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Thursday, March 25, 2004

Saunders Picks Playing Over Sitting

Oregonian article this morning on Josh Saunders' choice to sign a 1-year contract and return to the Portland Timbers rather than sitting an MLS team's bench.

After returning to San Jose in September, Saunders got some brief playing time before the MLS playoffs, but he never left the bench as the Earthquakes won the championship.

An offer of being #3 for the Columbus Crew didn't cut it with an offer to return to Portland, where Josh impressed the Timber's faithful (always a difficult job apres Napoleon!).

Asked if PGE Park's problems concerned him:
"It does, but I have confidence in the city to work it out. There's nothing we can do, because we're not doing the business side. It's kind of out of our hands."


Other news from that article:

Numerous others are on the verge of signing, plus No. 1 draft choice Alan Gordon, a forward from Oregon State University, and midfielder Alex Bengard, a former Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders player.

Camp opens April 1: The Timbers open training camp at PGE Park next Thursday, but there will be informal workouts Monday through Wednesday

Forward Byron Alvarez became a father on March 14 when his wife, Kristen, gave birth to a 7-pound, 14-ounce daughter, Sorayah.

Among those not expected to return this season is defender Bryn Ritchie, who was talking retirement after knee surgery during the winter

posted by the timberlog at 7:56 AM



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