DECEMBER 17, 2003
A-League draft yields Oregon State forward, UCLA defender
The Timbers took part in today's A-League draft, and selected Oregon State forward Alan Gordon in the first round, and UCLA defender Leonard Griffin in the second round.

Gordon is a 2003 third-team College Soccer News All-American. He was also third in the Pacific-10 Conference with 25 points on 11 goals and three assists this year, finishing his two-year OSU career third on the school's scoring list with 59 points (26 goals, 7 assists). Gordon (Gilbert, Ariz./Yavapai Junior College/Gilbert HS) is a two-time first-team All-Pac-10 pick and was named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region first team on Monday.
Griffin was a NSCAA First Team All-American as well as a College Soccer News third-team All-American. He was named to the first team after leading the Bruin defense to 16 shutouts and a school record-tying 0.52 team goals against average. He was one of just two Bruins to start all 23 games, and he contributed four assists. Griffin this season was also selected to the NSCAA All-Far West Region first team and to the All-Pac-10 first team. Griffin is UCLA's 21st first-team All-American. He also played for the PDL's Orange County Blue Star in 2002 and was named to the All-Conference team.

DECEMBER 17, 2003
New group possibly in line to take over Timbers management
It's being reported in The Oregonian that a new group is set to take over management of the Timbers, Beavers, and PGE Park from Metropolitan Sports. Big Game Capital has been involved with minor league baseball teams in Florida and Maryland, and is in negotiation with the city to take over the contract from Metropolitan, who have already been served with a 10-day notice of termination. DECEMBER 13, 2003
Scarves page has been updated
The Timbers Army scarf page has been updated. Click here to go to the page. If you have any scarf pictures to contribute, e-mail me at allie@soccercityusa.com.

AUGUST 29, 2003
Timbers close season with 3-0 victory as Clive Charles' #3 rises to the rafters
In a match that could have been considered "meaningless" as the Timbers had already been eliminated, a record crowd of 13,351 was on-hand to witness the first-ever retirement of a number at PGE Park, as Clive Charles' #3 was retired during a halftime ceremony. Timber Jim returned for one final match and was recognized by supporters who presented him with gifts after the match. Bryn Ritchie, Scott Benedetti, and Jake Sagare scored for the Timbers while Josh Saunders had the shutout. AUGUST 26, 2003
Portland loses it's soul, Clive Charles passes at the age of 51.
The Timbers had planned for this Friday to be a celebration of Clive Charles' life as he was to be honored at halftime of the El Paso match as his number #3 was to be retired and raised to the rafters at PGE Park. But Clive Charles passed away this afternoon at the age of 51 from prostate cancer, and though the ceremony will go on, it will not seem the same without the heart and soul of Portland soccer. Clive celebrated his first championship as the University of Portland women won the NCAA Championship last fall, and had been recently inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame. AUGUST 26, 2003
Timbers playoff hopes end in El Paso
The Timbers knew what they had to do as they went to El Paso to play the patriots, but they let El Paso get an early 2-0 lead, and though second-half substitute Byron Alvarez scored to make it 2-1, the Timbers gave up a late goal for the 3-1 loss, officially eliminating them from the 2003 playoffs.

AUGUST 18, 2003
Jake Sagare's brilliant run saves the day, Timbers win 1-0 over Seattle
Facing elimination from the playoff race if they lost, the Timbers defeated the Seattle Sounders for the first time at PGE Park this season, after Jake Sagare made a 40 yard run, stunning three Seattle defenders with a brilliant move near the top of the box, then blasting a shot inside the left post for the only goal in a 1-0 victory over the Sounders. The Timbers still need to wins over El Paso plus a Whitecaps loss to make the playoffs. AUGUST 16, 2003
Timbers still alive after 1-1 draw at Vancouver
The Timbers were hoping for a win in Vancouver, and a 47th minute goal by Jake Sagare gave the Timbers the lead they were looking for, but a goal by Alredo Valente tied it for the Whitecaps, and the match ended in a 1-1 draw. But the league is going to have some explaining to do, because according to the A-League suspensions list published at the league website, Valente was ineligible to play in this match. The Timbers draw means that the Timbers need to win their last 3 games, plus count on a Vancouver loss or tie in their last game vs. Minnesota, in order to secure a playoff berth.

AUGUST 15, 2003
Late Wilkinson goal lets Timbers escape with 1-0 win
The Portland Timbers looked flat in a must-win game at PGE Park vs. the Indiana Blast on Friday night, but they picked it up when it counted, and a header by Gavin Wilkinson off a Hugo Alcaraz cross two minutes in the stoppage time gave the Timbers a 1-0 lead. One minute later, Josh Saunders was forced to make a one-handed save to secure the win. AUGUST 10, 2003
Timbers finally get a win in Seattle
After having played four fairly even matches with the Sounders this season, which all ended with the Timbers being shut out, the Timbers finally opened up their offense against the Sounders, getting goals from McKinley Tennyson and Byron Alvarez in a 3-1 win at Seahawks Stadium. AUGUST 9, 2003
Timbers playoff chances all but disappar in 1-0 loss to Seattle
The Timbers knew they needed a win as Seattle came to PGE Park on Saturday, and though the Timbers controlled much of the run of play, and played one of their best matches of the year, they couldn't convert any of their good scoring opportunities and lost 1-0. AUGUST 8, 2003
Time change for Sunday's game in Seattle?
The time for Sunday's Timbers match at Seattle had been originally posted as 2:00, but somewhere along the line the Sounders changed the game to 5:00, though at this point only the Sounders site says so. The league still has 2:00 listed as the start time. I am in the process of trying to confirm this, but the game will probably be at 5:00, though apparently only the Sounders knew this, as it was apparently not communicated to anyone else.

JULY 27, 2003
Timbers can only rally for a draw with Team Calgary, 1-1
The Timbers really needed a win to keep pace with Vancouver, but managed only a 1-1 draw with Calgary. Nik Reyes put Calgary up 1-0 early in the match, and Gavin Wilkinson got his first goal for the Timbers in a regular season game when he tied it with a header in the 33rd minute. JULY 25, 2003
Timbers can only withstand so much, lose 1-0 in Minnesota in OT
In a game in which the Timbers were outshot 21-10, and in which Josh Saunders made many spectacular saves to keep the game scorless, the Thunder finally broke though two minutes into the first overtime when Amos Magee hit a hard shot from 20 yards out, giving the Thunder a 1-0 victory. JULY 23, 2003
Jake Sagare's overtime goal lifts Timbers to win in Cincinnati
The Timbers were down 1-0 to Cincinnati until the 80th minute, when McKinley Tennyson's header tied the score at 1-1. Jake Sagare ended the match in the 100th minute with an unassisted goal for the game-winner.

JULY 13, 2003
Late Alvarez goal gives Timbers 4-3 win
The Timbers surged out to a 3-1 lead on two goals by McKinley Tennyson and a goal by Byron Alvarez. After Milwaukee tied the match late in the 2nd half, the Timbers won the game on a late goal by Byron Alvarez, putting a rebound in after a shot from Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar hit off the right post and rebounded back out. JULY 3, 2003
Alvarez hat trick leads Timbers to 3-0 win over Vancouver
Second-half substitute Byron Alvarez was the difference has he scored three goals in a span of 20 minutes, breaking a scoreless tie and turning it into a 3-0 Timbers rout. JULY 1, 2003
Timbers fall 1-0 in Vancouver on late goal
The Timbers have still not managed to win a match in Vancouver since returning to the A-League in 2001. They fell 1-0 to the Whitecaps on this night on a second-half stoppage-time goal by Paul Dailly. JUNE 29, 2003
Timbers complete weekend sweep of Calgary, back to .500
McKinley Tennyson and Fadi Afash both scored in the second half as the Timbers turned a 0-0 game at halftime into a 2-0 victory. The Timbers are now in sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division, and have gone 5-1 over their last six games to go from 2-6 to 7-7. New Timbers goalkeeper Josh Saunders has now recorded two shutsouts since coming to the Timbers from San Jose. JUNE 27, 2003
Alvarez OT goal lifts Timbers to 1-0 win
Despite playing short-handed, the Timbers got an OT goal from Byron Alvarez in the 92nd minute for a 1-0 win over the Calgary Storm. (I am currently in Richmond Virginia on a road trip for a-league.com http://a-league.com/Andrews/RoadTrip2003.shtml ). JUNE 12, 2003
Timbers win one for Paula
On a night that many Timbers fans are not likely to forget for quite awhile, the Timbers honored the passing of longtime Timbers fan Paula Currier during the team introductions as each player placed a rose on her seat, then celebrated a victory over the Whitecaps as McKinley Tennyson's overtime goal gave the home side a 2-1 win.
JUNE 11, 2003
The Timbers lose a true fan
We were all deeply saddened to learn that Paula, a devoted Timbers fan since the NASL days, passed away on Tuesday morning of heart failure. Paula was familiar to all of us as the redhead who sat at the top of section 107 with her sister Gisele, and was as faithful a Timbers fan as you'll ever want to meet. She will be deeply missed by everyone connected to the Timbers, and the Timbers are supposed to honor Paula before the Timbers/Whitecaps game on Thursday. Condolences are being posted at the link listed below, and please wear a black armband to the game on Thursday in honor of Paula.

JUNE 9, 2003
Timbers drowned in Milwaukee
A 17 1/2 hour break between games, with no Gavin Wilkinson in the lineup spelled disaster in Milwaukee, as the Timbers gave up four goals in one half for the first time in their A-League history as the Milwaukee Wave United washed over them with a 4-0 victory. The Timbers are 4-7, but still sit in 2nd place in the Pacific Division with 12 points. JUNE 7, 2003
Timbers up to 2nd in division after 3-1 win in El Paso
The Timbers moved into a tie for 2nd place in the Pacific Division (tied with Calgary) after a 3-1 win in El Paso. El Paso took the lead in the 4th minute, but the Timbers had 2nd half goals from McKinley Tennyson, Byron Alvarez, and Dan Antoniuk for the 3-1 win.
MAY 29, 2003
Timbers give Vancouver first loss by 1-0 score
The Timbers looked much better as they tweaked their lineup, and the result was a dominating performance over the Whitecaps, but only goal for their effort, a header i the 74th minute by Byron Alvarez (who came on after Tennyson tweaked his knee). It was all the Timbers would need as Spiteri needed only one save as he recorded the shutout in net. MAY 27, 2003
Thunder rumbles over Timbers at PGE Park with 3-0 win
Not much else to say. The Timbers were dominated by a clearly superior team in a 3-0 Thunder win. Good to see Jake Sagare back in the lineup, but the Timbers have many issues to address, front to back. MAY 25, 2003
Timbers drop to basement of division with 2-1 loss at Calgary
The Timbers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a 3rd minute goal by McKinley Tennyson, but it's all the Timbers could produce for the night, and gave up two first half goals as the Timbers lost 2-1 and dropped to 2-5, in 4th place in the Pacific Division. MAY 18, 2003
Timbers still 0-for-Seattle
The Timbers were unable to score against Seattle for the third straight time, and Marco Velez goal in the 15th minute was all the Sounders needed for another 1-0 victory. MAY 14, 2003
Timbers strike early and often in 4-1 win over Calgary
The Timbers took only 35 seconds to get on the board tonight, when McKinley Tennyson's header across the goal mouth was knocked in by Fadi Afash. Tennyson would score twice himself, with Jason Melendez adding the fourth goal. Mark Korthuis had the lone Calgary goal. MAY 12, 2003
Sagare to return?
OregonLive is also reporting that Jake Sagare is back in Yakima, and the Timbers are interested in trying to get him back in the lineup. MAY 12, 2003
Timbers finally in the win column, 1-0 over Calgary
The Timbers finally got a win tonight in Calgary, a 1-0 win over the Storm on a 43rd minute goal by Fadi Afash, on an assist from McKinley Tennyson. Cole Burgman got the start in goal. MAY 11, 2003
Timbers fall to Vancouver 2-1
The Timbers finally broke through for a goal tonight, on Fadi Afash's 54th minute goal that tied it at 1-1, but it wasn't enough as Vancouver scored in the 65th minute after Curtis Spiteri charged out of the box to challenge a ball, but instead ended up giving up the game-winning goal by Dave Morris. MAY 2 2003
Timbers shut out again
After failing to score on several good chances in the first 20 minutes, the Timbers kept the Sounders off the board until a 2-minute span starting at minute 78, when they gave up two goals for the 2-0 final. MAY 1, 2003
Timbers can't break through, fall to Seattle 1-0
The Timbers had a few very good chances to score, but never found the net as they lost 1-0 to Seattle in the season opener at PGE Park. McKinley Tennyson did not play for the Timbers, while Fadi Afash only played 23 minutes in the loss. MAY 1, 2003
Timbers kick off their third A-League season tonight with some new faces in the lineup
The Timbers will kick off their 2003 campaign tonight at PGE Park when Seattle comes to town, marking the third straight season the Sounders have been the opponents for the Timbers' home opener. The Timbers return seven players from their 2002 roster, including goal-scoring co-champions Fadi Afash and McKinley Tennyson, though Tennyson may miss a few games with an injured hamstring. The National Champion University of Portland women's soccer team will be honored at halftime, and will also be available after the game to sign autographs. The 2003 roster page has been updated in case you want to print it out and bring it with you to the game.

APRIL 29, 2003
Timbers Army in the press!
Oregonian write John Nolen has written a nice story about the Timbers Army which ran on Tuesday and is posted at OregonLive. This picture, which I took last year on July 25 against Cincinnati. Thanks John, and good job Timbers Army!!!

APRIL 28, 2003
Timbers fall in Canterbury Cup Final on PK's.
Playing with a roster that was without Kei and Fadi (who subbed in for only 12 minutes), the Timbers tied Vancouver 2-2 on goals from Benedetti and Ritchie, but lost 4-2 on PK's in the final of the Canterbury Cup pre-season tournament held in Abbotsford, BC.

APRIL 27, 2003
Timbers beat Yakima Reds 5-1 to advance to Canterbury Cup Final
The Timbers defeated the PDL's Yakima Reds by a 5-1 score to advance to the finals of the pre-season Canterbury Cup, which is being played this weekend in Abbotsford, BC. The Timbers will face the Vancouver Whitecaps in the final tomorrow at 7:30 pm, with the 'Caps having beaten the host Abbotsford Rangers 2-1 in double overtime. Here are the goal scorers, courtesy of the Vancouver Whitecaps:

7' Port Scott Benedetti (PK for handball)
16' Port Dan Antoniuk (Scott Benedetti)
38' Yak Jared Auckland (Brad Suhm)
72' Port Fadi Afash
85' Port Jason Melandez
89' Port Nick Downing

APRIL 27, 2003
Erik Ozimek signs with Atlanta
Former Timber Erik Ozimek, who was relased by the Timbers on April 14, has signed with the Atlanta Silverbacks and played 110 minutes in their 2-2 tie with Pittsburgh on Saturday night

APRIL 16, 2003
Got him back! Tennyson to return to the Timbers for 2003
The Timbers today confirmed what all Timbers supporters had been hoping for, that 2003 A-League leading scorer McKinley Tennyson will be returning to Portland for the 2003 season. Tennyson had gone to the Los Angeles Galaxy at the end of last season, and during this pre-season had trained with San Jose and Chicago. Tennyson is still nursing a hamstring injury, and his status for the May 1 opener is unknown at this point. APRIL 16, 2003
Timbers top FC Swoosh 3-1 in scrimmage at Nike
The Timbers defeated FC Swoosh 3-1 on goals by Daniel Antoniuk, Fadi Afash, and Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar in a game played at the Nike Campus in Beaverton. APRIL 14, 2003
Timbers confirm Downing loan, release Somoza, Costigan, Ozimek
Today the Portland Timbers confirmed what had been first reported last week in the Oregonian, that they will have New England Revolution M/D Nick Downing on loan for the 2003 season. But in a move that surprised many Timbers fans, the Timbers relased midfielders Ben Somoza and Erik Ozimek, and defender Keith Costigan. All three players had been signed to 2003 contracts, with Somoza and Costigan having been announced as re-signed in the past month. Pending the possible return of McKinley Tennyson, the Timbers currently have only six players from their 2002 team back for 2003, and only three from their 2001 squad. APRIL 11, 2003
2003 Roster page has been added
Link is in the left column under "2003".

APRIL 10, 2003
Tennyson, Downing deals in the works
The Oregonian is reporting that the Timbers are very interested in re-signing McKinley Tennyson, now that Kei's tryout with Chicago is apparently over. Kei is currently in Indianapolis rehabilitating after another groin injury (suffered in Portland during Fire workouts). The Timbers are also close to arranging for New England Revolution defender Nick Downing to come to Portland for the 2003 season. Downing, an all-American at Westlake High School in Redmond, WA, is a P-40 player who has seen very little action in his two seasons with the Revs. APRIL 9, 2003
Timbers shut down Pilots 2-0 in scrimmage
The Timbers faced the University of Portland Pilots in a scrimmage today at Merlo Field, and two new names put goals on the board for the Timbers, as Jason Melendez scored on a breakaway in the 2nd of the 3 scrimmage periods, and Jeff Betts (a familiar name to Portland soccer fans, but new to the Timbers), scored on a full volley off a chipped ball in the box during the 3rd period for a 2-0 victory. Most of the currently signed Timbers players (except Fadi Afash) played, and trialists Ryan Youngblood, Aaron Heinzen, Manuel Brasil, and Ryan Wittstruck also took part (not sure if I caught everyone). Pictures from the scrimmage are posted below. APRIL 8, 2003
Camp update from Timberlog
For the third year in a row, David Allen is doing a great job covering the Timbers training camp. Updates can be found on his Timberlog website. Goalkeeper Chris Smith was released today. No new signees have been announced.

APRIL 5, 2003
Jim Taylor interview at a-league.com
I can't believe I forgot to post this yesterday. Timbers GM Jim Taylor gave an interview to a-league.com's Bill Fetty which appeared on the site yesterday. Jim has some classic quotes in there, and it's a great read. Thanks to Bill and Jim for a great interview. There are also some comments about Curtis Spiteri near the bottom of the article.

APRIL 4, 2003
Cole Burgman signs with Portland
I have just heard that Burgman has signed with the Timbers for 2003. While we have no official word from the team yet, I have no reason to doubt that the information is correct. If true, that means we have Burgman, Curtis Spiteri, and Chris Smith all signed as keeper for the 2003 season, and a total 17 players signed so far. The players are listed below.

APRIL 4, 2003
Making Portland a major league city
Our very own Robert Kellett (a regular on the SoccerCityUSA message board, and a regular in the Woodshed) has written a very nice editorial about why Portland would be a good fit for a Major League Soccer team. That editorial appeared in today's Oregonian. Way to go Robert! APRIL 2, 2003
Search for goalkeeper brings in seven to tryout, and Vadim retires.
The Oregonian ran an article on the Timbers for the second straight day, this time focusing on the goalkeeper position. The Timbers opened camp yesterday with four netminders in camp, with three more scheduled to arrive shortly:
  • Chris Smith: 2002 Timbers reserve keeper (under contract)
  • Cole Burgman: Played with Atlanta Silverbacks (A-League) in 2002. 15 matches, 7-7, 1.60 GAA.
  • Bryan Hill: 2002 Oregon State grad. Also played with Willamette Valley Firebirds (PDL) in 1999-2000.
  • Ben Meckel: University of Puget Sound.
Scheduled to be in camp soon
  • Curtis Spiteri: University of Portland, drafted by Timbers in 2003 (under contract), had been training with Chicago Fire.
  • Ryan Wittstruck: Former University of Puget Sound keeper. Played with Spokane (PDL) in 2000 and Seattle Sounders Select (PDL) in 2001.
  • Mike McCarthy: Gonzaga.
The Timbers also announced that Vadim Tolstolutsky has chosen to retire to take a job with a russian airline (presumably Aeroflot).
APRIL 1, 2003
Timbers announcing signing of eight players today
The Timbers have re-signed some key players from 2002 in defender Gavin Wilkinson, and midfielder Ben Somoza. Wilkinson has been the anchor of the Timbers backline over the past two years, while Somoza had been rumored to have been much sought-after by the Seattle Sounders. They also announced the signing of one their draft picks, goalkeeper Curtis Spiteri, two free agents in defenders Lee Morrison and Jake Vaughn, and three trailists, Adam Wilson, midfielder from George Mason University, A-League Boston Bulldogs (2000) and Hershey Impact (2001), Jason Melindez, midfielder from UNLV, and Daniel Antoniuk, forward from Wheaton College (MA). McKinley Tennyson is still trying to find a spot at the MLS level, but Portland remains a possibility. APRIL 1, 2003
Timbers to play in pre-season tournament in Abbotsford, BC
The Canterbury Cup is a traditional pre-season tournament, usually held in Vancouver or in nearby Washington state. This year the tournament is in Abbotsford, BC (about an hour east of downtown Vancouver) and the Timbers will be taking part this year. The Timbers will be playing the PDL Yakima Reds at 5:30pm on Saturday, April 26, and will be playing either Vancouver or the PDL Abbotsford Rangers on Sunday. MARCH 30, 2003
US vs. Venezuela Photo Gallery
I covered the Us vs. Venezuela friendly at Seahawks Stadium on Saturday, and have posted a photo gallery over at a-league.com MARCH 23, 2003
Partial Timbers squad pounded by Chicago Fire, 6-0
Seven members of the 2002 Portland Timbers joined some Timbers tryout players, as well as Seattle Sounders Andrew Gregor and Preston Burpo to take on the Chicago Fire in a scrimmage held at the University of Portland on Sunday. Gavin Wilkinson, Bryn Ritchie, Brian Winters, Ben Somoza, Erik Ozimek, Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar, and Chris Smith all played for the Timbers, while former Timber McKinley Tennyson scored a goal for the Fire. MARCH 20, 2003
Costigan signs for 2003
Keith Costigan will return for another season as the defender has signed for another season. Keith has played more minutes than any other Timbers player during the first two seasons of the A-League Timbers existantance. MARCH 13, 2003
Timbers re-sign Bryn Ritchie
The Timbers have brought back another member of the 2002 team in re-signing defender Bryn Ritchie. Ritchie had one goal and an assist in 2002 after sitting out much of the first half of the season with an injury. MARCH 8, 2003
Timbers hold tryouts at PGE Park
About 65 Timbers hopefuls took part in tryouts today on a wet pitch at PGE Park. There were an unusually high number of goalkeepers, owing to the retirement of Matt Napoleon, and they took part in workouts and trial matches until 4pm today.

MARCH 3, 2003
Timbers Army making news
Writer Kyle McCarthy contacted me a few weeks ago, and after talking to myself and to Kurt Schubothe (Drumman), he has written an article about the Timbers Army which appeared at Round Not Oval, The US National Soccer Team Players' Monthly. Now, if we could just get some local coverage...

FEBRUARY 22, 2003
Jim Taylor gives updates at Thursday pub meet
Timbers GM was at the monthly pub meet, which was Thursday night at the Bitter End, and when we could hear him (when the band wasn't blasting), he gave us some updates as to the status of the team for the 2003 season. Among the things we learned were:
  • The green and white hoops jerseys will be back for 2003, with OregonLive as the sponsor once again. Road jerseys will be changing, from primarily green to primarly white (Timbers will wear the hoops on the road when the home team wears white).
  • No MLS exhibiton is scheduled yet, but it's being worked on. It sounds like it will mostly likely be the Galaxy again, because that is the team the Timbers are working most closely with.
  • They are trying very hard to re-sign McKinley Tennyson if he does not latch on to an MLS team. San Jose apparently wants Seattle's Brian Ching instead of Tennyson, so McKinley is trying out with Chicago next. Out of 10 or so remaining 2002 players that have not yet re-signed, Jim expects perhaps half to eventually end up back with the Timbers.
  • There may be no radio or webcasts for the Timbers this year.
  • An invitation-only tryout will be open to the public on March 8. Jim Taylor says that some of the players who have expressed interest in the Timbers goalkeeper position are players whose names we know (Brad Friedel anyone?), and there is a rumor that at least one "notable" player will be trying out for the Timbers. Don't ask me for any more information, because even I don't know the person's name.
  • Timber Jim will be back, and will be climbing the pole again in 2003.
  • "Bigfoot", the hairy-mascot thing they introduced in 2002, will be renamed "Chainsaw". Why? Well, one of our favorite chants during 2002 was "Chainsaw the monkey!". We weren't referring to "Chainsaw" as a name, but rather as a request to Timber Jim, but at least it shows we DO have some influence.
  • There is no official linkup between the Timbers and Halifax Town, though talks did take place at one point. The Timbers are still looking to link up with an English side, but would prefer a team in a higher division than the Conference.
FEBRUARY 15, 2003
Timbers/Beavers ownership issue resolved.
Facing a potential takeover by the city, PFE, the city, and their lendors worked out an agreement that spreads the losses amongs all of the groups, but assures a more stable financial situation for the Timbers. Their lendor, TIAA-CREF, will take the biggest loss, and PFE will be dissovled in favor of a smaller group of PFE investors. But most importantly, it assures the Timbers will be playing in 2003, and hopefully for years to come. JANUARY 24, 2003
Matt Napoleon retires from soccer
Timbers goalkeeper Matt Napoleon, who has played almost every minute since the latest incarnation of the Timbers started play in 2001, announced today that he is retiring from soccer and is returning to Columbus, Ohio to take a job as a financial analyst with the Red Capital Group. We all wish Matt, Amy, and Gia the best in the future, and thank Matt for two years of exciting soccer at PGE Park. Thanks Matt!!.

JANUARY 23, 2003
Timbers Schedule is released!
As reported yesterday, the Timbers will open their schedule against the Seattle Sounders on May 1 at PGE Park. The Timbers official 2003 schedule was released today (Now linked to the Timbers site, the USLsoccer.com schedule was inaccurate), and the Timbers will play all of their games within the Western Conference this season. The schedule to the right on this page has been updated.

JANUARY 22, 2003
No more Rampage, and schedule tidbits
The Milwaukee Rampage are no more, but in their place, there will be the expansion Milwaukee Wave United. The new team will have first rights to sign the current Rampage players, and hints are that Greg Howes could be on the expansion team's roster next year. Apparently, Greg asked for an received his release from his 2003 Timbers contract.

In addition, it's being reported that the Timbers will open their season on Thursday, May 1 against the Sounders, followed by a return game in Seattle the next day. The A-League schedule is supposed to be released on Thursday, January 23.

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n, it's being reported that the Timbers will open their season on Thursday, May 1 against the Sounders, followed by a return game in Seattle the next day. The A-League schedule is supposed to be released on Thursday, January 23.

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