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Friday, May 28, 2004

Timbers v Wave United

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

posted by the timberlog at 10:58 AM



Gregor Signed

According to the Seattle Times 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"

posted by the timberlog at 7:26 AM



Wednesday, May 26, 2004

New in the 2004 Player Diary

The first (of many) Scott Benedetti/Age joke.

posted by the timberlog at 2:51 PM



Alan Gordon: A-League Player of the Week

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)

posted by the timberlog at 1:38 PM



Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Timbers Release Tennyson

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.

Best wishes 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]

posted by the timberlog at 12:18 PM



Tribune - Timbers to Sign Gregor

Tribune reporting that former U of P player Andrew Gregor hopes to finalize a contract with the Timbers this week.

posted by the timberlog at 9:23 AM



Monday, May 24, 2004

What is going on??!!: Timbers Win in Vancouver

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.

Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar 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.

posted by the timberlog at 8:32 AM



Friday, May 21, 2004

The Brothers Saunders

Trib article about Timbers brothers Josh and Shaun Saunders.

...also from the Trib...
[Injury Update]
Brian Winters: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.




posted by the timberlog at 11:36 AM



Thursday, May 20, 2004

Football for Peace Tour

Aaron Corman 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.

posted by the timberlog at 3:31 PM



From far and afield and closer to home...

The SLC Beezz? Jellozz? Bad Driverzz??: 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.

Note: 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.

Down Boy!: 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.

posted by the timberlog at 11:40 AM



Wednesday, May 19, 2004

WWeek Winners

The WWeek (of course) pulls the Timbers out of the pile as one of this weeks Winners 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
2003 2 losses, 1 draw
2002 3 losses
2001 2 losses

posted by the timberlog at 12:08 PM



Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Saunders and Sagare in Team of the Week

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 in Seattle.

Saunders 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.

Sagare scored his first goal of the season in Saturday night's win.

posted by the timberlog at 4:41 PM



A Convert to a "Sissy" Sport

Ryan Wilson in the Portland State Vangard 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.


Welcome Ryan!


posted by the timberlog at 8:05 AM



Monday, May 17, 2004

Blame your boss for Portland's lack of pro sports(?)

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.

posted by the timberlog at 3:20 PM



Saturday, May 15, 2004

Timbers Perfect So Far: Seattle 0 - 1 Portland

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.

posted by the timberlog at 8:58 PM



Friday, May 14, 2004

Timbers v Mustangs Report

Match report here.

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 about yesterday:

Byron Alvarez 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...Bengard and Alvarez 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)

posted by the timberlog at 11:53 AM



Thursday, May 13, 2004

Timbers Win Again: Portland 2 - 1 Calgary

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.

Another win from what is looking like the best Timbers side since the team returned to the Rose City.

[full report tomorrow]

posted by the timberlog at 9:40 PM



Timbers face Calgary tonight in Portland

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.

posted by the timberlog at 10:51 AM



Timbers Rookie Learns as he Goes

O Article about Timbers striker Alan Gordon 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."

posted by the timberlog at 8:08 AM



Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Suspension Sooner!

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)

Handling the ball deliberately to score a goal.

The thresholds for suspensions remain 21, 33, 44 and 55 points.

The upshot of this is that player suspensions for yellow card accumulations could happen sooner this season.

*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!!

posted by the timberlog at 3:13 PM



Timbers v Calgary Mustangs

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).

The Mustangs are supposed to be a whole different proposition to last year's team from Calgary (the Storm or Whipping-Boys 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 member Brynn 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.

Phew!

posted by the timberlog at 10:43 AM



Monday, May 10, 2004

Things I will be doing this season

I will 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!)

I will be posting more from Jake Sagare's player diary...but maybe after Thursday's game

I will be attempting to write more about the games than I did for the Seattle game (which was nothing!)

I will 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))

posted by the timberlog at 3:30 PM



Saturday, May 08, 2004

Media Watch

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.

PGE Park 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.

posted by the timberlog at 3:49 PM



Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Gordon and Wilkinson Named to Team of the Week

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.

posted by the timberlog at 6:04 PM



Monday, May 03, 2004

A-League Attendance

...and there are your first 2004 A-league attendance figures.

posted by the timberlog at 6:20 PM



Timbers Start with a Win

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 the game.

Kyle Smith 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

posted by the timberlog at 4:43 PM



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