Monday, August 30, 2004
Timbers Top Team in A-League
posted by the timberlog at 10:52 AM
The Portland Timbers clinched the 2004 A-League regular season Championship
on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Milwaukee. The Timbers finished with an 18-7-3, 57 pts record, beating the Eastern Conference's top team Montreal by a single point.
and Fadi Afash
scored as the Timbers go unbeaten in 10 games
into the playoffs which start at PGE Park on Wednesday night
The announced crowd of 7,833
was the best for the Timbers this year in the A-League (the league wide numbers can be found here
minus the Toronto-Charleston game which was posponed and will be played today). The Timbers finished the season with an average of 5,281
at PGE Park.
Sunday, August 29, 2004
Posting will be sporadic as timberlog-towers awaits babylog mark II (yes the due date IS the same as the A-League final!!)
posted by the timberlog at 3:31 PM
...but here are the main points again
Timbers wrap up their regular season
this afternoon against Milwaukee
at PGE Park (KO 5pm)
Timbers 0-0 Thunder - 6,287 on Friday night saw just the Timbers held scoreless
for just the 5th time this year. Lights out
in the 41st minute!
The Timbers will play Seattle
in the quarterfinals of the playoffs
, first leg at PGE Park on Wednesday Sep 1st
, return leg in Seattle on Sun Sep 5th.
Vancouver will play Minnesota
in the other quarterfinal playoff.
Friday, August 27, 2004
Oregonian profile of Bayard Elfvin
posted by the timberlog at 11:57 AM
who will be starting in goal tonight as the Timbers play the Minnesota Thunder, PGE Park 8pm KO.
"When you first come out, the butterflies are definitely there, but to do my job -- that's such a great feeling."
posted by the timberlog at 9:25 AM
...and for anyone still interested, Dwight Jayne in the Trib
continues his bold exercise in vanity journalism
by filling this week's "Sports" column with unimaginative retorts to reader's letters...because (as we all know) there's nothing going on in the world of sports this week.
Goodbye PGE Park??
posted by the timberlog at 9:00 AM
The new stadium financing plan
put forward by the City of Portland and the members of the Oregon Stadium Campaign includes the possibility of razing PGE Park
(for "redevelopment opportunities
") in order to divert current Multnomah hotel and vehicle taxes
(currently used to pay off the $38.5 million Civic Stadium/PGE Park redevelopment cost) to the proposed new MLB stadium.
Although Portland is no longer in the running to house the Montreal Expos
(those close to the sources claim that PDX never was a real candidate) the plan has been devised to keep Portland alive for a possible future relocation
of one of the following MLB teams (Oakland Athletics, the Minnesota Twins, the Florida Marlins and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays).
When asked about the future of PGE Park
, David Logsdon, the city's spectator facilities manager, said:
"That's an issue we'll look at. As we look at what the future of PGE Park is (if a big-league stadium is built), that's an option that'll be analyzed."
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Tomorrow: Portland Timbers v Minnesota Thunder
posted by the timberlog at 10:22 AM
sees the Timbers play Minnesota in the penultimate regular season game
at PGE Park this season. KO is at 8pm, the later time to accomodate the live broadcast on Fox Sports World
With top seed
in the West wrapped up, the Timbers just need to keep their momentum
going while they wait to see who will face on Sept 1st as 4th seed.
The Thunder are coming off a 2-0 win in Edmonton
on Monday leaving them currently
in the 4th and final playoff place.
and Josh Saunders
will miss Friday's game for the Timbers.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Josh Saunders in DUI Arrest
posted by the timberlog at 4:45 PM
Timbers keeper Josh Saunders
was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning and charged with DUI
, the Oregonian is reporting today.
Saunders, 23, of Tigard was clocked twice by laser at 102 mph
on the highway 26 near the Canyon Road exit.
Saunders was given a Sept. 7 court date
and has been suspended for Friday's game against Minnesota
and has been fined an undisclosed amount, according to Chris Metz, spokesman for the Timbers.
Benedetti Named to Team of the Week
posted by the timberlog at 4:42 PM
For the first time this year Scott Benedetti
has been named to the A-League team of the week
Benedetti, 37, notched up a goal and an assist
in Thursday's 5-0 victory over Puerto Rico.
Saturday, August 21, 2004
Timbers Champions of the West
posted by the timberlog at 7:44 PM
The Portland Timbers
became the A-League Western Conference Champions
on Thursday night with an emphatic 5-0 win
over the Puerto Rico Islanders.
The Championship was the first in the club's history
and sets up a first-leg playoff game
as the number 1 seed on Wednesday Sept 1st at PGE Park
Goals from Edwin Miranda
(his first for the Timbers), Byron Alvarez, Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar, Scott Benedetti (his first
of the year)and Fadi Afash proved too much for the Islanders especially as they played for half the game with 10 men after Chris Gores
pulled down Alvarez on a breakaway.
Syrian Fadi Afash's goal
was his 4th in only 143 minutes play
since returning to the Timbers 8 games ago.
The Timbers penultimate
regular season game is next Friday, Aug. 27
. The game against the Minnesota Thunder
in a nationally televised match on Fox Sports World and kickoff is 8
Tickets for the Sept 1st playoff game
go on sale on Monday, Aug. 23 at 10 a.m.
O - Timbers Wrap Up First Seed
Columbian - Timbers Lock Up Western Conference
Thursday, August 19, 2004
Feel Good Hit of the Summer
posted by the timberlog at 2:30 PM
The Oregonian today on the quartet of forwards
who have each played their part in the Timbers' success
"It's a real luxury to have four players of this quality on your team," Howe said. "This is the strongest attacking force we've had. . . . You can start with two of those players and take one off and not miss a beat."
No Lee Morrison
tonight serving his red card suspension and Shawn Saunders
, Andrew Gregor
and David Henning
all have injuries that mean they might be rested
or play limited minutes
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Thursday at PGE Park: Olympic Theme...No Costas!
posted by the timberlog at 10:03 AM
Next up for us "hooligans and yuppies", the Puerto Rico Islanders
visit PGE Park this Thursday for the Portland Timbers' next A-League game in the run-in to the playoffs
A win on Thursday
would assure the Timbers of the 2004 Western Conference Title
, the first time they will have achieved this since joining the A-League in 2001.
The Islanders are coached by Hugo Maradona
, younger brother of the former Argentinian superstar Diego Maradona
, thus giving English ex-pats another chance to bore their neighbors with stories about the 1986 World Cup
The Islanders started this season slowly, taking 14 games to get their first win
, but since then have improved with a middle of the road
4-5-3 record taking them to 5-15-6 for the year.
The Islanders have done well attendance-wise
, currently lying in 6th place with an average of 3,889 fans
Kick off is 7pm and the night has been named "Toga Party Thursday
" in celebration of the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
There will be the traditional "drug test avoidance
" game at half-time and Bob Costas
will be delivering an annoying, partisan and condescending commentary
"this will be the last Thursday event at PGE Park this season, fans are invited to take part in the occasion, which will include opening ceremonies
, halftime competitions and togas galore."
The mind, as they say, boggles!
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Alcaraz-Cuellar Honored Again
posted by the timberlog at 4:12 PM
has been named to the A-League team of the week
for week 18. Hugo beat
Minnesota keeper Joe Warren with a direct free kick
on Saturday to give the Timbers a 2-2 draw and extend their unbeaten streak
to 7 games.
Hugo currently leads the A-League in assists
with 9 and this is the third time
he has made the team of the week.
Come Yuppies, Come Hooligans, Come Nude Dancers!
posted by the timberlog at 10:14 AM
Portland's worst sports columnistTM
is finally coming off the rails. In his last missive
before he is shunted off to the Ross Island Home for the Feeble Minded
..... Dwight Jaynes
bundles some of his pet hates together. Soccer, Portland and probably himself!
at the lack of progress in attracting a MLB side to PDX, Jaynes calls Major League Soccer
the perfect fit for the Rose City.
From there on all bets are off
as Jaynes spins his initial concept into the far reaches of cosmic space and time
Amazingly linking soccer (which as we all know appeals to "yuppies and hooligans") to a dislike of public transport and public funding (just plain "the public" probably) Jaynes goes onto fume
about public urination, the Multnomah County income tax, signing for the hearing impaired and "nude-dancing emporiums".
Unfortunately Jaynes ran out of space
before he could link "same-sex marriage", "off-leash areas", "begging" and the "terror threat" to the evils of MLS.
No mention of the Timbers making the playoffs
, Alan Gordon or the amazing atmosphere
at PGE Park, natch. This is a sports column
Monday, August 16, 2004
Surprise! Your new coach is...
posted by the timberlog at 4:31 PM
More on the "Tiffeny Milbrett to coach high school girls
"I found myself with time I didn't expect to have," said Milbrett, who was a Oregon three-time player of the year for Hillsboro High School before starring at Portland. "And I knew that after playing, my next career will be as a coach."
Timbers Establish Keiana Serrill Fund
posted by the timberlog at 2:39 PM
The Portland Timbers
have established a fund for Keiana Serrill
the grand-daughter of Timbers iconic mascot Timber Jim
. Hannah Serrill
, the daughter of Jim and mother of two-year-old Keiana was killed on Aug 5th in a road accident near McMinnville, Ore.
Timbers fans paid tribute
to Hannah before the Aug 12th game at PGE Park where Jim and Keiana were present.
Donations to the Keiana Serrill Fund
are being accepted at Portland-area US Bank locations
or by sending a check to the Portland Timbers at 1844 SW Morrison, Portland, OR 97205. The Timbers will be accepting donations
during all the remaining regular-season matches at the fan stand, located on the main concourse at PGE Park.
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Thunder 2 - 2 Timbers
posted by the timberlog at 2:35 PM
The Portland Timbers
came away from St. Paul Minnesota yesterday with a 2-2 draw
, a point to keep them 9 points clear
at the top of the Western Conference and a red card
to Lee Morrison.
put Bengard's corner part Warren on 19' to get the Timbers off to a good start, a lead Portland held into the second half.
On 58' Alan Gordon
had a penalty plea ignored after being brought down in the box, the Timbers players even more incensed
when Lee Morrison
was sent off 2 minutes later for a similar offence. From the Minnesota penalty, Menyongar
made the score 1-1.
Playing a man down, the Thunder seemed to have got the game winner
on 71' when Melvin Tarley
chipped the ball over the head of Portland goalkeeper Josh Saunders.
But with a direct free kick
from the edge of the Minnesota box on 86' Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar
stepped up to save the day
and send the game into overtime.
was sent off on 92' after bringing down Thompson who was almost in 1-on-1
with Warren, but with both teams having late chances the game ended 2-2
The Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to seven games
and finished with a fantastic 9-3-2 record
away from home.
The Timbers final 3 games are at PGE Park
starting on Thursday
Aug 19th against the Puerto Rico Islanders
, KO 7pm.
Friday, August 13, 2004
posted by the timberlog at 6:56 AM
Thursday, August 12, 2004
Playoff Bound: Timbers 2 - 1 Mustangs
posted by the timberlog at 8:40 PM
A final minute goal by super-sub Fadi Afash
gave the Portland Timbers a 2-1 win
at PGE Park tonight, sending the Timbers into the A-League playoffs.
A 39th minute penalty by Alex Bengard
gave the Portland Timbers a first half lead against the Calgary Mustangs
, a lead that Portland held into the second half.
replacing Gregor on 56', Geert Brusselers
equalized on 62' after a Calgary move down the center.
replaced Bengard on 69' and the 2 substitutions in midfield and the Calgary goal seemed to spur the Timbers into action
There were late chances for Gordon, Benedetti and Alvarez before Byron was replaced by Fadi Afash
Then for the third time in 3 games
Fadi scored, taking Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar's pass and beating Pfannenstiel
for the game winner
in the 90th minute.
The only advantage of being out of town and missing the game
is listening to Andy Macnamara's radio broadcast, which tonight was augmented by the vocal-stylings
of Aaron Heinzen
who added some great insight.
A couple of things mentioned in the broadcast:
of the Oregonian is recuperating after recent heart surgery. Get well soon John
Jim Taylor mentioned Wed Sept 1st
as the most probable first leg playoff date at PGE Park.
Tonight: Timbers v Calgary
posted by the timberlog at 12:55 PM
A reminder that the Portland Timbers
play the Calgary Mustangs
tonight at PGE Park, KO 7pm.
Since losing to a single Alan Gordon
goal back in July the Mustangs have put together a nice run of results
(including last weekend's 1-1 draw against the Timbers in Calgary). The Timbers need a single point
to assure them of a playoff spot this year.
Tonight's game will include a minutes silence
for Timber Jim's family.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Soccer University USA?
posted by the timberlog at 9:36 PM
In a week when Michael Lewis asks the question
"Can the U.S. Women's Olympic Team survive and even thrive without the University of Portland connection
?" more proof of soccer thriving on the bluff
First the NSCAA announce the 2004 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch Lists
which include Pilots senior forward Christine Sinclair
and junior midfielder Lindsey Huie on the Women's list
and Junior forward Alejandro Salazar
on the men's list.
Then there's another Pilot taking a different route
into the future. Josh Simpson has given up his senior year
and signed a two-year contract with Millwall
of the English Championship. The Canadian caught the eye of Millwall manager Dennis Wise
(gotta get my Wimbledon connection in at least once a year!) when Millwall played Canada in a friendly last month.
posted by the timberlog at 10:44 AM
The WWeek picks up on
the whole "language" mini-controversy that was handled by both sides with seeming aplomb
"They're a great bunch of people," says Cathy McKay, owner of the Bullpen, a stadium-area bar favored by fans. In fact, McKay prefers the singing soccer spectators to the Beavers' baseball believers.
The Timbers' fans continue to amaze
with two threads from talktimbers.com
over the last few days. The Timber Jim Condolences thread
and then to cap it all, Timbers' fans help mend a broken heart
posted by the timberlog at 10:26 AM
With just 5 regular season games remaining
(4 at PGE Park!), the Portland Timbers are 6 points clear
of their nearest rival Vancouver.
Next home game, this Thursday at PGE Park
KO 7pm, a single point will guarantee
the Timbers an A-League playoff place.
Former USA Women's team member Tiffeny Milbrett
will be coaching the lucky girls at Tigard High School
while she considers her future options and continues her rehab following knee surgery.
Sunday, August 08, 2004
Sad News for Timber Jim
Very sad news today
posted by the timberlog at 6:16 PM
as Timbers fans are learning that the 17 year-old daughter of Timbers' premier fan and mascot Timber Jim
was killed in a car crash on Thursday
. Hannah Beth Serrill
was killed after a head-on crash on Highway 18, about five miles east of McMinnville.
In other news the Timbers won in Edmonton 4-1 yesterday and drew 1-1 in Calgary today.
Edmonton 1-4 Portland
16' Gordon, 16' (UA)
45' Alvarez, 45' (UA)
60' Alvarez, (Alcaraz-Cuellar)
85' Afash, 85' (Bengard)
Calgary 1-1 Portland
72' Afash, 72' (Alcaraz-Cuellar)
Friday, August 06, 2004
Portland 3 - 0 Minnesota
posted by the timberlog at 3:43 PM
There were some great performances
at PGE Park last night. Andrew Gregor's 2 goals
and 1 assist would have been the standout
in any game...except last night Josh Saunders
had to keep the Thunder (and in particular Johnny Menyongar
) at bay. The game was a lot closer
than the one-sided scoreline suggests and the Thunder played their part
in one of the best games seen at PGE Park for a while.
Bobby Howe's wish to have every game
from now on played as if it were a playoff game
seems to have started well.
Match report here
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Timbers Back Home With a Bang (or Three)
posted by the timberlog at 10:11 PM
The Portland Timbers
returned to PGE Park tonight and blew away the remaining cobwebs
from their sorry performance aganinst Seattle.
The full story tomorrow
but tonight the facts:
Andrew Gregor's free kick
, missed by Bengard's head, curled past Joe Warren on 12'.
on 43' with a sweet volley
past the Minnesota keeper to make it 2-0 at the half.
56 minutes and Byron Alvarez
's 1-2 with Gregor to beat Warren for the third time tonight.
Timbers 3 - 0 Thunder
Timbers v Thunder Tonight
posted by the timberlog at 2:34 PM
The timberlog team sheet
for tonight's game
at PGE Park (KO 7pm). Should be a good game (famous last words). The Thunder are always worth watching
even if they are tired
after last night's loss to San Jose in the US Open Cup and the Timbers
have some things to prove
in front of their home fans.
Heinzen's Season Over
posted by the timberlog at 8:32 AM
Sad news this morning that Aaron Heinzen's season
with the Timbers is over after an MRI discovered some dead bone in his left ankle. Heinzen is scheduled to undergo surgery
in about 10 days.
Get well soon Aaron.
The O article this morning
focuses on Alex Bengard
, rightly singling him out as key reason for the Timbers success this season.
The Minnesota Thunder
arrive in Portland for tonight's game
at PGE Park having played 120 minutes
last night in St. Paul, eventually losing to San Jose
on penalties in the US Open Cup.
"We've got to overcome that psychologically," Bobby Howe said of the homestand blues. "We've got to hit them, because they're going to be tired.
Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Timbers: WWeek's Best of...
posted by the timberlog at 2:38 PM
Kind of wrote itself
really. Alan Gordon
one of the people of the year
("Best Raging Rookie
"), currently the top scorer in the A-League with 16 goals and the Portland Timbers
voted "Best Local Sports Team
" in the readers poll
Timbers v Thunder Preview
posted by the timberlog at 9:46 AM
Another Thursday evening
of Timbers soccer tomorrow as the Minnesota Thunder
visit PGE Park for the first time this year (KO 7pm).
The Thunder (10-6-3) are currently 6 points adrift
of the top placed Timbers
and Whitecaps with a game in hand, and are currently the only A-League side without a win on the road
(let's hope it stays that way!)
The Timbers, however, seem to be keeping their best form
for the road and are coming off wins in Calgary and Milwaukee, earning midfielder Edwin Miranda
a place on the A-League Team of the Week
The teams only meeting so far this season was back in June
when the Timbers' Alan Gordon gave Portland a 1-0 win
in the James Griffin Stadium.
[A bad scheduling clash
as the Oregon Zoo concert season sees the brilliant Zimbabwean Thomas Mapfumo
(now a Eugene resident!) play...if you're not going to be at PGE Park on Thursday make sure you're at the Zoo! Personally it was a toss up
, but the timberlog has seen him 3 or 4 times already...and will be listening to Kekele tonight so...]
Monday, August 02, 2004
Timbers Continue to Win on the Road
posted by the timberlog at 11:09 AM
The Portland Timbers
continued to win on the road
on Saturday with a 2-0 win in Milwaukee, avenging
their 2-1 loss at Uihlein Park back in June. The Timbers now have an 8-3-0 record on the road
, one of the best in the A-League.
Early goals by Byron Alvarez
(his 10th of the season) and Alex Bengard
sunk the Wave United, Dan Antoniuk
getting both assists.
The Timbers now top the Western Conference
with the Vancouver Whitecaps (who were held to a 1-1 draw by Calgary on Friday).
Next up for the Timbers, the Minnesota Thunder
at PGE Park, this Thursday
, KO 7pm.