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Friday, June 04, 2004

Charleston v Portland

Tonight the Portland Timbers face the Charleston Battery at Blackbaud Stadium.

Charleston, last season's A-League Champions, have had an uncharacteristic 2-3-3 start to the year and in their last home game lost to Atlanta 4-2 a defeat that Battery coach Chris Ramsey described as a "complete and total debacle".

The Battery have injury problems with midfielder Ted Chronopoulos, former Timber Nick Downing and Chris Goos all out, but have top forward (and son of Timbers assistant coach) Paul Conway back in the squad.

[Update] According to Timbers radio man Andy Macnamara (who posts occasionally over at the soccercityusa board) the Battery have sold 3800 tickets for tonight's match (5,100 capacity) and the Battery will also be without newly signed Ezra Hendrickson.

The Timbers go into this weekend's road-trip knowing that they are the team everyone is trying to knock down from their perch at the top of the Western Conference. With another game tomorrow in Atlanta it may be time for the Timbers' bench to come into their own to support the core of the team that has given us a 5-0-0 start to the year.

Alcaraz-Cuellar keeps on giving

O article on Timbers wing-man extrodinaire Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar who still yearns for a chance in either MLS or the Mexican First Division, but until that chance comes, lights up the right side for the Timbers week in-week out.
"We know (losing) is going to come, but, honestly, I don't want to lose a single game."


Today's Tribune
"I would settle for two ties, playing on the road," Portland coach Bobby Howe says. "One win would be great, two would be fantastic."


The Timbers are still waiting for international clearance for their signing of Andrew Gregor, but he will definitely be able to play when the July 5th transfer window opens.

Memo Arzate has not travelled with the team (knee sprain).

Defender Edwin Miranda, a native of El Salvador, received clearance this week and is now eligible to play for Portland.

Timbers GM on the smoke bombs at the last home game:
"The fans see games all around the world, like in Italy, where there are flares in the stands, smoke bombs, rolls of toilet paper on the field, and all sorts of crazy things," Taylor says, "but smoke bombs just don’t go over here. The army is a very responsive group, though, and I don’t foresee any future problems."

posted by the timberlog at 10:07 AM



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