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Friday, April 30, 2004

Team Sheet Alert!

Here it is...the usual poor attempts at line-up guessing, pathetic attempts at "humor" and sad insights into the Timbers. Print it out, impress your enemies. Go have fun!

posted by the timberlog at 4:27 PM



10 Reasons to be at PGE Park on Saturday Night

1 The Portland Timbers - best sports team (notice I didn't use the word "franchise"!) in town.
2 Playing arch-rivals Seattle - who boast 2 players worth seeing (albeit for different reasons) former Timber Darren Sawatzky and former MLS standout, Brazilian Welton.
3 The Shed - The most passionate fans in the city and possibly the most passionate soccer fans in the country.
4 Timber Jim - back for another year, chainsaw, ropes and all!
5 The new Timbers - Midfielder Alex Bengard facing his old Seattle teammates, former University of Oregon forward Alan Gordon and skillful midfielder Memo Azarte.
6 Players from around the world - As well as the aforementioned Azarte who joins Byron Alvarez and Hugo Alcaraz (Mexico) the Timbers boast players from New Zealand (Gavin Wilkinson) and Edwin Miranda (El Salvador).
7 The most diverse crowd in town - ranges from Anarchist agitators to clubbing-clad cuties (so i'm told!) from stalwart old-timers to babes-in-arms.
8 Goalkeeper Josh Saunders-A stand-out last year who turned down roster spots in MLS teams to return to Portland
9 The Monkey - Well some people like him! If not, you can listen to the taunts from section 107
10 Goals - I'm predicting at least 3 from the Timbers tomorrow (please don't use any info found on this site for investment purposes!)

posted by the timberlog at 11:11 AM



Looking for a Faster Start

The yearly quest for the Timbers!

Oregonian article...major points:
Timber Jim (coolest mascot in the world) is back!
McKinley Tennyson (get well soon!) will almost certainly miss Saturday's game due to his nagging hip injury.
Brian Winters may also miss the game due to a foot injury.

...also Sagare switches time zones to be a Timber from the Trib.


and remember Saturday May 1st, PGE Park, Timbers v Seattle KO 7pm...it's going to be a corker!

posted by the timberlog at 10:07 AM



Thursday, April 29, 2004

Timbers 2004 Roster

The Portland Timbers have just released their finalized 2004 roster, days before the Saturday season opener at PGE Park against Seattle.

The new additions are:
Memo Azarte (UC-Santa Barbara)
Erik Cronkrite (U of Portland)
David Henning (Des Moines Menace, Milwaukee Rampage)
Edwin Miranda (Cal State-Northridge)
Shaun Saunders (Orange County Zodiac, Orange County Waves and the Colorado Foxes)

posted by the timberlog at 4:25 PM



Press Watch

Small WWeek item on the Timbers
Seattle Sounders Preview including mention of the fan-based Cascadia Cup

posted by the timberlog at 12:36 PM



Wednesday, April 28, 2004

2004 Roster Update

Finally added a link to the 2004 Portland Timbers roster as it stands today (over ther on the right). Expect some more announcements on signings this week ahead of Saturday's opener at PGE Park.

posted by the timberlog at 12:43 PM



Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Fun with McDonald's banner design

With the A-League opener with the Seattle Sounders just 4 days away the ability to design McDonald's banners couldn't go un-noted!


posted by the timberlog at 3:08 PM



2004 Player Diary

After last season's abortive attempt to get a Timbers player diary up-and-running, this year is looking better (fingers crossed!).

Ignoring thoughts about a "timberlog diary curse" I approached Jake Sagare about the possibility a couple of weeks ago and he has kindly agreed to take part.

His thoughts throughout the 2004 season (updated every couple of weeks) can be found here, starting with some observations about the team as we prepare for Saturday's opener at PGE Park against Seattle.

posted by the timberlog at 10:07 AM



Friday, April 23, 2004

Last Pre-Season Scrimmage Tomorrow

The Portland Timbers will be playing their final pre-season game this Saturday (April 24th) against the University of Washinton at Lincoln HS (1600 SW Salmon Street) starting at 12:30 p.m.

A chance to see the team in progress and some of the final trialists competing for a roster spot before the opening A-League game on Saturday May 1st at PGE Park against Seattle.

posted by the timberlog at 11:51 AM



Thursday, April 22, 2004

U of Portland v Portland Timbers

A sunny afternoon at the University of Portland yesterday saw the Portland Timbers beat a Pilots team 4 - 0 with 2 goals apiece from Alex Bengard and Byron Alvarez.

The Timbers looked impressive, especially early on and in midfield (which was really nice to see), with Alex Bengard (timberlog player of the match fact fans!) and Memo Arzate looking particularly useful.

The Timbers opened the scoring on 4' when the Pilots keeper, under pressure from Byron Alvarez, cleared straight to Bengard and he shot coolly into an open goal from about 25yds.

5 minutes later it was 2 - 0 when some great play from Scott Benedetti (playing in a forward role), fighting off challenges, found Bengard in the box. Alex took the ball on his chest and shot home to make it 2 - 0.

In defence the Timbers were playing Lee Morrison at right-back, David Henning at left-back with Gavin Wilkinson. Aaron Heinzen and Hugo Alcarez played wide and adding able support to the midfield was Shaun Saunders.

Brother Josh in goal made a great save on 18' after the Pilots #11 got up to get his head on a Pilot's corner and on 21' the Pilot's had a goal disallowed (which your humble reporter thought at first was good) after a ball from #22 behind the Timbers defence found #15, who controlled with skill and beat Saunders in the Timbers' goal.

At the other end on 23' Memo put Byron in on goal, but he poked the ball just wide right trying to round the keeper. On 33' another chance for Byron as a poor backpass let him in on the keeper, but a poor finish let the chance slide.

On 38' Byron took his next chance as a run across the keeper from the right gave him a shot on goal which he took, 3 - 0 Timbers.

Just before half-time Scott Benedetti went close after Hugo Alcaraz's free kick was punched clear, but Scott's hooked shot went just over the bar.

The second half was less impressive as both teams seemed to wilt, but on 73' Hugo's corner from the right sailed over to Memo and his chip back in was headed down by Gavin Wilkinson for Byron to knock in from close. 4 - 0 Timbers.

Eric Cronkite replaced Memo soon afterwards and any chances from then on were limited to long-range shots as both teams tired.

So a nice pre-season game with the Timbers avenging their earlier loss to the Pilots. The Timbers midfield is looking more promising that usual with Alex Bengard sure to be playing a crucial role this year. Add in Memo Arzate (not sure of his signing/loan status with the Timbers as yet, but I hope he stays) and the Timbers midfield is looking to be a creative one this year to add to the steel of Brian Winters.
Byron looked...well like Byron, sharp even pre-season and destined to get sharper. Both David Henning and Shaun Saunders had nice solid games. Only real disappointment for me was Aaron Heinzen at times looked lost wide on the left and Hugo was not his usual live-wire self, but plenty of time before May 1st for the Timbers to continue to improve.


Coach Bobby Howe talks to the players at half-time




posted by the timberlog at 11:50 AM



Sunday, April 18, 2004

Pre-Season Update

The Timbers ran out 4-2 winners against Oregon State on Wednesday with a hat-trick from Alan Gordon and a penalty from Dan Antoniuk.

Next up... @ U of Portland on Wednesday April 21st at 4pm

The Timbers have 2 extra players in camp at present, both chosen in the 2004 MLS Super Draft. Midfielder Memo Arzate was picked in the third round (22nd overall) by the Los Angeles Galaxy and defender Edwin Miranda was selected in the sixth round (54th overall) by the Dallas Burn

posted by the timberlog at 1:55 PM



Saturday, April 17, 2004

PCL Takes Over

Even as the season starts for the Beavers the PGE Park saga rolls on according to the Oregonian.

2 hours before the Beavers home opener, PCL President Branch Rickey III's fax to Portland Family Entertainment president Mark Schuster spelt the end of PFE involvement in the franchises.

The details of the new agreement between the PCL and the City of Portland were unveiled earlier in the week

Schuster evidently, was not happy...
"I'm not going to speak on behalf of the investors," Schuster said. "But PFE has a tremendous basis for legal action."


It now appears that any interest that PFE's investors had in the Beavers franchise is over...and therefore any chance of selling the franchise and recouping their investment (including the chance to sell up if and when MLB comes to town) (?)

According to the article the Timbers are included as part of that deal.
Of the Timbers, Rickey said he "anticipates smooth cooperation on the soccer front," and that A-League president David Askinas also rescinded the Timbers franchise.

"I would not put Dave Askinas in the same group as Branch Rickey," Schuster said. "Because I like Dave Askinas."


Ya Boo...so there!




posted by the timberlog at 8:16 AM



Thursday, April 15, 2004

Former Timbers News

Former Timbers full-back Keith Costigan joins Erik Ozimek playing in the USL's Pro Select League. Ozimek is on the Charlotte Eagles' roster while Keith Costigan is on the roster for the newly formed Harrisburg City Islanders.

posted by the timberlog at 1:06 PM



Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Hugo's Back!

The Portland Timbers have announced that Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar has signed a new 2-year contract with the club. His return seemed unlikely up to a few weeks ago, but his re-signing is another coup for the Timbers management. Hugo's 9 assists last year was a crucial part of McKinley Tennyson and Byron Alvarez's success and his loss would have hurt the Timbers immensely.

In sadder news the Timbers announced the cutting of 4 players Fadi Afash, Adam Wilson, Ryan Youngblood and Greg Whyte from the pre-season roster.
"In this job, the only thing more difficult than losing is the decision to release a player, and we were faced with some tough decisions," said (Jim) Taylor. "In the case of Fadi Afash, I think at the end of the day we knew that it was going to be difficult to get a player of his caliber the kind of minutes he deserves and as a result, we decided it was probably best to part ways. I can't say enough about the contributions he's made to the team and the community these past few years and the first-class gentleman and competitor that he is.

posted by the timberlog at 4:10 PM



Tuesday, April 13, 2004

Roundup...Ready?

Just back in town so a short round-up of news.

[Pre-Season Results:]
Timbers 2 - 1 Gonzaga (Gordon, Alvarez)
Timbers 1 - 2 U of P (Tennyson)

[Next Games:]
Wednesday, April 14 vs. Oregon State, at Oregon State 3pm
Saturday, April 17 vs. Seattle Pacific, at Tigard HS 3.30pm

[Recent signings:]
Jake Sagare, Alex Bengard and Alan Gordon.

[Articles:]
Benny Still Gets His Kicks Including the news that Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar is close to signing after receiving some (no-doubt) strong-arm persuading from JT!!

Hourlong talkshow on sports biz to air in Portland Newsradio 750 KXL show featuring ex PFE PR person Brian Berger.




posted by the timberlog at 11:29 AM



Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Sagare to Halifax - "I will be back"

Jake Sagare who is coming back to rejoin the Timbers for this year's A-league season has pledged to return to Halifax Town.

posted by the timberlog at 12:54 PM



Friday, April 02, 2004

PCL Assume Control of Beavers and Timbers

The PCL (Pacific Coast League) announced at a press conference this morning that they are taking over management and operation of the Portland Beavers and Timbers and the running of PGE Park.

The press release goes on to say:

The accord with PFE, the team's owners, and lender TIAA, will ensure that the Beavers and the Portland Timbers soccer team will be able to continue operations without interruption. The League has asked Tom Lasley to oversee the business and is calling upon Jack Cain, a recent Merit Award winner at the annual Oregon Sports Awards, to continue in his role as general manager of the baseball club. Negotiations continue to bring a permanent solution to the operation of the Beavers and Timbers.


The long-term ownership of the 2 teams remains in question.


PCL president Branch Rickey III would not comment on who may be bidding for ownership of the Beavers and Timbers but said he was very confident that a deal would be worked out. He said he was also looking forward to some sort of debt restructuring that would make allow a franchise to operate with financial success in Portland.


"The structure that we're going forward with makes sense on all fronts," Rickey said.


He called PFE's financial arrangments with the city as "insurmountable challenges," but said the new financial package for running the Beavers and Timbers would involve "significant changes."


"We're very, very happy with what's shaping up," Rickey said.


posted by the timberlog at 12:34 PM



More about Reese

Not often you get a player at PGE Park who has had a NY Times article written about them, but current stand-in keeper/trialist Steve Reese has.

Steve, originally from Salem, OR played for AEK Timisoara in Romania. Now a fluent Romanian speaker, Steve said that the chance to learn from a national team keeper (Moldovan Adrian Bogdan) and the game atmosphere helped his decision to choose playing in Europe over the MLS

"The thing for me is being able to learn from a national-team keeper," Reese said. "The other thing is the atmosphere. We get 40-50,000 people for our games. Everyone knows us in town. I told my parents that I would rather make less money in Europe than in MLS because of the atmosphere."


Steve has also played with the MetroStars pre-season team this year.


posted by the timberlog at 8:59 AM



See the Timbers

If you are interested in watching the Portland Timbers prepare for the 2004 A-League season there will be a number of chances over the coming weeks.

Each weekday morning the Timbers train at PGE Park from 10am to 12. Access to the Park is down the slope next to MAC. The general rule is keep it low key and respect the workers who will probably be working to ready the stadium for the coming seasons.

The Timbers also have a pre-season game scheduled for this Sunday (April 4th) at 11am against Gonzaga at PGE Park. Again access will probably be via the slope next to MAC, but stay tuned for any update.

posted by the timberlog at 8:03 AM



Timbers Training Gets Underway

The Timbers opened their 2004 training camp yesterday at PGE Park. Over 20 players took part including all presently signed players (except McKinley Tennyson who will be in town next week after finishing his rehab from hip surgery and Dan Antoniuk currently playing indoor). Bayard Elfvin and Aaron Heinzen did not take part in the scrimmage due to injury. [UPDATE: According to the Tribune Elfvin will be out for 2 weeks hence the Timbers bringing in backups Justin Carter and Steve Reece.]

In addition there were a number of players invited to tryout for the team.

The full list is:

[Signed]
Brian Winters
Josh Saunders
Bayard Elfvin
Gavin Wilkinson
Byron Alvarez
Scott Benedetti
Adam Wilson
Lee Morrison
Jake Youngblood
Aaron Heinzen

[Trialists]
Dave Bulow (Cape Cod Crusaders)
David Henning (Des Moines Menace)
Tim Pierce (El Paso Patriots)
Alex Bengard (Seattle Sounders)
Cristian Curiel (Arizona Sahuaros)
Jarrod Weis (University of Portland)
Ben DeSanno (Willamette University)
Greg Whyte (University of Glasgow, Scotland)
Erik Cronkrite (University of Portland)
Alan Gordon (Oregon State University)
Justin Carter (U of Portland)
Steve Reese

This morning the Oregonian notes that the Timbers will play their first pre-season game this Sunday at PGE Park at 11 a.m. against Gonzaga.

posted by the timberlog at 7:11 AM



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