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Friday, July 29, 2005

Tickets for Timbers v San Jose

Tickets for the US Open Cup game next Wednesday (Aug 3rd) are on sale - they range from $13-$27, are available at area Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (503) 224-4400 and in person at the PGE Park box office.

Those interested in group tickets are encouraged to contact the Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5407 for discounts of $3-$5 per ticket.

For those who missed out ono the Sunderland love-fest and feel like a right prune, get on in there son!!!

posted by the timberlog at 3:04 PM



Thursday, July 28, 2005

KTIM 97.9FM. All Timbers, All Day!

...and now on KTIM 97.9 we interrupt our coverage of the Portland Timbers to bring you this oldie, but goodie. Take it away Jacob....

Jacob Miller - Stop Them Jah

[Burned from the tribute 10" dubplate pressed in memory of the late great Horace Swaby (Augustus Pablo) 1953-1999]

posted by the timberlog at 10:18 AM



Wednesday, July 27, 2005

GO Busse! GO Merc!

The Mercury is on the ball again as this exclusive timberlog preview of this week's issue proves.

posted by the timberlog at 2:47 PM



Tuesday, July 26, 2005

...and is the world ready for...

THIS!

posted by the timberlog at 1:27 PM



...now THIS is a disgrace...

Can I just be the first to say that these people should be banned from PGE Park forthwith. Not only do they bring offensive weapons (knitting needles) into the park, but harbor thoughts such as "I wanted to sock him in the mouth" and "I felt like giving him a piece of my mind, but I didn't."

Do we want these hooligans associated with the Portland Timbers??

I think not.

Yours,

Disgusted in the Rose City.

posted by the timberlog at 1:20 PM



The Heart (and Soul) of US Soccer

The result* was probably the least important part of Saturday's exhibition against Sunderland at PGE Park (as we've said before, it's about the antithesis of the S**ttle Pitch's "What matters most is what happens on the pitch" byline!)

Saturday was not just another piece in the growing puzzle that is the Portland Timbers, but a chance to show off on the international stage...and the Rose City did that to the nth degree.

An announced crowd of 15,376 the largest crowd in 5 seasons, the respect of the visiting Sunderland fans and yet more proof that Portland is (at) the heart of US soccer.

Don't take my word for it...just visit talktimbers.com and revel in thread after thread of loveliness!

[*just for the record it ended nil-nil]

Next up the San Jose Earthquakes in the US Open Cup on Wed Aug 3rd. Tickets still available. Much niceness to come.

...and as the Timbers prepare for that game, reinforcements are on the horizon as Kevin Goldthwaite and Guillermo Gonzalez are due in Portland by the end of the week on loan from the Earthquakes for the rest of the season.

posted by the timberlog at 9:44 AM



Thursday, July 21, 2005

Sunderland Update

As Portland gears up for Saturday's game a few more details (especially for the casual visitor to the timberlog)

Sunderland arrive in town tonight after winning in Seattle 1-0 yesterday (Liam Lawrence 81') attendance 8,502 (c'mon Rose City we can beat THAT! even without comps surely?!).

There will be a community festival around PGE Park starting at 4.30pm, game kick off the usual 7pm sharpish.

The following is for meeja-peeps only so shut your eyes everyone else.

Pre game training sessions on Friday are taking place at
Clark College, O'Connell Sports Center in the Couv. 10am-11.15 for Sunderland and 11.30 - 12.15 for the Timbers.

Sunderland will be training again (and getting a look at the evil PGE Park turf no doubt) on Sat morning 10am-10.45 at PGE Park.

Now these sessions are listed for Media only not for general public, but I'm sure that a few (emphasis!) interested onlookers wouldn't be minded in soccercityusa so...plus we're all members of the media now aren't we?? (blog this, blog that, podcast, intraweb, blah blah blah ad nauseum...)

posted by the timberlog at 9:58 AM



Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Free Tickets for Sunderland Game

The Timbers have come up with a very Willy Wonka method of promoting Saturday's game against (newly promoted to the EPL) Sunderland.

50 Nike soccer balls (inscribed with the {slightly grammatically incorrect surely?} words "You Just Scored"will be hidden around Portland early Wednesday morning.

Each person (or ticket scalper operative!) finding them will be able to redeem said ball for 2 free tickets to Saturday's game...and get to keep the ball!

According to the press release:

"The soccer balls will be placed in plain view at assorted businesses, restaurants and other strategic places around downtown Portland as well as select locations in the surrounding area."

posted by the timberlog at 11:08 AM



Tribune - Timber Town Braces for Sunderland's Steam

A Love Supreme - Sunderland worried about artificial pitches...defensive options limited...team will learn by their mistakes after "disgraceful" result in Vancouver.

posted by the timberlog at 10:35 AM



Monday, July 18, 2005

Timbers v Sunderland this Saturday

According to the Timbers there are still tickets available for Saturday's exhibition game against Sunderland. Tickets for the match, which range from $13-$30, are available at Ticketmaster outlets and at the PGE Park box office.

Sunderland have a win and a loss so far on their pre-season trip, a 1-0 win against a "BC All-Stars" team and a 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

posted by the timberlog at 4:18 PM



Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Timbers Through to 4th Round

A 2-0 win at PGE Park tonight sets up a Wed Aug 3rd game against the San Jose Earthquakes at PGE Park in the US Open Cup 4th round.

Goals from Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar (a direct free kick) and Dizzy Antoniuk sealed the win, but Byron Alvarez will miss the game against the MLS side after picking up a red card for his second yellow of the night.

Put the cones back in storage for now!

posted by the timberlog at 8:56 PM



Don't make me bring out the Cones!


That's an awful lot of red and too little green!

The Timbers try to push back that tide of "Sammy Sounder" tonight at PGE Park as they take on Seattle in the US Open Cup.

Don't make me bring out the cones!!!


posted by the timberlog at 6:01 PM



Saturday, July 09, 2005

Timbers Travel to Tukwila: Lose to Sounders

Sounders 4 - 2 Timbers, tells the story of another loss as Portland slide to a 5-4-6 (W-D-L) record.

Goals from Byron Alvarez and Shaun Higgins (his first for the club) weren't enough to pull back a 3-0 Seattle lead.

The Timbers play Vancouver in Kelowna, B.C. tonight and then play Seattle at PGE Park on Tuesday in the US Open Cup 3rd round.

posted by the timberlog at 9:23 AM



Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Bayard Elfvin Heads for the Beach

Congrats to former Timber Bayard Elfvin for getting signed by Virginia Beach.

posted by the timberlog at 2:50 PM



Wilamette Week - Hometown Hooligans

Nice photo essay in this week's WWeek on the Timber's fans in section 107.

posted by the timberlog at 11:35 AM



Tuesday, July 05, 2005

USL Blog

Now USL Director of PR Gerald Barnhart has a blog!

posted by the timberlog at 2:15 PM



10-Man Timbers Hold on to 1-1 Draw

A goal in the 7th minute from Byron Alvarez, a Timbers team looking buoyed up by their performance against Montreal and an always competitive Vancouver side looked like being the ingredients for a classic game on Saturday night at PGE Park.

A red card for the Timbers' Tom Poltl on 23' for what, on the night looked like an innocuous challenge (and for those who have watched the game replayed on TV looks less and less like a red card offence) almost killed the game as a contest.

Back on their heels, Portland conceded a goal on 37' after Jason Jordan put away Nash's cross, but held on till half time.

Credit to the Timbers since after some reorganization (Wilkinson on for Alvarez freeing up Miranda to move back into MF) they more than just held on in the second half and came away with a 1 - 1 draw.

A game that led me to this conversation with my guru.

timberlog: Master what should I do? Should I use my (very, very limited) powers for this?

master: If the tools are there do with them what you must...

timberlog: Oh, you mean the directories full of photos? But don't you think it's not right to have a go at someone who is only just doing their job. I mean it might have just been an off day?

master: Even the master craftsman can create an abomination occasionally...

timberlog: Is this about the Sounders again master??

master: If a flower grows on Mt. Fuji is it better to leave it there for others to admire, or better to pick it to place in a vase formed by a master potter???

timberlog: do what...?

master: if the tools are there cannot one....

timberlog: Yes you told me about the tools already. Anyway, I'm losing you master...I think you may be going through a tunnel....later master!

There is, of course, only one explanation!

posted by the timberlog at 11:16 AM



Saturday, July 02, 2005

Timbers v Vancouver Tonight

7pm Kick off at PGE Park. U.S. Women's National Team star Tiffeny Milbrett will be signing autographs before the game in the concourse. More importantly the Timbers, no doubt buoyed by their performance against Montreal, will be out gunning for a big win.

posted by the timberlog at 2:54 PM



Friday, July 01, 2005

US Soccer announce 4th Round Open Cup Pairings

Once the Portland Timbers knock out the Seattle Sounders in the 3rd Round of the US Open Cup (PGE Park July 12) they will face the San Jose Earthquakes US Soccer have announced.

The game would be on Wed Aug 3rd at PGE Park.

posted by the timberlog at 1:47 PM



Timbers Fall to Long Range Goal

A Timbers side, rejigged to cover for injuries and a reduced squad, held the reigning champions the Montreal Impact at PGE Park last night until the 58th minute. At that point a free kick 40 yds out, taken by Sandro Grande, sailed in past a scrambling Josh Saunders to give Montreal a 1-0 lead which they held onto for the rest of the game.

The worries that preceded the game about the Timbers defense turned out to be mostly unfounded as Edwin Miranda (standing in for Gavin Wilkinson) had another sterling game alongside Thompson and Morrison canceling out Montreal's Gerba and Sebrango. Miranda was missed in midfield however and a (at times) nervous looking Timbers resorted to too many speculative balls played towards starters Afash and Antoniuk trying to break down an Impact back line that have only conceded 3 goals all year.

The Impact remain unbeaten and lie in 2nd place in the USL First Division while the Timbers remain mid-table.

Now to the post-goal incident. You can watch the video here.

After Grande's goal, certain Impact players decided it would be a gesture befitting a championship winning team to wave the whole team down to celebrate infront of section 107 (remember the goal was scored from about 40 yds out).

Timbers' Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar stoutly held his ground (later getting a yellow along with Montreal's Pizzolitto for his trouble) and tried to block the hordes. The Impact players then starting a melee that ended with pushing and shoving and an alleged punch into Hugo's stomach. You can see on the video that even Montreal's keeper Greg Sutton ended up involved!

A braver referee would have given all the Impact players involved in the goal celebration a yellow.

Not sure what it is about Montreal and PGE Park, but on their previous visit it was Pizzolitto again, getting McKinley Tennyson sent off after elbowing the Timbers forward (followed by a smoke bomb in the shed! Deja Vu!). Later in the game was the infamous Ze Roberto red card (for stamping on a Timbers player) and the finger to the shed as he walked off the field.

Claaaaasssyyyyy Montreal, Real Claaaaassssyyy!

posted by the timberlog at 9:04 AM



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