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Friday, August 29, 2003

Timbers to Honor Clive Charles Tonight

The Portland Timbers will honor Clive Charles in a halftime ceremony tonight at PGE Park.

The Timbers final game of the 2003 A-League season (KO 7pm), against an El Paso side that ended the team's playoff drive, will see a banner hung on the parks' rafters by a returning Timber Jim. Charles' number 3 jersey will also be retired.

posted by the timberlog at 6:30 AM



Wednesday, August 27, 2003

I Owe Everything To This Game

A great Soccer America interview with Clive Charles from January of this year.

posted by the timberlog at 1:15 PM



Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Forever Blowing Bubbles - Clive Charles Passes


1951-2003

Clive Charles died today aged 51 after a battle with prostate cancer. The University of Portland coach and major figure in both Portland and US soccer started his playing career in the East End of London with West Ham United (1970-73). He also played for Cardiff City before joining the Portland Timbers (1978-81). Charles went on to coach the US Women's U-20 team, the U-23 men's team (including the 2000 Olympic side) and was also the assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team under Steve Sampson, a stint that included the 1998 World Cup in France.

As coach at the University of Portland he took the men's and women's teams to 13 conference titles, 20 NCAA tournament berths and seven Final Four appearances and, just as important, players who have played under him have found success throughout the US and Europe playing at the highest level.

Thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Clarena, 2 children: 25 year old Sarah and 27 year old Michael, his friends and those touched personally and professionally by Clive throughout his life.

Fans can pay their respects...and sing their hearts out at the Timbers final game of 2003 at PGE Park this Friday (7pm) when Clive's #3 shirt is retired.


[OregonLive Obituary]

[Sporting News]

[Left out of Top 25 Influential People in Oregon Sports!!??]

posted by the timberlog at 7:42 PM



Monday, August 25, 2003

Timbers Season Ends in El Paso

The Portland Timbers' late season run at the playoffs ended on Saturday night with a 3-1 loss in El Paso. Goals from Mike Griego and 2 from Lourence Andrade were enough to dash any hopes of the playoffs and not even Byron Alvarez' 12th goal of the year could lift Portland's spirits.

Evan a win in El Paso would have been academic as Vancouver beat Minnesota on Sunday night 1-0 taking the Whitecaps and Seattle into the playoffs from the Pacific Division.

The Timbers end their 2003 season on Friday at PGE Park again against El Paso, KO 7pm

posted by the timberlog at 5:55 PM



Thursday, August 21, 2003

Clive Charles to be Honored at Next Timbers Home Game

[notice I didn't say FINAL!!]

Former Timber and current coach at the University of Portland, Clive Charles will be honored at the next Timbers game at PGE Park, against El Paso on Fri Aug 29th. Charles' number No. 3 jersey will be retired and a permanent banner will hang from the rafters of PGE Park.
"The retiring of Clive's jersey is a fitting testament to not only an outstanding player and true professional, but also to a colleague and a great friend," said Timbers' head coach Bobby Howe. "He has been an inspiration to all players that have had the privilege of playing for him, not only at the University of Portland, but also at club and national team levels."


posted by the timberlog at 11:38 AM



Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Wilkinson Named to A-League Team-of-the-Week

New Zealand international Gavin Wilkinson has been named to the A-League team of the week, both for his defensive skills and the game-winning goal in Portland's 1-0 win over Indiana last week.

posted by the timberlog at 2:09 PM



Seattle Sagared: Timbers 1 - 0 Sounders

The Timbers kept up their late push for the A-League playoffs last night with a 1-0 win at PGE Park in front of an announced 6,329.

Jake Sagare was the on-form player again scoring in the 55th minute after a dazzling run from midfield, beating Seattle defenders left and right before beating Preston Burpo in the Seattle goal.

The tired players now wait to travel to El Paso on Saturday and then finish the regular season on Friday Aug 29th at PGE Park against El Paso again. If the Timbers win in El Paso all eyes will be on Vancouver on Sunday as fans all over Oregon will be cheering on the Minnesota Thunder hoping that they prevent the Whitecaps from getting 3 points and thus ending the Timbers season.

[Oregonian report]

posted by the timberlog at 10:16 AM



Monday, August 18, 2003

Timbers v Sounders Tonight at PGE Park

The Portland/Seattle rivalry continues tonight at PGE Park when the Timbers take on the Sounders, kick off at 7pm.

The Timbers, who have only won 1 out of this season's 5 meetings so far, have to win to stay on course for a playoff place so get on down to NW Portland to watch another crunch game.

posted by the timberlog at 1:27 PM



Sunday, August 17, 2003

...and across the water

Brent Sancho played in Dundee's 2-0 loss to Dunfermline and seemed to impress Dundee fans, being mentioned as a Man-of-the-Match candidate on Dundee messageboards.

posted by the timberlog at 10:14 PM



10-Man Timbers Draw in Vancouver

The Portland Timbers battled to a 1-1 draw in Vancouver tonight despite having Scott Benedetti sent off in the 80th minute for his second yellow card.

The Timbers had taken the lead on 46' with a goal from Jake Sagare. Alfredo Valente equilized on 60' (more about the Whitecaps player who was listed as suspended tomorrow no doubt!) and the teams were deadlocked through 2 periods of overtime.

The Timbers now need to win their last 3 games, against Seattle at PGE Park on Monday night, in El Paso on Sat Aug 23rd and again at PGE Park for the final game of the season against El Paso again on Fri Aug 29th.

The Timbers also need Minnesota to beat or draw with Vancouver in the Whitecaps final game of the year in Minnesota on Sun Aug 24th.

[Oregonian Report]


posted by the timberlog at 9:55 PM



Timbers Cling to Playoff Hopes: Timbers 1 - 0 Indiana

The Portland Timbers hopes of a playoff place had stalled at PGE Park on Friday night in front of a season high announced crowd of 7,104. With the game goalless going into stoppage time Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar's free kick curled into the Indiana box found an unmarked Gavin Wilkinson who headed past keeper Femia.

Jeff Dresser nearly equilized before the final whistle, but for a diving one-handed save by Portland keeper Josh Saunders. Drama!

The Timbers travel to Vancouver today (Sunday) for yet another crucial game before returning to PGE Park on Monday for...yes you've guessed it...yet another must win game against Seattle.

More news on that game in Vancouver later tonight


posted by the timberlog at 1:05 PM



Friday, August 15, 2003

10 Reason to Watch the Portland Timbers Tonight

Ten Reasons why all you folks who haven't watched the Timbers this year should get to PGE Park tonight, 7pm.

10 The Best Crowd Watching in Town - Whether it's the metrosexuals in the beer garden, the eclectic woodshed, the increasing numbers of Latino and Latina fans or those who are just plain weird you'll have fun even in the games quiet moments...but this is soccer so there won't be many!

9 The Team - Overworked and underpaid (or not paid) the players in the green and white give their all every game. Playing in front of the adoring fans at PGE Park just add that extra incentive.

8 Goalscorers - Not only do the Timbers boast last year's leading scorers in the A-League, McKinley Tennyson (oh, who also has 11 goals this year so far...not too shabby!) and Fadi Afash, but the new kid in town Byron Alvarez isn't shy when in front of opposing keepers either...he's on 11 goals too.

7 Mascots - Come see who is in line to replace the Best mascot in the Whole World™ - Timber Jim as he announces his retirement. So far it's an Albino Monkey and people who look like Timber Jim from afar!

6 Goals - Of course the Timbers can't promise a hatload, but tonight's opponents the Indiana Blast aren't much cop so there's a good chance you'll be cheering all night (famous last words I know!)

5 Learn - Pick up some of the lingo before watching the Women's World Cup so you can amaze your friends...please don't call it "offsides" or you'll be ejected (just joking!)

4 The Players - Again, because that's what it's all about. New Zealand International? Gavin Wilkinson! Top Quality MLS keeper? Josh Saunders! Some of the best finishers in the country? The aforementioned Tennyson, Afash and Alvarez! Exciting Young Defenders? Check out Aaron Heinzen! The list could go on.

3 Drums - You like drums, I like drums, we all like drums! or if you just like banging stuff get yourself along to section 107 where you're be welcomed with open arms and you can bang away to your hearts content. This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, this ain't no fooling around!

2 Analyze This! - Watch the game then break it down with Portland's best fans online. Add your own comments at the soccercityusa.com message board. Tactics, insights or just plain "the referee's a wa**er!"

1 No Blackouts - You won't get any of those stinking blackouts at PGE Park, no sireee Bob! Oh wait a minute....

posted by the timberlog at 2:50 PM



Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Timbers v Indiana Blast - Friday Aug 15th 7pm

Next game on the Portland Timbers road to the playoffs is this Friday when they take on the Indiana Blast at PGE Park.

The Blast (3-2-19, 11pts) sit at the foot of the Central Division and seem to have been going through some internal problems this season resulting in announcing a new coach for the remainder of the season, Peter Baah, born in Blackburn and a former player for both Blackburn Rovers and Fulham.

Another crucial game for the Timbers (12-1-10, 37pts) so expect another big crowd and electric atmosphere at PGE Park.

Friday is Latino Heritage Night at PGE Park and festivities include a Mariachi band playing before the game and at halftime, Salsa dancing and Latin American cuisine featured throughout the night. In addition the Mexican National Anthem will be performed before the game.

The first 2,000 entrants to Friday's match will also receive complementary team photos of Byron Alvarez and Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar.

posted by the timberlog at 1:22 PM



Alvarez Named to A-League Team of the Week...Again

For the 4th time this year Byron Alvarez has been included in the A-League team of the week, this time for his 2 goals in the Timbers 3-1 win in Seattle on Sunday. Alvarez is now tied with Portland's other hot forward McKinley Tennyson on 11 goals for the year.

posted by the timberlog at 10:31 AM



Tuesday, August 12, 2003

Women's World Cup Reminder

News about the Women's World Cup in Portland can be found on the timberlog WWC Edition, including updated news on individual day tickets which go on sale this coming Friday.

posted by the timberlog at 10:21 AM



More PGE Park Woes

Oregonian on the uncertain future of the Beavers PCL baseball team, Metropolitan Sports LLC and by association the Timbers.

The group running both teams have made user fee payments -- the surcharge on tickets sold -- to the city ($200,000 to $300,000 a year), But has paid no rent, which would amount to nearly $1 million for the season.

The PCL may have to pull the Beavers from Portland if no resolution is found and it seems that uncertainty over the prospects of bringing MLB to Portland is hurting the search for potential investors in or buyers of PFE's assets.

posted by the timberlog at 10:09 AM



Monday, August 11, 2003

Timbers Split Weekend - Playoff Hopes Still in the Balance

The Timbers split their 2 weekend games with the Seattle Sounders, but not in the way one might have expected.

On Saturday in front of the Timbers biggest announced crowd of the year (6,831), a 28th minute goal from Seattle's Kyle Smith was enough to give the Sounders 3 points. Even playing their best soccer of the year according to coach Bobby Howe the Sounders held on to their lead with the Timbers outshooting Seattle 14-9 and having a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Then on Sunday, the Timbers traveled to Seahawks stadium and pulled a 3-1 win out of the hat with goals from McKinley Tennyson, Bryon Alvarez and a Seattle own goal (or maybe credited to Byron). The win, their first in Seattle in the last 3 seasons, kept the Timbers playoff hopes alive.

The Timbers play next this Friday (Aug 15th KO 7 pm) at PGE Park when they take on Indiana. Portland are in a must-win situation to stand a chance of filling one of the 2 pacific division playoff places, anything less than a perfect record in their remaining 5 games and their fate is dependent on how Seattle and Vancouver fair in their remaining 5 and 2 games respectively.

[Post Game Press]
Saturday - Oregonian

Sunday - Oregonian
Seattle Times

Oh, and anyone wondering about this:


Manuel was on-loan to the California Gold.

posted by the timberlog at 9:37 AM



Friday, August 08, 2003

Saunders Strives For Perfection

The Oregonian's John Nolan on Timbers keeper Josh Saunders.
"When you get to this level, you have to be your biggest critic," he said. "Sometimes, no one's there to bring you down or be hard on you. People try to be positive. But you can't allow that. I always want to be better."



posted by the timberlog at 10:53 AM



206 v 503

More on the long simmering Seattle v Portland rivalry from the Seattle Times which dates back to the NASL days. That rivalry will be continued this weekend - Sat at PGE Park 7pm kick off - tickets start at $8 general admission.

posted by the timberlog at 7:21 AM



Thursday, August 07, 2003

Saturday 7pm Portland v Seattle at PGE Park

Most important game of the year? Could be this Saturday at PGE Park (KO 7pm) when the Portland Timbers take on the Seattle Sounders.

The Timbers need a win (and preferably another in Seattle the following night) to keep their playoff hopes alive and the atmosphere at PGE Park will undoubtedly be electric. The Sounders come into the game on a high having beaten the San Jose Earthquakes in the US Open Cup this past week and the Timbers are yet to beat Seattle this year, so Portland will have to be at the top of their game.

The Timbers have a fully fit squad with both Adam Wilson and Manuel Brasil having recovered from injury. The Sounders will be without Andrew Gregor due to suspension. The Sounders will however have forward Roger Levesque (who is on loan from the San Jose Earthquakes for the remainder of the season) in their line-up.

The first 5,000 entrants to Saturday's match will receive Retro Timbers Pennants.

If that's not enough to get you to the game then what about THIS!

Saturday is Mascot Day at PGE Park with cute (and scary) figures from all over coming to celebrate Chainsaw the Monkey's birthday?!

There will be an unmissable mascot soccer match at half time! The little one is going to go CRAZY!

posted by the timberlog at 6:05 PM



Wednesday, August 06, 2003

A-League Suspensions Updated

The A-League suspensions and warnings tables are updated.

posted by the timberlog at 2:54 PM



Byron Alvarez - En Fuego

The Byron Alvarez story (which has been catching fire over the last few days thanks to being picked up on the AP wire leading to stories in tons of regional, national news sites and papers) is covered by the WWeek today.

posted by the timberlog at 11:51 AM



Black Queens Announce More Pre-Tournament Games

Games against the University of Portland and the Portland Rain will probably give Portland residents a chance to see the Black Queens in action prior to the start of the 2003 Women's World Cup.

The Queens are slated to play the University of Portland on August 20, the Portland Rain four days later and the University of Washington on August 28. The article on GhanaWeb.com also includes the names of the 20 players travelling from Ghana to the US on Thursday.

[Keep up with all the 2003 Women's World Cup News from the North West on the timberlog's WWC Edition]

posted by the timberlog at 7:35 AM



Monday, August 04, 2003

Black Queens Arrive in North West

The Ghanaian women's soccer team, the "Black Queens" will play their first warm-up game in the North West in Spokane on Saturday, Aug. 9, 8 p.m. at University High. Team NW will be made up mainly of players from the Seattle Hiberian Saints.

posted by the timberlog at 10:51 AM



Friday, August 01, 2003

Discipline!

Continuing the timberlog's series of infrequent stats on disciplinary points and after the success (yeah right!) of keeping track of the Portland players points on the team page (and of course last years hit "Who's a naughty Boy/Team then?" feature) we present the current warnings for A-League players.
Pretty useful if you are keeping track of which players are close to receiving suspensions in the all important final month of the season.

[Update: looks like Vancouver will have a few players sitting out games in the near future. Red cards to Corrazin and Heald against El Paso and then yellows to Thompson and Dasovic taking them both over the 21 point limit. We'll wait till later in the week to see the word from the USL and when their suspensions come into effect though]

posted by the timberlog at 1:17 PM



timberlog - WWC Edition

I've started a page specifically for the 2003 Women's World Cup here. A bit sparse at the moment, but as things heat up in the run-up to the tournament there should be more news. Mostly concentrating on the games in Portland and the teams that will be playing here, but some more general stuff on the finals too.

posted by the timberlog at 10:05 AM



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