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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Timbers Post-Season Starts Tonight

Calling tonight's game between the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders the most important game in the club's A-league history is no exaggeration.

Even though the team have made the playoffs in 3 out of 4 seasons, this time the stakes are higher. The Timbers have finished the regular season with the best overall record and are out to prove that they can continue that form into a 2-leg playoff format. This season almost everything has converged to this point. The passionate fans have attracted more core support, attendances have risen again after last seasons fall and the the best team put on the field since joining the A-League have pulled through a loss of form in mid season to finish with a 10 game unbeaten run.

A shot at the A-League title is exactly what the fans, the players, coaches and the club deserve.

Nicely avoiding Vancouver in the quarterfinals (who more times than not seem to have the edge over the Timbers especially at Swangard Stadium), the Timbers play a Seattle side who they have a 3-1-0 record over this year.

This is a game with a real "cup atmosphere" as both teams know each other well and players on both sides have played for both clubs in the past few years (Ben Somoza gets the Seattle P.I treatment this morning as he looks to help the Sounders put one over on the club that released him in 2003)

If the Timbers avoid injuries and red cards, get early goals through Alan Gordon and Byron Alvarez and don't have to rely on a 78' Fadi Afash substitution (exciting though it is!) they should win through to meet either Vancouver or Minnesota next week.

posted by the timberlog at 9:14 AM



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