Friday, August 29, 2003
Timbers to Honor Clive Charles Tonight
posted by the timberlog at 6:30 AM
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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2003
I Owe Everything To This Game
posted by the timberlog at 1:15 PM
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Forever Blowing Bubbles - Clive Charles Passes
Clive Charles died today
posted by the timberlog at 7:42 PM
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.
[Left out of Top 25 Influential People in Oregon Sports!!??
Monday, August 25, 2003
Timbers Season Ends in El Paso
posted by the timberlog at 5:55 PM
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
Thursday, August 21, 2003
Clive Charles to be Honored at Next Timbers Home Game
posted by the timberlog at 11:38 AM
[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."
Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Wilkinson Named to A-League Team-of-the-Week
posted by the timberlog at 2:09 PM
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.
Seattle Sagared: Timbers 1 - 0 Sounders
posted by the timberlog at 10:16 AM
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.
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.
Monday, August 18, 2003
Timbers v Sounders Tonight at PGE Park
posted by the timberlog at 1:27 PM
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.
Sunday, August 17, 2003
...and across the water
Brent Sancho played in Dundee's 2-0 loss to Dunfermline
posted by the timberlog at 10:14 PM
and seemed to impress Dundee fans, being mentioned as a Man-of-the-Match candidate
on Dundee messageboards.
10-Man Timbers Draw in Vancouver
posted by the timberlog at 9:55 PM
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.
Timbers Cling to Playoff Hopes: Timbers 1 - 0 Indiana
posted by the timberlog at 1:05 PM
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
nearly equilized before the final whistle, but for a diving one-handed save
by Portland keeper Josh Saunders
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
Friday, August 15, 2003
10 Reason to Watch the Portland Timbers Tonight
posted by the timberlog at 2:50 PM
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
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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!)
- 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.
- 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
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Timbers v Indiana Blast - Friday Aug 15th 7pm
posted by the timberlog at 1:22 PM
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
Alvarez Named to A-League Team of the Week...Again
posted by the timberlog at 10:31 AM
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.
Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Women's World Cup Reminder
posted by the timberlog at 10:21 AM
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.
More PGE Park Woes
Oregonian on the uncertain future of the Beavers PCL baseball team
posted by the timberlog at 10:09 AM
, 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.
Monday, August 11, 2003
Timbers Split Weekend - Playoff Hopes Still in the Balance
posted by the timberlog at 9:37 AM
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
Oh, and anyone wondering about this:
Manuel was on-loan to the California Gold.
Friday, August 08, 2003
Saunders Strives For Perfection
posted by the timberlog at 10:53 AM
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."
206 v 503
posted by the timberlog at 7:21 AM
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
Thursday, August 07, 2003
Saturday 7pm Portland v Seattle at PGE Park
posted by the timberlog at 6:05 PM
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!
Wednesday, August 06, 2003
A-League Suspensions Updated
posted by the timberlog at 2:54 PM
Byron Alvarez - En Fuego
posted by the timberlog at 11:51 AM
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
Black Queens Announce More Pre-Tournament Games
posted by the timberlog at 7:35 AM
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
Monday, August 04, 2003
Black Queens Arrive in North West
posted by the timberlog at 10:51 AM
The Ghanaian women's soccer team, the "Black Queens" will play their first warm-up game in the North West
on Saturday, Aug. 9, 8 p.m. at University High. Team NW
will be made up mainly of players from the Seattle Hiberian Saints
Friday, August 01, 2003
posted by the timberlog at 1:17 PM
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.
: looks like Vancouver
will have a few players sitting out games in the near future. Red cards to Corrazin
against El Paso and then yellows to Thompson
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
timberlog - WWC Edition
posted by the timberlog at 10:05 AM
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.