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Friday, May 30, 2003

Timbers Bounce Back: Portland 1 - 0 Vancouver

[Of course when your humble correspondant has to miss a game the Timbers show more passion than the whole rest of the season combined! Oh well.]

The Timbers put tuesday night's performance against Minnesota behind them and beat the (formerly unbeaten) Vancouver Whitecaps 1 - 0. Byron Alvarez got the game winner on 75' heading Fadi Afash's cross over keeper Alex Marques.

[match reports]
Allison's Soccercity USA report
Oregonian
Whitecaps report

posted by the timberlog at 9:52 AM



Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Timbers Lose to Classy Thunder: Portland 0 - 3 Minnesota

The Minnesota Thunder came, saw and conquered at PGE Park last night beating a sorry looking Timbers three-nil. The impressive Marco Ferruzzi, all soft touches in midfield and a dancing shock of dark hair, hit an 18 yrd shot past Spiteri in the 30th minute...I wrote "cool" in my notes, but it was a more impressive strike than that implies. 9 minutes later on 39' it was Marshall Moorhead again supplying the pass, this time to the confident and skillful Johnny Torres, and the Thunder striker broke from about 25 yds towards goal, hitting another clean shot past Spiteri. 2 - 0 Thunder!

The Thunder finished the game on 75' after Ferruzzi found winger Kilickan and his cross from the right evaded all but recent substitute Johnny Menyongar and he tapped in from close-range.

Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar received a red card on 63' after retaliating after a hard challenge by Anderson and by the final whistle the Thunder had outshot the Timbers 15-3, a statistic that capped a highly disappointing night.

[full report]

posted by the timberlog at 11:44 AM



Tuesday, May 27, 2003

[team sheet for tonight's game against Minnesota]

Oregonian On Sagare
Taylor said he needs international clearance from the English Football Association before Sagare, 23, can rejoin the Timbers.
"I'm optimistic we'll have him (tonight), but it's not yet 100 percent certain," Taylor said Monday.

posted by the timberlog at 1:09 PM



Sunday, May 25, 2003

Timbers fall to 2-5-0 After 2-1 Loss to Calgary

Tennyson on 2', Chala equilized on 30' and then Korthus on 45' gave the Storm their first win over the Timbers. The Timbers fall to last place in the Pacific Division and Gavin Wilkinson suffered an injury to his right leg late in the first half.

[press]
Oregonian Report
Calgary Sun Report

Jake Sagare to Return
The nippy left sided winger has reportedly re-signed to the Timbers and will be available for this Tuesday's game at PGE Park against Minnesota.

Bobby Howe Interviewed for California Youth Soccer Position

Bobby Howe was one of the candidates for the recently filled post of Director of Coaching and Player Development for the California Youth Soccer Association according to this report from the Ventura County Star.

Portland's Bid for Women's World Cup Games

The Portland Sports Authority has bid to host at least some of the games this fall at PGE Park.

posted by the timberlog at 10:42 PM



Monday, May 19, 2003

Timbers Lose to Seattle...Again.

The Portland Timbers lost again to Seattle on Sunday evening, going down to a Marco Velez goal on 15’. The Timbers have now lost 3 straight games to Seattle this year and are 2-8-1 overall against the Sounders for the past 3 seasons.

The Timbers (2-4-0) now prepare for their next game in Calgary on Sunday before 2 games at PGE Park next week, on Tuesday against Minnesota and against Vancouver on Thursday.

[Post-game press]
Seattle Times - Rookie Velez scores only goal as Sounders beat Portland
Seattle PI - Sounders 1, Timbers 0: Velez makes aggressive move

Other Stuff
A-League attendance data updated
Oregonian - Stadium's financing plan a work in progress
Including a mention that to ready PGE Park for MLB the capacity will have to be increased to 25,000

BendBulletin - Ryan Youngblood Ex-local star sets sights on soccer's heights
With the info that Ryan is earning the A League's minimum base salary of $7,500 for a five-month season.

Vadim Tolstolutsky back playing with old team Hibernian and Caledonian Saints FC for 2003

posted by the timberlog at 9:30 AM



Friday, May 16, 2003

Timbers Almost Signed Second Kiwi

In this article a mention that "visa complications" stopped the Timbers signing yet another New Zealand international, Gerard Davis.

posted by the timberlog at 7:09 AM



Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Timbers Finally Hit Their Stride: Portland 4 - 1 Calgary


The Timbers easily beat the Calgary Storm at PGE Park tonight with the 2 players honored before the game for their goal scoring exploits last year both getting on the score sheet. The Timbers got off to a flying start when on about 30 seconds Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar's cross from the right was headed down past Calgary keeper Glasnovic by McKinley Tennyson for Fadi Afash to tap into the open net. The dynamic duo struck again on 6' when a ball from the back from Aaron Heinzen was headed down by Tennyson to Afash. The Syrian returned the pass and Tennyson beat Glasnovic cutting in from the left side of the box. 2 - 0 Timbers.

It was a great start for Portland, but the early goals also led to the team sitting back and Calgary came back into the game through a couple of uncharacteristic errors from Gavin Wilkinson. First Nick Downing had to cover to prevent Mark Korthius from baring down on keeper Burgman on 17' and on 19' Wilkinson again lost out, this time to the busy Dawes who chipped over the bar. The Storm has another chance on 32' when Bergman had to save from Zuniga (one of the better Calgary players on the night) from 12 yds. The Storm probably got their deserved goal on 36' after a mistake from keeper Burgman. Unable to hold a cross from Chala, Korthius hit the rebound from close in to make it 2-1.

The Timbers went in at half time 3-1 up however after Alcaraz-Cuellar threaded the ball to Tennyson on the right side of the box and he slipped it past the Storm keeper Glasnovic on 46'.

The second half started slowly and with both Afash and Tennson replaced (by Antoniuk and Vaughn respectively), and the game becoming slightly bad-tempered, the Timbers rounded off a good night when Winters' through ball on 79' allowed Melendez to hook the ball over Glasnovic and into the Storm net to make it 4-1 Timbers.

[full report posted here]

posted by the timberlog at 10:32 PM



[Timbers v Storm - Text Updates]

I'm not sure about the webcast situation for tonight's game against Calgary but anyhow i'm planning to do one of my rare text updates on the game. As before it's worth noting that this might not work as planned but if it does you can find updates (at the very least the score) here

posted by the timberlog at 1:11 PM



Women's World Cup: Coming to America?

Soccer America's article about the soon to be announced venue for the upcoming Women's World Cup. The tournament was moved from original host China due to fears over SARS. Sweden, Italy and Australia also have expressed interest in holding the event and the US has formally submitted a proposal. Bids from other interested countries have to reach FIFA by Thursday.

Although the possible venues have yet to be decided (there has been talk of an all-MLS stadium tournament) Portland could have a decent chance of hosting some games after it's sucess 4 years ago. (Timbers' GM Jim Taylor was heavily involved with the 1999 tournament as Venue Director for Portland)

[Oregonian article - U.S. shoots for refill of World Cup's joy]

posted by the timberlog at 12:02 PM



Major League* Coming to Portland?

* Major League Lacrosse that is!

News that Portland, along with Austin, Denver; Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento and Seattle are being considered as possible 2005 expansion cities for Major League Lacrosse.

More interesting is the mention that founder of the league Jake Steinfeld said he was also exploring a partnership with Major League Soccer and the Women’s United Soccer Association to build and share stadiums that would house teams from the three pro leagues.

posted by the timberlog at 11:11 AM



Tuesday, May 13, 2003

Team Sheet

instructions
1 click here
2 read poorly written comments about tomorrow night's game
3 print out
4 realize that your printer isn't turned on
5 turn on printer
6 print out
7 fold and take to the game in pocket
8 flash to gain entry to any number of swanky pre and post game soireés, members-only and VIP areas

Oh and hear what the Iraqi Information Minister (Chris Metz' stand-in) has to say about tomorrow's game

posted by the timberlog at 3:34 PM



Timbers Put Points on the Board: Calgary 0 - 1 Timbers

The Timbers put their poor early season form to rest (hopefully for good) with a single goal win in Calgary last night. The Syrian marksman Fadi Afash got his second of the year in the 44th minute from an assist from McKinley Tennyson (Come on McKinley you're falling behind here mate!). Cole Burgman started his first game in goal replacing former U of P keeper Curtis Spiteri.

[Post-game press]
Oregonian - Timbers Get First Win
Calgary Sun - Storm Fall Flat

posted by the timberlog at 9:18 AM



Monday, May 12, 2003

Literary Supplement

I know I've promised this before, but this time I mean it. As soon as I finish it there will be a book review incoming...you never know I may even go back and write something about The Miracle of Castel Di Sangro. This time around though it's A Season With Verona, Tim Parks' tale of a season supporting (and travelling to support) Italian team Hellas Verona.

posted by the timberlog at 12:19 PM



Sunday, May 11, 2003

Timbers Fall to 3rd Defeat. Vancouver 2 - 1 Timbers

The Timbers, by now traditional, poor early season form continues into 2003, going down 2-1 in Vancouver tonight.

Jordan (11'), Afash (54'), Morris (65').

Of course the good news is that the Timbers managed to score from open play (Bless you Fadi), something they failed to do until game 6 last year!!!!!

The Timbers travel on to Calgary tomorrow looking for their first points of the year.

Maybe I should have stayed in Rome.

[Vancouver post-game press]
Timbers score, but not enough
[Calgary pre-game press]
Storm hoping to keep rollin'

posted by the timberlog at 11:01 PM



Thursday, May 08, 2003

---timberlog update---

Struggling to get things in order, but now have links for the 2003 roster and basic stats, 2003 results and 2003 A-league attendance (over there on the right!). Hopefully the player profiles will be forthcoming.

Watch out for some more player interviews in the near future and hopefully a replacement 2003 player diary.

posted by the timberlog at 11:30 AM



Wednesday, May 07, 2003

Somebody Pinch Me

Apologies for the dead air for the last couple of weeks, but sometimes a poor timberlog needs to get away, in this case to the cities of AC Roma and AFC Wimbledon.
Now i'm back home, refreshed, but a little confused.
2 games, 2 losses to Seattle and out of the US Open Cup again. Surely I'm stuck in 2002 and once the jet-lag wears off I'll find out that the Timbers have made a stellar start to the new season.

Somebody pinch me!

posted by the timberlog at 9:01 AM



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[timberlog 2006]

roster/stats

results

usl d1 attendance

[Fixtures 2006]

4/22 Vancouver (A)
5/5 Vancouver (H)
5/6 Minnesota (H)
5/12 Miami (A)
5/14 Puerto Rico (A)
5/19 Rochester (H)
5/28 Toronto (H)
5/27 Minnesota (A)
6/2 Seattle (A)
6/3 Seattle (H)
6/10 Vancouver (H)
6/15 Minnesota (A)
6/17 Rochester (A)
6/18 Montreal (A)
6/30 Vancouver (A)
7/2 Miami (H)
7/14 Charleston (A)
7/15 Atlanta (A)
7/21 Seattle (H)
7/22 Seattle (A)
7/27 Virginia Beach (A)
7/29 Toronto (A)
8/4 Minnesota (H)
8/10 Virginia Beach (H)
8/18 Puerto Rico (H)
8/31 Montreal (H)
9/3 Charleston (H)
9/7 Atlanta (H)


[timberlog 2005]

current roster/player news

results/match reports

usl d1 attendance

2005 disciplinary points

[Fixtures 2005]

4/23 Toronto (H)
4/29 Minnesota (H)
4/30 Seattle (A)
5/7 Minnesota (A)
5/12 Charleston (H)
5/28 Virginia Beach (H)
6/3 Rochester (A)
6/4 Toronto (A)
6/6 Puerto Rico (A)
6/10 Vancouver (A)
6/16 Puerto Rico (H)
6/18 Rochester (H)
6/30 Montreal (H)
7/2 Vancouver (H)
7/8 Seattle (A)
7/9 Vancouver (A)
7/14 Vancouver (H)
8/5 Minnesota (H)
8/7 Seattle (H)
8/10 Montreal (A)
8/13 Minnesota (A)
8/20 Seattle (H)
8/27 Charleston (A)
8/28 Atlanta (A)
9/2 Virginia Beach (A)
9/3 Richmond (A)
9/8 Atlanta (H)
9/10 Richmond (H)


[timberlog 2004]

current roster/player news

results/match reports

a-league attendance

2004 disciplinary points

2004 player diary


[Fixtures 2004]

5/1 Seattle (H)
5/13 Calgary (H)
5/15 Seattle (A)
5/23 Vancouver (A)
5/29 Milwaukee (H)
6/4 Charleston (A)
6/5 Atlanta (A)
6/10 Edmonton (H)
6/12 Vancouver (H)
6/17 Rochester (H)
6/22 Minnesota (A)
6/23 Milwaukee (A)
7/2 Vancouver (H)
7/8 Edmonton (H)
7/16 Vancouver (A)
7/17 Seattle (A)
7/24 Seattle (H)
7/28 Calgary (A)
7/29 Edmonton (A)
7/31 Milwaukee (A)
8/5 Minnesota (H)
8/7 Edmonton (A)
8/8 Calgary (A)
8/12 Calgary (H)
8/14 Minnesota (A)
8/19 Puerto Rico (H)
8/27 Minnesota (H)
8/29 Milwaukee (H)


[timberlog 2003]

current roster/player news

results/match reports

tables

a-league attendance

2003 disciplinary points


[Fixtures 2003]

5/1 Seattle (H)
5/2 Seattle (A)
5/11 Vancouver (A)
5/12 Calgary (A)
5/14 Calgary (H)
5/18 Seattle (A)
5/25 Calgary (A)
5/27 Minnesota (H)
5/29 Vancouver (H)
6/7 El Paso (A)
6/8 Milwaukee (A)
6/12 Vancouver (H)
6/27 Calgary (H)
6/29 Calgary (A)
7/1 Vancouver (A)
7/3 Vancouver (H)
7/11 El Paso (H)
7/13 Milwaukee (H)
7/23 Cincinnati (A)
7/25 Minnesota (A)
7/27 Calgary (H)
8/9 Seattle (H)
8/10 Seattle (A)
8/15 Indiana (H)
8/17 Vancouver (A)
8/18 Seattle (H)
8/23 El Paso (A)
8/29 El Paso (H)


[timberlog 2002]

2002 team/player profiles

2002 results/match reports

2002 tables

2002 a-league attendance

2002 disciplinary points


[timberlog 2001]

2001 team/player profiles

2001 training camp

2001 results/match reports

2001 tables


[features/interviews]

Byron Alvarez

Fadi Afash

Jim Taylor 2003

McKinley Tennyson

Brent Sancho

10Q - Bobby Howe

10Q - Jim Taylor

10Q - Michael O'Neill

Bobby Howe - Pre-season

10Q - Hugo Alcaraz



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