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Monday, September 29, 2003

Sackey Shines and the Steel Roses Smell Sweet

A great night at PGE Park as Portland played host to the major world class WWC finals and an announced 19,132 saw African player of the year Alberta Sackey take the Black Queens to their first win of the tournament in front of their "home" crowd, scoring the 400th Women's World Cup goal in the process as Ghana beat Australia 2-1.

PGE Park, which became the only venue to host games in 2 consecutive tournaments, then saw China beat Russia 1-0 to take the top spot in Group D. The Chinese side played some scintillating soccer in the first half with Bai Jie scoring on 16'. The Steel Roses couldn't finish any of their multiple chances (including a penalty), but at times completely overwhelmed a stodgy Russian team. The second half could only be an anticlimax, but at the end of the evening the fans streamed home promising to return on Thursday to see one of the tournament favorites Germany take on Russia and the Chinese play Canada.

[Interesting Press]

Sackey Blasts "inefficient and ineffective" Leadership - Alberta Sackey blames Ghanaian Soccer Officials of "lacking the sense of direction and were only interested in interfering in matters which did not fall within their domain"

Crowds bring the world to PGE Park - A taste of the fans coming to PGE Park

Come back Black Queens! - "There is a chance Ghana will come back next year and eventually develop a more permanent relationship with Portland."

A look forward to Canada - A look at Canada's midfielder Brittany Timko ahead of their appearance at PGE Park on Thursday

Miscasting the WUSA - New York Times on why the WUSA failed. An interesting read on marketing to teen soccer players and their parents and the gap between playing and watching the sport

posted by the timberlog at 11:10 AM



Friday, September 26, 2003

WWC Preview

Portland's Women's World Cup games begin this Sunday with Ghana (fresh from the Zach Dundas piece "Black Queens in the 'burbs") taking on Australia at 5:15 p.m. and at 8 p.m., China playing Russia.

Russia sit atop of Group D with 2 wins, China are in second after dropping a couple of points to Australia (currently in 3rd place) in a 1-1 draw yesterday. Tigard based Ghana have yet to pick up a point, but hopefully will shine in front of their "home" crowd on Sunday. No team in Group D has rerally stood out so Sunday's games should be interesting.

Tri-Met will be running an increased service and as with Portland Timbers games you can ride free to PGE Park with a matchday ticket.

More recent WWC based news

KATU Get Angry Calls - for not showing the US opening game against Sweden live.

Nike v FIFA - USA 2003 a trademark!

The Turf goes down at PGE Park - Oregon Sports Authority comes up with the $100,000 for the grass and pays for the additional seating. The WWC is expected to pump about $7 million into the local economy.

posted by the timberlog at 9:55 AM



Tuesday, September 23, 2003

Jake Sagare joins Sean McAuley in Halifax

Timbers winger Jake Sagare has begun playing for his new team, Halifax Town of the English Nationwide Conference. He joins former Timber Sean McAuley and returns to England after playing for Grimsby last season. The Halifax Town Supporters Trust are paying Jake's travel and accommodation costs for the remainder of the season.
According to McAuley...
"Jake came to my attention when I played in America last summer. He is a talent. Like quite a lot of Americans he is raw in that they don't always get the best quality coaching as youngsters because football, or soccer as we might have to call it, isn't of a professional standard.


posted by the timberlog at 2:53 PM



Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Byron's Back

The Timbers have announced that Byron Alvarez has been signed to a 2-year contract keeping him in Portland through the 2005 season.
"We're very pleased to announce today the signing of Byron Alvarez to a multi-year contract that will keep him in a Timbers uniform through the 2005 season'" said general manager Jim Taylor. "Players of his character and caliber don't come along very often and we wanted to make a long-term commitment to him just as he's made a selfless commitment to the Timbers to play as an amateur this season."

Big news for the Timbers, keeping the popular forward who scored 12 goals in just 21 games for Portland and ranked fourth in the A-League during the 2003 season.

posted by the timberlog at 2:09 PM



Friday, September 05, 2003

Player Notes

Former U of P and Timbers (for a short while) keeper Curtis Spiteri is currently appliying for a UK work permit (using an Italian grandfather as leverage) in hopes of joining Aberdeen (where he was a trialist recently).

Nick Downing interview as he returns to the NE Revolution.


posted by the timberlog at 2:09 PM



Wednesday, September 03, 2003

"Why didn't they just call it Cointoss, Oregon?"

With the Timbers season over, posts about non-soccer related stuff may increase (why does that sound like a warning?!). For example (fanfare please!)

Comedy colossus Eddie Izzard is in town and last night he left a packed Newmark Theater with chronic jaw-ache as he presented his new show (hardly can call it a routine really) Sexie. The adoring crowd (including Gordon Elliot from the Food network...I know, my chances at getting a job as a gossip columnist are highly dubious!) saw Eddie do what he's best at - spinning observations off at tangents into outer space, but always including his staples of animals askew, history rethunk and the trials of tranvestism.

Highlights included a riff on the problems Medusa's hairdresser must have had; firefighters's poles - surely time to acknowledge their use as part of a performance and have longer poles, poles that curve around the outside of the fire station etc; meditations on Mohammed as a bringer together, a facilitator, as opposed to Jesus's stoner demeanor; failed guide dogs; the invention of fire; and the US immigration officer after comparing Eddie's passport photo with the real Eddie.

Can't wait for the DVD.

posted by the timberlog at 12:02 PM



Timbers Bright Future

The Oregonian on the Timbers' season - a success despite missing the playoffs in a rearranged A-League system this year. Jim Taylor has some positive words about 2004, with the bulk of the team set to return on multi-year contracts.
"We won't have the flux we've had in the past," Taylor said.

posted by the timberlog at 7:52 AM



Tuesday, September 02, 2003

Judge Dread

Nice article on Brent Sancho (currently plying his trade for Dundee) from The Scotsman

posted by the timberlog at 9:40 AM



Timbers Finish 2003 Season on an Emotional Note

The largest crowd of the 2003 season watched the Portland Timbers win their last game of the 2003 A-League season 3-0 against El Paso on Friday night and also witnessed an evening of tribute to former Timber and University of Portland coach Clive Charles.

Goals from Bryn Ritchie in the first half and Scott Benedetti and Jake Sagare in the second gave the Timbers their best overall record (15-2-11) in the last 3 seasons despite missing the playoffs this year.

[Stay tuned for a review of the 2003 season soon]

posted by the timberlog at 9:36 AM



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