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Monday, June 21, 2004

Minnesota v Portland Preview

This week sees the Portland Timbers travel to the midwest to play the Minnesota Thunder tomorrow night and the Milwaukee Wave United on Wednesday.

First up, the Thunder (21pts 6-1-3) who have started the 2004 season well, are unbeaten in their new St. Paul home and are neck-and-neck with the Timbers (21pts 7-3-0) at the top of the Western Conference.

The Thunder team shows some changes this year with the addition of 3 players from MLS squads (Chris Brunt and Kevin Friedland from the Kansas City Wizards and Jeff Mateo from the Columbus Crew) and Freddy Juarez from the old El Paso Patriots.

The players returning include perennial Amos Magee, this years top scorer for the Thunder Melvin Tarley (4 goals), Liberian Johnny Menyongar and Turkish winger Zafar Kilickan.

The Timbers are looking to prove that their start to the season was not a flash-in-the-pan by putting their 3 recent losses behind them, but the Thunder (always very smartly coached by Buzz Lagos) will not be the ideal team to face if a morale booster is needed. Portland might need to wait till Wednesday and the bottom team in the West, Milwaukee for that.

The latest on Josh Saunders is that he is looking unlikely to play this week after falling heavily on his hip in the game against Rochester and rookie Bayard Elfvin may get another chance to increase his stock.

The games this week will be aired live on KZNY AM-1010 with Andy McNamara calling the play-by-play. Arnulfo Alvarez will call the games in Spanish on KRMZ AM-1150. Both broadcasts can be heard on the Internet on OregonLive.com.

Fans can talk about the games, dissect Bobby Howe's coaching decisions and talk up the Timbers next game at PGE Park (Fri July 2nd against Vancouver) at talktimbers.com

posted by the timberlog at 2:51 PM



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