Thursday, February 28, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 9:07 AM
Let's just recap yesterday's goings-on
at Oregonlive.com shall we?
- "I want to focus my energy elsewhere so I'm stepping out of the game"
- "The Timbers officially released me last week."
Wednesday, February 27, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 8:52 AM
A baby sardine
Saw her first submarine:
She was scared and watched through a peephole.
"Oh come, come, come,"
Said the sardine's mum.
"It's only a tin full of people."
Spike Milligan 1919-2002
[from A Book of Milliganimals
Tuesday, February 26, 2002
2002 Open Cup
posted by the timberlog at 12:48 PM
The format for this year's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup
is different from last year's. This time around the Timbers 2 games against the Seattle Sounders
(May 4 PGE Park and May 5) will determine which side progresses to the Second Round. The winner of the aggregate goal
series will join Rochester, Richmond (who both receive a bye into the second round) and 5 more A-League sides who win their particular match-ups.
"This is a great cup draw for our supporters," said Bobby Howe, head coach of the Timbers. "The games against Seattle last year were both competitive and entertaining. There will be even more on the line this year as we have only two games to reach the knockout phase of the competition."
Wednesday, February 20, 2002
Having a lovely time in Chile. Think Sigi likes me. Love...Jesus O.
posted by the timberlog at 11:00 PM
It looks like the LA Galaxy
are still taking a look at Jesus Ochoa
, taking him on their 5 game pre-season training trip to Chile
. Jesus played the full (although only 35 min halves) game against Magallanes
of Chile's first division "B" in Santiago on Monday in a game that saw LA coming out 3-1 winners
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 5:18 PM
- 10 Questions with Michael O'Neill
One of the high points
of last season was getting to see Michael O'Neill
playing in the heart of the Timbers midfield and I recently got the chance to ask Michael about his career, spanning 10 clubs in N. Ireland, Scotland and England; his experience of playing in Portland, and his future plans. Read what he had to say in the latest "timberlog 10 questions".
Timbers Re-Sign Vadim
posted by the timberlog at 4:09 PM
The Timbers announced today that last year's college draft pick Vadim Tolstolutsky
had been re-signed for the 2002 season.
"Vadim has all the tools to become an outstanding player; he has excellent ball control and dynamic finishing ability," said Bobby Howe. "He had a promising season with us last year and this season we are looking for him to build upon his tactical understanding of the game."
Vadim scored 3 goals
in the 2001 season (Open Cup and League games) including a memorable goal
at PGE Park, a 25 yd swerving shot
past Sandhu to save a point against Vancouver.
It was also announced that Timbers individual game tickets
would go on sale on Saturday, March 2 at 9 a.m.
At that time, tickets will be made available at PGE Park
in addition to all Portland-area Ticketmaster outlets
, including select Fred Meyer
and G.I. Joe's
locations. Also, tickets may be purchased by phoning Ticketmaster
at (503) 224-4400 or on-line at ticketmaster.com.
The tickets, which range from $4.75 to $14.25 will be available for the 15 Timbers home matches
, including the April 9 showdown with Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy
Sunday, February 17, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 3:35 PM
Bobby Howe talks to the trialists at the end of today's games against a University of Portland team
Saturday, February 16, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 8:27 PM
A sorry pic from today's tryout (for the real deal check out Allison's pics
Izzy Ihekononye taking the throw for the trialists against a University of Washington team.
On the bench (left to right): Jimmy Conway, Bobby Howe, Billy McNicol (Utah Blitzz technical director)
Wednesday, February 13, 2002
You want multimedia...we got it!
posted by the timberlog at 7:04 PM
the link to Bobby Howe's comments about the 2002 College Draft is now here
[the Apple Quicktime player can be downloaded here
TIMBERS STAY LOCAL IN COLLEGE DRAFT, SELECT THREE UW STANDOUTS
posted by the timberlog at 2:53 PM
[Timbers press release]
Portland coach ‘delighted’ with Wednesday selections
For immediate release: February 13, 2002
PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland Timbers Head Coach Bobby Howe
went into Wednesday’s College Draft with a wish list of three players. To his delight, he emerged with all three and didn’t have to stray far from home, getting all three players from the University of Washington
Howe and the Timbers selected two midfielders and a defender, using each of their three available picks in the annual A-League College Draft. The Timbers chose Bryn Ritchie
, from Medford, Ore., in the first round; Ben Somoza
, from Edmonds, Wash., in the second round; and Jake Sagare
, from Yakima, Wash., in the third and final round.
“We have scouted University of Washington games for the last two years and were very focused on this year's senior players, Bryn Ritchie, Ben Somoza and Jake Sagare,” said Howe. “I am delighted that we were able to select these players in the draft. They were leaders at college and will be excellent additions to our squad.”
At the top
of Howe’s list was Ritchie
, who was previously chosen by Colorado
in the third round (28th overall) of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft that was held February 10. Ritchie, a defender, was part of three consecutive conference championships at Washington. With the Huskies, he was a two-time Pac-10 first-team player and earned third-team all-America honors as a senior in 2001. In addition to his playing accolades, he was named the National Scholar-Athlete of the Year
by the National Soccer Coaches Association last month.
“Ritchie is an outstanding, dominant central defender,” said Howe. “He is strong in the tackle and is one of the best headers of the ball in the college game. His talent has also been recognized by MLS where he was recently drafted by the Colorado Rapids. As Bryn is a native of Oregon, we are quietly confident that he will be wearing our colors this season.”
Ritchie tallied 10 points on four goals and two assists in his senior season at Washington.
At South Medford High School
, Ritchie earned first-team all-state and conference MVP honors as a senior after leading his team to a state title, a 15-1-1 record and a finish of 14th in the nation that year.
Ritchie was the Timbers’ territorial pick. In the first round, each A-League team had the exclusive opportunity of drafting a player from a college or high school in its draft territory, which for the Timbers included the state of Oregon.
In the second round, the Timbers selected Somoza
, an experienced midfielder
who led all Huskies’ scorers this past season with 17 points on five goals and seven assists. His 41 shots on goal were good for second-best on the UW team.
Somoza drew All-Pac 10 first-team honors
after his junior season, in which he compiled six goals after starting all 20 games.
“Somoza is a hard working, forceful midfield player with excellent all-round ability,” Howe said. “He is both a leader and a winner.”
The Timbers rounded out their draft-day selections with Sagare
, a midfielder who had four points on two goals and 21 shots on goal this season for the Huskies. After limited action in his freshman season of 1998, Sagare saw a marked increase in offensive production
after assuming a starting position as a sophomore.
“Sagare is a natural wide player who is equally effective on either flank,” added Howe. “He has outstanding speed, excellent dribbling ability and is a first-class crosser of the ball."
The Huskies finished the 2001 season with a record of 13-6-0
overall and 4-4-0
in the Pac-10. After receiving a first-round bye, the Huskies met Northwest-rival Portland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where the Pilots won, 1-0, at Husky Soccer Field in Seattle.
First the good news...
posted by the timberlog at 2:18 PM
On the day that the USL announced a 5-year partnership with Fox Sports
which will result in 25 A-League games being shown this season, some not so promising news on Timbers owners, the Goldklang Group.
In Tuesday’s Portland Tribune
there is a report that the Pacific Coast League
(in which the Beavers play) is reluctant to approve
the Goldklang group as the Beavers new operators, the problems resulting from Mike Veeck’s
(Goldklang's president) past battles with baseball’s ruling class over his other minor league teams. Veeck may be forced to step back
from a leading role and let PFE’s president Mark Schuster
become the Beavers official leader. Neither the PCL president, nor Mark Schuster would speculate whether the situation could affect the Beaver’s 2002 season
, lead PFE investor, said that the group has alternative plans
if the Goldklang Group is rejected as PFE’s operators. He did say however that:
I think we’re well on the way to getting (league) approval.
All this in addition to this week’s decision by the city as to whether to approve Goldklang as the operators of the Beavers and the Timbers after reviewing the “turnaround plan” submitted by Goldklang.
: I'm told that the dispute with the PCL is not affecting the running of either the Beavers or the Timbers
and the only likely change would be Mike Veeck's role.
UPDATE on the UPDATE
: Mark Schuster
was named president of PFE and general manager of the Beavers today (Thurs Feb 14th).
"While I'll still be Mike Veeck's partner," Schuster said, "it's evident that there were unnecessary delays in the approval process and that it was best if I take over as the company's president on a permanent basis. With all the big-time events we are attracting to PGE Park and the great enthusiasm for baseball and soccer in Portland, PFE is getting stronger every day, and I'm very committed to being a part of that continued success."
A-League College Player Draft Day.
posted by the timberlog at 9:06 AM
Tune in to uslsoccer.com
for the details beginning at 10 am Portland time.
First Round: Bryn Ritchie
D (University of Washington/Seattle Sounders Select)
, a Medford, OR native, played a part in helping the Huskies to Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in 1998 and '99 and to the inaugural Pac-10 Conference crown in 2000. Ritchie was a two-time All-Pac-10 first team player and earned third team all-America honors as a senior in 2001. In addition to his playing honors, he was named National Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association last month.
Byrn was also 28th pick in the recent MLS super draft (Colorado)
Second Round: Benjamin Somoza
MF (University of Washington/Seattle Sounders Select)
was the Huskies 2001 points leader with 5 goals (including 3 PKs), 7 assists (including 2 against the U of P in Nov) in 18 games.
Both Ritchie and Somoza (Huskies co-captains) were named to the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Soccer All-Academic teams 2 years in a row (2000-2001)
Third Round: Jake Sagare
M (University of Washington/Yakima Reds)
is another member of the succesful Huskies team, scoring 2 goals in 2001, the co-team leader in shots on goal (47) in 2000, and scorer of the game-winner in the Huskies' 3-2 first-round NCAA tourney game at Portland in 1999.
Saturday, February 09, 2002
MLS 2002 Super Draft
posted by the timberlog at 10:36 AM
Details of Sunday's Super Draft can be found on the MLS.com site
, with a link to live audio and player profiles
Friday, February 08, 2002
Who Threw the Gri-Gri?
posted by the timberlog at 2:06 PM
Not Timbers related [but when was THAT a crime], but still for the "File Under Crazy Soccer" section, have you been keeping up with the 2002 African Nations Cup?
Malian riot police handcuff
and arrest Thomas N'kono
, (the assistant to Cameroon's German trainer Winfried Schaefer
) prior to the semi-final game between Cameroon
and hosts Mali
for allegedly throwing a black-magic charm
(gris-gris) onto the pitch! N'kono is then knocked to the ground and dragged onto the running track adjacent to the pitch, at one point appearing with his tracksuit trousers
pulled around his ankles. A disgusted Schafer
implored journalists and photographers to record the furore and later a policeman retrieved an "object" from the pitch to cheers from fans in the stadium.
All this as a culmination (unless something more bizarre
happens in the final) to a competition that has seen Cameroon officials and German coach Winfried Schafer (again) refusing to stay at a high-cost hotel (claiming that it was too busy and noisy, "like a market") and instead choosing a new dormitory complex
(on which construction was not fully complete) and then having to negotiate piles of rubble
and the fact that there were not enough beds to go round; the new African Nations Cup trophy
having to be sent back to it's makers because the Anglophone
Confederation of African Football (CAF) members complained that the wording on the prize was only in French
and not in English as well, resulting in a replica
having to be used at the final on Sunday; Cameroon
(yes again!) having to climb over locked gates
to get into their training session for the semi-final game and then having to play in near-darkness
because the floodlights
hadn't been turned on; recriminations all round as Nigeria
lost to Senegal
in the other semi. Players blamed Nigerian sports ministry officials
saying they had upset players by threatening not to pay promised bonuses
following the quarter-final win over Ghana because the team had "played rubbish." Players were also upset after sports minister Ishaya Mark Aku failed to enquire
about the health of Ike Shorunmu
after the goalkeeper was knocked unconscious
Add in mysterious illnesses
to many players and complaints about the Malian heat
and you have one crazy tournament...and that's before you actually talk about the games themselves!
"Zulu religious specialists prepare teams for football matches. In Cameroon, Sierra Leone, and in Liberia, supporters and team members perform rituals to influence results in their favour. In Nairobi, teams budget for religious specialists. On the middle Congo, where resources were seen as finite, a match started with a preordained number of goals. The role of team magicians in this zero-sum game was to steal points from their opponents while protecting their own goals. African sport is 'bathed in the occult', wrote a Zairois [Congolese] referee.
Wednesday, February 06, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 9:21 AM
Timbers to Play LA Galaxy - April 9th
As part of the 2002 A-League/MLS Exhibition
series, the Timbers have announced a game against the LA Galaxy. Here is the press release in full:
The Timbers will play Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy
in a special match to start the 2002 season, it was announced today. The match will take place at PGE Park
on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 2 at 9 a.m
. At that time, tickets will be made available at PGE Park
in addition to all Portland-area Ticketmaster
outlets, including select Fred Meyer and G.I. Joe’s locations. Also, tickets may be purchased by phoning Ticketmaster at (503) 224-4400 or on-line at www.ticketmaster.com.
Tickets for the MLS match will be priced the same as regular-season Timbers matches and will range from $4.75 - $14.25. The Galaxy match is also included in Timbers full- and partial-season ticket plans. These ticket plans are available by phoning (503) 553-5555.
"We're thrilled to be bringing one of the world's premier soccer teams to Portland," said Jim Taylor, Timbers vice president and general manager. "They're loaded with some of the most recognizable talent in soccer in the likes of Cobi Jones, Chris Albright, Maurico Cienfuegos, Ezra Hendrickson, Alexi Lalas, and Greg Vanney."
At 14-7-5, the Galaxy finished with the league’s third-best record and won the Western Division in 2001. The Galaxy emerged as 2001 MLS Cup finalists, marking the team’s third visit to the Cup. There, the Galaxy were narrowly defeated by the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1, in sudden-death overtime. Additionally, the Galaxy were winners of the 2000 Football Confederation Champions Cup (Concacaf) and closed 2001 by winning the U. S Open Cup Championship against the New England Revolution.
“The Timbers have established themselves as a strong club and a source for some top-notch MLS players,” said Galaxy head coach Sigi Schmid. “The match should prove to be an interesting and entertaining one.”
In its only other match against an MLS foe, Portland last season defeated the MLS-champion Earthquakes, 2-1, on a thrilling header in the 74th minute by Kevin Legg off a cross from Keith Costigan.
posted by the timberlog at 9:15 AM