DECEMBER 18, 2002
Timbers draft Coiner and Spiteri
The Timbers had two picks in the 2003 A-League draft, and chose University of San Diego forward Ryan Coiner in the first round, and went local with their second pick, choosing University of Portland goalkeeper Curtis Spiteri. Their pictures and brief bio excerpts are listed below:

Ryan Coiner, Forward, University of San Diego
6' 1", 185 lbs

Selected 2001 First Team NSCAA All-Far West Region & 1st Team All-WCC ... in 2000 was named 2nd Team NSCAA All-America; the co-West Coast Conference Player of the Year; and a 1st Team All-West Coast Conference pick ... owns three career hat tricks and has 35 career goals.
Curtis Spiteri, Goalkeeper, University of Portland

First-team all-West Coast Conference and third-team all-Far West selection during his 2002 senior season with the Pilots program. Originally from Vista, Calif., Spiteri started 17 of Portland’s 19 matches in 2002, logging eight shutouts and laying claim to 10 of the Pilots’ 11 wins on their way to their first WCC title in a decade. The Pilots’ keeper led the WCC in shutouts and in goals-against average (0.73) this season..
Pictures from USDtoreros.com and University of Portland website DECEMBER 12, 2002
Timbers sign nine
The Timbers have exercized options on nine players for the 2003 season. The Timbers signed Fadi Afash, Greg Howes, Scott Benedetti, Brian Winters, Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar, Brent Sancho, Erik Ozimek, Vadim Tolstolutsky, and Chris Smith. DECEMBER 12, 2002
Potential new owner for the Timbers
With the city all but assured to have to take ownership of the Beavers and Timbers if PFE pulls out, a potential new owner has stepped forward. Pearl District developer Robert Ball is apparently very interested in becoming one of the owners of the teams, possibly in a deal involving other investors. Only a short blurb at Willy Week NOVEMBER 8, 2002
Portland Family Entertainment in default with city of Portland
The City of Portland has given notice to Portland Family Entertainment that they have 15 days to make their past-due payments or PGE Park, along with the Timbers, Beavers, and Dustdevils will be turned over to the city. PFE is attempting to renegotiate it's deal with the city as well as with their lendor, TIAA-CREF. NOVEMBER 2, 2002
Winters, Benedetti, and Sawatzky play in exhibition today at UP
Chicago Fire player Kelly Gray and Seattle Sounder Darren Sawatzky each scored twice as the University of Portland Alumni topped the current squad by a 2-0 score in a match played today at Merlo Field. Current Timbers Brian Winters and Scott Benedetti also saw action as the Alumni team played a total of 24 different players during the match, while the current Pilots team played mostly reserves, and only substituted one player during the match. OCTOBER 24, 2002
Another award for Kei, and two more for yours truly
The 2nd annual a-league.com awards were announced last night, and McKinley Tennyson takes home the big prize as he is voted Player of the Year. Forward Fadi Afash also received votes. Also, yours truly was honored for the 2nd year in a row as I once again recieved two awards: Match Reporter of the Year, and Feature of the Year (for my story about the opening of Seahawks Stadium).

OCTOBER 24, 2002
Gavin back from European trip with the All Whites
Defender Gavin Wilkinson was with the New Zealand national team as they made a two-garme swing through Eastern Europe earlier this month. Gavin played all 90 minutes in a 3-2 loss to Estonia. He then played the last 20 minutes of a 2-0 loss to Poland, but nealy scored in stoppage time when a 25 yard blast hit off the crossbar. Some pictures from that match can be found here and here.

OCTOBER 24, 2002
Bobby Howe Interview
Coach Bobby Howe gave an interview on the Soccer Fanatics Internet Radio Show a few weeks ago, and the interview has finally be en posted here on the archive page. An interview with McKinley Tennyson taped after the MLS Cup final is also posted there. (In case you are wondering, yes, I did do their webpage for them, that's why the layout looks familiar).

OCTOBER 20, 2002
McKinley gets his ring
McKinley did get his championship this year, but unfortunately it wasn't in Timber Green. His Los Angeles Galaxy squad won the MLS title with a 1-0 overtime win over the host New England Revolution. A post-game interview with McKinley is posted at the Soccer Fanatics website (see link above).

SEPTEMBER 28, 2002
Milwaukee wins A-League title
The Rampage had an overtime goal from Sinisa Angelovski lifted the Rampage to a 2-1 overtime win over the Richmond Kickers in the 2002 A-League Championship Game held in Milwaukee. Click here to read the match report and see the match photos I took at the match, and there are also some additional pictures that I took that day located here.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2002
Another award for Kei, Young Offensive Player of the Year
McKinley gathers another award, this time for A-League Young Offensive Player of the Year. This is the first time this award has been presented, but McKinley easily won the award with his league-leading 42 points (18 goals and 6 assists). McKinley was not eligible for the league Rookie of the Year award because of the time he played in Sweden last year for GIF Sundsvall..

SEPTEMBER 11, 2002
Kei earns first-team all-league honors
McKinley Tennyson, who lead the entire A-League in scoring, despite only having one goal in his first fifteen games, was named to the A-League's first team. Teammate Fadi Afash, who ended the season tied for the goal-scoring lead with 18, was named to the league's second team.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2002
Another major player shakeup coming?
Oregonlive is reporting that there may be another major player shakeup before the 2003 season. With McKinley Tennyson already signed by the MLS LA Galaxy, the story reports that Fadi Afash, Matt Napoleon, and Brent Sancho may also not return for the 2003 season.

Timbers once again fail to score, and 1-0 loss means the season is over
The Timbers took a 0-1 goal differential into tonight's playoff match tonight in Vancouver, and in the end it didn't matter that the Whitecaps won tonight match 1-0 because the Timbers still couldn't find a way to score, and the season ends in a 2-0 aggregate goal playoff loss to Vancouver.

Match report: Match previews:
Whitecaps pack it in for 1-0 win
The Timbers were taking a chance by hosting the first game of the series, and the strategy backfired on Thursday night when they were forced to go against a Vancouver team that played a 5 and 6-man defense for the entire night. The Whitecaps only had 4 shots on goal, but one of them was a Paul Dailly breakaway against the run of play in the 62nd minute, and that was all it took to secure a 1-0 lead in the two-game series. The Timbers had an apparent tying goal just into stoppage time nullified as referee Brian Hall called a foul on Harvey the Rabbit just as Howes struck the perfect shot. Game two is in Vancouver on Sunday. The Timbers will need a one-goal win to force overtime, or a two-goal win to win the series outright..

Match reports: Match previews: SEPTEMBER 2, 2002
Timbers drop 3-1 season finale in Vancouver
In a match that determined the Timbers playoff opponent, the Timbers fell 3-1 to the Whitecaps which means that the Whitecaps moved into a tie with El Paso at 54 points, and win the tie-breaker based on total wins. That means the Timbers will face the Whitecaps in the playoffs, with the first match being Thursday at PGE Park. The Timbers will be at full strength for the playoffs, with McKinley Tennyson returning from his red-card suspension for his "head butt" against Montreal.

Match reports: Match previews:
AUGUST 30, 2002
Montreal latest victim as Timbers surge towards playoffs
The Timbers played their last three matches against teams that were tied for the lead in their repective divisions, and for the third straight time, the Timbers come out a winner as they shut down the Northeast division co-leaders 3-0 as Fadi Afash scored twice and Bryn Ritchie scored his first professional goal. A video clip of the "Head Butt" has been added, courtesy of our incredible network of Timbers fans!

Match reports: Match preview: AUGUST 25, 2002
Timbers steal some Thunder from Minnesota
The Timbers knew they faced a tough road trip when they were travelling to face two of the best teams in the league, the Milwaukee Rampage and the Minnesota Thunder. But the Timbers proved they were up to the task when they completed a sweep of both games when McKinley Tennyson blasted home a shot from the top of the box seven minutes into overtime to give the Timbers a 2-1 win over the Thunder, a win that puts the Timbers over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Match reports: Match preview: AUGUST 23, 2002
Timbers secure playoff berth with Cincinnati loss
The Timbers have been assured of a playoff berth for the second consecutive season after the Cincinnati Riverhawks failed to get any points in their 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Thunder on Friday night. Oh, as it happens, I was at that very match and have posted a guest match report at the Thunder website. Yours truly will also kick out the first ball at the Thunder/Timbers match on Sunday.

AUGUST 21, 2002
The Timbers shut out Milwaukee 2-0 in rainy match
The Timbers put a big road win on the board tonight with a 2-0 win over the Central Division leading Milwaukee Rampage in Milwaukee on Wednesday night. Greg Howes had the first goal for the Timbers while Fadi Afash scored the second.

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AUGUST 21, 2002
Tennyson earns Player of the Week honor
Timbers forward McKinley Tennyson didn't go unnoticed by the A-League, and Kei was named A-League player of the week. Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar's three assists were recognized as well, and Hugo was also named to the team of the week.

AUGUST 16, 2002
Timbers lose a weird one, 3-2 to Minnesota in OT
A bad trap, a phantom foul, a stumble, and a perfect long ball to the wrong team all lead to goals tonight at PGE Park, but it was Orrett Prendergast's blast from 25 yards out in the 96th minute that gave the Thunder a 3-2 win over the Timbers.

Match reports: Match preview: AUGUST 14, 2002
Tennyson gets the Galaxy's attention, again
Timbers forward McKinley Tennyson's recent run of goals has caught the attention of the Los Angeles Galaxy, the very same team that McKinley had refused a developmental contract from before the season started. The Galaxy have now designated that Tennyson will replace Project-40 forward Isaias Bardales Jr. as their developmental player once the Timbers season is over.

AUGUST 14, 2002
Things are getting weird, my first interview..
Soccer365 reporter Rob Wilson conducted an online interview with yours truly recently, and that interview was posted yesterday. Don't ask me why anybody would be interested in me, but there you have it. :)

AUGUST 13, 2002
Tennyson nets four goals in 6-1 rout of El Paso
The Timbers finally found their offensive explosion tonight, as McKinley Tennyson had a hat trick in the first 35 minutes, and added a fourth in the second half. Fadi Afash and Vadim Tolstolutsky also scored as Portland recorded their greatest scoring output in their A-League history.

AUGUST 10, 2002
Kei to Victory!
Tennyson's late goal gives Timbers important 3-2 win
After blowing a 2-0 lead, the Timbers got a very important win and bonus point when McKinley Tennyson controlled a free kick into the box and drive home the shot in the 90th minute as the Timbers earn a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Tennyson also scored the first goal of the game, and his two goals put him at 13, which ties him for the league lead in goals. Greg Howes had the other Timbers goal, while Jason Jordan scored twice for Vancouver in the losing effort.

Match reports: Match previews: AUGUST 6, 2002
Sean McAuley requests release
Timbers defender/midfielder Sean McAuley requested to be released to return to England, and was released by the Timbers on Tuesday. Sean appeared in 16 of the Timbers' 21 matches and had two assists in Portland's 4-1 win over Indiana on July 4.

AUGUST 3, 2002
Timbers score three, but not enough in 4-3 loss
The Timbers got two goals from McKinley Tennyson and one from Fadi Afash, but it wasn't enough as the Timbers gave up four goals for the first time since May in a 4-3 loss to the El Paso Patriots on Saturday night.

Match reports:
JULY 30, 2002
Warning: Timbers-free Zone
I felt that this past Sunday's Vancouver vs. Seattle match was an important one for the A-League, and for the Northwest, and I attended the match in my capacity as a reporter for a-league.com and wrote up a feature about the opening of the new Seahawks Stadium as well as a match report on the game itself. The Sounders won the match 4-1, which of course aids the Timbers as we fight with Vancouver for a playoff spot.

JULY 30, 2002
Kei! Kei! Kei! Tennyson on A-League Team of the Week, again!
For the third straight week, Timbers forward McKinley Tennyson is on the A-League Team of the Week after his two goal performance against Cincinnati. The Timbers have now had at least one player on the Team of the Week for the past seven weeks.

JULY 29, 2002
WUSA All-Star Game to be held at PGE Park on September 21
Confirming a rumor that had floated around for a few weeks, the Women's United Soccer Assocation and Portland Family Entertainment announced today that the 2002 WUSA All-Star Game will be held in Portland on September 21. Portland natives Tiffeny Milbrett and Shannon McMillan were on hand for the announcement, as was WUSA Commissioner Tony DiCicco.

JULY 25, 2002
Timbers dominate start to finish, but only win 2-0
In a match that could have seen the Timbers easily score 5 or 6 times, they only managed two first half goals from McKinley Tennyson in a 2-0 shutout of the Cincinnati Riverhawks. The Timbers outshot the Riverhawks 21-2 in this one-sided contest.

Match reports:
Match preview: Schedule Change: The September 1 home match vs. Vancouver has been moved to Saturday, August 10 because of a scheduling conflict

JULY 25, 2002
Fadi charged with Worker's Compensation Fraud
Timbers striker Fadi Afash has been charged with a third-degree felony in regards to $4,303 received in worker's compensation after an injury suffered in the 2001 D3 Championship Game. It is not yet known how this will affect his current season with the Timbers.

JULY 20, 2002
Timbers strike early, take down Calgary by a 3-1 score
The Calgary coach had described the Timbers as "a beatable team" going into tonight's match between the Timbers and Storm in Calgary. It took McKinley Tennyson less than 10 minutes to dispell that thought, as Tennyson scored in the 1st minute, then again in the 8th and the Timbers never looked back. Fadi Afash re-took the league scoring lead with a goal in the 31st minute, and Calgary's lone goal was from Kurt Bosch, who pulled one back for the Storm in the 41st.

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JULY 19, 2002
Timbers can't hold lead, get edged by Seattle 2-1
The Timbers had the halftime lead on a 31st minute goal by Fadi Afash, but Seatle got two in the 2nd half, by Brian Ching and Andrew Gregor. But the Timbers lose no ground in the playoff race, as Vancouver fell 1-0 in Montreal.

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JULY 17, 2002
Kei makes A-League Team of the Week!
McKinley Tennyson's two goals in the 2-1 win over Calgary finally earned McKinley a well-earned spot on the A-League Team of the Week. The Timbers are the only team in the A-League to have placed at least player on the Team of the Week for the last six weeks.

JULY 11, 2002
Timbers trip Calgary by 2-1 score
In a match that could have ended up 4-1 as easy is it could have been 2-2, the Timbers hang on for a 2-1 win over the Calgary Storm. McKinley Tennyson had two goals for the Timbers while Conrad Chala had the lone Calgary goal. A match report and game photos (and a movie clip of Calgary missing a PK that could have tied it) are posted below.

Match reports:
JULY 11, 2002
Tragedy tempers Sancho
A nice article posted today on OregonLive gives some nice insight into Brent Sancho's life, and how close he came to being in the same car accident that killed his good friend and Rochester star Mickey Trotman.

JULY 10, 2002
Interview with Sean McAuley
At the request of some fans from Sean's old club Rochdale (English 3rd division), I put together an article about the soccer atmosphere in the US, and mixed it in with an interview with Sean McAuley. Thanks to Sean for answering my questions. :)

JULY 9, 2002
Afash and McAuley named to A-League Team of the Week
For the 2nd time this season, Fadi Afash was named to the A-League Team of the Week. Afash had two goals in the Timbers' 4-1 win over Indiana last Thursday. Sean McAuley earns the honor for the first time, with two assists in the same match.

JULY 7, 2002
Bonus gallery
Las Chivas defeats Cruz Azul 2-1 in front of 10,849 at PGE Park
I don't think I'm going to do a full match report. I had a difficult time keeping track of players, but I have posted 18 pictures from today's Chivas-Cruz Azul match at PGE Park.

JULY 4, 2002
Fireworks at PGE Park in 4-1 Timbers win
The Timbers had their first four-goal game this year as McKinley Tennyson scored twice in the first half, and Fadi Afash added two in the second half as the Timbers finally found their offense that had been missing for a month.

Match reports:
Match preview: JULY 3, 2002
Greg Howes named to A-League Team of the Week
Forward Greg Howes was recognized for his goal against Hampton Roads this weekend by being named to the A-League Team of the Week This is the second time Greg has received this honor this season, and Fadi Afash, Brent Sancho, and Matt Napoleon have also received this honor this season.

JUNE 30, 2002
From chance to tie to 2-0 loss
The Timbers had a chance to tie tonight in the 87th minute, but McKinley Tennyson could not convert the PK. After the ensuing corner kick was taken quickly, Richmond stole the ball and on the counterattack, the Kickers scored for a 2-0 final.

Match reports:
JUNE 28, 2002
Timbers draw with Mariners, 1-1
The Timbers have five overtime games this year, and only three draws to show for it. Greg Howes scored for the Timbers, Rich Hanson scored for the Mariners. More details later.

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JUNE 25, 2002
Timbers release Bettinger and Delgado
The Timbers announced today that they have released forward Rees Bettinger and midfielder Noah Delgado. Both players had played little since Fadi Afash returned from his injury and Greg Howes was signed. This takes the Timbers down to an 18-man roster, which had been announced as their planned roster size before the season began.

JUNE 25 2002
Matt Napoleon and Brent Sancho on A-League Team of the Week
Both goalkeeper Matt Napoleon and defender Brent Sancho were named to the A-League Team of the Week. Matt Napoleon had two shuouts sandwiched around the disappointing Hampton Roads game, and Brent Sancho helped to keep the number of opposing shots low in each match.

JUNE 23, 2002
Timbers shut down league's top offense, top Seattle 1-0
Coming off two very disappointing games, the Timbers finally showed what they are made of, as they limited Seattle to two shots on goal en route to a 1-0 win over the Sounders at PGE Park. Fadi Afash had the lone goal for the Timbers in the 24th minute after McKinley Tennyson got to a loose ball before Sounders goalkeeper Preston Burpo and headed it into the box where Afash headed it home. Afash was kicked in the eye on the play, but recovered to play nearly the entire 90 minutes. Match report is in the works.

Match reports:
Match previews: JUNE 21, 2002
Timbers sink to new low
Suffer embarassing loss to lowly Mariners side
It a match that was clearly the most embarassing loss in the past two seasons, the Timbers allowed the visiting Hampton Roads Mariners only five shots, and only three scoring chances that could be vaguely described as "good", but allowed three goals in a very embarrasing 3-2 overtime loss..

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Match preview: JUNE 19, 2002
Timbers goals won't stick, draw 0-0 with El Paso
The Timbers had plenty of chances to win their game against the El Paso Patriots, and had two goals called back, on on an offside, the other on a controversial foul. But in the end they couldn't find the net, and finish in a goalless draw with the Patriots.

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Match preview: JUNE 19, 2002
Fadi Afash earns A-League Player of the Week
Having averaged a goal a game since he returned to the lineup, Fadi Afash was named A-League Player of the Week. This recognition goes along with having been named to the Team of the Week just yesterday, along with teammate Greg Howes.

JUNE 11, 2002
Timbers win 3rd in 4 games, 1-0 at Calgary
The Timbers completed a brutal 3 game in 4 match stretch with a 1-0 win in Calgary tonight. Fadi Afash scored in the 88th minute for the lone Timbers goal. The Timbers are now 3-1-1 in their last five games after an 0-5 start. The next three games for the Timbers are at home, and they can go to .500 if they win them all.

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JUNE 9, 2002
Timbers drop tough overtime contest in Vancouver
Playing their third game in four nights, the Timbers took the Whitecaps to overtime on their home field, a field that had seen the Timbers hammered both times last year, by 4-0 and 3-1 scores. But in the end the Timbers were on the short end of the score, dropping a 1-0 match on a Jason Jordan goal in the 100 th minute. The best Timbesr opportunity was when Greg Howes powered a 30-yard strike off the crossbar in the 66th minute. The Timbers still have one more match in this tough stretch, a match in Calgary on Tuesday night.

Match reports:
JUNE 9, 2002
Howes about that! Timbers win second straight on Howes' two goals
Timbers forward Greg Howes has made quite an impact in his three games since re-signing with the Timbers. But none more than tonight when he scored twice in the span of three minutes in the 2nd half to break open a 1-1 tie and give the Timbers their second straight win. Fadi Afash had the first goal for the Timbers in the 10th minute, while Steve Kindel's blast from 30 yards 14 seconds into the second half was the lone goal for Vancouver. These same teams play tomorrow in Vancouver.

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JUNE 7, 2002
Timbers Win!
Afash scores twice and Somoza nets game winner in 3-2 victory.
The Timbers got their long-overdue first win tonight in a 3-2 win over the Calgary Storm. The Timbers took the lead in the 25th minute on a nice pass from Jake Sagare to Fadi Afash, who chipped over a charging Lars Hirshfeld for a 1-0 in the lead. Afash widened the lead in the 37th minute on a give and go with Greg Howes that had Afash in alone, and he blasted past Hirshfeld from 5 yards out for a 2-0 lead. Calgary pulled a goal back four minutes later when Dermir Jesic dropped a pass back to Nicolas Zuniga, who beat Napoleon just inside right post from 25 yards out to pull within 2-1 at the half. In the 57th minute, a header from Felix Napuri from 10 yards out at an extreme angle evened the score at 2-2. But in the 66th minute, Howes played a nice ball to a sprinting Ben Somoza from the top of the box, and Somoza powered it past Hirshfeld into the far side netting to give the Timbers a 3-2 win. Match photos and a movie of the winning goal are posted below.

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JUNE 5, 2002
Fadi comes to the front
Oregon live posted a nice article about Fadi Afash today, finally giving a little notariety to a very talented scorer, who finally broke the Timbers scoring drought in El Paso. Fadi should see action as the Timbers host A-League newcomers Calgary tomorrow night at 7:00 at PGE Park.

JUNE 1, 2002
Timbers score, but can't hold lead. Tie 1-1
The Timbers finally scored when Fadi Afash put home a goal in the 59th minute. But they couldn't hold their lead and let El Paso tie it on a Quinones goal in the 84th minute. Neither team was able to score in the extra time.

Match Reports: Match Previews:
MAY 29, 2002
2002 Picture Archive page finally posted
I have finally posted the 2002 Picture Archive page. Like the 2001 page, I will collect all of the pictures posted from the exhibition and regular season games here, on one page. You can still click on any picture to take you to a larger version. Scrimmage pictures can still be found by clicking the link from the 2002 Schedule page.

MAY 28, 2002
Greg Howes returning to the Timbers!
The Timbers announced today that they have re-signed former Timber Greg Howes for the 2002 season. Howes, who was the 2nd leading scorer for the Timbers last year, and A-League rookie of the year in 2000, returns to the Timbers after spending the winter with the indoor Milwaukee Wave. Howes had been officially released by the Timbers in March.

MAY 21, 2002
Hampton Roads has new owner, Whitecaps should be resolved soon
The Hampton Roads situation has been resolved as the Mariners were taken over briefly by the league, and then a new owner was brought in. The Mariners responded by going 1-0-1 in a weekend series against Pittsburgh, and have qualified for the US Open Cup. In Vancouver, rumor is that the league will be stepping in soon and a new owner is also said to be on the horizon, with former GM Bob Lenarduzzi coming in to run the game as acting GM. See the news links below.

Hampton Roads: Vancouver:
MAY 16, 2002
Timbers dominate, but still manage to lose
The Timbers finally started showing their skill tonight, getting good pressure, good crosses, making long runs along the wing, and thoroughly dominated the visiting Milwaukee Rampage. But it's the score that counts, and the difference was a seemingly innocent roller along the ground 2 minutes into stoppage time that let Milwaukee escape with a 1-0 win, dropping the Timbers to 0-5 and left them having gone seven straight matches without a goal in the run of play.

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MAY 16, 2002
Whitecaps update: Stadnyk sets a deadline
BC Soccer Web is reporting that Whitecaps owner David Stadnyk has set a June 10 deadline for things in Vancouver to improve, or he is walking away from the team. The league is heavily involved in the Hampton Roads situation right now, and it is not known what would happen to the Whitecaps should Stadnyk make good on his threat. It is likely that the Whitecaps would continue the season, but not guaranteed that the current players contracts would be honored. The Timbers game at Burnaby on June 9 could be the last game of the Stadnyk era.

MAY 14, 2002
Hampton Roads coach resigns, players released
The Virginia-Pilot is announcing that Hampton Roads Mariners coach Shawn McDonald has resigned and all of the players have been released. The current status of the team is unknown. The Mariners are scheduled to host Pittsburgh this Saturday in a game to be broadcast on Fox Sports World. The Timbers are scheduled to host the Mariners on June 21 and to travel to Virginia Beach, VA to play them again on June 28.

MAY 14, 2002
A-League teams in trouble on both coasts
In a distressing double feature ,the Vancouver Whitecaps and Hampton Roads Mariners are both in danger of folding, or possibly having to be taken over by the league. This is of immediate concern to the Timbers as they have 1/4 of their remaining games (6 out of 24) scheduled against these two teams. The Timbers have four games scheduled against these teams in June alone.

First, in the Northwest we have Whitecaps owner David Stadynk, who despite having the 3rd highest attendance in the league, and one of the smaller payrolls, says that he simply cannot make money and largely blames the fans for the team's troubles. He also made a very surprising statement on a local radio show that the league would fold if the Whitecaps folded, which angered USL officials.

Traveling east we find the Hampton Roads situation, which seems far worse, and the team could potentially lose all of their players before the weekend. The Timbers are scheduled to travel to Hampton Roads on June 21 and host them on June 28.

MAY 12, 2002
Same result, different day. Timbers again fall 1-0
In a game that played almost exactly like the Indiana game the night before, the Timbers dominated most of the play, and had many more good scoring oppotunities than their opponent, but once again failed to put the ball in the net as the Timbers fall to Cincinnati by a 1-0 score. Shawn Rockey had the lone goal in the game in the 28th minute.

Match reports:
MAY 11, 2002
Lots of chances, still no goals. Timbers fall to 0-3
Look to rebound tonight against an improved Cincinnati team
The Timbers looked to have a good chance to finally win when they travelled to take on 0-3 Indiana, but despite seemingly controlling most of the game, and getting more chances than the Blast, only Indiana managed to score on a 55th minute goal by Jeff Dresser. The Timbers travel to Cincinnati Saturday night for a match against the Riverhawks.

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MAY 9, 2002
Timbers finally get their #1 pick
The Timbers announced today that they have signed their 2002 first-round pick, Bryn Ritchie. Ritchie was chosen by the Timbers with their territorial pick, but was also chosen by the Colorado Rapids in the MLS SuperDraft. Bryn has played for the University of Washington where he was two-time first team all-Pac 10, and also played in the PDL for the Willamette Valley Firebirds (Corvallis, OR) and the Seattle Sounders Select.

MAY 9, 2002
Additional match report links
I have added links to all of the match reports that I'm aware of to the 2002 schedule page. I will do this for every match this season, and will try to have all of those links up the next day. This will give Timbers fans an easier way to read everything that's being written about each match, from both team's perspectives. As always, click on the score to get my match report and pictures. I will also have my match report linked to the schedule listed at the right. For those road matches that I don't attend, the link will go to any match report that is supplied by an a-league.com match reporter. If none is available, the link will go to the OregonLive match report.

MAY 8, 2002
Bonus pics!
In the midst of a news lull, I offer a page of bonus pics from this weekend. I will occasionally do this if I have pictures that don't really belong in the match reports. aren't strictly soccer related, or didn't quite make it; but which I think were good enough to post. As always, if you want to steal them, go right ahead. However, I ask that if you do post them somewhere else, link them back here so they know where they came from. Thanks. :)

MAY 5, 2002
Timbers keep it close, for awhile. Lose 4-1 at Seattle
In a game that saw the Timbers play very well for much of the game, and in face dominate for much of it, the key play likely came in the 13th minute when defender Gavin Wilkinson stumbled on the carpet, which led to the first Sounders goal, and to Wilkinson having to leave the game a few minutes later. The Timbers tied it in the 54th minute on a McKinley Tennyson penalty kick, but the Timbers allowed three late goals and come up on the short end of a 4-1 score.

Match reports:
MAY 4, 2002
Timbers can't break through against Sounders, lose 2-0
The Timbers and the Sounders both had very few goal scoring chances, but only the Sounders converted. Zach Kingsley and Darren Sawatzky both had first half goals, and the Timbers had several close calls, but couldn't put the ball in the net. The announced crowd was 8,775.

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MAY 3, 2002
Media day at PGE Park, Timbers sign Delgado
On the eve of opening their second season in the A-League, the Timbers held media day today at PGE Park, and also announced the signing of Midfielder Noah Delgado. OregonLive posted some pictures from today. as well as audio clips. The Portland Tribune also got into the act today, with an article previewing the 2002 season. And finally, USLsoccer.com posted a preview of the two Timbers/Sounders games this weekend as viewed by Seattle Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer.

MAY 2, 2002
New-look Timbers debut at PGE Park this Saturday at 8pm
Media attention is starting to pick up, with an article about McKinley Tennyson running today on OregonLive. It's also been announced that three Timbers games will be broadcast in high definition on ASCN, which is Paul Allen's sports network. AT&T Cable does not currently carry ASCN, but the article hints that the games may be carried on AT&T on channel 14. ASCN is not currently seen on any Portland cable system.

APRIL 30, 2002
Timbers host Sounders to open their second season
The biggest game of the entire season may end up being the first one, as the new-look Timbers host the Sounders this Saturday at 8pm at PGE Park. The game will be televised live nationwide on Fox Sports Word. Click here to see the commercial Fox Sports World is running to promote the game. (Thanks to Chris for capturing the commercial and converting it to a .mov file!) :) You need Quicktime to view the file.

APRIL 28, 2002
Sounders dump Timbers 4-1
The Timbers started a new lineup tonight, going deep on the bench and only substituting in the goalkeeper, and they also experimented with a 3-5-2 lineup, but it was the Sounders who were doing the scoring as they pounded the Timbers with a 4-1 victory in Bellevue. My match report and game photos are posted here

APRIL 28, 2002
Timbers go to 7-0 in preseason with 1-0 win over Vancouver
The Timbers defeat the Whitecaps 1-0 on an injury time goal by McKinley Tennyson. Matt Napoleon only had to make one save to keep a clean sheet. The Timbers can win the Canterbury Classic Preseason Tournament with a win or draw against the Sounders today. Look for a match report and match photos later tonight. APRIL 27, 2002
Timbers exhibition in Vancouver tonight
The Timbers have their first exhibition against an A-League side tonight when they travel to Vancouver to take on the Whitecaps. The Whitecaps are 2-1 in the Preseason. The Timbers are 6-0. This match is the first in the Canterbury Classic Preseason Tournament, which concludes Sunday night in Bellvue, WA against the Sounders.

APRIL 27, 2002
Timberlog interviews Bobby Howe
The Timberlog has done it again this time with a very interesting interview with Timbers coach Bobby Howe. Howe talks about the Whitecaps, a team the Timbers did not match up well against last year, and their opponent in tonight's Canterbury Classic Preseason Tournament:

"I mean, we played Vancouver last year and they basically outworked us in 4 games…I don’t think they’ll do that this year. They beat us because they worked harder than we did. We scraped a draw out of our first game against them, and we didn’t deserve that, and in the other games we played they just outran us…but they won’t do that this year."

APRIL 26, 2002
A-League on Fox Sports World tonight
Fox Sports World will be televising A-League matches this year, one or two a week (except during the World Cup) and the first broadcast is tonight at 5pm when the Atlanta Silverbacks visit the Charlotte Eagles. The Timbers have never played the Silverbacks, but played the Eagles three times last year; a 3-3 draw at PGE Park during the regular season, and then sweeping them out of the playoffs in a home and home playoff series. The Timbers opener May 4 against the Sounders will also be broadcast live on Fox Sports World.

APRIL 26, 2002
10 Questions with Hugo
Timberlog has once again scooped a great interview, this time with Timbers midfielder Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar, who scored the first goal in the Galaxy game on a brilliant run from midfield.

APRIL 23, 2002
Timbers stomp FC Swoosh 7-1 in match at Nike World Campus
I missed most of the match, but saw a great bicycle kick goal by Fadi Afash in the 2nd half as the Timbers beat the FC Swoosh team 7-1 in a match played on Ronaldo Field at the Nike Campus. Click here to see a video of that goal, and 10 match photos.

APRIL 23, 2002
Timbers turn it around in preseason
OregonLive has an article about the Timbers preseason success, noting the the Timbers were not so impressive in the preseason. Note that after the 7-1 win over FC Swoosh, the Timbers have now outscored their opponents 29-4.

APRIL 20, 2002
Timbers thrash Sounders Select/University of Washington team by 8-0 score
McKinley Tennyson put in 4 goals (three in the first half), and Fadi Afash had three second half goals. Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar also scored in an exhibition game played in Beaverton.
Pictures are posted here.

APRIL 18, 2002
Sharp new kits for the Timbers!

Gavin Wilkinson models the Timbers brand new home jersey, introduced today. Go Celtic..er.. I mean, Go Timbers!

APRIL 17, 2002
Saturday exhibition game to be open to the public
The Timbers will be playing an exhibition against the Seattle Sounders Select (of the 4th division PDL) on Saturday at 3:00 at Tualatin Hills Athletic Center located at 158th and Walker in Beaverton.


Take the Sunset Highway (US 26) to Cornell Bethany exit. If you are coming from the east (from Portland), take the exit, then turn left on Cornell, then left again onto 158th. From the west (Hillsboro), take the exit, turn right on Bethany, left on Cornell, then right on 158th.

The Park and Rec center is on the left as you go south on 158th, only about 1/2 mile off 26 (you can't miss it) across from Fred Meyer.

APRIL 17, 2002
Timbers down Pilots 3-0 in exhibition
The Timbers shut out the University of Portland Pilots 3-0 in a scrimmage played at Merlo Field.

APRIL 12, 2002
Timbers find plenty of positives
Another article about the Timbers' surprisingly good start and their performance against the Galaxy, posted at OregonLive.

APRIL 11, 2002
New kits to be revealed next week!
According to OregonLive, the Timbers will be wearing new kits this year and they will be revealed next week on OregonLive. The kits worn on Tuesday night were not the same road uniforms from last year. The number was in a slightly different position on the front and the font on the back was different. The shorts were also different as there was no diamond pattern down the side. Since those are presumably the road kits this year, the new jerseys should be the home shirt.

APRIL 11, 2002
Timbers opener to be televised on Fox Sports World
United Soccer Leagues and Fox Sports announced the schedule for USL broadcasts for the 2002 season and the season opener against the Sounders from PGE Park will carried live on Fox Sports World. The Timbers will only be featured once during the season, with the Western Conference teams being featured much less than the Eastern Conference. The Timbers could also appear later in the season should one of their games be considered of importance in the playoff race as the league reserves the right to reschedule some of their broadcasts. The starting time for the game has been changed from 7:00 to 8:00 to accomodate the national broadcast.

APRIL 9, 2002
Timbers tame the Galaxy, 2-1
The Timbers looked very solid in their first match with the new roster as they scored a convincing 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in front of an announced crowd of 6.694 at PGE Park. The Timbers took a 1-0 lead in first half stoppage time after a give and go between Hugo Alcaraz and McKinley Tennyson had Alcaraz in alone, and he chipped just inside the left post for the halftime lead. The Timbers widened the lead in the 74th minute when Gavin Wilkinson scored on a great header off a Ben Somoza corner kick. The Galaxy avoided a shutout in the 88th minute when a shot off the post rebounded right into the run of Brian Mullen, who tapped in easily to pull within a goal. The Timbers win was preserved six minutes earlier when Matt Napoleon saved a Galaxy penalty kick..

Match Reports: Previews:
APRIL 6, 2002
Timbers season previews from local papers
Both the Oregonian and Portland Tribune have published articles about the changes in the Timbers lineup for the upcoming season. APRIL 5, 2002
Timbers rally for 4-2 scrimmage win over University of Washington
After looking flat in the first half, the Timbers put in 4 goals in the 2nd half on goals by Fadi Afash, Ben Somoza, Scott Benedetti, and McKinley Tennyson. No match report for this one (though Timberlog should have one up soon), but I do have some match photos. Note: For this season, all pics will have uncropped larger pics available for at least a few weeks by clicking on the photo.

APRIL 4, 2002
Matt Chulis signs with Pittsburgh
Former Timbers defender Matt Chulis has signed a contract with the A-League's Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

APRIL 2, 2002
Timbers re-sign Brent Sancho
The Timbers announced today that re-signed defender Brent Sancho for the 2002 season. Brent has been seeing action recently as an outside defender for the Trinidad & Tobago national team, and coach Bobby Howe has indicated that Brent will be moving to the outside position for the upcoming season.

APRIL 2, 2001
Darin Lewis signs with the MetroStars
Forward Darin Lewis, who missed most of last season because of a dispute from a former club, has been signed as a Senior International Player by the MLS (New York/New Jersey) MetroStars. Lewis was not available to the Timbers until August 3, 2001 because of a dispute to FIFA from a former club, Alcons; a dispute that was later dismissed because Alcons could not produce a contract to verify their claim.

APRIL 1, 2002
Camp opens at PGE Park
No fooling! Training camp opened today at PGE Park with all of the signed Timbers (except Sean McCauley) in attendance, as well as Rees Bettinger and Brent Sancho, whose signings are expected but have not yet been announced. I am not able to attend the training camp this week but Timberlog has posted a summary of the first day of training camp.

APRIL 1, 2002
Ochoa! Ochoa!
Twin stories this weekend about former Timber Jesus Ochoa, who should be on the field on April 9th when the Los Angeles Galaxy visit PGE Park for an exhibition against the Timbers. From Sunday, an article at CyberSoccerNews about the young striker, then today, an article at USLsoccer.com about the former Timber. Only question is, is he really 22, or 20? As far as we know, USLsoccer.com has it right. Ochoa is in fact 20 years old.

MARCH 29, 2002
Bettinger on Board?
According to this article, which appeared today in the Portland Tribune, former Seattle Sounder Rees Bettinger will be on the Timbers' roster this year, though his signing has not been announced. The article also suggests that the signing of Brent Sancho is imminent, and he will be moving to the right side of the defense. The article also mentions that Oregon soccer legend Joey Leonetti is attempting to make the team again, after having rupturing his Achilles' Tendon last year during a scrimmage against the University of Portland.

MARCH 26, 2002
Timbers sign McKinley Tennyson
According to USLsoccer.com, the Timbers are set to sign forward McKinley Tennyson, a UCLA graduate who was on the roster for the LA Galaxy last year, and also got some playing time for the PDL Orange County Blue Star. Tennyson has 16 career appearances for the U-20 national team.
MARCH 21, 2002
Timbers sign four, release Ochoa
The Timbers announced today that they have re-signed Scott Benedetti and Keith Costigan, and have also come to terms with draft picks Ben Somoza and Jake Sagare. They also announced that they have released Jesus Ochoa at the request of Major League Soccer. Jesus has spent most of 2002 touring with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

MARCH 5, 2002
Another Timber back in the fold, Winters re-signs
Midfielder Brian Winters has re-signed with the Timbers for 2002. It was also announced that Winters will be representing the Timbers as a member of a 17-man United States team that will take on an England National XI on March 20.

MARCH 4, 2002
Timbers sign Adair and 2 others, release Howes, Clarke
The Timbers announced that they has signed former San Diego forward Chuggar Adair, as well as midfielder/defender Sean McCauley and midfielder Erik Ozimek. They also announced that they have released foward Greg Howes and defender/midfielder Jeff Clarke. MARCH 3, 2001
US Men vs. Honduras pictures posted
Not exactly Timbers-related, but I was privileged to be able to cover the US vs. Honduras match in Seattle yesterday for a-league.com, and have posted a match report with photos. I will be posting more pictures and another feature in the next week.

FEBRUARY 27, 2001
Five Timbers match up against the Nats
A team consisting of players from the Timbers, Sounders, and University of Washington scrimmaged the US Men's National Team this evening at the Huskies soccer complex. Gavin Wilkinson, Matt Napoleon, Brian Winters, Scott Benedetti, and Vadim Tolstolutsky all participated in the scrimmage. The US National Team won the game 1-0 on a Jeff Agoos goal scored in the 35th minute. Click here to see my pictures from the scrimmage.

FEBRUARY 20, 2001
Timberlog interview with Michael O'Neill
Timberlog has posted another interview, this time with former Timber Michael O'Neill. Another great interview, Dave!

FEBRUARY 19, 2002
Timbers re-sign Vadim
The Timbers announced today that they have re-signed Vadim Tolstolutsky, who was their first draft pick in 2001. Vadim only had two goals last season, but one was a critical game-tying goal in extra time against Vancouver, which was one of the most spectacular goals of the entire season..

FEBRUARY 17, 2002
Second day tryout pics
The Timbers had more tryouts today at PGE Park, with a scrimmage of the tryout players against the University of Portland. More tryout pictures here.

FEBRUARY 16, 2002
First day tryout pics
The Timbers had tryouts today at PGE Park, then had a scrimmage of the tryout players against the University of Washington this afterrnoon. I have posted tryout pictures here.

FEBRUARY 15, 2002
Mark Schuster new president of PFE
Portland Family Entertainment has named Mark Schuster president. Schuster has been overseeing PFE's transition over that past few months in an advisory role, but will now take the position of GM of the Beavers, as well as the president of PFE.

FEBRUARY 13, 2002
Timbers pick three Huskies in today's A-League draft
The Timbers didn't go far from home today in choosing three players in today's A-League draft. They selected Bryn Ritchie, from Medford, in the first round; Ben Somoza, from Edmonds, WA, in the second round; and Jake Sagare, from Yakima, WA, in the third and final round. All three players have played previously for the Seattle Sounders Select of the PDL. Ritchie played for the Willamette Valley Firebirds in Corvallis in 1999. FEBRUARY 13, 2002
Fox Sports World to have weekly A-League broadcasts
It was announced today that Fox Sports World will broadcast at least 25 USL games this year, including 18 regular season A-League matches, three playoff matches, and all of the USL league finals.

FEBRUARY 7, 2002
Timbers to host Galaxy in friendly
The Timbers announced that they will host a friendly against the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy at PGE Park on April 9. Tickets will go on sale on March 2.

JANUARY 17, 2002
Timbers sign midfielder Hugo Alcaraz
The Timbers today announced that they have signed midfielder Hugo Alcaraz, who played last year for San Diego. Alcaraz is 25 and is a native of Mexico, having been a WAC first team selection during his senior year at Fresno State.

JANUARY 4, 2002
D3 Blitzz MVP Afash coming to Portland
Fadi Afash, forward for the D3 champion Utah Blitzz will be signing with the Timbers, according to a report posted today at USLsoccer.com. Afash had 19 goals and 4 assists for the Blitzz during the 2001 season.

JANUARY 3, 2002
Timbers open up May 4 at home against Seattle
The Timbers 2002 schedule has been released. The Timbers open up May 4 with the Sounders at PGE Park. The schedule posted on this page has been updated for 2002.

DECEMBER 20, 2001
Timbers Release Darren Sawatzky
The Timbers have released their third-leading scorer from last year, Darren Sawatzky. Darren had been starting alongside Mark Baena for the first half of the year, and was later coming off the bench after Greg Howes had taken on the starting role. Darren also had some starts at midfielder later in the season. He is currently playing with the Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League. Good luck to Darren in the future!

DECEMBER 18, 2001
O'Neill and McPeak making mark at Clydebank
Former Timbers Michael O'Neill and Tony McPeak have been playing well for Scottish 2nd division side Clydebank FC. O'Neill scored his first goal on December 1st vs. Stenhousemuir, and scored again this past Saturday in a 1-0 victory over Stranraer, a match in which former Timber Tony McPeak made his debut.

DECEMBER 12, 2001
Neil Ryan signs with Altrincham FC
Former Timber Neil Ryan has signed non-contract terms with Altrincham FC in the UK. Alty plays in the UniBond Premier League (one league down from the Conference). He made his debut Tuesday night in a 2-0 League Cup Group game vs Vauxhall Motors. Neil's father is Jimmy Ryan, Manchester United assistant manager. Thanks to Terry Rowley for the info!

DECEMBER 6, 2001
Timberlog interview with Jim Taylor
Timberlog has posted an interview with Timbers GM Jim Taylor. Lots of great questions and answers in there about the new management group, the new staff, and the outlook for 2002. Definitely a great read. Good job on getting the interview, Dave!

DECEMBER 5, 2001
Wilkinson re-signed, Chulis released
The Timbers announced today that they have signed defender Gavin Wilkinson for the 2002 season. Gavin is a New Zealand native with 38 caps and has played for clubs in Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia. Gavin is currently the director of coaching for the newly formed Eastside United Football Club in East County (Clackamas, Gresham). Matt Chulis appeared in 23 games for the Timbers last year.

NOVEMBER 27, 2001
Matt Napoleon re-signs, Mark Baena Released
OregonLive is reporting today that goalkeeper Matt Napoleon has signed for the 2002 season, while forward Mark Baena has been released. Matt had a stellar season in goal, and his GAA was high only because he faced more shots than any other A-League keeper, often on breakaways. Having Matt in goal for 2002 provides a solid base for a strong Timbers defense. Forward Mark Baena has requested his release and was released by the team to seek other opportunitites elsewhere. Mark had indicated his regret in signing with Portland in an article in the Rochester paper in August, and his release does not come as a surprise.

OCTOBER 4, 2001
A Thank You from Jim Taylor
(Originally posted on OregonLive.com)

Dear Timbers Supporters,

I apologize in posting this so late after the season, but I just wanted to say thank you for all of the great support and interest you had for the Portland Timbers this year. I've gotten to know so many of you this season and you each contributed in your own unique way, but there are a few people who I'd be remiss if I did not recognize for their individual contribution. First off, thank you to Steven and Jim for their tireless work in making the Cascade Rangers a complete success. From coordinating road trips to creating the best damn atmosphere in any A-League stadium around. I can't say enough good things about the contributions of the Cascade Rangers and The Woodshed. Special thanks also need to go out to Allison, David and Peter B for their outstanding fan sites. A+ plus work from all of you. Thanks for keeping us informed of the comings and goings of the Portland Timbers. Thank you as well for everyone who took the time to make comments on the various internet forums. Good, bad or otherwise, we always appreciate the kudos and the criticism. Also, thank you to the Bitter End Pub for serving as base camp for the Rangers and the great support (and beer) that they provided throughout the year. Also a huge thank you to PFE's sponsors and suite/season ticket holders. We couldn't have done it without you. Many of you have recently called or written me asking about the future of the Portland Timbers. The Portland Timbers will be back playing in PGE Park next season. Period. Finally, I want to acknowledge the great efforts that Marshall Glickman and Mark Gardiner went through to bring professional soccer back to Portland. We all owe them, PFE's limited partners, and the City of Portland a great debt of gratitude for making that happen. I think I can safely say on behalf of all the local hardcore soccer fans (of which I am one) how wonderful it is to have professional outdoor soccer in the summertime back in a stadium that's in a class all it's own. Thanks again to everyone who had a hand in the first year success of the Portland Timbers.

Jim Taylor, Portland Timbers

OCTOBER 28, 2001
This is a bit out of character for me, but it is something I'm proud of, and a bit humbled by. The a-league.com 2001 awards have been announced, and my match reports (which were also used by a-league.com) earned me an award as "Match Reporter of the Year". In addition, I shared an award for "Feature Writer of the Year" with Aaron Propes of Minnesota (whom I have met several times, by the way). Apparently, my 619 days feature was received very well. I now return you to your normal programming.

OCTOBER 19, 2001
Hershey Wildcats cease operation
The Hershey Wildcats, who defeated the Timbers in the league quarterfinals this year, have ceased operations of their A-League franchise. This means that two A-League teams (the San Diego Flash being the other) have folded up shop so far, with only one team (Calgary) expected to be added next year. It's possible that more teams could fold before next season. There are several teams with an uncertain future (Montreal, Toronto, Cincinnati, Atlanta).

OCTOBER 10, 2001
Portland Family Entertainment Announces Restructuring
PFE announced today that management of PFE's operations will be transferred to The Goldklang Group includes its namesake, New Jersey banker Marvin Goldklang, a limited partner with the New York Yankees. Other investors include actor Bill Murray and Mike Veeck, whose family has deep and eccentric roots in professional baseball. All of the teams owned by the group are very successful, and all turn a profit. OCTOBER 4, 2001
Timbers release midfielder Michael O'Neill
Timbers midfielder Michael O'Neill was granted a release from his contract by the Timbers so he could persue playing opportunities overseas. Michael was a steady and invaluable member of the Timbers this year, but we all wish him good luck wherever he ends up. He's a solid, classy competitor.

Major shakeup at PFE
An article posted today at OregonLive.com announces that Marshall Glickman and Mark Gardiner, the two top people at Portland Family Entertainment, are being let go by PFE's limited partners, and that they are considering three other companies to take over operation, including Paul Allen's Oregon Arena Corporation. PFE runs the Timbers as well as the Beavers, Tri-Cities Dust Devils, and PGE Park. Another article in today's sports section talks about how this may affect the Timbers, and about the disappointment the team has in losing to Hershey, and their prospects for next season. Here is another article on the situation from Willamette Week.

OCTOBER 2, 2001
Trouble at PFE
The Oregonian is reporting on financial problems within Portland Family Entertainment, who run the Beavers and Timbers franchises, as well as the single-A Dustdevils in Pasco in addition to running PGE Park. But seeing "PGE Park losing millions" splashed across the frontpage seems a little odd when the article states the losses are closer to $1 Million. Paul Schmidt pointed this out on the usldiscussions.com board, and it's a very valid point. Dissention between the Oregonian and PFE is obvious due to the Portland Tribune's sponsorship deal with PFE. SEPTEMBER 29, 2001
Successful first season for Timbers ends in Hershey
The Timbers knew they had a tough hill to climb, being down 2-0 going into tonight's match in Hershey. The Timbers held most of the attack early, but a goal by Hershey's Mike Finger in the 28th minute took all of the air out of the Timbers, and they never recovered. The Timbers fell to Hershey 1-0 and lost the aggregate series 3-0.

Match Reports: Match Previews: SEPTEMBER 27, 2001
Timbers drop first leg 2-0 to Hershey
The Timbers played a hard fought, defensive match aganist the Hershey Wildcats, but two second-half defensive lapses by the Timbers gave the Wildcats two breakaways, and they converted both. The Timbers will need a two-goal victory at Hershey on Saturday to force overtime.

After the Wildcats scored their first goal, a Wildcats substitute, who was warming up behind the south goal, proceeded to go into a very abusive, obscenity-filled tirade, first apparently directed at Jeff Clarke, then, apparently, directed at me. This particular player uttered a few dozen f-words within feet of several ballboys and ballgirls, and was a shameful display of sportsmanship. All I can say is.. shameful. Absolutely shameful.

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2001
Timbers and Beavers up for sale?
Well, sorta...
Willamette Week is reporting that the Timbers and Beavers have been put up for sale by the investors in Portland Family Entertainment. The article cites concerns from the investors in PFE about the cashflow situation, with the main concern apparently focused on money reported as currently owed to creditors by PFE. The investors are reportedly negotiating with additional investors. But keep in mind that the slant of the article could be questioned by the assertion that Marshall Glickman and Mark Gardiner are unlikely to survive any shakeup caused by this, as the last line of the article states. As with all media reports of "trouble in paradise", it needs to be taken with a grain of salt, as they frequently have the whole story. While problems at PFE are obvious to all Timbers fans, it is always in the media's interest to make a situation as "newsworthy" as possible. The bigger the controversy, the bigger the audience.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2001
Matt Napoleon and Brent Sancho named to All-League Second Team
The A-League's All-League teams were announced today, and goalkeeper Matt Napoleon and defender Brent Sancho were both named to the All-League Second Team. The goalkeeper the Timbers will be facing this week, Hershey's Jon Busch, was named Goalkeeper of the Year.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2001
Timbers try to chop down Hershey
USLsoccer.com has posted a preview of the Timbers second round playoff match vs. the Hershey Wildcats.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2001
Timbers will face #2 seed Hershey in second round
The Timbers went into tonight's first round playoff match in Charlotte up 2-0 on aggregate goals, but let Charlotte take a 2-1 lead into haltime, which meant the Timbers held a slim 3-2 aggregate goals lead. But late goals by Scott Benedetti and Greg Howes put the game away as the Timbers win 3-2 and advance on a 5-2 aggregate advantage. Michael O'Neill had the first Timbers goal, and Dustin Swinehart and Joey Johnson scored for the Eagles. The Timbers will likely host Hershey at PGE Park on Thursday.

Match Reports: Match Previews:
SEPTEMBER 20, 2001
Timbers open playoffs with 2-0 shutout of Charlotte
Despite being down four regular starters, the Timbers didn't miss a step, and used early goals from Darin Lewis and Mark Baena to bolt out to a 2-0 lead, and Matt Napoleon and the Timbers defense shut down Charlotte the rest of the way as the Timbers carry a 2-0 lead into the second game in Charlotte on Saturday night..

Match Reports: Match Previews:
SEPTEMBER 13, 2001
Scott Benedetti on A-League team of the week
Scott's two goals in the playoff-clinching win in El Paso earned him a spot on the A-League team of the week.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2001
Playoff match vs. Charlotte rescheduled for September 20
United Soccer Leagues has rescheduled the first-round A-League playoff games for next week, essentially moving all of the matches back a week in response to the recent tragedies in the Northeast. I have updated my playoff page with the new schedule. A few Timbers fans have suggested black armbands for the remainer of the Timbers games. I know it's just a small gesture, but it's something.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2001
Playoffs on hold in wake of terrorist attacks
With flights cancelled around the country and the world still coming to grips with the devastation left from yesterday's terrorist attacks - United Soccer Leagues has postponed the start of the A-League playoffs. Click here for the official press release. Click here to read about the narrow escape of the president of the USL's New York Magic, a team whose logo had the World Trade Center towers included. In the wake of such an act of war, everything else pales into insignificance.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2001
Timbers wait for review
The Timbers had an impressive 4-1-1 record over the last six games to earn a playoff spot, but they could be missing up to four key starters this Thursday when they face Charlotte in the first leg of the two-game playoff series, scheduled for 7:05 Thursday at PGE Park. Greg Howes and Scott Benedetti both received red cards over the weekend, and Brent Sancho and Jeff Clarke both face suspensions as well for yellow card accumulation (Sancho could miss two matches). The Timbers suspensions are currently being reviewed by the league, which could decide to overrule the suspensions, or spread the suspensions out, but such exceptions are rare, and usually only made in exceptional cases.

Timbers are playoff-bound!!
The Timbers did what they had to do on Saturday, they beat the El Paso Patriots 3-1 on the road, therefore securing a playoff berth in their first A-League season. The Timbers will be seeded 10th in the playoffs, and they will open up on Thursday at 7:05 at PGE Park against #7 seed Charlotte. To see the final league standings and playoff breakdown, go to my playoff page.

Match Reports: Match Preview: SEPTEMBER 7, 2001
Timbers can't hold late lead, fall to San Diego 2-1
The Timbers had a golden opportunity to help secure a playoff berth tonight, but after taking the lead in the 59th minute on a Gavin Wilkinson penalty kick, the Timbers gave up two late goals off corner kicks to San Diego and drop a 2-1 decision to the Flash. The Timbers played the final 32 minutes shorthanded when Howes was sent off for a high kick.

Match Reports: Match Previews: SEPTEMBER 4, 2001
Put the Timbers on your desktop!
I have combined nine of my best pictures from this season into a Windows background that you can put on your PC desktop. The file is a .jpg file (smaller file size) and will need to be converted to a .bmp file to be used on your desktop. The newer versions of Windows can do this automatically, or you can use a graphic file conversion program to convert the file. Click on the graphic below to bring up the picture, right click on the picture and select "Save As" to download the file, and Go Timbers!! (The picture resolution is 1024x768).

Two Timbers on team of the week, for second week in a row
Greg Howes and Michael O'Neill both used their two-goal performances against Milwaukee to earn a spot on the A-League team of the week The previous week, Jeff Clarke and Mark Baena had also both made the team of the week with two-goal performances of their own.

AUGUST 30, 2001
Timbers offense explodes with 5-2 blowout of Milwaukee
The Timbers have gone from a 1-6-1 cold streak to one of the hottest teams in the A-League. They are 3-0-1 in their past three games after Thursday nights' 5-2 pounding of the Milwaukee Rampage. Greg Howes scored twice after Mark Baena opened the scoring in the first half to put the Timbers up 3-1 at haltime, and Michael O'Neill scored twice in the second half to put the match out of reach. With the win, the Timbers vault back into 3rd place and are only a point out of 2nd place with two matches remaining.

Match Reports: Match Preview:
AUGUST 26, 2001
Timbers score early, then shut down Charleston for 2-0 victory
The Timbers could have been ripe for a letdown after having let Charlotte rally for a tie on Friday, especially with powerful Charleston in the house, but the Timbers went out to an early 2-0 lead on a goal by Greg Howes and a Michael O'Neill penalty kick. But unlike Friday, the Timbers held their lead and emerged with an important 2-0 victory. With the win, the Timbers move into 3rd place in the Western Conference.

Match Reports: Match Previews: AUGUST 24, 2001
Timbers can't hold late lead, Eagles rally for 3-3 draw
The Timbers had leads of 2-0 and 3-1 off two goals by Mark Baena and a header by Gavin Wilkinson, but they let the Eagles pull within 3-2 on a Dustin Swinehart goal in the 73rd minute, then a penalty kick was converted in the 79th minute by Leo Cajardo after the Eagles were awarded a controversial penalty kick after an apparent handball was not called.

Match Reports: Match Preview: AUGUST 22, 2001
Jeff Clarke scores twice in Timbers win
The Timbers returned home after a long road trip with a 2-1 overtime win over the Minnesota Thunder. Jeff Clarke opened the Timbers scoring in the 21st minute after putting in a rebound off a corner kick. The Thunder tied it up seven minutes later when Steve Armas knocked in a loose ball in front of the net. Both teams had many good chances in a game that was wide open, but the Timbers won the match in the first overtime when Jeff Clarke chipped Thunder goalkeeper Joe Warren after a long pass from Keith Costigan.

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AUGUST 21, 2001
Playoff prediction time
The Timbers are on the cusp of a playoff berth right now, but having six games remaining (four at home), they are in as good a position as any team in the league to move into a playoff berth:
Going by the way I see things working out, the Timbers will be one of four teams bidding for a total of three spots:
  • San Diego is seven points up on the Timbers, having played two more matches. But they only have two home matches remaining, and have been the worst team in the Western Conference on the road. My predicted points: 58
  • Seattle has played one more game than the Timbers, and are currently sitting at 43 points. But they have three of their last five games on the road, where they have not played well. My predicted points: 53
  • Nashville is currently at 54 points, having played three more games than the Timbers. The Metros finish up at Charleston, who has the best home record in the league. My predicted points: 60
  • (El Paso could get into the mix with a winning streak)
AUGUST 16, 2001
Matt Napoleon added to coaching staff at PSU
Timbers goalkeeper Matt Napoleon will be an assistant coach at PSU for this upcoming season. He will be joining head coach Tara Bilanski and assistant coach Tami Bennett, both of whom have played for the W-1 League's Seattle Sounders Select Women..

AUGUST 15, 2001
The Timbers: A Tale of Woe?
Zach Dundas' article in Willamette Week focuses on the recent losing streak, and about their hopes that the upcoming four-game homestand can turn things around.

AUGUST 10, 2001
Timbers even-up for awhile, but give up two late goals in 3-1 loss
The Timbers went to a 3-5-2 lineup, looking for more offense, but ended up giving up two goals on one-on-one counterattacks late in a 3-1 loss Friday night in Vancouver. Jason Jordan, Dave Morris, and Steve Kindel all scored for the Whitecaps, with Jordan assisting on the other two goals. Greg Howes had the lone goal for the Timbers..

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AUGUST 10, 2001
Soccer's rising star
John Nolen wrote a great story about Timbers goalkeeper Matt Napoleon, which appeared today at OregonLive. ' "He's arguably the best in the A-League," Timbers coach Bobby Howe said. "I feel we haven't seen a better one." ' I agree completely!

AUGUST 9, 2001
10 Questions with Jim Taylor
Timbers GM Jim Taylor answered 10 questions in an interview posted at USLsoccer.com. Jim talks about the surprisingly good attendance, A-League scheduling, and even the Cascade Rangers!

AUGUST 6, 2001
Jose Burciaga Jr. added to roster before A-League roster freeze
The Timbers announced today that defender/midfielder Jose Burciaga Jr. was added to the roster today, and will be with the team for several weeks. They have also loaned Jesus Ochoa and Vadim Tolstolutsky to the Los Angeles Galaxy for their exhibition vs. Necaxa tomorrow, but both players will be back with the Timbers for Friday's match in Vancouver..

AUGUST 5, 2001
Timbers play well, but lose 1-0 in OT to Rochester
The Timbers put in their best performance in a long time tonight in Rochester, but a defensive breakdown in overtime was the difference as a through ball from Stoian Mladenov in the 94th minute eluded the Timbers defense, and Jamel Mitchell beat Matt Napoleon to give the Rhinos a 1-0 overtime win.

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AUGUST 4, 2001
Timbers get Jose Burciaga Jr. on loan from KC Wizards
Since the Timbers will be missing Scott Benedetti tonight because of yellow cards, the Timbers requested an MLS loan and have Jose Burciago Jr. from the Kansas City Wizards for Sunday's match at Rochester. Click here to read the press release from the Timbers..

AUGUST 3, 2001
Timbers throttled 3-0 by last-place Toronto
The Timbers have now lost to two of the league's last-place teams in the past week. They fell 2-1 in OT to Minnesota last Friday, then tonight they were soundly beaten 3-0 by the Northern Conference's last-place Toronto Lynx. The Timbers were outshot 18-8 and gave up all three goals in the first half. The Timbers next play first-place Rochester on Sunday .

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AUGUST 2, 2001
Darin Lewis cleared to play
It was reported this morning on KPAM radio that Darin Lewis has been given the go-ahead by the USSF to play for the Timbers. Apparently, the contract claim made by a Trinidad and Tobago club was not valid, and Lewis will be with the team tomorrow night when they start their east coast swing with a match in Toronto.
JULY 28, 2001
Milwaukee connection, McPeak to Howes, strikes down the Rampage as Timbers rally for 3-2 OT win
The Timbers appeared headed for another 2-1 loss, but a wild scramble in front of the net late in regulation ended up with Jeff Clarke scoring off Michael O'Neill's header. Then, late in the second overtime, former Milwaukee Wave teammates Tony McPeak and Greg Howes combined for the game winner when McPeak's long ball from near midfield was controlled, then put home for a 3-2 OT win.

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JULY 27, 2001
Thunder strikes twice in Blaine, Timbers fall to Minnesota 2-1 in OT
The Timbers took an early lead on a Mark Baena goal in the 22nd minute. The Thunder tied it in the 31st minute when Morgan Zeba converted a penalty kick. After a wide-open second half had the game tied at full time, Amos Magee scored off a pass from John Menyongar, beating Matt Napoleon on a deflected shot..

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JULY 27, 2001
Timbers release midfielder Kevin Legg
Kevin Legg has been released by the Timbers, supposedly to make room for Darin Lewis, who is supposed to rejoin the team at any time.

JULY 24, 2001
Commentary: Timbers fans travel to beat of their own drums
This article about "The Woodshed" ran in this Sundays issue of The Columbian. Nice to see that the Timbers' fanatic fans are finally starting to get some press! :)

JULY 21, 2001
Scoreless streak continues, Timbers shut out 1-0 by Seattle
The Timbers were looking to turn around a scoreless streak that extended three matches back to the Rampage match on July 9. But the Timbers had no luck at all as they were outplayed by a rejuvinated Sounders team, who took advantage of a richochet in the 7th minute. AJ Atush's shot from 20 yards was partially blocked by Brent Sancho, but the ball went directly to Brian Ching, who was 12 yards out, and he turned and beat Matt Napoleon high for the game's only goal. The Timbers have gone scoreless in their last 359 minutes of play.

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JULY 20, 2001
Timber takes on a new foe
Steve Brandon of the Portland Tribune has an article in today's Tribune about Darren Sawtazky and his girlfriend Amy Yarnevich's battle against cancer. Thanks to Steve for bringing the subject out to everyone, and once again, best of luck to Amy and Darren in their fight to overcome Hodgkin's disease.

JULY 19, 2001
Timbers' dramatic debut wakes up echoes
In a story by John Polis, posted today at USLsoccer.com, Bobby Howe talks about what he thinks o the Timbers season to his point, and also mentions that some teams have inquired about acquiring a "player with experience" from the Timbers during the coming weeks. Just who that player might be is a subject of a poll over at Timberlog .

JULY 19, 2001
Timbers ride success on the field, at the gate
John Nolen of the Oregonian gives us a mid-season review of the Timbers, posted today at OregonLive.

JULY 18, 2001
Michael O'Neill on the A-League Team of the Week
For the second time this year, the Timbers midfielder has been honored on the A-League team of the week.

JULY 17, 2001
Revving up the rowdies
Timber Jim is on the front page of the Portland Tribune today, with a long article in the Sports section, about how Jim Serrill became Timber Jim, how he sees himself as a part of the team, and his hopes for the future. I have posted the article here, with permission from the Tribune.

JULY 15, 2001
Timbers washed out in Vancouver 4-0
Kindel had the first goal for Vancouver in the 16th minute, and then Jordan added another late in the first half. The Whitecaps' Heald then converted on their second penalty kick of the evening (Napoleon had saved the first in the first half) in the 56th minute for a 3-0 lead, and Sulentic tacked on a late goal for the 4-0 final. Despite the loss, the Timbers remain in first place.

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JULY 14, 2001
Rain takes lead twice, but Vancouver rallies for 4-2 win
The Portland Rain went out to leads of 1-0 and 2-1 over the powerful Vancouver Breakers, but the Breakers rallied late and put in three goals in the final 25 minutes to take a 4-2 win. Click here for a match report (with photos).

JULY 13, 2001
Timbers and Sounders play to scoreless draw
Timbers goalkeeper Matt Napoleon had several spectacular saves for the Timbers, but the Timbers nearly pulled it out in the final seconds of overtime when Jesus Ochoa hit the post. The Timbers dominated the first half, with Tony McPeak missing on the best Timbers chance. The Sounders dominated the second half, and the overtime, but Matt Napoleon was up to the task, turning away every Sounders opportunity. Peter Bellerby has put up a brief match report (to be completed later).

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JULY 9, 2001
Brent Sancho and Greg Howes on the A-League Team of the Week
Greg had two goals and an assist, and Brent played solid in back, assisting on one of Howes' goals in their 3-2 win over San Diego on Tuesday. The complete list of this week's team of the week is listed here as posted at a-league.com.

JULY 9, 2001
O'Neill's lone goal stands up, Timbers vault back into first place
Michael O'Neill blasted in a shot from 15 yards out that barely went under the bar in the 21st minute, but it was enough to hold up as goalkeeper Matt Napoleon made some brilliant saves late in the match to preserve a 1-0 win..

Match Reports: Preview: JULY 7, 2001
Rain can't break through against Seattle, lose 1-0
The Portland Rain defense held up well against the potent Seattle offense, but the one goal the Sounder Select Women did manage to score was all they needed for a 1-0 victory. Tara Bilanski had the lone goal for the Sounders Select in the 40th minute. Ruth Montgomery had eight saves for the Rain. A match report with game photos has been posted on the Rain website.

JULY 3, 2001
Timbers put in three, then hold on for 3-2 win
Greg Howes broke out of his scoring slump with a vengance, scoring twice, then getting an assist on the third goal as the Timbers put in three second-half goals after a score less first half, then held on for a 3-2 win after the San Diego Flash put in two late goals. Chugger Adair and Javier Bostos scored the late goals for the Flash. The crowd was 7,271, second biggest crowd of the year.

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JULY 3, 2001
Timbers fired up for Flash matchup
Steve Brandon of the Portland Tribune had a story in the paper today about the team's mid-season form, and what Bobby Howe plans to do to liven up the offense. Thanks again to the Tribune for permission to publish the story here.

JULY 2, 2001
Rain get first league win, 2-1 over Arizona
The Portland Rain scored their first win in the W-1 league with a 2-1 win over the Arizona Heatwave tonight at PGE Park. I will post match reportif I get the notes from the team. Timberlog has posted a great match report (I'm glad to see everyone coming together to support the Rain!). The webmaster was unable to attend Monday's match, but will be at Saturday's match vs. Seattle, and will have a match report and game photos posted on the Rain website on Sunday.

JULY 1, 2001
Vancouver shuts out Rain, 2-0
The Rain were unable to follow-up their home win on the road in Vancouver, falling 2-0 to the Vancouver Breakers Sunday at Swangard Stadium before a crowd of 3,154. Click here for a match report from The Breakers website

JUNE 29, 2001
Timbers can't break through the Whitecaps, lose 1-0
The Timbers and Whitecaps played a conservative style, with each team only getting a few good chances to score, but only the Whitecaps found the back of the net, on an Alfredo Valente shot from 20 yards out in the 62nd minute that Timbers goalkeeper Matt Napoleon was not able to get enough of to keep it from going in the net.

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JUNE 28, 2001
Rain Thump Seattle, win 4-0 in exhibition
Mimi Osei-Agyemang scored twice, and Laura Schott and Emma Smith both scored also as the Portland Rain beat the Seattle Hibernian Lady Saints 4-0 in an exhibition at PGE Park. Update (7/1 Link Fixed): A match report and game photos are posted here.

JUNE 26, 2001
Surge exhibition pictures have been posted
I wanted to get the pictures posted. They are posted here. Match report possibly tomorrow. I'm still working with a 486 laptop which is going to make updating the site difficult until I can get my main system fixed.

JUNE 20, 2001
Check out the PGE Park Webcam!
OregonLive has put up a webcam at PGE Park (home of the Timbers). The camera is located in the press box, at soccer midfield (the field is currently configured for baseball).

JUNE 20, 2001
Matt Napoleon named to the A-League Team of the Week
Goalkeeper Matt Napoleon has been named to the A-League Team of the Week for the week ending June 17. Matt had six saves, many of them spectacular, in the Timbers' 1-0 win on Saturday at Minnesota. Congratuations Matt!!

JUNE 18, 2001
Portland Rain page has been added
I have added a page for the Portland Rain women's team. The Rain are a provisional team in the USL's W-1 league. For now, the page is simple, with a schedule and a roster. I will add pictures and more information within the next month. I hope all local Timbers fans will make it to at least one Rain match this year. On June 29, the Rain will be playing the first match of a doubleheader at PGE Park. At 4:00, the Rain will take on the Seattle Hibernian Saints Women. The Timbers will play the Vancouver Whitecaps at 7:05.

JUNE 17, 2001
Timbers and Cascade Surge set to do battle in Salem
Though it was added to my schedule over a week ago, the Timbers have officially announced an exhibition game to be played next Sunday at Salem Academy. I have prepared a direction sheet for getting to Salem Academy. The page has been set up so it can be printed and taken along.

JUNE 16, 2001
Timbers sneak out with a 1-0 win in Minnesota
The Timbers had just one corner kick on the night, and the Thunder goalkeeper had just one save, but those two events led to the only goal of the night as the Timbers pulled out a 1-0 win over the Thunder at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota before a crowd of 4,126. Keith Costigan's shot off the corner was knocked down by Thunder goalkeeper John Swallen, but he was unable to control the ball and Mark Baena knocked in the loose ball for the only goal of the match. The Timbers won despite being outshot 17-4.

JUNE 14, 2001
Vadim's late goal salvages draw with Whitecaps
Vancouver's Terry St. Louis scored inthe 73rd minute to put the Whitecaps up 1-0. But in the 2nd minute of injury time, Vadim Tolstolutsky rocketed in a shot from 25 yards, tying the score just before the full-time whistle. Neither team was able to score in OT and the match ended in a 1-1 tie. Previews: JUNE 13, 2001
Eight Days a Week
Willamette Week Online today published an article about the recent homestand, written by Zach Dundas, which mentions the problems that occurred in section 107 after Utah's game, as well as mentioning some coverage critical of Timbers attendance that the team has been receiving from a local radio station.

JUNE 13, 2001
Mark Baena on the A-League team of the week
Forward Mark Baena has been named to the A-League Team of the Week. Mark scored twice in the Timbers' 3-1 win over Minnesota. Congratulations Mark!

JUNE 12, 2001
Portland Tribune update
Just short update appeared in today's Portland Tribune, but I'm trying to make sure I post all Timbers info I have, no matter how small. I got a bit behind last week and missed a few things. Four games in eight days will do that to you!

JUNE 8, 2001
Ochoa's Stock Worth the Price
This article by Steve Brandon appeared in today's Portland Tribune and talks about up and coming star Jesus Ochoa, who has come from out of nowhere to finding himself in more and more games, and will no doubt get more chances after his goal against the MLS Earthquakes.

JUNE 8, 2001
Timbers' cup hopes out of their hands
This article was posted this morning at OregonLive, and explains the US Open Cup situation for the Timbers. The article did not mention that the Timbers need a Utah/Seattle tie tonight to have a chance to win the group, nor did it mention that Utah is already in (5 D3 teams are guaranteed to advance). Unfortunately, that one goal late into injury time in Utah looks like it may cost us a spot in the US Open Cup tournament. I bet there are at least a few MLS and A-League teams who would be very happy that Portland won't be there. I don't think anybody would want to have to play the Timbers right now. The Portland Tribune had a similar article on Tuesday, but this week has been very busy and I haven't had the chance to type it in.

JUNE 6, 2001
Thunder strikes early, but Timbers rebound for 3-1 win.
For the first time this season, the Timbers found themselves trailing when Gerard Lagos put the Thunder up in the 38th minute. But the Timbers equalized on a Mark Baena goal in the first half injury time off an assist from Brent Sancho. The Timbers took the lead in the 87th minute on a Darren Sawatzky goal, then added the bonus point in extra time when Baena put in his second goal of the night.
JUNE 4, 2001
MLS Quakes no match for the Timbers
Timbers impress with 2-1 win over MLS's hottest team
The Timbers showed they can match up with MLS teams as they earned a solid win against the San Jose Earthquakes on Monday night at PGE Park. Both teams played many bench players, but Timbers goals from Ochoa in the first half (off a Baena header) and Legg in the second half (off a Costigan cross) were the difference. The lone Earthquakes goal was a penalty kick at the end of the first half after an Earthquake player collided with Brent Sancho in the box, going for a ball neither would have been able to reach.
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JUNE 2, 2001
In a Flash, Timbers are in 1st place
The Timbers got a goal from Mark Baena in the first half, then held off many San Diego chances late in the game. But Matt Napoleon was solid in goal, and the Timbers earned a solid 1-0 win at PGE Park on Saturday night. The Timbers are now alone in first place in the Western Conference. Match Previews: MAY 31, 2001
Despite injury, Leonetti is not ready to retire
Joey Leonetti seemed a shoe-in to make the Timbers roster until he ruptured his Achilles' tendon in a scrimmage against the University of Portland. Jerry Ulmer wrote a nice article about Joey and his prospects for returning, published today at OregonLive

<MAY 30, 2001
Mark Baena is A-League player of the week!
Jeff Clarke called up to Canadian National Team
Mark had three goals and an assist in Portland's 4-3 win over his former team, the San Diego Flash. In recognition, the USL has named Mark A-League player of the week. Congratulations Mark! The official press release from the Timbers also mentions that defender Jeff Clarke has been called up by the Canadian National Team and will miss the next four matches. This article, posted Friday on OregonLive, also mentions that the Timbers will also be without Matt Chulis (red card suspension) for Saturday's match with San Diego.

MAY 30, 2001
Taken to the Woodshed
This week's Go! Fight! Win! column talks about the Cascade Rangers and the Woodshed. I would like to point out to Willamette Week that while I was one of those who was shouting "There's no pity in the Rose City!", never once did I join in the "Baseball sucks" rant!

MAY 30, 2001
A Tale of Soccer Cities: Portland and Seattle
This interesting article from the USLsoccer.com website talks about the old NASL rivalry between Seattle and Portland, and the big difference between the situations in the two cities at present. Interesting reading, but to anyone who's seen any games in Seattle recently, painfully obvious.

MAY 26, 2001
Timbers beat 1st place San Diego 4-3
Mark Baena had a hat trick and Darren Sawatzky added a goal as the Timbers went up 4-1 on the first place San Diego Flash, then held on after San Diego had two late goals from Chugger Adair for their first league road win. With this win, the Timbers move from fourth place to second place in the Western Conference, just two points behind San Diego.

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MAY 25, 2001
Timbers sign Yale goalkeeper Dan Moss
The Timbers have signed Yale University goalkeeper Dan Moss as their backup goalkeeper and have released goalkeeper Matt Nelson, as well as forward Rob Baarts and midfielder Roger Gantz.

MAY 23, 2001
Timbers hold on for 2-1 win at PGE Park
The Timbers had two early scores from Michael O'Neill putting a loose ball into the net, then from Darren Sawatzky getting free after a long ball from O'Nell, but played back on their heels after El Paso pulled within a goal in the 2nd half on a Carlos Farias goal. Match Previews: MAY 22, 2001
Timbers sign 2000 NCAA College Cup MVP Darin Lewis
The Timbers announced today that they have signed midfielder/forward Darin Lewis. Lewis was the 2000 NCAA College Cup Most Valuable Player and helped lead the Connecticut Huskies to a 20-3-2 record and the national title.

MAY 22, 2001
Site Updates
I've made some slight updates to the website, in addition to posting the Aces pictures on the match report yesterday:
  • The pictures page had been updated: In addition to match photos being posted in the match reports, all match photos are on that page as well
  • PGE Park page has been updated: Previously, I used old Civic Stadium pictures. It has been updated with pictures taken at the home opener, as well as a panorama made by merging two photos together. Click on the small version to see a very large version (>100K)
  • The schedule page now includes attendance
  • I've once again added the a-league.com news banner: This is on the right side of the page below the schedule
MAY 19, 2001
Timbers dominate, but have to settle for 1-0 win over Northern Nevada
Despite outshooting the Aces 31-7, and controlling the game start to finish, the only time the Timbers found the net was in the 25th minute when Greg Howes headed in a Scott Benedetti cross. Click here to read my match report with game photos. By not getting a bonus point for scoring three goals, the Timbers may find it difficult to win their US Open Cup group, but could still advance as a wild card. MAY 18, 2001
Wilkinson has lyrics for chin music
Gavin Wilkinson has played in seven different counties, and has 38 caps for New Zealand before coming to the Thunder this year, but never has he been battered the way he's been in the past two games against Seattle. Steve Brandon of the Portland Tribune has written a feature article about Gavin which appears in today's edition. Note: If you can get ahold of the print edition, there is a remakable picture of Gavin's face with the story!

MAY 18, 2001
Michael O'Neill on the A-League team of the week
For scoring three times and adding an assist during the Timbers' two US Open Cup games at Utah and Northern Nevada, Michael O'Neill was named to last week's A-League team of the week. (I apologize if the link doesn't work. Linking to stories on USLsoccer.com has proved difficult.)

MAY 18, 2001
PFE enters into agreement with KPDX (Fox 49)
This had previously been announced on this site, but the official press release was sent out (posted at a-league.com) announcing that three Timbers home matches will be broadcast on KPDX (Fox 49, channel 13 on most cable systems). I have noted those games in the schedule listed to the right with a icon.

MAY 16, 2001
Chin Music
Zach Dundas of Willamette Week has written another great article about opening night at PGE Park. He talks about how Gavin Wilkinson took a shot to the chin and shook it off, and about the atmosphere in the crowd.

MAY 15, 2001
Double-dip of Greg Howes stories
Greg Howes is due to be in Portland on Wednesday or Thursday, and both OregonLive and the Portland Tribune had stories about Greg today.
  • Timbers see a goal-getter in new forward by Steve Brandon, in today's Portland Tribune
  • Timbers add offense with Howes' arrival by John Nolen, posted on OregonLive MAY 13, 2001
    Timbers "bounced" out of Seattle in 2OT
    Darren Sawatzky scored on a penalty kick for the Timbers in the 32nd minute after Mark Baena was taken down in the box. But Seattle evened the score in the 62nd minute on a nicely deflected ball by Scott Jenkins which Matt Napoleon couldn't reach. In the last minute of the 2nd overtime, a high bounce off the turf found it's way over the Timbers defense, and Kai Kinoshita got to a loose ball first and chipped it over Napoleon to give the Sounders a 2-1 win. My match report is listed below, with pictures to follow on Monday. MAY 12, 2001
    Mark Baena and Brent Sancho score as Timbers shut out Seattle 2-0 on opening night
    Darren Sawatzky didn't score for the Timbers on Friday night, but his perfect passes were critical on both goals as the Timbers beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 on Friday night at PGE Park in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 12,295. Baena scored after a give-and-go with Sawatzky, perhaps a step or two offsides, but the flag stayed down and Mark beat the keeper one-on-one for the first goal. The second goal was on a Brent Sancho header after a perfect corner kick from Sawatzky.
    Baena and Sawatzky start the give-and-go that led to the first goal of the match as a crowd of over 12,000 looks on

    MAY 11, 2001
    MATCH DAY !!!
    The home opener is tonight at 7:05 at PGE Park
    The Timbers (0-1 in A-League play, 1-2 overall) will open up their home season against the Seattle Sounders (0-1 in A-League play). Many Timbers fans will be gathering at the Bitter End Pub starting at 4:20. The pub is just one block northwest of the stadium and you can see the map to its location here. I will have pictures of the entire day posted on this website this weekend, as well as a full match report. Remember, MAX is probably your best bet to get to the stadium, and I hope to see everyone there!

    MAY 11, 2001
    Timber coach's game plan: have fun, win
    Steve Brandon of the Portland Tribune wrote a great article about coach Bobby Howe which ran in today's Tribune. All Timbers fans need to fully appreciate how lucky we are to have him as our coach. He brings his great knowledge and integrity to the team.

    MAY 11, 2001
    Timbers head home, led by new midfielder
    Midfielder Michael O'Neill has surprisingly found himself as the leading scorer for the Timbers through their first three matches. Oregonlive today ran this article on the 31-year old midfielder from Northern Ireland, and what he has meant for the Timbers as they are coming together as a team.

    MAY 9, 2001
    GO! FIGHT! WIN! Spike-Heeled Gypsies
    When the crowd fills into PGE Park on Friday night for the home opener, one person they will have no problem identifying on the field is Darren Sawatzky. His long blonde ponytail will likely end up a trademark for the team. Zach Dundas of Willamette Week wrote a great article about the University of Portland graduate, and about how his background is a perfect fit in a team full of "soccer gypsies"

    MAY 8, 2001
    Timbers find answer in goal: Matt Napoleon
    This article about Timbers goalkeeper Matt Napoleon appeared in todays Portland Tribune, and author Steve Brandon talks about how Matt Napoleon went from high school All-American, to Columbia University, to the Project-40 program in Major League Soccer, then into the Timbers' starting goalkeeper position.

    MAY 8, 2001
    3 Days to the Home Opener
    The Timbers play their first home game this Friday night at PGE Park vs. the Seattle Sounders
    Today's topic: Getting to the game
    As anyone who has gone to a game at PGE Park (nee Civic Stadium) knows, parking around the park can be difficult. If you don't want to fight for parking, or play upwards of $10 to walk six blocks to the park when you do, there are a very good alternative. Ride MAX! MAX is Portland's Light Rail system, and conventiently enough, there is a stop right outside the park. If you take MAX in from the west side, there are free park and ride lots right at some of the closest stations. Remember: Your game ticket will get you free transportation to and from the park on MAX! Here are the two closest free park and ride lots to the stadium:
    • Sunset Transit Center: Located at the intersection of US 26 (Sunset Highway) and route 217. This is a 595 space 3-level parking garage. The trip on MAX to PGE Park takes about 12 minutes.
    • Millikan Way: A little further west than the Sunset Transit Center, at the corner of SW Millikan Way & Shannon. There are 380 spaces there. The trip on MAX to PGE Park is about 16 minutes.
    There is parking available at MAX stations to the east of the stadium, but the closest lots on the east side are not free, plus you'll have to go through the congestion of downtown. Note: MAX will be closed from May 11-27 at the Rose Quarter, which will require a bus connection if you try to come to the stadium from any station east of the Willamette River. For more information on MAX, including maps and schedules, go to The Tri-Met website.

    MAY 6, 2001
    Timbers top Aces 4-1 for first win
    After being unable to convert on several good chances in the first half, the Timbers finally broke through in the 38th minute when midfielder Michael O'Neill scored the first of two goals from 20 yards, and opened the floodgates for the Timbers, who defeated the Northern Nevada Aces 4-1 Sunday night in a US Open Cup qualifying match. Click here for the match report from OregonLive or you can click here for my account of the match. Mark Baena and Vadim Tolstolutsky also scored for the Timbers, and Alfredo Chavaron scored the lone goal for the Aces on a spectacular bicycle kick in the 73rd minute.
    Note: This result counts towards US Open Cup standings only. The Timbers are still 0-1 in the A-League standings

    MAY 5, 2001
    Timbers lose lead in injury time, then Utah wins it in 2 OT
    The Timbers had a 1-0 lead going into a seemingly very long injury time at the end of regulation, but about four minutes into injury time, the Blitzz tied it up when Ovalle scored off a long throwin to tie it. Click here to read the match report from OregonLive. The Timbers had taken the lead in the 57th minute when Mark Baena played a ball from a crowd to Michael O'Neill, who trapped it with his chest and tapped it in for a 1-0 lead. Six minutes into the 2nd overtime, the Blitzz completed their comeback when Will Cummins scored on a header to give the home side a 2-1 2OT win. Click here for my account of the match, based on the radio broadcast. The Timbers play at Northern Nevada Sunday.
    Note: This result does not count as a regular season loss for the Timbers, who are still 0-1 in the A-League standings

    MAY 5, 2001
    Timbers tear into road trip - Portland Tribune update
    This article ran in Tuesday's edition of the Portland Tribune, and talks about their season opening loss in El Paso, and their attitude heading into this weekend's matches against two D-3 teams. Friday's Tribune Timbers update mentions that Michael O'Neill and Jeff Clarke should both be available for this weekend's US Open Cup matches. It also mentions that the Timbers will be bringing midfielder Freddy Kummernes into camp. Kummernes is originally from Norway and played for the Willamette Valley Firebirds PDL team in Corvallis in 1999 and 2000 along with Greg Howes (1999) and Brian Winters (1999 briefly). I apologize for the delay in posting these updates, but I'm getting caught up after my trip to the Bay Area this past week.

    MAY 4, 2001
    Michael O'Neill and Matt Chulis signed
    On Friday, the Timbers announced the signing of midfielder Michael O'Neill and defender Matt Chulis posted at a-league.com). O'Neill had previously been announced on the Timbers roster and should solidify their midfield. Chulis is a former member of the Chicago Fire and the Columbus Crew of MLS, as well as a member of the 2000 Olympic U-23 team.

    MAY 1, 2001
    Timbers add two players, lose Kelly
    According to this article at oregonlive.com, midfielder Brian Kelly has returned to the Galaxy, but Michael O'Neil and Jeff Clarke should be in camp soon.

    APRIL 28, 2001
    Timbers drop opener 2-1 in OT in El Paso
    Gustavo Leal scores game winner in OT
    With the Timbers down one player, El Paso's Gustavo Leal scored from 12 yards out nine minutes into overtime to give the El Paso Patriots a 2-1 win over the Timbers. The story from OregonLive.com is posted here. The Timbers took the lead in the 21st minute when LA Galaxy loaner Brian Kelly scored off a Mark Baena rebound. The Patriots answered two minutes later when Carlos Farias broke through the defense to beat Matt Napoleon to tie the score. The Timbers had five yellow cards and one ejection (Vadim Tolstolutsky) to two yellow cards for El Paso.

    APRIL 27, 2001
    All Timbers home matches to have webcast video and audio
    OregonLive to be jersey sponsor
    Today, OregonLive announced that they would be the jersey sponsors for the 2001 season. The main page of OregonLive.com has a picture of GM Jim Taylor modeling the jersey for us. Very chic, Jim! They also announced that not only will the away matches have audio broadcasts, but the home matches will have a video broadcast as well (for those of you with internet connections fast enough to stream the video.

    APRIL 27, 2001
    Missing parts bog down Timbers
    The Timbers are at a disadvantage as they start their first season in the A-League as they are still missing key players, and have a few other important players still hobbled by injuries. Once again, John Nolen has written a great Timbers article for OregonLive. John also posted player profiles for all of the Timbers. Keep up the good work John, we need this kind of coverage!! As the season approaches, the Oregonian (and OregonLive) are picking up their coverage of the Timbers.

    APRIL 27, 2001
    Portland Tribune Timbers update (4/27)
    Today's Portland Tribune update mentions that Neil Ryan is likely to be out for this Saturday's opener.

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    ge of OregonLive.com has a picture of GM Jim Taylor modeling the jersey for us. Very chic, Jim! They also announced that not only will the away matches have audio broadcasts, but the home matches will have a video broadcast as well (for those of you with internet connections fast enough to stream the video.

    APRIL 27, 2001
    Missing parts bog down Timbers
    The Timbers are at a disadvantage as they start their first season in the A-League as they are still missing key players, and have a few other important players still hobbled by injuries. Once again, John Nolen has written a great Timbers article for OregonLive. John also posted player profiles for all of the Timbers. Keep up the good work John, we need this kind of coverage!! As the season approaches, the Oregonian (and OregonLive) are picking up their coverage of the Timbers.

    APRIL 27, 2001
    Portland Tribune Timbers update (4/27)
    Today's Portland Tribune update mentions that Neil Ryan is likely to be out for this Saturday's opener.

    Click here to go the 2001 and before news archive

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