Saturday, June 29, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 10:16 PM
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 7:51 AM
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.
[Match Stats from Mariners Fan Page
Thursday, June 27, 2002
Darin Lewis signed to Hampton Roads!
posted by the timberlog at 8:51 PM
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.
Tuesday, June 25, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 5:10 PM
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."
Napoleon and Sancho named to A-league team-of-the-week.
posted by the timberlog at 4:12 PM
(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.
Monday, June 24, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 3:27 PM
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 7:22 AM
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
Friday, June 21, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 11:49 PM
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
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)
posted by the timberlog at 1:52 PM
Late in the day I know, but the team sheet for tonight's game
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!]
Thursday, June 20, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 7:16 AM
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.
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!*)
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
1 point and the Timbers having lost 3
[full(?) timberlog report here
Wednesday, June 19, 2002
Sancho Named to A-League Team of the Week
posted by the timberlog at 12:36 PM
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
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!
Tuesday, June 18, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 8:28 AM
PGE Park set for Guadalajara (Chivas) v Cruz Azul Clash
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.
Thursday, June 13, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 10:02 AM
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
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.
Wednesday, June 12, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 5:46 PM
[stop press] PFE TO HOLD NEWS CONFERENCE NEXT TUESDAY (18th)
Announcement of major World Class soccer event
coming to Portland's PGE Park!!
stay tuned for updates.
posted by the timberlog at 2:55 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.
Tuesday, June 11, 2002
Calgary Storm v Portland Timbers
posted by the timberlog at 4:12 PM
Tonight's game will be broadcast on 970 AM, but on tape-delay
after Portland Beavers game.
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
Monday, June 10, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 1:51 PM
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
Timbers Press Release
Whitecaps fan report
Sunday, June 09, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 5:35 PM
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
Tales from the Shed
...and saving the best till last...SoccercityUSA match report
Thursday, June 06, 2002
posted by the timberlog at 9:06 PM
At Last!! - Timbers Pick Up First Win
Final Score: Portland Timbers 3 - 2 Calgary Storm
Afash (Sagare) 25'
Afash (Howes) 36'
Napuri (Bosch) 57'
Somoza (Howes) 66'
Tuesday, June 04, 2002
Portland Team Fighting!!
posted by the timberlog at 7:13 PM
What can I say...crunch-time as the Timbers
take on Calgary
this week. Make way for the timberlog team-sheet
...back...get back...oh no! the team-sheet's elbow is broken!
Saturday, June 01, 2002
Timbers score and get a point in 1 - 1 draw in El Paso
posted by the timberlog at 10:04 PM
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).
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