Friday, April 30, 2004
Team Sheet Alert!
Here it is
posted by the timberlog at 4:27 PM
...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!
10 Reasons to be at PGE Park on Saturday Night
posted by the timberlog at 11:11 AM
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
7 The most diverse crowd in town
- ranges from Anarchist agitators
to clubbing-clad cuties
(so i'm told!) from stalwart old-timers
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
- I'm predicting at least 3
from the Timbers tomorrow (please don't use any info found on this site for investment purposes
Looking for a Faster Start
posted by the timberlog at 10:07 AM
The yearly quest
for the Timbers!
(coolest mascot in the world) is back!
(get well soon!) will almost certainly miss Saturday's game due to his nagging hip injury
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!
Thursday, April 29, 2004
Timbers 2004 Roster
posted by the timberlog at 4:25 PM
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:
(U of Portland)
(Des Moines Menace, Milwaukee Rampage)
(Orange County Zodiac, Orange County Waves and the Colorado Foxes)
posted by the timberlog at 12:36 PM
Wednesday, April 28, 2004
2004 Roster Update
posted by the timberlog at 12:43 PM
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.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Fun with McDonald's banner design
posted by the timberlog at 3:08 PM
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!
2004 Player Diary
posted by the timberlog at 10:07 AM
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
Friday, April 23, 2004
Last Pre-Season Scrimmage Tomorrow
posted by the timberlog at 11:51 AM
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
Thursday, April 22, 2004
U of Portland v Portland Timbers
posted by the timberlog at 11:50 AM
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.
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
Sunday, April 18, 2004
posted by the timberlog at 1:55 PM
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
Saturday, April 17, 2004
PCL Takes Over
posted by the timberlog at 8:16 AM
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!
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Former Timbers News
posted by the timberlog at 1:06 PM
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
Wednesday, April 14, 2004
posted by the timberlog at 4:10 PM
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.
Tuesday, April 13, 2004
posted by the timberlog at 11:29 AM
Just back in town so a short round-up of news.
Timbers 2 - 1 Gonzaga (Gordon, Alvarez)
Timbers 1 - 2 U of P (Tennyson)
Wednesday, April 14 vs. Oregon State, at Oregon State 3pm
Saturday, April 17 vs. Seattle Pacific, at Tigard HS 3.30pm
Jake Sagare, Alex Bengard and Alan Gordon.
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.
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
Sagare to Halifax - "I will be back"
posted by the timberlog at 12:54 PM
Jake Sagare who is coming back to rejoin the Timbers for this year's A-league season has pledged to return to Halifax Town
Friday, April 02, 2004
PCL Assume Control of Beavers and Timbers
posted by the timberlog at 12:34 PM
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.
More about Reese
posted by the timberlog at 8:59 AM
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.
See the Timbers
posted by the timberlog at 8:03 AM
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.
Timbers Training Gets Underway
posted by the timberlog at 7:11 AM
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:
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)
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