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Friday, December 19, 2003

...much ado about Big Game Capital

...more press on the Timbers/Beavers ownership saga.

[Oregonian Editorial]

That article notes that Beavers attendance in terms of actual turnstile figures "dropped from an average of 5,137 fans in the seats in 2001 to 3,504 this past season -- a depressing decline".

Note that the Timbers figures for the last 3 years (actual turnstile, Source: City of Portland) are: 2001 (4,169), 2002 (3,722) and 2003 (3,177) a similar (although not so precipitous) decline.


[PCL's Views on Beavers]

[Tribune on the Veeck-Rickey Grudge]

posted by the timberlog at 1:23 PM



Wednesday, December 17, 2003

A-League College Draft

The Portland Timbers picked up forward Alan Gordon from Oregon State and defender Leonard Griffin from UCLA, in the 2004 College Draft today.

Both Gordon, a native of Gilbert, Ariz, and Griffin (from Palmdale, CA) were selected as NSCAA 2003 Division I All-Far West first-team players. Griffin was also named to the 2003 Division I All-America first-team.

Both players will be playing in front of MLS coaches and managers as part of the 2004 MLS/Adidas player Combine (Jan11-Jan13 at the Home Depot Center), trying to earn a spot in the 2004 MLS Super Draft.

[Note: Out of the other A-League clubs only Toronto, Milwaukee and Montreal were teams picking up college players who have been invited to the Adidas/MLS player Combine...which shows...er something! Hopefully it shows that Portland aims high when trying to attract college talent]

posted by the timberlog at 2:37 PM



US Soccer Announces Fan Best of 2003 Awards

Portland's best showing was second place in the "Best US Crowd" section for the Oct 5th crowd at PGE Park during the WWC.

Portland soccer fans finished 4th in the "Best US Fans" catagory behind Chicago, Washington and Los Angeles, but ahead of Kansas City (MLS), Philadelphia and Rochester, N.Y. (A-League).

posted by the timberlog at 12:54 PM



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