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Sunday, March 23, 2003

Fire Scrimmage

McKinley Tennyson (center) suited up for the Chicago Fire

A sporadically wet afternoon at the University of Portland’s Merlo Field saw the Chicago Fire run out 6-0 winners against a team made up of signed Timbers, timbers trialists and a couple of Seattle Sounders players (Gregor and Burpo). McKinley Tennyson was present, suited up for the Fire (“ I was hoping not to see McKinley this afternoon”, was Jim Taylor’s comment!), but there was no indication as to whether he is likely to sign for the Fire or return to Portland next year. It was mixed emotions, wanting to see him play well and get his chance in the MLS and hoping he fouled up big time!

The first half was a pretty evenly matched affair considering, with the Fire taking the lead on 11’ through a powerful header from Damani Ralph, which sailed past Burpo in the Timbers/Sounders goal. The Seattle keeper had a particularly impressive first half, pulling off one memorable save in particular, tipping over a swirling 35 yd drive from Fire full back Kelly Gray to gasps from the Fire bench.

There were a number of signed Timbers on display throughout the game. Gavin Wilkinson, Erik Ozimek, Ben Somoza, Brian Winters, Hugo Alcarez-Cuellar and Bryn Ritchie. There were also a number of players who according to Jim Taylor were all getting looked at closely. A few names: Byron Alvarez (who was formally signed to the Metro Stars), Jason Melendez (UNLV) who both played up front and Aaron Heinzen (U of W) at the back.

Chris Smith, Matt Napoleon’s understudy last year, played the second half and found himself up against a Fire front line of McKinley Tennyson and Rodrigo Faria. The Fire took control in this half and starting with a long range shot from Craig Capano on 51’ (all times approx!) scored 5 more. Tennyson got the 3rd on 55’ shooting from the edge of the box, and then Faria ended the game with a hat-trick (74’ 83’ and 87’). With Fire boss Dave Sarachan looking on from the stands, the game ended with the small crowd having seen the likes of DaMarcus Beasley, Zach Thornton and Chris Armas, possibly the last game McKinley Tennyson will play in Portland for a while and the first signs of the 2003 Timbers side.

posted by the timberlog at 3:50 PM

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Costigan Returns

The Timbers have announced the re-signing of left-sided midfielder/defender Keith Costigan. The Dublin native and occasional bottle-blond will be returning for his 3rd year in a Timbers shirt. The 26 year old originally signed for the team in 2001 after attending the open tryout and ranks as one of the Timbers most impressive finds in 3 years of A-League soccer. Welcome back Keith!

posted by the timberlog at 12:29 PM

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

News Roundup:

The Timbers search for a keeper goes on. Bobby Howe: "I'd say that right now we're exactly where we were in Year 1: Looking for a goalkeeper. And that's not good."...Metropolitan Sports are persuading the City to waiving $864,000 in back rent, but are unable to find money to pay off the debt owed TIAA-CREF, their original lender...Chicago Fire to play a scrimmage against a Portland/Seattle combined team at the U of P Sunday at 1pm [no news about how "closed" this game will be yet]

posted by the timberlog at 1:33 PM

Friday, March 14, 2003

MLS a "perfect fit" for Portland?

So says Dennis Howard of the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center in Eugene in this article!

...and Portland mentioned in this article in the Chicago Daily Herald. Not sure if the writer is basing his mention of Portland on fact or assumption, given that P-Town has not been mentioned by other pundits as a serious MLS candidate recently.

posted by the timberlog at 7:19 AM

Thursday, March 13, 2003

Bryn Ritchie to Return

The Timbers have announced that defender Bryn Ritchie will be returning to PGE Park for the 2003 season.
"We are delighted that Bryn has re-signed with the Timbers," said Bobby Howe. "He had a very promising first season with us last year. He improved his performance and gained in confidence as the season progressed. We are looking for him to become an impact player this year."

Great news as Bryn looked to be one of the most improved players last year culminating with a great performance in the Montreal game.

posted by the timberlog at 2:39 PM

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Fire to Train in Portland
The Chicago Fire have announced that they will be including Portland in their pre-season training tour after cancelling a planned trip to Portugal.

The MLS side, who currently have Timbers' draft keeper Curtis Spiteri in their pre-season roster and also boast more former U of P players (Nate Jaqua and Kelly Gray) in their side will be in Oregon from March 21 - 26.

posted by the timberlog at 3:43 PM

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