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Monday, May 30, 2005

Life's A Beach: Timbers 2 - 2 Virginia Beach

The angry expression on Shaun Saunders' face as the players and officials left the field said it all. The Timbers let a 2 goal lead slip at PGE Park on Saturday night against a Virginia Beach side who, despite being on the final leg of a 3 game West coast spin, kept pushing, getting their reward with a (...let's be charitable...soft) Darren Caskey penalty in the 84th minute and leaving Oregon with a 2-2 draw.

[Full Match Report]

...and the start of this year's disciplinary numbers!

posted by the timberlog at 9:35 AM



Thursday, May 26, 2005

Memo Azarte Released

...not much to add...pity we didn't see more of him, but with Edwin Miranda staking his place as a regular he probably wasn't going to get much playing time this year.

Good Luck Memo.

posted by the timberlog at 3:00 PM



Virginia Beach Add Forward Nusum

The Virginia Beach Mariners have added forward John Barry Nusum ahead of their game against the Timbers this Saturday.

The Bermudan Nusum played for the Philadelphia KiXX and was voted the 2004-2005 MISL Indoor League rookie of the year.

The Mariners arrive at PGE Park on Saturday after having played in Seattle yesterday (losing 1-0 to a late, late Levesque goal) and Vancouver on Friday.

posted by the timberlog at 9:45 AM



Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Timber Jim in the WWeek

A Q&A with Portland Timbers' mascot Timber Jim (AKA Jim Serrill) in today's WWeek. Next chance to see the main man in action is this coming Saturday at PGE Park for all those who need reminding or are yet to come to a Timbers game!

posted by the timberlog at 10:19 AM



Monday, May 23, 2005

Miranda in the O

Edwin Miranda in today's O.

"Last year, I got nervous in the beginning, playing in front of the crowds and everything," Miranda said. "Now I just worry about doing my job. As long as the team is winning, I'm happy."

Pics of Paul Conway arriving at PDX.

posted by the timberlog at 10:37 AM



Friday, May 20, 2005

Timbers Sign Paul Conway to 1-Year Deal

The Timbers have just officially announced the signing of Paul Conway, joining his father assistant coach Jimmy Conway.

"I'm obviously very excited to play for Bobby (Howe) and my dad in my hometown where I grew up." Conway said. "It's a move that I would have regretted if I didn't sign, and it's intriguing that the Timbers have a real chance to do well this season. I would love nothing more than to win a championship in Portland."

posted by the timberlog at 4:12 PM



Monday, May 16, 2005

ATTH



Everything gets reviewed these days.

Heck, someone with a camera phone and a blog probably insta-reviewed my early morning walk down to get a cup of minty chai and a raisin scone this very a.m, so in that spirit let’s review the latest product of Portland's newest sporting multimedia mega-corp “107/Timbers Army”… the fanzine Ax to the Head or ATTH as it's fondly known.

First
up ATTH looks like it's been put together by a troop of DeBrazza monkeys who escaped from Portland Zoo and have just come into possession of a container load of Adderall destined for an OHSU ADHD trial…This is a compliment.

Second - The writing cocks a snoot at well-formed standard prose, thumbs it's nose at sentence construction and stamps on contemporary standards of typography and layout. This too is a compliment.

Third
- It reads as if it was written, typed and stapled during a game (maybe it was for all I know!). This too, dear reader, is a compliment.

In short it brings a smidgeon of the passion, wit and intelligence of 107 to a wider audience (PGE Park security willing).

In issue number 2 Jack Nicholson welcomes us into ATTH's world and once inside it's a 20-odd page trip into the darkest recesses of some of 107's best minds. Having frequented Bristol Rovers' home on a few occasions in the 1990's the thought of the ATTH's Editor-in-Chief being a Bristol Rovers Ultra amuses and scares me in equal measure...timberlog drifts off into a haze whistling "Good Night Irene..."

ATTH #2 starts (as surely do all modern publications?? Isn't it a requirement to get an ISSN number) with a Dwight Jaynes piss-take and rolls quickly into the letters page. Of course any publication worth it's salt forgoes the "…I like your magazine...keep up the good work" format and goes straight to the fake letters from Seattle Orca-chapeau wearing web-obsessives and cult ex-players...or maybe they are real...it's that kind of work, who knows…up is down...left is right...Preston Burpo is a fine upstanding gentleman loved by all. You get the picture.

A personal fave of mine in this issue has to be “The Wit and Wisdom of Fadi” which gives us a whirlwind trip through the experience the Syrian's gained in his travels through life. For example:
America is filled with big businessmen who all have ideas about how to trick a boy from Syria. But let me tell you this, Barbara Sue Seal and Tom Moyer: I eat your kind with my tea!

and
Many people today are afraid of men from the Middle East, which is sad. Besides, as we all should know, the real troublemakers are the Swedes!

... Deepak Chopra this aint.

What about player interviews I hear you ask? Well they’ve got 'em, although Mr. Roberto is going to run out of players willing to talk to him if his tête-à-tête with Scott Benedetti is anything to go by. I imagine he's going to have to go undercover before too long. Of course the first time someone from the Timbers decks him with a swift upper cut will only provide more perfect material for the book he is surely working on as we speak.

Then it's Ballad of Reading Gaol-PDX Stylee as 107's own Rusholme Ruffian tells his story of his run in with Seattle's WorstTM.

Then it's a hop, skip and a jump onto the dugout with a guide to kiwi slang, dating made easy with Brian Winters and the Ax to the Head classifieds...all top quality stuff.

All in all ATTH rocketh, in all it's Samizdat, rootcrack stained, smoke-bomb and printing ink fumed-glory, bringing us a small glimpse into the life of 107 one smudgy, askewed page at a time.

As long as the shadowy people behind ATTH have a vast slush fund for the upcoming lawsuits, which are as inevitable as the next Josh Saunders clean sheet, everything should be hunky dory.

Timberlog verdict: track down and slap down the one US dollar purchase price pronto.


posted by the timberlog at 3:41 PM



Thursday, May 12, 2005

Battery Drained!

It was stalemate at PGE Park tonight until a last gasp goal from (who else) Fadi Afash playing his usual dramatic position-perfect play sent the Charleston Battery reeling to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Portland Timbers.

A fast paced game which looked to be ending scoreless was jolted back into life in the 89th minute when the Syrian striker pounced on a loose ball after a powerful strike from Edwin Miranda and a goal mouth scramble.

The Timbers are still unbeaten after 5 games and now have a 16 day break before facing Hampton Roads at PGE Park on May 28th.

[Full match report]

posted by the timberlog at 10:10 PM



Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Timbers Draw in Twin Cities

Dan (Dizzy) Antoniuk hit the mark in the Twin Cities over the weekend after rejoining the Timbers on loan from the Philadelphia Kixx. His 78th minute bookending goal (the matching one being an 8th minute Johnny Menyongar goal for the Thunder) saved a point for Portland and preserved the Timbers' unbeaten record.

Again, Josh Saunders in the Timbers' goal played a crucial part in the draw making 7 saves in the game.

The Timbers next game is at PGE Park on Thursday when the Charleston Battery visit Portland. KO 7pm.

Oh, and to complete the Scot Thompson Anthology, here are 3 more poems.

7 & 7

Demon

Am I God

Any other Timbers players who care to submit their artistic endeavors...a Brian Winters travelogue, a Scott Benedetti experimental cut-up novel, a Josh Saunders Roman à clef...for example, are more than welcome!

posted by the timberlog at 11:58 AM



Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Scot Thompson - Defender and Poet

After a weekend that ended badly for some of the traveling Timbers fans let’s concentrate on something positive. It turns out that the Timbers' Scot Thompson is not only a talented full-back, but also an aspiring poet.
You can read a poem given to the traveling Timbers Army here and over the next few days there will be a chance to read some more of Scot’s poetry.

Beautiful Intelligence by Scot Thompson

...and the hits keep coming...

A Good Day

posted by the timberlog at 5:27 PM



Monday, May 02, 2005

Timbers Unbeaten After Three

With a 2-2 draw on Friday against Minnesota and a 2-1 win in Seattle on Saturday, the Portland Timbers have started 2005 in fine form.

The lack of a partner for Byron Alvarez up front is still not an issue as Tom Poltl, Scott Benedetti and Scot Thompson joined Byron on the score sheet over the weekend.

Next up Minnesota at the Metrodome on Sat and then Charleston at PGE Park on Thurs 12th.

posted by the timberlog at 5:28 PM



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