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Friday, July 30, 2004

Friday Roundup

A few items from around the Timbers' and the US Soccer world:

Lee Morrison breaks nose in Calgary game! Ouch!

The topic de jour/semaine on talktimbers.com is this letter received from an irate visitor to PGE Park by Timbers GM Jim Taylor. The post has brought into focus the tensions between occasional visitors to PGE Park and the week-in-week-out fans who occupy 107 and centers mainly around the "You suck, assh@%#" chant that accompanies every opposing keeper's goal kicks.
Personally I agree with Jim when he asks the fans to "... show a little more creativity than sinking to the lowest common denominator and resort to foul language", but it may be too difficult putting this particular genie back in the bottle.

The letter certainly brought out the most creative response from roberto, making the point of those who see section 107 as the heart of the Timbers.

NW Woman makes Greek Olympic Soccer team
22-year old Walker Loseno from Seattle will play soccer for Greece in the upcoming Olympics. The host nation have been looking for women with any Hellenic connection and Loseno is 1/4 Greek. The very first event of the Olympic Games is a game between the United States and Greece. On that day at Gonzaga University, Walker's college teammates will be watching with divided loyalties.

MLS Commissioner Don Garber in Washington Post
Among other things Garber mentions are potential teams for further 2006 MLS expansion (no PDX on this list). The teams are Seattle, Houston, San Antonio, Cleveland and Rochester, N.Y., as top candidates but also Atlanta and Philadelphia as possibles.

MLS teams will have a reserve league system in place next year. Chicago Fire GM Peter Wilt has added that a possible scenario is four extra developmental spots or two minimum salary and two developmental spots per team. Reserve teams would play within conference 4x each (20 games) to minimize travel costs (mainly on Mondays to include a few players who played small minutes on Sat.). Add scrimmages vs. 1st side, local USL and amateur clubs to get up to 30+ games.

The timberlog has heard that the USL"...feel strongly that if MLS commits to reserve teams in 2005 that the most effective and economical means of doing so would be to incorporate them into the existing structure of the Pro Soccer League or PDL."
That makes a lot of sense, especially considering that the current Chicago Fire Reserves currently play in the USL's PDL.
Even though the MLS and A-League markets would be separate (although think of the poor Utah Blitzz getting to be 1 of 3 teams in SLC!), the addition of the MLS reserve teams might have some affect on the current system of loans between the 2 leagues. The current system, in part, gives young MLS players a chance to get playing minutes under their belts, something that a reserve team setup would provide instead.

Utah Coach Possibles
That same Washington Post article mentions former DC United coach Thomas Rongen as one of several candidates to coach the expansion Salt Lake City club. Former U.S. World Cup coach Steve Sampson, a Utah native, is also believed to be under strong consideration. No mention of Bobby Howe...yet.

posted by the timberlog at 1:44 PM

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