog at 11:29 PM

Sunday, June 17, 2001

Match report posted.
Tried to recreate the PGE Park atmos here at Timberlog Mansions, but a cup of tea, fingers tapping on the table and the cat purring isn't quite the same. Made me think about what Timber Jim does though?!

...and in other A-league news today the Thunder beat the Rampage in Milwaukee 3 - 1 for only thier second win this season. (Zeba, og., Leventhal) 8 yellow cards, the Rampage had 2 sent off including keeper Popik.

posted by the timberlog at 6:19 PM

Saturday, June 16, 2001

Timbers Win 1 - 0 with Great Defensive Game in Minnesota

The Timbers picked up a great win against the Minnesota Thunder with top scorer Mark Baena getting the important goal in the 55th minute.
With the Thunder having most of the midfield posession in the second half, Keith Costigan's shot from an O'Neill corner was saved by Swallen, but Baena was there to put away the rebound. The Thunder pressed forward but some great defence by the Timbers continually frustrated the Thunder attack. The Timbers defence was anchored by Matt Napoleon who made 2 great saves late in the game. The first on 85' diving to save a header from close range and then on 88' a point-blank save from Miller's volley.

Thunder Match Report
Oregonian Match Report

posted by the timberlog at 7:44 PM

0 - 0 at half time in Minnesota
A fairly even half against the Thunder so far. The Thunder hit the bar on 16' with a shot from Schulte. The Timbers had a couple of nice breaks from Mark Baena trying to get away from marker Bankov but no real chances for the Timbers yet. Yellows for Winters and Wilkinson. O'Neill and Tolstolutsky trying to break down the well organized Thunder defence.

posted by the timberlog at 6:39 PM

Media Watch - Timbers will be without Sancho against Thunder
As feared the Timbers will be without Brent Sancho for today's game in Minnesota due to the sprained right ankle he picked up Wednesday night.

posted by the timberlog at 4:21 PM

Friday, June 15, 2001

Timbers to play PDL Cascade Surge in Exhibition match
The Timbers will take on PDL (Premier Development League) team the Cascade Surge in an exhibition match on Sunday, June 24th. the match will be played in Salem, OR at the Salem Academy (942 Lancaster Drive NE, Salem, Oregon 97301), kick off 2pm.

posted by the timberlog at 10:23 PM

Back to the soccer!
Team Sheet Alert!
The Thunder will be a different team on Saturday to 10 days ago. New signings Steve Armas and Paul Nowak in midfield, Amos Magee probably missing due to a red card in Vancouver and Stoian Mladenov no longer with the team.

posted by the timberlog at 5:12 PM

Martha Stewart watch out! The first (and probably last) Timberlog Recipe!
Inspired by the Timbers T and T players Brent Sancho and (soon come!) Darin Lewis, the Timberlog presents recipes for a spicy curried chickpea (garbanzo bean) dish and Buss Up Shut to wipe the plate with.
Guaranteed non-authentic but tasty nevertheless!

posted by the timberlog at 4:11 PM

Thursday, June 14, 2001

Match report posted for last night's game.
Timberlog M-of-the-M (if you care) was Matt Napoleon. Inspired, I like to think (in a highly delusional manner), by seeing himself atop a white stallion leading his troops into battle!

Oh by the way for those puzzled by yesterdays team sheet...
Bandoneon - A large square concertina made famous by the King of Tango Nuevo Astor Piazzolla
Mbira - Thumb piano from Zimbabwe. The traditional music of the same name made famous in the Chimurenga sounds of Thomas Mapfumo
Manzello or Stritch - Two saxophones most famously played by the masterful Roland Kirk!
Zymo-Xyl - An instrument made up of two rows of wine and alcohol bottles stacked upside-down above a row of wood blocks. Invented by American Composer Harry Partch
Actually the Cascade Rangers are part of the way there on the last one with their upturned buckets!!

posted by the timberlog at 10:45 PM

Reports on yesterday's game.
Whitecaps let win slip away
Late goal gives Timbers a tie

posted by the timberlog at 11:10 AM

Wednesday, June 13, 2001

Vadim's Scorcher Saves Timbers

Vadim Tolstolutsky saved the Timbers tonight at PGE Park with a scorching shot from 20+ yards past Whitecaps keeper Didar Sandhu in the final kick of normal time. Vancouver had gone ahead on 73' after Terry St. Louis put the ball past Matt Napoleon after beating fellow Trinidadian Brent Sancho. Up till then the game had been a turgid affair with uninspiring play from both teams. The Timbers upped the pace after the Whitecaps goal and then into overtime but neither side could score again and the game ended a draw 1 - 1.

Almost forgot to mention that one reason that the game was pretty uninspiring was the heavy-handed officiating which led to a total of 50 fouls (19 Timbers 31 Whitecaps - official numbers) in a game which didn't really appear to be all that dirty. Lots of niggling whistles. Lots of advantages not played which helped break up the ebb and flow of the game even more.
[full report to follow]

posted by the timberlog at 9:50 PM

Another header at close range past the keeper from Zach, writing in Portland's very own “Tommy-Has-Two-Mommies” Willamette Week!
Topics this week: A recap of the tough Timbers schedule.
Section 107.
The Timbers and their fans are an oasis of rowdy cheer and excitement in an often sterile sports scene.

and the man with the “impeccable soccer credentials”, Dwight Jaynes!

posted by the timberlog at 12:24 PM

Napoleon at the Battle of PGE Park.

posted by the timberlog at 11:58 AM

Tuesday, June 12, 2001

Team Sheet for the Vancouver game posted! Use it up! Wear it out!

posted by the timberlog at 8:21 PM

Monday, June 11, 2001

Full Utah match report posted

posted by the timberlog at 5:09 PM

Saturday, June 09, 2001

Timbers Cup Hopes End with 3 – 1 loss to Utah

The Timbers US Open Cup hopes ended at PGE Park tonight with a 3 – 1 defeat at the hands (feet and heads) of the Utah Blitzz.
The Blitzz went ahead on 30’, Ovalle heading a McNichol free kick past Napoleon into the right corner. The Timbers hit back just after half time (49’) after a Benedetti cross from the left eventually found Darren Sawatzky and he made the score 1 – 1. The Timbers began to tire as the game went on and on 71’ McNichol’s throw into the box found Estrada, he played the ball to Koubouras whose strong shot was saved by Napoleon but Westcott put the rebound in to give the Blitzz the lead. Then on 75’ a McNichol free kick was headed home by Koubouras from about 6 yds out to make the score 3 – 1 to Utah.

posted by the timberlog at 9:35 PM

Friday, June 08, 2001

Well, Seattle beat Utah tonight 3 - 0 perhaps the result the Timbers least wanted.
Seattle picked up the bonus point to win group 9 outright. Of course tomorrow's game is still important if only for pride and to get revenge for our loss in Utah.
According to the Timberlog's calculation (and at this stage with such a confusing format I stress it is only my opinion) it may still be possible to get a wildcard spot.
The thinking goes like this:
Utah now get one of the precious wildcard spots leaving only 2 for A-league teams. As it stands now [here is a table of the remaining teams] the Richmond Kickers have the most points with 20 and have 1 remaining game (on Sunday 10th against Long Island). We want Richmond to win that and go through as Group winners. Then there are Pittsburgh who have 19 points and have completed their games. The Timbers can only get a possible 18 points which could get them the second and final wildcard. Charlotte are currently on 18pts also and have completed their games. San Diego have one game remaining against Stanislaus United Cruisers (also on Sunday 10th after an earlier postponement). If they get maximum points from that game then it puts 3 clubs on 18 points and then it's down to a tie-breaker!! It could come down to goal difference with the Timbers currently on +4, Charlotte on +3 and San Diego on +2. [deep breath]
So to recap.
Basically we need to beat Utah by at least 3. Then we need Richmond to beat Long Island on Sunday. Then who knows!!
Whether this is correct or not (and knowing the Timberlog it's not!) one thing is certain. The Timbers need to go out and destroy the Blitzz in front of a packed crowd on Saturday!

posted by the timberlog at 10:35 PM

New in the Miscellany - Soccer Stories - The Mighty Quinn

posted by the timberlog at 4:46 PM

Media Watch - Ochoa's stock worth the price
Nice article by Steve Brandon in the Tribune about Jesus.
Bobby Howe on our Mexican star...
"We don't want to just throw him in the deep end. We want to throw him in the deep end and let him swim a bit and then pull him out"

Also a letter by Abram (Page D5) responding to Peter Cullen's negative article on PGE Park that was in the Trib last week. Nice One!

posted by the timberlog at 11:31 AM

Thursday, June 07, 2001

Match report posted for yesterday's game. Yes, I can't believe it either. Nearly here in under 24 hours rather than the usual 3 days!
The Thunder were a pretty nice side to watch, they just needed a sharp finisher (or 2) up front.

posted by the timberlog at 10:46 PM

A-League marksmen shut out of MLS
An interesting article focusing on Mark Baena and Paul Conway and the reasons why some A-League players and MLS don't mix.

Also a team sheet for Saturday's game against the Utah Blitzz. I may update it after the result of Friday's Seattle v Utah game but just in case I don't get the chance here it is.

posted by the timberlog at 4:44 PM

Wednesday, June 06, 2001

Timbers Roll Over Thunder 3 - 1

The Timbers won again at PGE Park tonight, going behind for the first time but pulling back just before half time and then finishing the game with 2 late goals.
The Minnesota Thunder came out playing some good soccer despite their lowly position in the Western Conference going ahead after 35' after Gerard Lagos headed home from close range after a Amos Magee cross.
The Timbers hit back after some great work by Brent Sancho, first stealing the ball and forcing a deep throw and then getting a head on Darren's throw for Mark Baena to knock the ball in from about 6 yds in the 2nd minute of injury time at the end of the first half.
The game looked like it was heading into overtime when on 86' Kevin Legg found Darren Sawatzky 10 yds out on the left and his powerful shot went inside the left hand post off of keeper Swallen's hand.
Then in injury time at the end of the game Sawatzky split the tired Thunder defence to put Mark Baena through and he easily beat Swallen to end the game 3 - 1 to the Timbers and gain maximum A-League points.
Another great night at PGE Park
[full report later]

posted by the timberlog at 9:42 PM

Tuesday, June 05, 2001

The Timberlog will make it back: tri-met, planes and automobiles style just in time for Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Thunder and here is a rushed and probably vastly inaccurate team sheet.

posted by the timberlog at 9:37 PM

Monday, June 04, 2001

Timbers beat San Jose Earthquakes 2 - 1
The Timbers beat the MLS Earthquakes at PGE Park tonight with goals from Ochoa (24') and Legg (75'). The Earthquakes decided to play only 2 regular starting players according to the official website (where a play-by-play match report can be read). The San Jose goal came from a Corrales penalty on 45' after Sancho brought down Krakowiak. Both Carrieri and Wilkinson were shown the red card on 42'.

posted by the timberlog at 9:35 PM

Saturday, June 02, 2001

Timbers beat San Diego 1 - 0 to Top Western Conference

The Timbers beat the San Diego Flash by a single goal at PGE Park tonight to take over the top spot in the A-League Western Conference. Mark Baena got the important goal on 21' after a Keith Costigan cross via a chest from Greg Howes.

posted by the timberlog at 8:39 PM

Come on you Tiiiiiimbers!
This evening's game set up perfectly. San Diego lose 1 - 2 last night at Seattle so a win will put the Timbers top of the Western Conference (their rightful place!). Match starts 5pm. Wish I was there!

Utah picked up maximum US Open Cup points in Reno so watch out for Friday's crucial game in Seattle. A draw is perfect, a Utah win (so they take up one of those guaranteed D3 places) second best. Whatever happens another cracker set up for next Saturday at PGE Park.

Keep Soccer Hate Free!!

posted by the timberlog at 12:50 PM

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