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Monday, January 30, 2006

Scot Thompson played in Norwegian Club Ham-Kam's 4-0 loss to Moss on Saturday in a pre-season game (see Bob's timbers weblog for the details so far on Scot's trial).

Scot played 62 minutes and got a yellow card and as far as I can gather (OK, gather is a bit strong ...maybe "vaguely deduce") didn't do so well (as of course the whole team didn't since it was 4-0).

The European transfer window closes tomorrow so good news for Timbers' fans from Norway would be no news.

Update: Scot says that the trial went OK, but he wasn't offered a contract and didn't feel the team was a good fit for him

posted by the timberlog at 12:23 PM

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

2006 College Draft Results

Chris Agnello selected 2 defenders in today's USL College Draft.

Anthony Noriega from George Mason and Kenneth Bertz from the Columbus Shooting Stars PDL club (2003) via Maryland.

3rdDegree.net's assesment of the 2 players went as follows:

Noriega - A raw centerback prospect, even at 23, that will needs lots of coaching. All the raw tools are there, size, pace, athleticism, and some medium level soccer skills, we are talking about a centerback after all ... someone will be intrigued.

Bertz -
Big, tough, physical defender... Some question his overall soccer skills, but he had enough assists in college that I am not all that worried about it. Directed the defense well at the combine...

posted by the timberlog at 1:27 PM

Friday, January 20, 2006

Q and A with Chris Agnello

New Timbers GM/Coach Chris Agnello was kind enough to take time out from his busy schedule to answer a few questions I put to him.

timberlog - You had a lot of success with the Blitzz, what do you put that down to
and do you think you can transfer that championship winning secret to

Chris Agnello - I put it down to a lot of hard work and a drive for nothing less than perfection. Yes I do believe I can bring that to the Timbers. I am very driven to succeed and I have a lot of pride. This forces me to uphold myself and anything I am involved with to a very high standard. I expect nothing less here in Portland.

If we could see your "To-Do List" what would be the top things that
you need to do before the start of the season in April?

Develop and championship winning mentality in our team. I also need to find players that can compliment what you already have here which is a very good squad.

What was your role at Real Salt Lake and what did you learn about
soccer in the MLS during your time there? What were the factors that
made you apply for the Timber's job?

My job with Real was to assist Peter Mellor with the Reserve team as well as assist John Ellinger with the first team. I learned a great deal from Coach Ellinger and Mellor. They work very hard and have great passion for the game. Managing the Timbers both as a GM and Head Coach is a very appealing position for most prospective coaches. It more or less puts you in charge of your own destiny.

Over the past few years there have been long running
financial/ownership distractions associated with the Timbers (and PGE
Park as a whole). Did you have any worries about this? Have you had any
assurances about the money that will be available to you?

Yes - The new ownership group is solid. John Cunningham is an excellent President to work for.

Have you kept up with the soccer community in Portland/Oregon since
your time at Warner Pacific? Have you talked to either Jim Taylor or
Bobby Howe about your new challenge? Are they going to help you in the

I have been in contact with both Bobby and Jimmy. Both are very good friends of mine. They have offered great insight to the challenge that I face here in Portland.

Fadi Afash said that the main difference between playing for Utah and
playing in the USL Div 1 was speed. Do you think that's true or do you
expect to find more differences between the leagues?

Yes that is true. Speed of play is always faster the higher the level.

Probably too early (but I have to ask!)... Do you have a squad in your
mind already or do you expect to do a lot of scouting between now and
April. Is there anyone in last year's Timbers' side (not under contract)
that you would like to return?

I would like to see many of last year's roster to return. I am building out of the back and I have numerous resources in the MLS, from agents, etc. to help me accomplish this.

Do you have any idea who will be your coaching assistants?

At this time Gavin Wilkinson is the only one I am looking at to be an assistant. I will meet with several people in the next few weeks to help me with the challenge ahead.

You ran a successful youth program in Utah, do you envision expanding
on what the Timbers have done in that area. Do you think there will be
any differences in the overall youth soccer community in Portland
compared to the Salt Lake Valley?

Yes the market in Portland is much more mature in development than Utah. This presents new challenges that I will look at. I will carefully assess where we can step in and develop the local market. As the professional team, it is our obligation to do this for the game.

If you could sum up your coaching style in a few words what would
that be? Do you have any views on the turf in PGE Park and will that
affect your coaching/playing style at all?

I have coached teams on fieldturf all my professional coaching career. I don't see that being a problem.
My "style" is careful, intelligent and methodically instinctual. My teams have always been very entertaining and I am sure Portland will be the same.

Thanks very much Chris.

posted by the timberlog at 5:28 PM

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Of course the only time that most Timbers fans pay attention to the MLS is during that heady pre-season time when the USL draft throws a couple of names at us before fate (or another USL club or injury) cruelly snatches them away...that and the late season rush to get a MLS loaner to sure up the defense of course.

A couple of eyewitness accounts of the MLS combine could be useful for getting a bit of background on players not drafted by MLS.

Newcomer Bruce's Belly

and the old favorite

3rd Degree

posted by the timberlog at 8:32 AM

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Allo, Allo what's going on 'ere then?

[from the Sunday Life - Belfast]

"Newry City were last night locked in hush-hush talks with a 26 year-old midfielder from America.

And manager Paul Millar was quietly confident of enticing the Portland based star to the Irish League.

However the Newry boss is playing his cards close to his chest and refusing to name the mystery man at this stage.

Millar says: "I don't want to alert other clubs.

"It's a busy period in the transfer market just now with just about every club on the lookout for fresh faces.

"The lad has played in America's Major Soccer League and was to have joined a team in England."

Pretty easy to guess who, isn't it...or is that me putting 2 and 2 together and getting 24?

[Update: Not Scot, according to the man himself]

posted by the timberlog at 2:20 PM

Friday, January 13, 2006

Tribune - Timbers Ripe for a Shake Up

In the Tribune this morning Timbers new coach/GM Chris Agnello spells out some of the changes he sees for the forthcoming season.

Currently in LA, scouting at the MLS combine, a few of the highlights of the article include:

Gavin Wilkinson to be offered assistant coach position
Agnello has talked to Scot Thompson, Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar and Josh Saunders about returning, Saunders on loan from MLS
Defense: Cut down on goals against
Midfield: Stop breakdowns in middle-third, reduce balls played forward that went nowhere.
Attack: Hopes to "...add a couple of guys with flair."

Agnello - "I like to take chances. I canÂ?t stand being predictable. I get bored. I fall asleep".

posted by the timberlog at 8:33 AM

Thursday, January 12, 2006

MLS Combine Rosters Announced

The 2006 MLS Combine rosters have been announced, the annual pre-Super Draft event taking place this year on Jan 12-15 at the Home Depot Center. The MLS Super Draft follows on Fri Jan 20th, with the USL First Division college draft following that on Tues Jan 24th.

Note: Neither of last years draft picks actually played for the Timbers, Dan Kennedy picking up the USL rookie of the year award at Puerto Rico and Justin Cook missing the season due to injury.

posted by the timberlog at 2:03 PM

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

MLS to Portland!!!!

...well Real Salt Lake playing pre-season at the U of P on Sat March 25th if that counts!

posted by the timberlog at 11:17 AM

Friday, January 06, 2006

Didn't notice this back in early November, but according to Columbus fan site the Hunt Park Insider, both Hugo and Scot attended the Columbus Crew's Mini-Camp/trial. The camp was overseen by the Crew's new head coach Sigi Schmid (who Scot played for at UCLA).

posted by the timberlog at 1:48 PM

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