Friday, May 28, 2004
Timbers v Wave United
posted by the timberlog at 10:58 AM
A reminder that the Portland Timbers
play at PGE Park this Saturday
evening, KO at 7pm against the Milwaukee Wave United
Go watch the Timbers as they try to extend their perfect start
to the season.
timberlog team sheet here
Also make a note that there is a new venue for watching televised soccer on the Eastside. Costello's travel Caffe on NE Broadway
is now showing games on Sunday afternoons
According to the Seattle Times
posted by the timberlog at 7:26 AM
and the Portland Tribune
this morning the Timbers have signed midfielder Andrew Gregor
According to GM Jim Taylor the Timbers are looking to add another player on loan from an MLS club.
"We could use a defender, and we could stand to have another forward, especially in case of injury"
Wednesday, May 26, 2004
New in the 2004 Player Diary
posted by the timberlog at 2:51 PM
Alan Gordon: A-League Player of the Week
posted by the timberlog at 1:38 PM
The Timbers' Alan Gordon
has been named the A-League player of the week
for his 2 goals in Vancouver over the weekend.
Gordon is also the subject of this piece in the OSU Barometer
(where he played college soccer)
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Timbers Release Tennyson
posted by the timberlog at 12:18 PM
The Portland Timbers
have announced that they have released forward McKinley Tennyson
Tennyson, who has not played
for the Timbers this season due to a hip injury
, could not be guaranteed many minutes when and if he got fit according to GM Jim Taylor.
"A player with McKinley's skill needs to be playing and we were going to be hard-pressed to give him much in the way of quality minutes this season, so from that perspective, releasing him was the right thing to do," said Timbers general manager Jim Taylor. "We wish him all the best for the future and thank him for the many magical moments he's given us these past few seasons."
McKinley shone brightly
in his 2 seasons with the club, scoring 29 goals
and leading the Timbers in points in both years. In 2002 Tennyson led the A-League
in scoring with 42 points on 18 goals and six assists. He was named to the A-League's first team
by its coaches and was the first to receive a newly created award given to the top offensive player
in the A-League age 23 or younger.
to McKinley and I hope he gets fit enough to play again this year.
[This was my 2002 interview with McKinley
pulled from the timberlog vaults]
Tribune - Timbers to Sign Gregor
posted by the timberlog at 9:23 AM
that former U of P player Andrew Gregor
hopes to finalize a contract with the Timbers this week.
Monday, May 24, 2004
What is going on??!!: Timbers Win in Vancouver
posted by the timberlog at 8:32 AM
The Portland Timbers
kept their perfect record
on Sunday with a 3-1 win in Vancouver
, their first at Swangard Stadium since joining the A-League in 2001.
The win leaves the Timbers with a perfect 4-0-0 record
so far and Timbers fans stunned
by the teams start. Questions are being asked, committees
are being formed, meetings are being demanded
to try to get to the bottom of the team's great start. WHAT IS GOING ON?
Anyway, back to the game in Vancouver.
The Whitecaps took the lead on 29' through Davide Xausa
, but the Timbers hit back 5 minutes later when Alan Gordon
headed a Jake Sagare cross
past Franks in the Vancouver goal.
put the Timbers in front just before half-time, dribbling through the Whitecap defence to make it 2-1.
The Timbers pulled away on 65' after Alcaraz-Cuellar's free-kick
was again headed in by Gordon
for his second of the match and the game ended with a 3-1 win for Portland
The next chance
to see the Timbers at PGE Park is on Saturday May 29th
at 7pm v the the Milwaukee Wave United
Friday, May 21, 2004
The Brothers Saunders
posted by the timberlog at 11:36 AM
Trib article about Timbers brothers Josh and Shaun Saunders
...also from the Trib...
:cleared to play against Vancouver. "I might not start him, but I’d like to get him on the field," Howe says.
Defender Edwin Miranda
has returned to practice.
Forward McKinley Tennyson
(hip condition) is practicing some, but isn’t fit for a game and has yet to work on his shooting. "He can side pass, but I don’t think he’s tried to hammer the ball," Howe says.
Thursday, May 20, 2004
Football for Peace Tour
posted by the timberlog at 3:31 PM
is a man with a mission
. Starting next summer, from his current home in Portland, the self-described "simple man with an ambitious plan
" is setting out on a "mission of goodwill and peace" while no-doubt catching some very interesting soccer stories
in the process.
At the end of his "Football for Peace Tour
" in 2007, Aaron plans to publish
a book, "Planet Soccer".
It should be fun keeping up with the man's adventures through his blog Planet Soccer
His blog subtitle is "Using soccer as a lens through which to experience world culture
" and I can't think of a better way
to find out something about the world we live in than by watching and playing
the great game.
From far and afield and closer to home...
The SLC Beezz? Jellozz? Bad Driverzz??
posted by the timberlog at 11:40 AM
: Salt Lake City
rumored to be among the potential sites for MLS expansion
in 2005. Other potential cities include Seattle, Houston and Philadelphia. Chicago and LA are the finalists to host the planned new MLS side, ChivasUSA
: Portland needs an investor to at least show some potential interest in bring MLS to the Rose City. Then the fans can take over and hopefully something like Detroit's grass-roots campaign
can take root. The Motor City is trying to get 5000 people to stump-up $10 each to prove the fans commitment to support major league soccer.
"Hand of God's" Brother to coach A-league side
: Diego's brother Hugo Maradona
will take over coaching duties
A-League side the Puerto Rico Islanders
. The Timbers host the Islanders on Aug 19th at PGE Park
: the rumors about "the player Timbers fans love to hate" (but maybe soon "hate-to-have-to-love") Andrew Gregor
playing for the Timbers take a step forward
with further hints
coming from his former (short) home, Vancouver.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
The WWeek (of course) pulls the Timbers out of the pile as one of this weeks Winners
posted by the timberlog at 12:08 PM
and another test of how good
the team is this year is coming up this Sunday when Portland visit Vancouver
. The Timbers have never won
at Swangard Stadium, their best result being a draw last year.
Vancouver v Portland
2 losses, 1 draw
Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Saunders and Sagare in Team of the Week
posted by the timberlog at 4:41 PM
Timbers keeper Josh Saunders
and midfielder Jake Sagare
have been named to the A-League Team of the Week
for Week Five in recognition of their play in the Timbers' 1-0 U.S. Open Cup-qualifying win
made eight saves to keep Portland undefeated at 3-0. Saunders faced 23 shots amid constant pressure
throughout the match to preserve the clean slate, his first of the season.
scored his first goal
of the season in Saturday night's win.
A Convert to a "Sissy" Sport
Ryan Wilson in the Portland State Vangard
posted by the timberlog at 8:05 AM
goes to his first Portland Timbers
game and has his preconceived ideas upturned!
When Byron Alvarez knocked in a goal at the 25th minute, the crowd went nuts.
Arms went up all around like he had made a field goal and double high fives were shared liberally. My buddy, A.C. Italliano, likened it to the Neanderthals reaction once they finally realized how to create fire.
Monday, May 17, 2004
Blame your boss for Portland's lack of pro sports(?)
posted by the timberlog at 3:20 PM
Oregonian article in which the author takes Portland buisnesses to task
for the financial problems
of the Rose City's pro sports teams.
Ignore the fact that the author counts only three professional teams
in town (it's 4 - Beavers, Timbers, Winterhawks and Blazers).
How about building a core support
by having teams worth watching
on the field? Sure, having those corporate boxes full is a big help, but if the teams aren't bringing in the fans who turn up week-in week-out, they don't stand much of a chance.
Saturday, May 15, 2004
Timbers Perfect So Far: Seattle 0 - 1 Portland
posted by the timberlog at 8:58 PM
The Timbers made it 3 wins out of 3
in Seattle tonight with a 0 - 1 win
after a Jake Sagare goal
in the 52nd minute, his first this year. The Timbers weathered heavy pressure, especially in the first half and keeper Josh Saunders
made numerous crucial saves.
The Timbers are now clear at the top of the A-League Western Conference
and also qualified for the US Open Cup
for the first time. The US Open Cup
is the oldest annual team tournament in US sports, dating back to 1914.
Friday, May 14, 2004
Timbers v Mustangs Report
Match report here
posted by the timberlog at 11:53 AM
Next up Seattle on Saturday
in Seattle as the Timbers try again to get a US Open Cup spot
and keep their 2-out-of-2 A-League record intact
[Live broadcast on KZNY AM-1010, KRMZ AM-1150 (Spanish) and on the web at OregonLive.com]
A couple of thoughts
is a star. Lost count of the number of low-center-of-gravity
turns the Timbers forward made last night turning the Calgary defenders this-way-and-that. The race for the A-League's top scorer
this year is going to be interesting!
The Timbers play this year is a lot more enjoyable
to watch...made possible by more choices in midfield thanks to Alex Bengard and Shaun Saunders
The whole team is hungry
, personified by Hugo Alcaraz
who looks lean and mean this year.
Anyone who lives in Portland
, likes soccer, but won't
watch the Timbers (but would if the Timbers were an MLS team...and there are many out there) should catch a game
. The Timbers have players of MLS quality
at the head, but also the aforementioned Alcaraz
and keeper Josh Saunders
. Add quality young players
into the mix (Even seasoned pro Benedetti
who had a great game
last night) and the Timbers are a team worth watching
(and you can't always have said that about them in the last 3 years)
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Timbers Win Again: Portland 2 - 1 Calgary
posted by the timberlog at 9:40 PM
The Timbers made it 2 out of 2
with a 2-1 win
over the Calgary Mustangs at PGE Park tonight.
The Timbers opened the scoring on 25' after Hugo Alcaraz' cross
after a great steal and run down the right flank was headed home by Byron Alvarez
from 6yds out.
The Timbers looked hungry
, but on 40' they let Calgary back into the game when Smith
got in behind the Timbers defence and beat Josh Saunders
to level the score.
The second half
started well and on 48' Alex Bengard got the game winner
. Alcaraz-Bengard-Benedetti-back to Bengard, who had time to turn and shoot
home from 12yds out. 2-1 Timbers.
from what is looking like the best Timbers side
since the team returned to the Rose City.
[full report tomorrow]
Timbers face Calgary tonight in Portland
posted by the timberlog at 10:51 AM
Columbian Article - Timbers face Calgary tonight in Portland
...including the snippet of news that Bobby Howe
intends to start Scott Benedetti tonight
in a 3-5-2 formation.
Timbers Rookie Learns as he Goes
O Article about Timbers striker Alan Gordon
posted by the timberlog at 8:08 AM
and his Red Shoes
Gordon's A-League career
continues tonight at PGE Park, his baptism was a memorable one
, scoring in 21 seconds and receiving an elbow that left his with stitches and a scar
on his left cheekbone.
"It's going to take me awhile to adjust," Gordon agreed. "Those guys are very physical, they're very strong."
Wednesday, May 12, 2004
posted by the timberlog at 3:13 PM
An interesting change
to the way the A-League handles yellow card points
which I've only just become aware of.
This season the group of cautions that fall under the heading Unsporting Behavior
have been changed slightly to reflect a desire to eliminate certain types of misconduct
There are now 4 types of yellow that carry 5 disciplinary points
. These are:
A direct free kick
foul in a reckless manner.
A direct free kick
foul while tackling for the ball
from behind without endangering the safety of an opponent.
A tactical foul
designed to interfere with or impede
an opposing team’s attacking play (e.g., pushing an opponent, blatantly holding an opponent or an opponent's uniform, handling the ball deliberately)
the ball deliberately to score a goal
for suspensions remain 21, 33, 44 and 55 points.
of this is that player suspensions
for yellow card accumulations could happen sooner
*In addition there are a couple of new cautions:
Making unauthorized marks on the field
Removing a jersey after scoring a goal
Of course I will be keeping track
of Timbers disciplinary point accumulation throughout the year (so far only Aaron Heinzen
has any points - changed from Hugo Alcaraz on review) and there will probably be another installment of the A-League-wide "Who's a Naughty Boy Then
" feature soon!!
Timbers v Calgary Mustangs
posted by the timberlog at 10:43 AM
Next up, the Portland Timbers
take on the Calgary Mustangs
at PGE Park
tomorrow night (Thursday 13th) at 7pm.
A reminder that general admission
tickets are only 9
of your american dollars ($4.75 if you get the Fred Meyer family tickets
are supposed to be a whole different proposition
to last year's team from Calgary (the Storm
as we liked to refer to them!), but hopefully the Timbers continue their great start
to the 2004 A-League season.
But is there a timberlog team-sheet
I hear you whisper!! yes there is
Print it out
if you like, not only does it hold (v. poor) predictions
of the line-ups, some less than accurate
news about the teams, but it actually doubles as a pass to allow you to sit next
to a real life Portland celebrity
. No such thing
I hear you cry! But Thursdays celebs are going to be Portland's MTV's Real World
and Colin Meloy
from local "smartpants band" The Decemberists! Of course you have to find them first
...and get past their vast entourages
OK, back to ze Timbers
The Timbers will be making several appearances
in the community in the coming week:
Wednesday, May 12, several players will make the trip to Echo Shaw Elementary School
to put on a skills demonstration
at a school assembly at 2 p.m.
Kellogg Middle School
on Tuesday, May 18 to participate in soccer drills
with a physical education class at 2:10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21 in Beaverton, 10 Timbers will get out their hammers and saws to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity
, starting at 8:30 a.m.
Monday, May 10, 2004
Things I will be doing this season
posted by the timberlog at 3:30 PM
be updating the Timbers roster page (look, now I have all the players and current stats
up to date!) and eventually I might even have some profile pages
for the whole team (and not just the sorry few left over from year 1!)
be posting more from Jake Sagare's player diary
...but maybe after Thursday's game
be attempting to write more
about the games than I did for the Seattle game (which was nothing
keep bringing you some (hopefully less than dodgy) inside-info from the team (for example: I think the Andrew Gregor
rumors are not true...but he did train with the Timbers today (Tuesday))
Saturday, May 08, 2004
posted by the timberlog at 3:49 PM
Tribune - Timbers Defender is an Old Pro at 19
Article about the Timbers' David Henning
who turned pro at 16, played for the Milwaukee Rampage and most recently made the Timbers first goal
in the 2004 A-League season.
was also among WWeek's losers
for their bungling
of the opening game. With only a few ticket booths
opened, hundreds of fans were left standing in lines
while the game started (missing a goal into the bargain!). I saw quite a few just turn around
and go home...some probably won't be back
, revenue that PGE Park can hardly turn down.
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
Gordon and Wilkinson Named to Team of the Week
posted by the timberlog at 6:04 PM
Timbers' Alan Gordon
and Gavin Wilkinson
have been named to the A-League team of the week
for their performances in the 2-1 win over Seattle
Former Timber Keith Costigan
was also named to the PSL Team of the Week
for his performances in Harrisburg City Islanders' games over the weekend.
Monday, May 03, 2004
posted by the timberlog at 6:20 PM
Timbers Start with a Win
posted by the timberlog at 4:43 PM
The Portland Timbers got the start
they wanted, both in terms of the game on Saturday against Seattle and the 2004 A-League season, with a 2-1 win
in front of 6,891 fans.
While plenty of people were still dealing with lines
at the PGE Park ticket counters (!!) and just 20-odd seconds into the game, Timbers rookie Alan Gordon
recieved a pass from David Henning and chipped the ball
over Seattle goalkeeper Preston Burpo giving the Timbers an early lead.
Unfortunately the rest of the game didn't consist of such perfect moments
as this and a series of heavy-handed
play by Seattle (and that's being v. understated!) almost pulled the game down into the mire
. Alan Gordon had to leave the field for a gash above his eye on 18' and just before half-time Seattle's Ryan Edwards was sent off
for throwing an elbow at Gavin Wilkinson.
The hotly contested
game continued until Byron Alvarez
headed in the Timbers' second in the 71st minute from a cross from Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar, but the Timbers failed to bury
scored for Seattle in the 75th minute, but the Timbers hung on
to win for the first-time on opening day since 2001.
Next up: Calgary visit PGE Park
on May 13
Columbian - Quick Start Powers Timers over Seattle
Oregonian - Timbers Rookie Quickly Proves Worth
Seattle Times - Sounders Lose Season Opener