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Saturday, June 29, 2002

Richmond 2 - 0 Portland

The Timbers were defeated by the Richmond Kickers tonight after coming close to saving the game in the 87th minute.
After failing to take a single shot in the first half, the Timbers fell behind to a 50th minute goal by Ihor Dotsenko. Then, after outshooting Richmond 10-6 in the second, McKinley Tennyson had his 87th minute penalty kick saved by keeper Ronnie Pascale. From the resulting corner the Kickers counter-attacked, Josh Henderson picked up the loose ball and rushed more than 70 yards down the pitch before firing inside the left post past a diving Matt Napoleon to finish the game 2 - 0 to Richmond.

posted by the timberlog at 10:16 PM

Timbers Let Points Slip Again: Mariners 1 - 1 Timbers

The Timbers gave up another late goal yesterday after leading from the 16th minute after a Greg Howes goal. Rich Hansen's equalizer in the 86th minute left the Timbers with 1 point instead of 4 as neither side could score in overtime and there was bad news for Portland as captain Brian Winters (who's pass led to Howes' goal) injured his left knee in the final minutes of regulation.

[Oregonian Report]
[Match Stats from Mariners Fan Page]

posted by the timberlog at 7:51 AM

Thursday, June 27, 2002

Darin Lewis signed to Hampton Roads!

According to the Mariners official site (and a new Mariners fan site), former Timber and MetroStar Darin Lewis has been signed by the A-League side.

posted by the timberlog at 8:51 PM

Tuesday, June 25, 2002

Timbers Release Bettinger and Delgado

The Timbers announced today that they have released forwards Rees Bettinger and Noah Delgado. Bettinger played 144 minutes over five matches for the Timbers this season. Delgado played 215 minutes over five matches.

"Releasing players is never easy and is always made much more difficult when the players are first-class people like Rees and Noah," said Timbers general manager Jim Taylor. "We appreciate the contributions they made to the club, both on and off the field, and wish them all the best for the future."

posted by the timberlog at 5:10 PM

Napoleon and Sancho named to A-league team-of-the-week.

Matt Napoleon (for clean sheets in the games against Seattle and El Paso) and Brent Sancho (for his defensive performance in the game against El Paso) join this weeks A-league team of the week. Also included is Gary Glasgow who played such an important part in the Hampton Roads win over the Timbers.

posted by the timberlog at 4:12 PM

Monday, June 24, 2002

OK...so i'm super slow I know...but I have a lot on the old bone china plate at the moment. The Hampton Roads match report has arrived in addition to a trial of a reader comments system. After each timberlog entry you will see a comments link so that you, dear reader, can have your say.

posted by the timberlog at 3:27 PM

Timbers Finally Add Defensive Steel to Fadi-Factor: Timbers 1 - 0 Sounders

The Timbers got partial revenge at PGE Park last night, beating the Seattle Sounders 1 - 0 after a 24th minute Fadi Afash goal. A small crowd watched McKinley Tennyson head over an oncoming Burpo to set up Afash for his 8th goal in 8 games. Afash got Scott Jenkins' boot in the face for his trouble as he headed into the open goal and suffered a cut eyelid which he sported for the rest of the game. Afash was also involved in his very own "hand of god" incident which cost him a yellow card 4 minutes later. Portland's back 3 (the Timbers playing a the 3-5-2 formation which finished the game against Hampton Roads - Greg Howes in a withdrawn role) did a good job restricting Seattle's scoring opportunities and despite late pressure, which resulted in Matt Napoleon picking up a knock to the knee, the Timbers held on for their most important win of the year.

Oregonian report

posted by the timberlog at 7:22 AM

Friday, June 21, 2002

Even More Frustration as Hampton Roads Win in Overtime

The Timbers lost 2-3 to the Hampton Road Mariners tonight at PGE Park and you can probably guess the plot. Timbers control 80% of the game...blah...blah...unable to finish...blah...blah...defensive loss of concentration...blah.

The facts: Timbers went 0-2 down in the first 32' through goals by Sean Michael Callahan and Kevin Knott, got back on level terms with 2 goals by Fadi Afash in the 34th and 48th minutes and were sunk 2 minutes into overtime by a great Gary Glasgow goal (he also was instrumental in the second Mariners goal)

[report tomorrow]

posted by the timberlog at 11:49 PM

Late in the day I know, but the team sheet for tonight's game is here.

I will also be trying the live text report from PGE park again (!). The text of the game can he found here. Quite who this feature is of benefit to I have no idea!
The page should auto-update every couple of mins so you should be able to open the page and leave it in the background.

[*Disclaimer: I am at the mercy of a couple of elements that make this run smooth and there is a possibility that things may go wrong - If it's 7pm pacific time and there are no updates then it may not happen for this game. Hopefully it works! If not...sorry!]

posted by the timberlog at 1:52 PM

Thursday, June 20, 2002

More Frustration as Timbers Draw 0 - 0 with El Paso

Another frustrating night at PGE Park yesterday as the Timbers and the El Paso Patriots played almost 125 mins of soccer (including injury time) without a goal. The tone of the game was set early on when Patriots keeper Freddie Estrada had to be led from the field with what looked like a broken nose after colliding with a defender as Brian Winters challenged for a ball in the box. The Timbers' Greg Howes also left the game on 37' after an earlier clash of heads with Guillermo MacFarlane left him dizzy, giving McKinley Tennyson a chance to impress and regain his starting place. The Patriots new forward Daniel Frias was a thorn in the Timbers defence all night forcing a couple of great saves out of Matt Napoleon, but again it was a night of Timbers pressure, failure to finish effectively and some dubious line calls. With Fadi Afash's volley from a bouncing ball saved by replacement keeper Jesse Llamas, the first half ended scoreless.

Hugo Alcaraz was again excellent all night and on 64' had a great curling free kick well saved by Llamas, but the second half saw the ball in the El Paso net twice only for the goals to be disallowed both times. First on 69' Tennyson's header from a cross from the right was pulled back for offside (*close*) and then on 88' Chugger Adair (who had replaced Afash 6 minutes earlier) rose up to meet a Sancho cross to head over Llamas, but the referee (or more likely the v. poor linesman) whistled for a foul on the keeper. (*no way!*)

Overtime saw two chances from Tennyson go just wide (one an almost open goal!), an Adair shot pushed just over the bar by Llamas and an Alcaraz hooked shot sail over by inches, but the Timbers could not convert their chances again and the players left the field with the Patriots having gained 1 point and the Timbers having lost 3.

[full(?) timberlog report here]

posted by the timberlog at 7:16 AM

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Sancho Named to A-League Team of the Week

Portland Timbers defender Brent Sancho is the latest player named to the A-League's Team of the Week for his efforts in Portland's 1-0 win over Calgary last week.

All players (excluding Erik Ozimek) are fit, ready for tonight's clash with El Paso.

The timberlog team sheet is back from Lasik eye surgery!

posted by the timberlog at 12:36 PM

Tuesday, June 18, 2002

PGE Park set for Guadalajara (Chivas) v Cruz Azul Clash

The Oregonian is reporting this morning that today's press conference at PGE Park is to announce the Sunday July 7th exhibition between Mexican First Division clubs Guadalajara (Chivas) and Cruz Azul. Both teams had players who represented Mexico in the 2002 World Cup, Ramon Morales (Chivas) and keeper Oscar Perez (Cruz Azul) both played in Mexico's 2 - 0 defeat at the hands of the USA.

The game is being presented jointly by PFE, Lotus Satellite Network and the Portland Oregon Sports Authority and is part of a pre-season tour by Chivas which starts in Los Angeles and travels to Phoenix before stopping in Portland.

"PFE is thrilled to play host to such a world class soccer match featuring two of the top teams in Mexico," said Jim Taylor, general manager of the Timbers. "It's especially rewarding in that it's a World Cup year and fans will be seeing players that played with the Mexican National Team"

Tickets go on sale at PGE Park on Friday June 21st at 9am and will also be available at Ticketmaster (inc. GI Joes and Fred Meyer locations)

Ticket prices are $30 in advance for adults ($35 on the door). Kids (4-12) are $15 and under-threes are admitted free.

posted by the timberlog at 8:28 AM

Thursday, June 13, 2002

Fadi named USL A-League Player of the Week

The United Soccer Leagues have announced that Portland forward Fadi Afash is the A-League Player of the Week for Week 8.

Afash, who scored the lone goal in Tuesday night's 1-0 win at Calgary, was instrumental in the Timbers first two wins last week, scoring three goals. He tallied two in a 3-2 win over the Storm Thursday night. Two nights later, he opened the scoring with a 10th-minute goal in the Timbers' 3-1 win over Vancouver.

Portland is 3-1-1 with Afash in the lineup. He has five of the team's nine goals since being inserted in the lineup following athroscopic knee surgery just prior to the season opener.

posted by the timberlog at 10:02 AM

Wednesday, June 12, 2002


Announcement of major World Class soccer event coming to Portland's PGE Park!!

stay tuned for updates.

posted by the timberlog at 5:46 PM

Fadi Afash Continues Stellar Form: Timbers Win On the Road!

The Timbers won their first road game of 2002 last night, beating the Calgary Storm 1 - 0 with in-form striker Fadi Afash getting the winner in the 88th min. A long ball from goalkeeper Matt Napoleon was met by Chugger Adair who won a challenge in the Calgary box and drew Storm goalie Lars Hirschfeld off of his line. Adair squeezed a pass to Afash, who slotted the ball past a pair of defenders and into the open right side of the goal.

Timbers Report

posted by the timberlog at 2:55 PM

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

Calgary Storm v Portland Timbers

Tonight's game will be broadcast on 970 AM, but on tape-delay after Portland Beavers game.

Greg Howes is having laser eye surgery and will not be with the team in Calgary. Howes will rejoin the club in time for the June 18 game versus El Paso at PGE Park.

The full injured list: Chugger Adair - groin strain (6/1), ready to play... F Greg Howes - eye surgery (6/10), out one game... M Erik Ozimek - bruised heel (5/1), out indefinitely... D Bryn Ritchie - left hamstring (6/6), out 3-5 days.

In other news, Portland Timbers' forwards Fadi Afash and Greg Howes have been named to the USL's A-League Team of the Week for their efforts in leading the team to its first two victories of the year last week, it was announced today. This marked the first time this season that a Timbers player has been named to the league's Team of the Week.

posted by the timberlog at 4:12 PM

Monday, June 10, 2002

Timbers Caught on the Break in B.C.

The Timbers went down to a single goal in Vancouver last night after the Whitecaps' Jason Jordan scored in the 100th minute. The result kept the Whitecaps in second place and the Timbers in fourth and ended the Timbers' 3-game unbeaten streak.

Timbers Press Release
Whitecaps Report
Whitecaps fan report

posted by the timberlog at 1:51 PM

Sunday, June 09, 2002

Timbers Continue to Pick Up Pace with Win Against Vancouver

The Timbers continued their winning ways on Saturday before an announced crowd of 4,914 (the smallest of the year so far), defeating the Whitecaps 3 - 1 with goals from Fadi Afash and two in the second half from the on-form Greg Howes.

Whitecaps press release
Timbers press release
Oregonian article
Tales from the Shed
...and saving the best till last...SoccercityUSA match report

posted by the timberlog at 5:35 PM

Thursday, June 06, 2002

At Last!! - Timbers Pick Up First Win

Final Score: Portland Timbers 3 - 2 Calgary Storm

Afash (Sagare) 25'
Afash (Howes) 36'
Zuniga 41'
Napuri (Bosch) 57'
Somoza (Howes) 66'

posted by the timberlog at 9:06 PM

Tuesday, June 04, 2002

Portland Team Fighting!!

What can I say...crunch-time as the Timbers take on Calgary and Vancouver this week. Make way for the timberlog team-sheet...back...get back...oh no! the team-sheet's elbow is broken!

posted by the timberlog at 7:13 PM

Saturday, June 01, 2002

Timbers score and get a point in 1 - 1 draw in El Paso

Portland 1-1 El Paso FINAL 2 OT

[Timbers press release]

For immediate release: June 1, 2002
EL PASO, Texas - The Portland Timbers are on the board, thanks to a 1-1 tie with El Paso Saturday night.

Fadi Afash's goal in the 59th minute against the Patriots gave the Timbers (0-5-1, 1pt) their first lead of the season. The lead held until the 84th minute when Saul Quinones beat goalkeeper Matt Napoleon to tie the match at 1-1.

Neither team was able to score in overtime.

"A point away from home is always good," said Bobby Howe, head coach of the Timbers. "It is disappointing though, because I thought El Paso was there for the taking tonight."

It was Afash's first action of the season as he was recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery he had May 3. Afash was second on the club in the preseason with five goals scored and his presence was missed in the lineup.

"It was nice to have him back," said Howe. "He poses different sorts of problems than any of our other players."

Saturday's goal was set up by Greg Howes, who signed with the team this past week and was inserted into the game early in the second half. According to Howe, the goal was "well-created" by the newly signed Howes, who was the second-leading scorer on last year's Timbers team.

Howes hit a ball across the face of the goal, setting up Afash for Portland's lone score of the evening.

A failed clearing play resulted in El Paso's goal. Quinones picked up the ball at the edge of the box and had Napoleon guessing as he toe-poked it into the goal.

"We were six minutes away from four points," said Howe.

Both Noah Delgado and Vadim Tolstolutsky had decent scoring chances in overtime. Tolstolutsky found space on the outside edge of the box in the second overtime, but he hurried a shot past the far post.

"He scores goals like that with quite regularity in training," Howe said. "So when he got open, we all got excited. I guess he got excited too."

It was the fourth tie of the season for the Patriots (1-4-4, 9pts). It was just the fourth tie for the Timbers since their inaugural 2001 season.

Afash's goal was the first goal in play this season. McKinley Tennyson had the Timbers previous goal, but it came off a penalty kick.

Overall, Howe was pleased with the way the Timbers responded to a slow start in Saturday's match. Portland last played on May 16.

"We weren't very happy with our decision making in the first half," said Howe. "It was too slow, but we were significantly better in the second half."

TIMBERS LINEUP: Napoleon GK, Sancho D, Ritchie D, Wilkinson D, Costigan D, Winters M, McAuley M, Alcaraz-Cueller M, Benedetti M, Adair F, Afash F. Somoza (Alcaraz-Cueller), Tolstolutsky (Winters), Delgado (Afash).

posted by the timberlog at 10:04 PM

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