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Friday, August 30, 2002

Timbers' High Octane Night at PGE Park


An exciting night at PGE Park saw the Portland Timbers put together another great team performance to push aside the highly rated Montreal Impact 3 - 0
A great atmosphere for the final regular season game and a large crowd (announced as 9,141) gave the game a playoff-like atmosphere and saw the Timbers get off to an early start on 22' when Keith Costigan's cross field pass was expertly volleyed home by Fadi Afash. With the Impact looking dangerous on the break, but Bryn Ritchie in particular dealing with Impact striker Sebrango, the Timbers held their lead and went in at the half 1 - 0 up.
It was a dissapointing night for Timbers' man-of-the-moment McKinley Tennyson as he received a red card on 62'. After a Timbers' attack and with the players retreating McKinley was on the receiving end of an elbow from Impact defender Pizzolitto. McKinley turned to confront the Montreal player, but the referee must have only seen the retaliation and not the original offence and the Timbers' forward had to make the long walk back to the dressing room. If the Impact thought the game would swing thier way they were sorely mistaken, as first Bryn Ritchie on 64' and then Fadi Afash (for his 18th of the year) scored 2 quick goals. With the smoke clearing in the woodshed the Timbers were 1 man down and 3 goals up all in the space of 5 minutes.
Bobby Howe made some shrewd substitutions late on and the Impact's Roberto was sent off late capping Montreal's sorry night.

[timberlog match report]

posted by the timberlog at 12:04 AM



Thursday, August 29, 2002

Textcast - Portland Timbers v Montreal Impact

Yet another timberlog text experiment tonight live from PGE Park. Usual caveats apply: May not work, may be too wrapped up in the game etc etc blah blah!

posted by the timberlog at 12:07 PM



Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Who do you want to be interviewed next?

It's time for you dear reader to choose which Timbers' player you would like to be subjected to the timberlog's very poor interviewing technique. Vote below, and remember not to just choose your favorite player, but vote for someone you think will have something interesting to say.
I've listed all the current roster players, but if there is someone in the Timbers organization i've missed out drop me a line and let me know. I'll interview anyone!

Interview Poll

posted by the timberlog at 10:58 AM



Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Timbers First Round Playoff Date Set

The Portland Timbers announced today that they will host the first game of their first-round playoff series Thursday, Sept. 5 at PGE Park. Kickoff is 7:05 p.m. Tickets for the September 5 home playoff match go on sale at PGE Park Thursday, Aug. 29 at 9 a.m. On that date, tickets will be made available at all Portland-area Ticketmaster outlets as well, including select Fred Meyer and G.I. Joe's locations.

Sancho named to A-League Team of the Week

Portland defender Brent Sancho was named to the A-League Team of the Week on Tuesday, Sancho was instrumental defensively in the Timbers' 2-0 win at Milwaukee and 2-1 overtime win at Minnesota during the week. He may however miss Thursday's game...depending on the convoluted suspension rules used by the USL!!! Matt Napoleon continues traveling back and forth between the Timbers and the Colorado Rapids of MLS. Napoleon is currently with the Rapids, but will return to Portland for Thursday's match vs. Montreal at PGE Park.

...and last and by all means least...[fanfare] Timberlog Team Sheet with extra added inaccuracy for your pleasure.

posted by the timberlog at 10:04 PM



McKinley Tennyson Interview

I sat down today with the Timbers' striker and current A-League top scorer for a short interview ahead of Thursday's clash with Montreal.

In other news: Erik Ozimek was training today and hopefully will get some playing time before the end of the Timbers' season.

I also had a quick chat with Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar. I think he is a bit disappointed he hasn't got on the scoresheet this year (especially as Mr Benedetti has now hit the back of the net!). I told him it was OK as he has been outstanding as a provider this year, but he didn't seem convinced! With any luck Hugo will get at least 1 goal before the Timber's season is finished

posted by the timberlog at 4:17 PM



Sunday, August 25, 2002

Timbers Win in Overtime: Portland 2 - 1 Minnesota


The Timbers ended a successful road-trip tonight with an overtime win in Minnesota. The Timbers got their revenge on the Thunder (who won at PGE Park just over a week ago) with goals from Scott Benedetti and McKinley Tennyson.

The Thunder took the lead on 69' through Johnny Menyongar and kept their lead until the 87th minute when Benedetti, who had only been on for 5 minutes, equilized with his first goal of the year. McKinley Tennyson gave the Timbers the points on 97' with his 18th goal of the year.

The Timbers played without Brian Winters who was suspended and did not play Fadi Afash. Brent Sancho picked up a yellow and will miss the next Timbers game, having exceeded 21 disciplinary points.

posted by the timberlog at 10:32 PM



Saturday, August 24, 2002

Timbers Assured of 2002 Playoff Place


With the Cincinnati Riverhawks going down at Minnesota 4-1 last night the Portland Timbers go into Sunday's game against the Thunder assured of an A-league playoff place. The Timbers final regular season game at PGE Park against the Montreal Impact is next Thursday 29th August at 7pm. The Timbers are then assured of at least 1 more game at PGE Park which will be played between Wednesday Sep 4th and Sunday Sep 9th.

posted by the timberlog at 7:39 AM



Wednesday, August 21, 2002

Timbers One Step Closer to Playoffs - Milwaukee 0 - 2 Timbers


POR: Howes (Tennyson) 15'
POR: Afash (Tennyson) 27'

[A good Milwaukee Report]
[Timbers Report]

With 4 points tonight the Timbers will clinch a playoff place if an in-form Minnesota beat Cincinnati on Friday. McKinley Tennyson takes a 2 point lead over Brian Ching in the A-League's overall points leader race with 2 assists tonight.

posted by the timberlog at 10:28 PM



News Round-Up:

Tennyson A-League Player of the Week


Yesterday Timbers' forward McKinley "Kei" Tennyson was named USL A-League player of the week for his 4-goal performance in Portland's 6-1 rout of El Paso. He is only the 3rd player to score a hat-trick in the league this season. Tennyson also leads the A-league in goals scored (17) and is tied with Seattle's Brian Ching for overall points leader (37).

In-Form Thunder Beat Timbers in Overtime


The Minnesota Thunder’s west coast sojourn was a fruitful one, defeating the Timbers 2-3 at PGE Park on Friday before upsetting the Seattle Sounders' unbeaten home record the next night with a 1-2 win.

The Timbers largest announced crowd of the season, 10,109 on youth soccer night saw the Thunder’s “OP” score a 98th minute winner in a game that saw the Timbers come back from behind twice. The Thunder struck first in the fifth minute, Matt Schmidt scoring with an assist from Don Gramenz. Fadi Afash scored his 15th goal of the season from defender Keith Costigan in the 28th to level the scores. Johnny Torres scored on 58’ from a counter attack and the second half substitute also set up the game winner that sent the Thunder into an 11 point lead over the Timbers in the Western Conference playoff race* for the 3rd seed. Chugger Adair had sent the game into overtime with a last minute equalizer, and his first goal of the year (Yay!!), after coming on as a sub in the 84th minute.

* In the playoff race the Timbers can clinch a playoff place if they win in Milwaukee this Wednesday and Cincinnati lose on Friday when they play in Minnesota. (Those 2 results would give the Timbers 54 points and the Riverhawks only a possible maximum 53 in their 3 remaining games). The only other question then is which seed the Timbers are placed in the West. Looking at the timberlog’s predictions (Ha Ha) I’m looking that the Timbers to finish 4th seed and end up playing the 5th seed, which will either be El Paso or Vancouver. I’m guessing that it may be El Paso to just edge Vancouver even though they have a tough schedule with their remaining games against Charleston and Seattle both in El Paso.
Vancouver play Montreal at home before ending the season with the last gasp showdown with the Timbers in Vancouver on Monday 2nd Sept. That last game could be very important in deciding who the Timbers play in the playoff first round, but both teams will have the benefit of knowing exactly what they have to do, all the other clubs having finished their games by then.

posted by the timberlog at 7:05 AM



Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Tennyson to Join LA Galaxy


The Los Angeles Galaxy today named Portland Timbers forward McKinley Tennyson as a developmental player with the Major League Soccer club. Tennyson, who currently leads the A-League in scoring and goals, will join the Galaxy following the season.

Tennyson, who scored four goals in Tuesday night's 6-1 victory over El Paso at PGE Park, will replace Project-40 forward Isaias Bardales Jr. The Galaxy originally acquired the rights to Tennyson in a trade with the Columbus Crew on Aug. 15, 2001, in exchange for a conditional 2002 MLS SuperDraft pick.

"It's great to see 'Kei' get the kind of recognition he deserves," said Jim Taylor, general manager of the Timbers. "I know he demands a lot of himself and hopefully he's getting a little satisfaction out of the kind of year he's having. I know I am. Hopefully, he'll help lead us to a championship here in Portland and then go down to L.A. and do the same for the Galaxy."


"We look forward to having McKinley Tennyson as another option off the bench as we begin our final run to the MLS Playoffs," said Doug Hamilton, vice president and general manager of the Galaxy. "His time in the A-League and on the field has served him well to prepare him for this opportunity."


posted by the timberlog at 5:41 PM



Team Sheet Ready for Inspection, SIR!

Ok, here's the skinny for those of you new to this. Print out the team-sheet. Not only do you get highly suspect guesses at team line-ups, but you get in-depth (HA!) analysis and probing discussion (HO!) of the up coming game. I can't be there for the Minnesota game, but this, dear reader, is my offering to you.
Enjoy!

posted by the timberlog at 2:01 PM



El Paso Match Report Posted

Operators of PGE Park still lag in rent payments - More bad news from PFE. The good news (contrary to some views) is that, under the current agreement with the city, PFE have to keep both the Beavers AND the Timbers. So both legally and financially (PFE need all the events they can at PGE Park) the Timbers do have a future. However, keep an eye on further developments and especially any renegotiating to that PFE/City agreement.

posted by the timberlog at 1:11 PM



Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Timbers Destroy El Paso 6 - 1


The Portland Timbers warned the rest of the A-league tonight at PGE Park, scoring 6 goals, gaining 5 points beating the El Paso Patriots comprehensibly. McKinley Tennyson streaked ahead at the A-League top scorers table with 4 goals and the game ended with a classic strike from Vadim Tolstolutsky.

The Timbers got on their way in the 12th minute with Tennyson heading home Hugo Alcaraz' corner. An almost exact repeat on 18' - corner Alcaraz, Tennyson head from close range. Dos Santos pulled one back for El Paso on 26' before Greg Howes set up Tennyson for his hat-trick on 31'. On the stroke of half-time Fadi Afash beat Llamas from 16 yds and the Timbers went in with a commanding 4 - 1 lead.

Tennyson's control and volley from Alcaraz' cross on 70' made it 5 - 1 and Vadim's 30 yd blast into the top right corner (he has to have 1 classic goal each season right?) finished it off in the 89th minute to make it 6 - 1.

...oh...and Greg Howes missed a penalty and Chris Smith saw his first action of the year! It all happened at PGE Park tonight.

[full report tomorrow]

posted by the timberlog at 11:25 PM



Tennyson makes Team-of-the-Week for Fourth Time

No surprise there then!! McKinley Tennyson was named today to the USL's A-League Team of the Week for his efforts in the Timbers' 3-2 win over Vancouver on Saturday.

Tennyson, 23, has scored two goals in six of the Timbers' last seven matches and is riding a seven-game point streak. He scored two of the Timbers' three goals in Saturday's victory over the Whitecaps, adding an assist on Greg Howes' goal to give him a season-high five points for the match.

posted by the timberlog at 5:11 PM



Team Sheet!

El Paso game team sheet (read: sarky comments, team line-ups divined by obscure occult methods and sundry in-jokes) is ready.

posted by the timberlog at 11:07 AM



Monday, August 12, 2002

"Two-Goal" Tennyson Takes Timbers a Step Closer to the Playoffs


McKinley Tennyson scored another 2 goals, took his personal tally to 13 (and took him into a tie with Fadi Afash for the league's 2nd leading scorer behind Brian Ching) and gave the Timbers a crucial 5 points in their search for a place in the 2002 A-League playoffs at PGE Park on Saturday night. The Timbers ran out 3-2 winners over the Vancouver Whitecaps after losing a early 2-0 lead to 2 Jason Jordan goals.

Tennyson headed home Hugo Alcaraz' cross in the 31st minute and set up Greg Howes' well placed goal from 20yds in the 35th. Jordan got one back for the Whitecaps just before half-time and with the Whitecaps having by far the best of a lacklustre Timbers second half, Jordan equilized on 78'. With the game headed for overtime, Tennyson got the game winner on 90' giving the Timbers an important win and 5 points.

posted by the timberlog at 1:07 PM



Friday, August 09, 2002

Preview - Timbers v Whitecaps

At PGE Park tomorrow night (7pm kick off) the Timbers play the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first of 3 crucial home games. The results of these games against Vancouver, El Paso (Tues) and Minnesota (Fri) are important for each team as they all look for playoff places in the Western Conference. The Timbers are 1-0-1 against the Whitecaps this year and have an important advantage in head-to-head points having picked up a bonus point in the 3-1 victory at PGE Park back in June.

Matt Napoleon returns after sitting on the bench for the Colorado Rapids in their game against LA, and the Timbers will also have the services of Chris Roner and Scott Bower (both on loan from San Jose) for this and the next 2 home games. The 2 loans will help fill the gap left by the release of Sean McAuley to Halifax Town during the week.

The Timbers injury list is (almost) empty. The unfortunate Erik Ozimek is still sidelined with a stress fracture of the foot.

posted by the timberlog at 6:33 PM



Wednesday, August 07, 2002

USL A-League Playoff Structure Revealed!!

2 useful links to the A-League playoff structure and tiebreakers courtesy of A-League.com who have stepped into the void after the collapse of USLSoccer.com.

2002 A-League Playoff Structure
2002 A-League Tiebreakers

posted by the timberlog at 1:50 PM



Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Sean McAuley Released by Timbers


The Portland Timbers announced today that they have given Sean McAuley his release from the club in order to take a player/coaching position with Halifax Town Football Club of the Nationwide Conference in England.

"I have real mixed emotions about this decision because I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here," said McAuley. "This is a terrific opportunity for me though, and one that I really can't pass up. It gives me the opportunity to further my coaching skills, which is something I very much want to pursue once my playing career is over. Plus, I want to continue to work on my college degree. This will allow me the opportunity to do that."


[full press release on portlandtimbers.com]

posted by the timberlog at 5:29 PM



Note change in schedule: Due to Milwaukee's game in the US Open Cup against the KC Wizards there is a schedule change which affects the Timbers. The Rampage was originally scheduled to play the Timbers on August 24, but will now face the Timbers on Wednesday, August 21 at 7:30 p.m. [thanks to Angie for pointing this out!]

posted by the timberlog at 6:22 AM



Saturday, August 03, 2002

Timbers Fall to Late Goals in El Paso


The Timbers scored goals on the road, earned a bonus point, but eventually lost 4 - 3 to El Paso tonight.

The Patriots (9-8-6, 48 pts) fought back from a 3-2 deficit with a pair of goals by Daniel Frias to stun the Timbers and keep a firm grasp on second place in the Western Conference's Pacific Division.

Portland (8-10-3, 40 pts) did earn a bonus point for scoring three times in the match, moving into a third-place tie with idle Vancouver, but the Timbers were clearly decimated by the outcome.

McKinley Tennyson scored another brace in the first half, the sides goaing in with 2 goals a piece. El Paso's two first-half goals were gifts. Patriots forward Omar Mora tied the game at 1-1 with a 50-yard blast, chipping Portland goalkeeper Matt Napoleon, and Edu Silva scored from a penalty kick.

Fadi Afash put the Timbers ahead on 54' with his 13th goal (tied with Seattle's Brian Ching), but El Paso hit back with 2 goals by Daniel Frias on 71' and 80'.

[ElPasoTimes Report]

posted by the timberlog at 11:29 PM



Friday, August 02, 2002

Ochoa Back for El Paso Game

Jesus Ochoa will be joining the Timbers for the second time, on-loan from the Los Angeles Galaxy. Ochoa will boost a roster that will be without Greg Howes, who will be serving his 1-game suspension after receiving a red card in Calgary.

The Timbers also announced that goalkeeper Matt Napoleon will be loaned to the Colorado Rapids of MLS, effective after Saturday's match.

It will be the second time this season Napoleon has been on loan to an MLS team. He joined the Dallas Burn in July, but did not appear in a match. Napoleon will play for the Timbers at El Paso on Saturday and join the Rapids following the match. The keeper is scheduled to be back with Portland before its next scheduled match against Vancouver on August 10.

posted by the timberlog at 9:22 PM



Thursday, August 01, 2002

Who's a Naughty Boy Then?

Who's the worst/best behaved team in the A-League? Wonder no longer!!

posted by the timberlog at 10:08 PM



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