Friday, September 30, 2005
Scot Thompson Update
posted by the timberlog at 2:51 PM
An update on the Timbers very own Scot Thompson's Sunderland trial
: According to Scot the trial went well
, but he was told he would probably be a better fit in the Championship
. The trial did however open some other doors
and Scot thinks he will be training at another club
So now you know.
Thursday, September 29, 2005
A change is gonna come...oh yes it will.
posted by the timberlog at 9:33 AM
So, I return from a short trip away
, all geared-up for the USL First Division final
at PGE Park this weekend and THIS
is what I find!!!
Oh well, that's been the story of the Timbers
since their return to this fair city, always "nearly the bridesmaid, but rejected because they don't quite fit into the wedding planners vision - never the bride".
Still, could be an interesting winter with this intimation of ch-ch-ch-ch-changes in the Timbers organization
and the prospect of a "freewheeling offseason
" according to Jim Taylor.
Some reflections on the 2005 season coming up...along with the usual timberlog fall picture of a conker! In the meantime you can always read the musings of this particular Timbers fan
(and feel inadequate too as he fits what seems like 30 hours into a 24 hour day!)
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
2005 Final Disciplinary Points
posted by the timberlog at 2:40 PM
The by now traditional timberlog disciplinary points totals
, or as we like to call it "Who's a naughty team/boy then?
", are in and this year the "bad team
" award goes to...well, a number of teams who, truth be told, are too close to separate.Atlanta
(243 points, 3 red cards), Toronto
(243, 5), Rochester
(242, 4) and of course Puerto Rico
(230, 10 red cards
The "good team
" this year goes to Vancouver
who in their 28 games picked up only 131 points
on only 28 yellow cards
and 1 red.
Hugo - USL 2005 Assist Leader
posted by the timberlog at 2:25 PM
The Timbers Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar has won the USL 2005 assist leader award
with his 12 this year
, twice as many as the second place players.
Timbers players also made the final USL Team of the Week
; Scot Thompson
, Edwin Miranda
and Dan Antoniuk
, who was also named player of the week
for his 4 goals in Portland's last 2 games.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Final USL Attendance Figures
posted by the timberlog at 11:28 AM
The final USL Div 1 attendance figures
- Overall 2005 saw a 6.4% increase and an average league attendance of 4,527
- Only 3 teams showed a decrease from 2004 (Charleston, Rochester and Virginia Beach)
- 5 teams got average attendances over 5,000 (Montreal, Portland, Puerto Rico, Rochester and Vancouver)
- Attendance averages ranged from Montreal (11,176) to Virginia Beach (1,240)
- Portland finished 3rd highest with an announced average of 5,553.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Playoff Bound: Portland 3 - 0 Richmond
posted by the timberlog at 2:23 PM
The Portland Timbers made the USL Div 1 playoffs
last night with an emotional 3-0 win
over the Richmond Kickers.
Goals from Scot Thompson
(a header from an Edwin Miranda free-kick), Dan Antoniuk
(header from a Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar
cross and Byron Alvarez
(another header again from a Hugo cross) gave the Timbers the win in front of an announced crowd of 7,858.
The win gave Portland the 5th playoff spot
and sets up a home and away playoff series against Seattle
The first game
of that series is at PGE Park on Fri Sept 16th
and tickets are on sale now.
Tickets begin at $12 and can be purchased from Ticketmaster. Groups of 15 or more are encouraged to call the Timbers ticket office
at (503) 553-5555 for discounted tickets.
The second leg
will take place at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash., on Sunday, Sept. 18
, at 7 p.m.
The winner will play the top-seeded and defending champions Montreal
in the semi-final.
A great match from the starters-pistol
On 2' Tom Poltl
(playing on the left side of midfield) tried to get a 1-2 going with Antoniuk, Richmond keeper Pascale
getting to the ball first. At the other (MAC) end Joey Worthen cut inside and hit the post
, the ball cleared for a corner. Then back to the shed end as Byron Alvarez scooped a header wide
from Edwin Miranda's cross. All in the first 5 minutes.
On 9' Dan Antoniuk volleyed just wide
from Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar's pull back and on 12' Richmond forward Delicate shot wide
on 15' Lee Morrison's header
was over the bar from Hugo's corner on the right and on 20' Josh Saunders had to save
from Nti's 25 yd strike. Real end-to-end stuff
. Miranda into Alvarez and his shot on the spinning turn
was deflected away for a corner.
On 22' Garrett Marcum
was put in down the right, but was called offside...he put the ball into the net for practice
Sloppy play by Morrison and Lines
on 24' gave Richmond a deep throw on their right and from the resulting attack Nti shot wide wildly
(Not the last time a Richmond player would shoot off-target
Miranda's 30 yd drive was saved on 26' and on 29' after Lines slipped, O'Toole's cross was headed across goal by Cephas
for the Timbers on 32' as Marcum committed himself
allowing Worthen in, but he was ushered wide
and the ball went away for a corner.
On 35', after a foul on Antoniuk, Scot Thompson sent a glancing header
past Pascale from Miranda's free kick from 35 yds out on the left. 1-0 Portland
Marcum's foul (and yellow) on Worthen on 38' gave the Kickers a good chance
about 25 yds out on the left side of the box, but O'Toole's kick was over
.Saunders had to save
from Worthen on 43' and as the half drew to a close Alvarez had one last pop at goal
, running across the box, keeper Pascale saving.1-0 Timbers at half-time
The second half started with Hare getting a yellow
for a push on Dizzy (he'd clattered into Josh Saunders just before half-time - good memory ref!)Richmond came out fighting
and the Timbers were reduced to getting bodies back
early in the second half. Cephas shot over
on 46' after Lines and Poltl took to long to clear and on 51' O'Toole to Cephas and his cross was headed back across goal by Delicate. A dangerous moment
An unmarked Miranda
almost got on the end of a Poltl cross on 54' and Byron headed over
from Miranda's cross on 55'.Great move
on 57' as Edwin Miranda played a fantastic defence-splitting ball
, but Alvarez hit the right post
with his shot past Pascale!
Hare's header was across the face of Josh Saunders' goal on 58' and on 62' a nice snatch-and-grab by Marcum
set up Alvarez to pull back to Alcaraz-Cuellar
, but his shot was saved.Richmond were now reduced to shooting from afar
. Nti sliced wide on 68', Williams shot ending up on the corner flag
a minute later and Worthen blasting high and wide from 25 yds on 70'
Miranda's (on target!
) shot from 20yds after a nice head-down from Dizzy
was saved on 72' and Byron Alvarez' shot
was again saved after he got through a crowd of players in the box.
76' and Alvarez was offside
receiving a ball from Poltl and the Timbers seemed to have regained their concentration and control of the game
On 81' Byron-Dizzy-Miranda-Poltl free, but his shot was over
when he was free and clear!
Then the killer blow
. 84' and Byron found supporter's player of the season Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar
and his cross was headed in by Antoniuk
. 2-0 Timbers
The celebrations could begin
and there was more relief
on 88' as again it was Hugo, this time stealing the ball
on the right and crossing for Byron Alvarez to head past Pascale
to make the final score:Timbers 3 - 0 Kickers.
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Crunch Time: Timbers v Richmond Tonight
posted by the timberlog at 9:18 AM
The Portland Timbers play the Richmond Kickers tonight at PGE Park
in their final game in the USL 1st Division regular season. A win will take them into the playoffs
and with the Puerto Rico Islanders winning last night
and looking likely to repeat that on Sunday
when they play the Toronto Lynx again it's a virtual must-win situation for the Timbers
KO 7pm. Be There.
Friday, September 09, 2005
Everything's All-Right: Portland 6 - 1 Atlanta
posted by the timberlog at 11:20 AM
What could have turned out a nightmare
both on and off the pitch ended up being yet another amazing night
at PGE Park as (almost) everyone came out winners.
The Timbers made another step towards the playoffs
with a 6-1 win (eliminating both Atlanta and Minnesota in the process) and now only Puerto Rico can catch them
. A win on Saturday against Richmond at PGE Park
and Portland are assured of a place, anything but a win
in Puerto Rico tonight for the Islanders and the Timbers are in regardless.
The denizens of 107
made their point and then some, section 107 being left almost deserted until the 75th minute, but still making themselves heard in groups all around the field
(quite effective that!)
The only "losers" on the night were PGE Park security
and police to whom the phrase "headless chickens" could be applied as it became clear that their particular duty on this night was unenforceable
and mostly unneeded.
The game started in an unsure manner
(both on and off the pitch...OK I'll stop using that phrase now!) with Millwood
for Atlanta showing his worrying speed down the left and Edwin Miranda having the first shot (over from 25yds) on 7'
Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar's free kick on 8' was around the Silverbacks wall
but straight into keeper Barton's arms.Dan Antoniuk
tried to spin away from DeLima on 12' (a move that would profit him later
) only to see Alex Yi cover.
On 15' Antoniuk (who really seemed to come of age
in this game) stole the ball deep, played a 1-2 with Conway, but volleyed wide
from the return.
The Timbers began to ratchet the screws
with Morrison volleying wide on 17' and Antoniuk getting his head on Miranda's cross with Barton out of position, the Silverbacks clearing the danger.
Danger at the Timbers end on 24', but del la Torre's ball to Dawkins
found him offside.
A nice overlapping move
on 29' as Antoniuk put Alcaraz-Cuellar in for the cross and a minute later Dizzy headed just too high
from Miranda's cross.
All Timbers pressure now with Hugo's high overhead lob
pushed behind by Barton, Goldthwaite's cross across the face of goal and Lines' shot saved
after a nice chest down by Conway on 38'
Then the goal. Thompson's ball down the center
, a great turn
and Antoniuk blasted past Barton. Clinical
. And just in time for the playoffs.
Miranda's shot from 20 yds was saved by a diving Barton
on 44' and then just before half time Paul Conway
, attempting to roll around a defender, shot into the side netting, but fell on his right elbow
. Paul walked gingerly
from the field and was later taken away in an ambulance with a dislocated elbow
With Byron Alvarez replacing Conway the second half started and would see a further 5 goals from the Timbers.
On 50' Antoniuk tried a 30 yd lob over Barton and on 51' a breakaway saw Byron Alvarez' shot
slide under Barton and cross the line
just before Millwood could clear. 2 - 0 Portland.
The Silverbacks got a goal back on 57' when Pineda-Chacon was left alone
and finished Rios' cross from the right. Edwin Miranda picked up a yellow
in the resulting melee as Atlanta tried to retrieve the ball for a quick restart.
With fast Atlanta sub Stone causing problems
, Josh Saunders had to make a save from Millwood on 63' and at the other end Barton saved Miranda's chance from about 10yds.
On 72' it was 3-1 as Dan Antoniuk put away a rebound
as Byron Alvarez' shot was blocked by Barton (or was it a pass with the outside of his foot...couldn't really tell. The goal was credited as UA anyway).
Number 4 on 77' as Miranda followed up his own blocked shot
to beat Barton.
A red card
for Atlanta's Stone on 83' as it looked like Scot Thompson
would be running from deep midfield right into the box to score before he was pulled down just outside the box
. (Byron's free-kick was too high).
Obviously the Timbers confidence was sky high
(with even Brain Winters
trying a little fancy back-heel!!!) and on 88' Edwin Miranda scored again with his shot from 20yds looking like it was deflected past Barton.Antoniuk finished the night in fine style
, grabbing his hat-trick on 90', striking Byron Alvarez' cross through a crowd of players for his 12th of the season and to make the final score 6 - 1.
I won't mention the cannon
, but let's just say, the memory is etched in my brain
'till my dying day.
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Timbers v Silverbacks Tonight
posted by the timberlog at 8:53 AM
Tonight the Timbers host the Atlanta Silverbacks
at PGE Park in a crucial game for both teams as they vie for the 6th and final playoff spot
. Portland will be without Gavin Wilkinson
, suspended after his red card in Richmond. Atlanta's Jamaican International Fabian Dawkins has 12 goals this year
and sits just behind the Whitecaps Jason Jordan in the USL overall points table.
Disciplinary stats updated and lovingly presented for your perusal here
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
posted by the timberlog at 4:32 PM
Very nice encapsulation of the past couple of week's events over at the True Fan.Disciplinary stuff
updated for those interested.
Portland sports photographer's pictures of Timbers v Sounders.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Islanders 2 - 0 Sounders
Puerto Rico picked up 3 points
posted by the timberlog at 9:50 PM
tonight moving them into 8th place in the USL 1st Division, a point behind the Timbers
. The win ensures that Portland's playoff hopes
will not be decided on Thursday, but will run into the weekend
and their final game.
Timbers Enter Final Week
posted by the timberlog at 9:40 AM
Atlanta v Portland at PGE Park - Thurs Sep 8th at 7pm
Richmond v Portland at PGE Park - Sat Sep 10th at 7pm
The Portland Timbers enter the final week of the regular season
with 2 games at PGE Park remaining. Currently sitting in the 6th and final playoff spot
, the final week will decide whether Portland, Atlanta, Minnesota or Puerto Rico join the other 5 teams already guaranteed playoff spots.
The week's first milestone
is tonight with Seattle playing in Puerto Rico
. If Puerto Rico lose then a win by the Timbers
on Thursday against Atlanta would give them a playoff spot. A draw or win tonight for the Islanders and their last 2 games, both at home, both against the bottom team the Toronto Lynx
A win by the Timbers on Thursday
puts both Atlanta (their opponents) and Minnesota out of the running. A draw or loss puts the spotlight on the Atlanta v Minnesota and the final Timbers game against Richmond both on Saturday.
If the Islanders win their remaining 3 games
then the Timbers will need 2 wins in their final 2 games to top Puerto Rico's late charge.
Add in a what seems like turning into a partial boycott
* of section 107 and Thursday night at PGE Park is turning into a "don't miss" game.
* In the proverbial nutshell: Appeal by Timbers GM Jim Taylor to eliminate chants that include swearing
ahead of the Aug 20th Oregon Youth Soccer Association night at PGE Park, followed by Oregonian article
by Abby Height, followed by over-the-top
AP story about fans "screaming obscenities", followed by heated discussion
at talktimbers.com about said article, followed by discussion of motives
of the person quoted in Abby Height's story, followed by discussion of possible responses
to the feeling that there is lack of respect by management for the core supporters in section 107, followed by the threat of police/PGE Park security ejecting people who take part in said chants, followed by letters from Timbers supporters
complaining about article, followed by...
The timberlog's tuppencew'th is that with the shortcomings on the pitch
this year, obvious problems with team funding
, disappointing attendance figures and an ownership saga
that at present looks like dragging on right until the Jan 1st 2006 deadline that the City of Portland has put on the PCL ownership of the Beavers and Timbers, the last group that you should be alienating is the one that has brought you free publicity
(by far outweighing the negative), probably been the only area where attendance has increased
** (including important season tickets sales
) and has turned the Portland Timbers into "not just another sports franchise
...but what do I know...etc etc.
** for the record season ticket sales
are the only positive
area this year so far - a +20%
change on 2004, while overall tickets sold and turnstile are down about 7%
. [USL games only]
Saturday, September 03, 2005
Timbers at Richmond
posted by the timberlog at 5:01 PM
Half Time: 0 - 0Full Time: 1 - 1Dan Antoniuk
for Portland, Richmond equilize in the 88th minute.Gavin Wilkinson
Timbers Start Final Week on Wrong Foot
posted by the timberlog at 1:49 PM
The Portland Timbers lost 2-0 against the Virginia Beach Mariners
last night leaving only 3 regular season games (all against teams fighting for their own place in the USL playoffs) to reach 6th place or above in the 1st division.
ended up with 2 assists as Jakob Fenger and Steve Shak
scored for the Mariners. Just as worrying for the Timbers was the fact that the team will be without Edwin Miranda, Tom Poltl and Paul Conway
for tonight's game in Richmond, Miranda and Poltl each going over 21 disciplinary points with yellows last night and Conway getting a red card.
With tonight's game and fellow playoff chasers Charleston and Atlanta playing tomorrow
the playoff picture going into the final week will be clearer.
Stay Tuned for an interesting
Friday, September 02, 2005
Timbers Enter Final Four Regular Season Games
posted by the timberlog at 9:48 AM
The Timbers enter their last 4 regular season games
tonight with a visit to Virginia Beach
closely followed tomorrow with a game in Richmond
. The Timbers then return for 2 games at PGE Park
on Thurs and Sat (9/8 and 9/10) against Atlanta and Richmond
will miss tonight's game due to a red card suspension
and according to today's O
there are 4 players in total a yellow away from a one-game suspension
- Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar, Tom Poltl, Edwin Miranda and Shaun Higgins. Note: I haven't been able
to update my player suspension points stats
recently due to a lack of data!