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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Loose Ends

With some loose ends finally tied up...final 2004 A-League disciplinary points totalled (Step forward Puerto Rico narrowly beating out Seattle for the bad-boy prize, Richmond get the goody-two-shoes medal!), the Timbers stats and the City of Portland Timbers attendance numbers all tied together for 2004 (if you don't know the link and want it, email me!).

posted by the timberlog at 11:30 AM



Saturday, September 18, 2004

TimberBabyBlog??

So the Timbers post season did have some cheer, as coach Bobby Howe and forward Alan Gordon won the 2004 A-League coach of the year and rookie of the year respectively.

The US Women's team will visit PGE Park on Oct 3rd at 5pm to play New Zealand as part of their 10-city "Fan Celebration Tour".

..but eclipsing all that news (at least for me personally) was the news that babylog #2 was born last weekend.

posted by the timberlog at 3:34 PM



Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Timbers Season Ended in Seattle

The Portland Timbers travelled to Seattle on Sunday with a one goal advantage, but returned having had their season ended by 2 goals from the Sounders' Welton Melo.

The press just about says it all...

Seattle PI - Welton's Goals Sends Seattle Past Timbers
Tribune - Door closes on a ‘magnificent’ year
O - Best Isn't Good Enough



posted by the timberlog at 11:13 AM



Friday, September 03, 2004

Match Report plus...

Late as usual but lovingly crafted nevertheless the timberlog match report from Wednesday's game against Seattle.

Seems like old news with everyone looking northwards for Sunday's return match but a few notes anyway:

[press]

Tribune - Timbers Go North With the Lead Not sure where Seattle Coach Schmetzer gets the...

"I'm here to dispute the restart. It should have been where the play was stopped, which was about 30 yards out. It was a protocol error that cost us the game."

...nonsense? If it was a foul and it was in the box then it's a penalty regardless of where the play is on the field.

Seattle Times - Portland Wins on Disputed Penalty Kick ...and here's the world's smallest violin!

Gazidis on Expansion and MLS Reserve League - A while back I posted that the comment from the USL was that "we feel strongly that if MLS commits to reserve teams in '05 that the most effective and economical means of doing so would be to incorporate them into the existing structure of the Pro Soccer League or PDL"

Steve Sampson on Scot Thompson and Alan Gordon



posted by the timberlog at 11:26 AM



Thursday, September 02, 2004

Have we done this yet?



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posted by the timberlog at 3:37 PM



Timbers Take One Goal Advantage to Seattle

The Portland Timbers take a one goal lead in the A-League playoff quarterfinals to Qwest Field on Sunday after a 2-1 win at PGE Park last night.

After going 1-down in the 17th minute to a Roger Levesque goal, the Timbers equalized on 52' when Byron Alvarez flicked a Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar shot/center past Burpo in the Seattle goal.

The Timbers came away with the deserved win after Marco Velez elbowed Byron Alvarez in the face on 78', Velez receiving a red card and Andrew Gregor converting the penalty to make it 2-1.

The game saw 5 yellow cards (4 to Seattle) and despite some criticism for disallowing a Byron Alvarez goal in the first half, referee Nathan Lacy had a good game in my opinion.

[Full game report to follow!]

posted by the timberlog at 11:04 AM



Wednesday, September 01, 2004

City Wins WWeek's Rogue of the Week...

...for putting forward the idea of taking a wrecking ball to PGE Park in order to redevelop the land and shift $13 million in hotel and car taxes now used to pay off stadium renovation debt to the big-league slush fund.

Even given a 3 or 4 year grace period while a MLB team play at PGE Park while a stadium is built, the WWeek points out the "roguishness" of such a move.

We'll take it as a SSS thanks very much!

posted by the timberlog at 3:47 PM



"People Come to PGE Park and Expect to Lose"

Columbian - Timbers started thinking big from very beginning
"We've played, I would say, poorly the last two games and we still haven't lost," (Gavin) Wilkinson said. "We are hard to beat. People come here (to PGE Park) and, honestly, they expect to lose. And that's the correct mentality, because they probably will."


In other news the LA Galaxy will be offering Timbers' Alan Gordon a developmental roster spot after the A-League playoffs end.

Coach Steve Sampson also said that defender Scot Thompson would join the Galaxy when the Timbers' playoff run ended.

posted by the timberlog at 1:55 PM



Timbers Post-Season Starts Tonight

Calling tonight's game between the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders the most important game in the club's A-league history is no exaggeration.

Even though the team have made the playoffs in 3 out of 4 seasons, this time the stakes are higher. The Timbers have finished the regular season with the best overall record and are out to prove that they can continue that form into a 2-leg playoff format. This season almost everything has converged to this point. The passionate fans have attracted more core support, attendances have risen again after last seasons fall and the the best team put on the field since joining the A-League have pulled through a loss of form in mid season to finish with a 10 game unbeaten run.

A shot at the A-League title is exactly what the fans, the players, coaches and the club deserve.

Nicely avoiding Vancouver in the quarterfinals (who more times than not seem to have the edge over the Timbers especially at Swangard Stadium), the Timbers play a Seattle side who they have a 3-1-0 record over this year.

This is a game with a real "cup atmosphere" as both teams know each other well and players on both sides have played for both clubs in the past few years (Ben Somoza gets the Seattle P.I treatment this morning as he looks to help the Sounders put one over on the club that released him in 2003)

If the Timbers avoid injuries and red cards, get early goals through Alan Gordon and Byron Alvarez and don't have to rely on a 78' Fadi Afash substitution (exciting though it is!) they should win through to meet either Vancouver or Minnesota next week.

posted by the timberlog at 9:14 AM



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