OCTOBER 8, 2009
Wilkinson, Keita up for league awards
Cronin, Hayes, Danso also honored
After a successful 2009 season that ended sooner than most Timbers fans and players expected, several Timbers are nominated for league honors, with the awards being announced during the last weekend of the finals. Forward Mandjou Keita has been nominated for USL First Divison Most Valuable Player, along with Puerto Rico Islanders defender Cristian Arrieta. Keita led the league in points with 29, and was only one goal out of the league lead, and one assist out of the lead in that category as welll. He was also third in the league in shots.

Coach Gavin Wilkinson has been nomiated for Coach of the Year for the second time in three years, having won the award in his first year in 2007. He will be up against Colin Clarke (Puerto Rico Islanders), Marc dos Santos (Montreal Impact) and Martin Rennie (Carolina RailHawks) for the award, with dos Santos and Rennie being nominated in their first year in the USL First Division.

Goalkeeper Steve Cronin earned league Goalkeeper of the Year honors for being the all-league first team goalkeeper, and defender David Hayes is also one of four players up for the league Defender of the Year award.

Also, before the match on Sunday, Keita was honored as Supporters Player of the Year, voted on by the fans, and Mamadou Danso was honored as Timbers Community Player of the Year.

Congratulations to all of them as their contributions are recognized with the honors that are so well deserved.

OCTOBER 4, 2009
A draw is not enough
14,283 see 3-3 thriller at PGE Park, but Timbers season ends
After playing game 1 of the USL First Division semifinal on Thursday night in Vancouver, the Timbers returned home to PGE Park trailing by a goal after a 2-1 Whitecaps win. That means the Timbers had to win tonight to at least force overtime.

The Timbers went down two goals on aggregate early in the match when Marcus Haber scored on an open header in the 4th minute. But the Timbers did not take long to respond when Brian Farber scored in the 10th minute, then leveled the series at 3-3 when Farber scored again just before the half.

The Timbers seemed to have the momentum in the second half, but the Whitecaps scored again in the 60th minute on a Martin Nash free kick to take the aggregate series lead, and widened the lead to two goals eleven minutes later when Marlon James knocked in a free ball in front of the Timbers net. The Timbers pulled back to within a goal in the series in the 83rd minute when Alex Nimo blasted a shot into the upper corner. But despite some good late chances, and some hard fouls in the Timbers box that Timbers fans thought deserved penalty kicks, the Timbers fell a goal short and for the second time in three years fall in the semifinals at home.


OCTOBER 1, 2009
Timbers down a goal in Cascadia Semifinal
Whitecaps top Timbers 2-1 in first leg
In a very damp, chilly night at Swangard Stadium, the Timbers got a rude reception from their northern neighbors as the Whitecaps scored in each half on goals by Charles Gbeke and Marcus Haber, and the Timbers only scored on a late first half penalty kick goal by Ryan Pore, after a Whitecaps handball in the box. The Timbers will need to win game 2 by two goals to win the series outright, or by one goal to force overtime.

The return match will be Sunday, October 4 at 4:00 at PGE Park. The match at PGE Park will be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel.

This will be the third time the Timbers and Whitecaps have faced in the playoffs, with the Whitecaps sweeping both games in the first round in 2002, and the Timbers rallying after losing the first game 0-1 in 2007 to win the series with a 3-0 win at PGE Park that advanced the Timbers to the league semifinals.

The other semifinal will be the Puerto Rico Islanders vs. the Montreal Impact, also to be played on Thursday and Sunday.


Cronin, Keita, Pore, and Hayes on All-League Team
Knowles on All-League second team
The All-League first team was announced today, and four Timbers make the list for 2009 as goalkeeper Steve Cronin, forward Mandjou Kieta, midfielder Ryan Pore, and defender David Hayes all receiving all-league honors. This is the third consecutive all-league honor for Hayes, having earned the selection in the past two years as a member of the Atlanta Silverbacks. Cronin also becomes the second Timbers goalkeeper in three years to earn the league Goalkeeper of the Year award, with Josh Wicks earning that honor in 2007. Cameron Knowles received a second team all-league selection that was announced on Tuesday.

Congratulations to all five of them on receiving these honors.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2009
Playoff preparation at PGE Park
Timbers drop 1-0 scrimmage to Kitsap
With the first playoff match over a week away, as the Timbers wait for this weekend's results to see who they will be playing, the PDL's Kitsap Pumas gave the Timbers some competition in the meantime as the two teams met in a scrimmage today at 4pm at PGE Park. The Timbers faced the Pumas earlier this season, as they knocked the Pumas out of the US Open Cup on June 9 in Bremetron, Washington by a 3-0 score. The Pumas made news after the season was over, after having reached the league quarterfinals in their first year, by firing coach John Wedge.

The Timbers played very few starters in the first 60 minutes, as well as a few of their PDL players, with Kitsap taking the lead during the first 30 minute scrimmage session. The Timbers controlled most of the rest of the match, especially in the final 30 minutes when most of their starters came in, but were never able to beat Kitsap goalkeeper Dustyn Brim, who made a least a half dozen very good saves to keep the Timbers from scoring. During the final 30 minute period when the Timbers had their starters in, the ball rarely crossed midfield, but Brim's saves were enough to make the single Kitsap goal stand.

The Timbers will be playing either Charleston, Montreal, Rochester, or Vancouver in the league semifinals starting next Thursday (10/1) on the road. The second leg of the semifinals will be on Sunday, October 4 at PGE Park at 4:00, and will be broadcast nationally on Fox Soccer Channel.


Keita wins league scoring title
Timbers forward Mandjou Keita was today named the league scoring champion, as the USL announced the statistical awards. Keita finished the year one goal short of Vancouver's Charles Gbeke for goal scoring champion (Gbeke had 12, Keita had 11) and one assist short of Ricardo Sanchez (Minnesota) and Wes Knight (Vancouver) for the assist title (Keita had 7, the others had 8). But this also means Keita finished the season well clear of the rest of the league for scoring champion with 29 points (second place was four points behind). Keita should be a leading candidate for MVP this season. Congratulations to Mandjou! Josten is USL First Division Player of the Week
For his two goal performance in the season finale 2-1 win over Cleveland, Timbers forward George Josten has been named the USL First Division Player of the Week. This is the fourth time Josten has been selected to the Team of the Week, and the third different Timber to earn Player of the Week honors this season, with Mandjou Keita having earned that title three times, and David Hayes once. Congratulations to George!
SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Josten Time
George Josten scores twice as Timbers close regular season with 2-1 win
Going into their final regular season match against Cleveland on Thursday night at PGE Park, the Timbers actually had nothing on the line. They have already clinched the #1 seed for the playoffs as they already have the Commissioner's Cup, meaning they will automatically advance to the semi-final round, to be played in two weeks.

But the Timbers had also have hit their worst slump of the year, having lost three in a row at home and three of four overall, and even more surprising is that those losses had not come to teams near the top of the league, but to Rochester (6th place out of 11 teams), Austin (10th place), and Cleveland (11th place).

So on this Thursday night the Timbers would not put on their best performance of the year, but it was a solid performance in the season finale as George Josten would score a brace on either side of halftime, and the Timbers would hold on for the 2-1 victory.

The Timbers will not know their first playoff opponent until next weekend when the first round of the playoffs will take place, and the Timbers will take on the lowest remaining seed after the first round has completed.


SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
Timbers win the 2009 Commissioner's Cup, but lose third straight at home
Puerto Rico loss in Carolina mean Timbers clinch #1 seed, but 1-0 loss to Cleveland means Timbers have much work to do
The Timbers clinching first place in the USL First Division could have been a blessing or thea curse as the Timbers have hit their worst slump of the year, falling at home for the second straight match to an expansion team. This time it was the Cleveland City Stars, who did not have many scoring threats on the night, but made one of them pay off when a first half free kick deflected off a Timbers defender and into the net. The Timbers kept good possession for the rest of the match and had many good chances go unfinished, usually by putting shots over the crossbar. The Timbers have now lost three in a row at home for the first time since August 31 to September 7, 2006

Despite the recent slump that had seen the Timbers lose two matches in a row at home before losing tonight to Cleveland, and now three out of four overall, the Timbers had enough of a lead in the league to absorb this slump and a 2-1 win by the Carolina Railhawks over the Puerto Rico Islanders, two teams that have been slumping a bit themselves in recent weeks, means the Timbers have now clinched the Regular Season Championship for the first time since 2004, and with it, the Commissioner's Cup. The Timbers have two more matches remaining against Cleveland, both at home, today and Thursday that will have no importance in the playoff seeding, and will wait to see who they will play in the second round of the playoffs, which will be the lowest remaining seed after the first round has completed.

The Cleveland City Stars are making their first visit to Portland for these two matches this week, being the only team in the league that the Timbers have not beaten, or even scored upon. The previous meeting was in Cleveland on June 9, the fouth game of the season for the Timbers, and the Timbers dominated the match, outshooting the City Stars by a 24-4 margin, but the Timbers could never find the net and the match ended 0-0. The City Stars are coached by former Timbers assistant coach Rod Underwood.


SEPTEMBER 11, 2009
Timbers fall 2-1 to Aztex
Timbers suffer disappointing loss, needing only one point to clinch #1 seed
The Timbers had a chance to clinch on Friday night against Austin, who are near the bottom of the table and most fans did not expect to have a chance. But the Aztex had fought hard in both earlier matches, both one goal wins for the Timbers on the road, and on Friday night it was the Aztex who were the aggressor's though the spotted the Timbers a 1-0 lead with a first half own goal.

And though the Timbers had more scoring chances in the second half than the vistiors, the Aztex were the only team who hit the back of the net, and they did it twice, and the Timbers could not respond and the Timbers fall by a 2-1 score for the second straight home match.


Stephen Keel on USL Team of the Week, and a chat with Amos
For his game winning goal in Austin on Monday, defender Stephen Keel has been named to the USL First Division Team of the Week. It's the second week in a row that Keel has been so honored, and his third selection this year. This is also the twelfth week in a row that at least one Timbers player has earned a position on the league team of the week. Congratulations to Stephen! Also today, a great interview with Timbers assistant coach Amos Magee over at Pitch Invasion:
The Keel is back in the water
Stephen Keel's late goal earns Timbers a 1-0 win in Austin
Coming off their first loss since April, and their first home loss of the season, the Timbers played their last road game of the year today before finishing their season with three home games. The Timbers won 2-1 in Texas on July 11, when after allowing a stoppage time goal that tied up the match at 1-1, Johan Claesson scored seconds later to secure the 2-1 win. The Timbers would steal another late win today, as after dominating much of play, the Timbers were not able to find the goal until the 85th minute, when after Keith Savage's shot was saved, defender Stephen Keel perfectly placed the rebound inside the far post for his first goal of the season, and the only goal in a 1-0 Timbers win.

With the win, the "magic number" for the Timbers to clinch first place, and therefore a bye into the semifinals, is four, and the earliest they can clinch is when the Aztex visit Portland on Friday, if Puerto Rico loses or ties this week.


24 is enough
Timbers fall to Rochester 2-1 as four month unbeaten streak is over
After 24 unbeaten matches, that's 2160 minutes of soccer since their last loss, the Timbers would taste defeat for only the second time, and the first time at home, as the Rochester Rhinos came into PGE Park and would emerge with a physical 2-1 win. The Rhinos took the lead early in the second half when Error McFarlane's header eluded Steve Cronin for the 1-0 lead, but the Timbers would fight back and level the score at 1-1 on a 81st minute goal by Ryan Pore. But just as stoppage time was beginning, McFarlane would score for the second time on the night, and it was the difference in the 2-1 Rhinos win.

The Timbers do win the season series 2-1 with the Rhinos, but will need to find their focus as they travel to Austin on Labor Day, with first place still within their sights, needing two wins and a draw from their final four matches vs. Austin and Cleveland to clinch first place (pending other results). The "magic number" for the Timbers to clinch first place, and therefore a bye into the semifinals, is still seven.


A busy week
USL teams not happy, possible big crowd this Thursday, voting opens for Supporters Player of the Year, and 2 Timbers on Team of the Week
It's a busy week leading up to the Timbers hosting Rochester on Thursday night at PGE Park. Get your tickets early as there are indications that this will be another big crowd, and a sellout is possible.

The 24 game unbeaten streak that the Timbers carry into this match easily eclipsed the previous league record of 16, but when the previous league rules of overtime and shootouts are not included, the (unofficial) league record is 24, held by these very same Rochester Rhinos, who had that streak from 1998 to 1999.

The Timbers have started the voting for the Supporters Player of the Year award, with voting continuing until September 30. Click here to vote. Previous winners of this award are:
2005: Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar
2006: Luke Kreamalmeyer
2007: Josh Wicks
2008: Cameron Knowles

After the sale of the United Soccer Leagues by Nike to NuRock Soccer Holdings LLC last week, there is alot of anger among a group of USL First Division teams over the sale, who believe that the league should have been sold to a group of league owners. There is now word of this group of teams threatening to form a new league next season and leave the USL. The Timbers are not siding with the possible renegade teams, as the Timbers are committed to the USL through the 2010 season. The USL also announced this week the executive management team following last week’s sale.

And finally, Steve Cronin and Stephen Keel both earn a spot on the USL First Division Team of the Week

AUGUST 28, 2009
Timbers and Charleston play to waterlogged 0-0 draw
The Timbers faced perhaps their final hurdle to an unbeaten run to the end of the season tonight, as they took on the 3rd place Charleston Battery in South Carolina. The Battery were missing their top goalkeeper, Dusty Hudock, and the Timbers are still missing Johan Claesson in midfield, but the main story on this night would be the waterlogged pitch, from heavy rains in the Charleston area earlier in the day. The Timbers went up a man in the 25th minute when Charleston's Ian Fuller was sent off for a confrontation with Ryan Pore. The Timbers were never able to take advantage in a match when there were very few scoring chances for either team, and ended in a 0-0 draw.

The Timbers are currently four points clear of Carolina, and six points clear of the Battery, with a game in-hand on Charleston. The Timbers currently hold the tie-breaker with both Carolina and Charleston, as the draw tonight secured the season series with the Battery. The five remaining Timbers matches are against 5th place Rochester at home next week, and four matches against Austin (1 away, 1 at home) and Cleveland (2 at home), who are the bottom two teams in the USL First Division standings.

With the draw, the Timbers are now unbeaten in their past 24 matches.


AUGUST 28, 2009
Timbers add another defender before roster freeze
With central defender Cameron Knowles out with a broken leg, and Cameron Dunn having been hobbled by an injury received in Rochester, the Timbers added some defensive depth by signing defender Ivan Bacerra, who has been playing this year beside fellow Timbers signee Rodrigo Lopez at Ventura County Fusion. Bacerra played in six MLS Reserve Division matches for the Columbus Crew last season and also spent time with the Cincinnati Kings of the USL Second Division.
AUGUST 27, 2009
United Soccer Leagues sold to Atlanta-based holding company
A rumored sale of the United Soccer Leagues was finally announced today, as Nike has sold the USL to NuRock Soccer Holdings LLC, who based in Atlanta and is currently a USL franchisee with a Premier Development League team in Atlanta. As a part of the deal, the new owners also have the rights to acquire two USL First Division teams in Atlanta, Georgia and Birmingham, Alabama. Nike acquired the USL when they purchased Umbro a few years ago.
AUGUST 25, 2009
The streak getting media attention
Timbers face tough test Friday night in Charleston
After a 3-1 win at PGE Park last Saturday against the Miami FC Blues, a 23-game unbeaten league run for the Timbers is getting some good media attention for the Timbers, and many stories are making the connection to the upcoming Portland MLS team to begin play in 2011. The only two teams in the USL First Division that are showing an increase in attendance this season are the Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps, who will also be beginning play in MLS in 2011.

The Timbers also announced that playoff tickets will go on sale on Wednesday. The Timbers have clinched a playoff spot, and are in a good position to secure first place for the season, which would mean a bye through the first round into the league semifinals.

The Timbers visit the Charleston Battery this Friday, who currently sit tied for second, six points behind the Timbers. This will be the last team in the "top four" that the Timbers will play this season, and the Battery may not have starting keeper Dusty Hudock in goal, who has missed the last three games with an injury. All of the goals the Timbers have scored against the Battery this season (1 in Charleston, 3 in Portland) have been against backup keeper Keith Wiggans. Hudock leads the USL First Division with a goals against average of .279 goals per game.


AUGUST 25, 2009
Keita on USL Team of the Week
For the fifth time this season, and for the third week in a row, Timbers forward Mandjou Keita has been named to the USL First Division Team of the Week. Keita scored twice in the Timbers 3-1 win over Miami on Saturday, and leads the league with 11 goals, also leads the league with 28 points, and is tied for second with 54 shots. Keita is making a strong bid for league MVP and he and Ryan Pore (who has 9 goals, including a goal in 6 straight matches) continue to be near the top of most scoring categories for the USL First Division. Congratulations again to Mandjou!
AUGUST 22, 2009
23, 23, and 10 (x2)
Timbers extend streak (as does Ryan Pore) with 3-1 win over Miami
It was all about the number 23 tonight, as the Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to 23 games as they beat the Miami Blues 3-1. Manjdou Keita put the Timbers up 1-0 with a goal late in the first half, but Miami shocked the Timbers fans with a shorthanded goal in the second half. But the Timbers responded quickly as Keita scored his second four minutes later (which gives him the league lead with 11 goals), then Ryan Pore (who wears #23) scored in stoppage time for the 3-1 win, recording a goal in his sixth straight match, which is the longest in Timbers USL history.

The Timbers have not lost since a season opening 1-0 road defeat at Vancouver in the season opener on April 25, and are now riding a five game winning streak overall, their longest since a seven game winning streak in 2007.

The win also guarantees a playoff spot for the Timbers, and with second-place Carolina only earning a draw tonight in Rochester, the Timbers are now six points clear at the top of the USL First Division standings with six matches remaining.


AUGUST 18, 2009
Timbers sign Rodrigo López
In a move that has been expected, Gavin Wilkinson announced on the "Talk Timbers" show on 95.5 The Fan on Tuesday night that the Timbers have signed midfielder Rodrigo López, who was a guest player for the Timbers against Burnley in July, and scored on a late free kick. López joined the Ventura County Fusion of the PDL after his game with the Timbers, a team he had played with in 2008, and helped to lead the Fusion to the 2009 PDL Championship title.
AUGUST 18, 2009
Three Timbers on USL Team of the Week
After two wins on a two game road trip to the northeast, forward Mandjou Keita, midfielder Ryan Pore and defender David Hayes were all selected to the USL Team of the Week. It's the fourth Team of the Week selection for Keita and Hayes this year, and the third for Pore. Congratulations to all three! AUGUST 15, 2009
Another threshold crossed
Timbers win in Rochester for first time, 4-1
After a 1-0 victory in Montreal, a city where the Timbers have been amazingly successful (4 wins and 1 draw in 6 games there, and 5 shutouts of the Impact), the Timbers moved on to Rochester, where the Timbers have had nearly no success at all, managing only 1 draw in 6 trips. But the Timbers would change that streak in a big way as they would score three second half goals to pull away to a 4-1 win over the Rhinos, and extend the record unbeaten streak to 22 games.

After missing a few good chances, the Timbers finally broke through when Takayuki Suzuki blasted a Ryan Pore pass into the roof of the net to put the Timbers up 1-0, though the Rhinos had the better of play for the remainder of the half, and the Timbers were perhaps lucky to be up at the break. But the Timbers took control in the second half and finally broke through again when Pore made a nice run into the box off a Mandjou Keita pass and blasted into the upper left corner for a 2-0 lead.

Shortly afterwards, Rochester's Johnny Menyongar was shown a straight red for kicking Mamadou Danso in the crotch after Danso had fouled him, and the Timbers didn't take long to extend their lead when Keith Savage one-timed a George Josten chip into the box to give the Timbers a 3-0 lead. The Rhinos pulled one back when former Timbers U23 player Warren Ukah scored in the 86th minute, but the Timbers restored their three goal cushion when Keita scored in stoppage time for the 4-1 final.


AUGUST 12, 2009
A Timbers win is a bigger loss
Defender Cameron Knowles suffers serious leg break in 1-0 victory over Montreal
The Timbers played the first match of a two-game road trip Wednesday tonight in Montreal, before continuing on to Rochester on Saturday. The Timbers won the match 1-0 on an 83rd minute goal by Ryan Pore, but the match victory is a huge loss for the Timbers and Timbers fans as Cameron Knowles suffered a serious leg injury in the 87th minute and will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg. Knowles and Montreal defender Hicham Aaboubou converged on a pass from Scot Thompson that was a bit slow on the Montreal grass, and Knowles was injured in the collision.

There is a thread on the Talk Timbers message board to follow Cameron's status.


AUGUST 11, 2009
Keita is USL First Division Player of the Week
With a goal and two assist against Charleston on Saturday in a 3-1 Timbers win, forward Mandjou Keita has been named the USL First Division Player of the Week. It's the third time this year he has earned this honor. Also named to the league team of the week are Alex Nimo and Cameron Knowles, with the honor being the first of the season for Nimo, and third of the year for Knowles. Congratulations to all three!
AUGUST 8, 2009
Timbers charge past Battery back into 1st
Keita, Nimo, Pore all score in 3-1 win over Charleston
Coming off their big 1-0 on Thursday night against the rival Vancouver Whitecaps, the Timbers hosted the Charleston Battery tonight. The Battery were in first place after a 2-1 victory over the Whitecaps last night, two points ahead of the Timbers, but the Timbers would earn a 3-1 victory on goals by Mandjou Keita, Alex Nimo, and Ryan Pore. The Timbers and Battery had the stingiest defenses in the league, allowing only 10 goals each going into this match, and the Battery had not allowed more than one goal in a match (nor have the Timbers), but the Timbers had two first half goals before the Battery pulled one back early in the second half, but Ryan Pore's late goal would seal it. The Timbers are once again in first place, tied with the Carolina Railhawks.

After tonight's match, the remaining home schedule will be against Miami (tied for 6th, 25 points), Rochester (5th, 32 points), Austin (10th, 14 points), and 2 against Cleveland to close the season (11th, 12 points). The Timbers will visit Charleston for the final matchup of the season on Friday, August 28.


AUGUST 6, 2009
19 in a row unbeaten, and back into first
1-0 win over Whitecaps secures Cascadia Cup, and tie for 1st place
The Timbers had been in a bit of a recent slump, with two straight draws, including giving up a late goal in Minnesota, but the Timbers found their form again in a good performance against the Vancouver Whitecaps at PGE Park, with Ryan Pore's goal in the 30th minute being the only goal of the match.

With the win, the Timbers extend their all-time league record of unbeaten matches to 19, and the win also secures the Timbers the Cascadia Cup for the first time in six tries, as they took 2 of 3 matches from the Whitecaps this season. The win also puts the Timbers back into a first place tie with the Carolina Railhawks, with both teams having played 19 matches.

The Timbers host second place Charleston on Saturday at PGE Park, with the Battery first having to go to Vancouver tomorrow night to face the Whitecaps.


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AUGUST 4, 2009
Ryan Pore named to USL First Division Team of the Week
After scoring on Saturday in Minnesota, his first goal since May 30, and accurately predicted on Andy McNamara's twitter account, Ryan Pore was named to the League Team of the Week. And this depite being credited with no shots by the offical scorer in Minnesota. Congratulations to Ryan!
AUGUST 1, 2009
Deja-vu in Minnesota
Another controversial end means another two points dropped in Minnesota
It turned out to be almost a carbon copy a Timbers match in Minnesota in July 4, as the Timbers took a second half lead on a goal by Ryan Pore. The Timbers were holding on late, looking to hopefully not give up a late goal like they did in July, then the momentum of the game changed late when Jason McLauglin was apparently fouled twice inside the Minnesota box, but got no call from the center referee, then vented his frustration by fouling former Timber Lawrence Olum, and got his second yellow, and the first ejection for a Timbers player this year.

And then, in the 90th minute, for the second time in as many games in Minnesota, the center referee would affect the outcome, as despite the fouls on McLauglin in the box not deserving a penalty kick, a foul by Mandjou Keita as two players were going for a cross, which did not seem nearly as bad a foul as the other non-calls, did earn a penalty and he pointed to the spot. The center referee had lost control of the match by that point, having to keep the players apart, but Minnesota converted the PK for the 1-1 tie. Then, oddly, the center referee did the exact opposite with stoppage time compared to July, as this time, he cut stoppage time a minute short, for the 1-1 final.

After the game, tempers flared again as the Timbers and Thunder coaches and players had to be kept apart on the field.

Despite the very disappointing draw, the Timbers extend their league-record streak for undefeated matches to 18, and are now undefeated in their last road games, a team record.


JULY 28, 2009
Timbers to play U23's on Kid's Day at PGE Park
The Timbers announced today that they will be hosting a Kid's Day at PGE Park on Friday, August 7 at 10:00am. The exhibition event will feature an exhibition match between the Timbers and Timbers U23s as well as a educational presentations built around soccer and healthy living. This will mark the first time the Timbers have played the U23's in an exhibition match.
JULY 28, 2009
Timbers loan forward Jallow to Sweden's Sandvikens IF
The Timbers have agreed to loan forward Antouman Jallow to Swedish club Sandvikens IF. Jallow, who scored his first goal for the Timbers on July 19 in Miami, had played only 18 minutes in two league matches this season, but had also played in the exhibition vs. Bayern Munich II on July 2, also scoring in that match. Before joining the Timbers before the start of this season, Jallow played four seasons in Sweden with clubs Gefle IF (2005-06) and Sirius IK (2007-08).
JULY 28, 2009
Stephen Keel on USL First Division Team of the Week
Timbers defender Stephen Keel was named to the USL First Division Team of the Week for his play in the Timbers 0-0 draw with Puerto Rico on Thursday night. Congratulations to Stephen!
JULY 25, 2009
Timbers draw 2-2 with Burnley, fall in PK's
Timbers rally for draw in exciting match, then lose 4-2 on PK's
Tonight, the Timbers hosted an English team for the fourth time in four years, and the second time they've hosted a team as they are being promoted to the English Premer League, as Burnley FC visited PGE Park for an exhibition. It would turn out to be the most exciting exhibition they have hosted, as the Timbers dominated early and took a 1-0 lead on a George Josten goal, only to lose that lead (very much against the run of play) late in the half. Burnley then had most of the momentum in the second half and took a 2-1 lead before Timbers trialist Rodrigo Lopez (who wasn't even on the roster distributed to the fans) scored on a late free kick to level the score at 2-2, which is where it would be after regulation.

The teams had apparently agreed to settle this on penalties, though many in the stadium (including security and some players) did not seem aware of that, and the Timbers would lose 4-2 on penalties, but all seemed pleased with the exciting match in front of 9,000 at a humid PGE Park.

Depending on how you view penalty kick shootouts, the Timbers are now either 2-1-1 or 1-0-3 in four matches against English competition, drawing Sunderland 0-0 in 2005, drawing 1-1 with Coventry City in 2006 before winning on penalties, then beating Preston North End 2-1 in 2007.

Burnley was on a pre-season tour, with tonight's game being their last game of their tour, having beaten PDL team Ventura County Fusion in California by a 5-0 score earlier in the week.


JULY 23, 2009
14,103 see USL First Divison's best
Timbers and Puerto Rico Islanders draw 0-0 to remain tied for top of league
On Thursday night, the Timbers returned home from a successful road trip riding a 16 game unbeaten streak, the longest in USL First Division history. The Timbers visited Puerto Rico in May and came away with a draw and a win on their two game trip there, and the Islanders attacked early and tried to earn some revenge for those early matches, but in the end, neither team could break through and the 0-0 draw means the Timbers and Islanders remained tied for first place. The Timbers have not lost a match since their April 25 opener in Vancouver and now own the all-time USL First Division record for an unbeaten streak, in either a single season or multiple seasons, as this was their 17th straight league match without a loss, breaking the old record of 16, which the Timbers achieved in 2004-05, the Rochester (then Raging) Rhinos achieved in 1998-99, and the Islanders achieved in 2008-09.


JULY 21, 2009
David Hayes is USL First Division Players of the Week
After getting his second goal of the season Friday in Miami, which leveled the match and extended the Timbers' record winning streak, and helping to anchor the defense for a shutout in Miami on Sunday, David Hayes has been recognized as the USL First Division Player of the Week. It's also his second appearance on the Team of the Week.

Midfielders Tony McManus and Keith Savage also earned spots on the USL First Division Team of the Week. This was McManus' second selection this year, and Savage's first. Congratulations to all three!

JULY 19, 2009
Greatest run ever!
Timbers set all-time single-season league unbeaten mark with 3-0 win in Miami
The Portland Timbers headed to Miami this weekend for two games against the Miami FC Blues sitting just a point out of first place, but with many games in-hand on the teams around them in the standings. Riding a 14-game unbeaten league streak that goes all the way back to a 1-0 loss in Vancouver to start the season on April 25, the Timbers tied the league record for an unbeaten run in a single season with a 1-1 draw on Friday, which tied the streak of 15 by the Montreal Impact in 2005. But the Timbers now have that record for themselves at 16 straight unbeaten in a season with a 3-0 win in Miami on second half goals by Geroge Josten, Takayuki Suzuki, and Antou Jallow. The 3-0 win means the Timbers also equaled the multi-season mark of 16, a mark the Timbers achieved in 2004-05, also matched by Rochester (1998-99) and Puerto Rico (2008-09).

But the news is not all good as for the second straight match, a Timbers player ended up going to the hospital with a head injury. This time it was a clash of heads between midfielder Johan Claesson and Miami defender Zach Kirby that knocked both players out of the match. Unlike the ridiculous non-call that knocked Ryan Pore out of the match on Friday, both players were going for the ball and there was no malicious intent.

Scot Thompson also surpassed Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar for most even Timbers minutes at 11,389, passing the old record by 3 minutes.

Records broken:

  • League: Longest unbeaten run in one season (16). Old record was 15 (Montreal, 2005)
  • Timbers: Most career minutes played (Scot Thompson, 11389). Old record was 11386 (Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar, 2002-2006)
Records tied:
  • League: Longest unbeaten run in one season or multiple seasons (16). Current record held by Rochester (1998-99), Portland (2004-05), Puerto Rico (2008-09)
  • Timbers: Longest road unbeaten streak (9). Current record was from July 17, 2004 - May 7, 2005 (over two seasons)
Postgame (7/19):
On Friday, the Timbers would go down 1-0 early to Miami on a 23rd minute goal by Orlando Bueso, and some controversy would follow late in the first half when Miami goalkeeper Kenny Schoeni would charge out of his box after a ball was played long to Ryan Pore, and Schoeni would not play the ball but collide with Pore, but the center referee decided there was no foul, though both players were injured, and Pore would eventually leave the game at halftime. The Timbers dominated large parts of the second half, and had a goal disallowed on an unknown call, but in the 78th minute, David Hayes caught Schoeni way out of position on a 30 yard free kick, and curved the ball into the other side of the net for the game-tying goal, and the Timbers would withstand late Miami pressure for the 1-1 draw, and tying the longest-ever single-season winning streak for the USL First Division at 15 games.

Postgame (7/17):
Pregame (7/17):
JULY 14, 2009
Johan Claesson on USL First Division Team of the Week
After scoring the game-winner in Austin in stoppage time, his first of the season, Johan Claesson has been named to the USL First Division Team of the Week. Congratualtions to Johan!
JULY 11, 2009
2 points stolen, then stolen back!
More mysterious stoppage time, but Timbers steal one back, 2-1 over Austin
A week after a painful loss in Minnesota, at 3:21 of 2 minutes of announced stoppage time, the Timbers once again were nearly bitten by the mysterious stoppage time bug, when four minutes of stoppage time were announced in Austin when two minutes would have seemed to have been too much. Protecting a 1-0 lead on an early goal by Mandjou Keita (who now leads the league with seven), it was deja-vu when at about 2:30 of stoppage time, Austin would pull back a goal off a corner kick scored by Gifton Noel-Williams and it seemed it would be another two points stolen.

But the Timbers weren't going to let it happen for the second straight week and about a minute later, Tony McManus would get his second assist from the match as he played Johan Claessen through as he went right down the middle of the Austin defense, and slotted home a shot from 15 yards out just inside the left post, past former Timbers goalkeeper Sam Reynolds, for the 2-1 win, and vault the Timbers into a first place tie with the Charleston Battery and the Puerto Rico Islanders, with the Timbers having 2 games and 3 games in-hand on those teams respectively. With the win, the Timbers are now undefeated in their last 14 league matches going back to the opener in Vancouver on April 25.


JULY 10, 2009
Stadium deal finally (very) close
Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard reach tentative $31 million deal with Merritt Paulson to renovate PGE Park
The final major hurdle to the Timbers starting play as an expansion team in Major League Soccer seems about to be cleared as a $31 Million dollar renovation deal for PGE Park appears to have been agreed to, pending city council approval. The main factor that means this is likely to pass the city council is that there is no urban renewal money in this plan.

The final vote on the plan should be in about two weeks.

JULY 7, 2009
McManus on USL First Division Team of the Week
For his first goal of the season, a 63rd minute strike against the Minnesota Thunder, Tony McManus has been recognized by being named to the USL First Division Team of the Week. Congratualtions to Cameron!
JULY 4, 2009
Timbers drop points in stoppage time
McManus goal not enough, Timbers draw 1-1 with Thunder
After a 63rd minute goal by Tony McManus, the Timbers thought they had an important road win in Minnesota as the two minutes of announced stoppage time expired. But two minutes became three minutes, then at the 3:21 mark, Minnesota got their equalizer as the whistle was held off long enough for Jeremiah Bass to get an equalizer, and steal two points from the Timbers in a 1-1 result. The Timbers are now undefeated in 13 league games, but the draw has to feel like a loss for the Timbers.

JULY 2, 2009
Mystery man delivers
Trialist Kevin Forrest scores as Timbers down Bayern Munich II by 2-0 score
Coming off an epic night on Wednesday, the Timbers hosted German side Bayern Munich II on Thursday night, starting an almost entirely different lineup than the previous night. Only defender Stephen Keel and midfielder Keith Saage started both matches. The Timbers would get an early goal on a header by trialist Kevin Forrest, and then would secure the win with a second half goal on a breakaway by Antou Jallow. Goalkeeper Brian Visser got his first start in goal and recorded the shutout.

JULY 1, 2009
An epic night!
Timbers fall 2-1 to Seattle in front of 16,382 at PGE Park
Technically, this was the first time these two teams have played. But the rivalry between these two teams goes back nearly 35 years, and is a true "derby" unlike any that exist in any league in the US, there were lots of familiar faces on the field who knew each other all too well.

The match was sold out, with only standing room tickets available just before the match before they too sold out, and Seattle would score early to put the Timbers on their heels, then again to go up 2-0. But the Timbers pulled one back before the half to make it 2-1. But though the Timbers dominated much of the second half, they could never find the net again and the Timbers would be eliminated from the Open Cup in the 3rd round.

The atmosphere was electric as the Timbers supporters packed the stadium, and the Timbers Army even produced an animated Tifo before the match of Timber Jim cutting down the Space Needle (see link below).



The match is sold out, but 400 walk-up standing room only tickets will be available starting at 5:00pm.
JUNE 30, 2009
Mandjou Keita is USL First Division Player of the Week
With a two-goal brace against Montreal on Sunday, and nearly getting a third that a Montreal defender knocked into their own net instead, Mandjou Keita has been honored as the USL First Divisio Player of the Week. Keita was also Player of the Week on May 27 and has been on the Team of the Week two other times. George Josten also gets a spot on the Team of the Week for his two assists against Montreal, which is the third time this month that he has done so. Congratulations to both!
JUNE 28, 2009
Keita time!
Two Keita goals lead way in 4-0 drubbing of Montreal
The Timbers were riding an 11-game unbeaten league streak going into Sunday's game with Montreal, as well as a 14-game unbeaten streak of you include two US Open Cup Games and an exhibition against the Club America Reserves. The Montreal Impact were also riding a three-game winning streak in league play, and had won five of their past six league games, their only loss being a 1-0 loss in Portland on June 4. Well the Timbers wouldn't wait 89 minutes and 58 seconds to score this time, as Mandjou Keita scored nine minutes in, and the Timbers added three more for the 4-0 win over the Impact. Keita would also score early in the second half, and Brian Farber would add a goal, and a Montreal own goal would be the final goal of the night.

The Timbers U23's also had a victory today, a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency on a late goal by Collen Warner.


JUNE 23, 2009
Josten and Hayes named to USL First Division Team of the Week
After George Josten and David Hayes both recorded a goal and an assist in the Timbers' 5-1 win over Minnesota on Friday, Josten and Hayes have been named to the USL First Division Team of the Week. This is the second time for Josten and the first time this season for Hayes. Congratulations to both!
JUNE 19, 2009
Timbers roll Thunder 5-1
Timbers extend league unbeaten streak to 11 with 5-1 win over Thunder
Coming off an important 3-0 win in Santa Rosa California over the Sonoma County Sol that set up a big date with Seattle for July 1, the Portland Timbers returned to league action on Friday night as they hosted the Minnesota Thunder in an 8pm match that air nationwide on Fox Soccer Channel. The Timbers wasted no time in putting the Thunder on their heels with a fourth minute goal by George Josten, and Takayuki Suzuki, David Hayes, Mandjou Keita, and Scot Thompson would all score before the evening was over as the Timbers would roll to a 5-1 victory, the first time they had scored at least five goals in a game since late 2006.

This win was also the Timbers’ annual Teddy Bear Toss to benefit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, with thousands of teddy bears coming out of the stands less than five minutes into the match after Josten's goal.


JUNE 16, 2009
3-0, 3-0
Timbers get two late to secure match with Seattle in next round
Riding a 12 game unbeaten streak in all matches, and two road draws against the top two teams in the league, the Timbers should have had a great deal of confidence as they played their second round US Open Cup match in California against the Sonoma County Sol, who play in the National Premier Soccer League. The Timbers also could have been fatigued after a coast to coast road trip with 4 games in 8 days, but the Timbers produced another 3-0 Open Cup win as George Josten scored early, and Mandjou Keita scored twice late for a 3-0 victory over the Sonoma County Sol to advance to the 3rd round of the US Open Cup.

With the win, the Timbers will now host Seattle from MLS on July 1 at PGE Park at 7pm.


JUNE 13, 2009
Refuse to lose
Timbers score late in Charleston for 1-1 draw, unbeaten in ten
Coming off a 0-0 draw in Carolina, which pushed the Railhawks into a tie for the league lead with Charleston, the Timbers moved to to Charelston to take on the Battery for the first time in 2009. Unbeaten in 2009 and tied for first with Carolina, the Battery took a lead midway through the second half, but the Timbers rallied with a late goal on a header by Mandjou Keita off a cross from Scot Thompson. Both teams had good chances to steal the win at the end, but the result would be 1-1 and the Timbers tied their own record of 10 straight unbeaten matches without a loss in a single season. The Timbers did have 16 unbeaten regular season matches over two seasons from mid 2004 to mid 2005.

Earlier this week, after taking care of business in Bremerton with a 3-0 US Open Cup win, the Timbers were off to Carolina to take on the Railhawks tonight in Cary, North Carolina. The Timbers dominated early play, and were unlucky not to have a goal or two in the first half. But after going up a man early in the second half on a Carolina red card, the Timbers went flat and even gave Carolina a few good chances to steal a win. But in the end, it was a 0-0 draw as neither team could find the net. The Timbers have finished their season series with Carolina with one win and three shutouts.

On Tuesday, June 16, the Timbers complete their four game road trip with another US Open Cup match, this time in Santa Rosa, California against the Sonoma County Sol. If the Timbers win in California, they will host Seattle in the next US Open Cup round.

Postgame (Charleston):

Pregame (Charleston):
Postgame (Carolina):
Pregame (Carolina):
JUNE 9, 2009
A Cup of Revenge
Timbers 3-0 win means a trip to Santa Rosa next week
The Timbers were in Bremerton, Washington tonight to take on the Kitsap Pumas of the Premier Development League in the first round of the 2009 US Open Cup. After a scoreless first half, Portland took the lead early in the second half on a goal by Brian Farber, then sewed up the win with goals late by Jason McLaughlin, and a penalty by David Hayes for the 3-0 win.

The Timbers win is a bit of redeption, having lost last year to an amateur Hollywood United club 3-2 at PGE Park, and also a bit of revenge for the U23 1-0 loss at Kitsap this past weekend. The Timbers now travel to California next Tuesday to take on the Sonoma County Sol, who won 5-2 today over the Orange County Blue Star

If the Timbers win next week, it will set up a 3rd round matchup with an MLS club at a site to be determined.


JUNE 9, 2009
Knowles on USL First Division Team of the Week
After getting an assist on the game winning goal against Montreal, and help leading the Timbers defense to another shutout, Cameron Knowles was names to the USL First Division Team of the Week. Congratualtions to Cameron!
JUNE 4, 2009
A Savage win
Timbers score one second from stoppage time for 1-0 win over Montreal
Entering the match unbeaten in their past seven matches, the Timbers hosted Montreal on Thursday night at PGE Park. After the storms had passed through, and the signage which had been blown all around the stadium was put in place, the Timbers found Montreal looking to slow down control the match, apparently looking for a 0-0 draw, and for 89 minutes and 59 seconds of the 90 minutes of regulation, the Impact were able to keep the Timbers off the board, but it wasn't enough as off a David Hayes free kick as the match was about to go into stoppage, Cameron Knowles headed across to the goal mouth and amazingly found a wide-open Keith Savage who only needed to finish into an open net from a yard out for the late goal and the 1-0 win. The Timbers outshot Montreal 19-2 on the match and Steve Cronin only needed to make two saves for the shutout.

This is also the start of four matches in the next nine days for the Timbers.


JUNE 2, 2009
Three on USL First Division Team of the Week
After a big win over Vancouver on Saturday, three Timbers earned league honors this week. George Josten had his first professional goal, and defender Scot Thompson and goalkeeper Steve Cronin led the team to the shutout putting all three on the league Team of the Week. Congratualtions to all three!
MAY 31, 2009
A perfect weekend
Timbers reserves overwhelm Club America reserves 4-1
The Timbers played their second match in as many days on Sunday as they took on the Club America Reserves, with the Timbers also starting a lineup of players who had seen little if no action this year. The Timbers were on the board in less than a minute when Mamadou Danso scored on Sunday for the second straight week, a header off a corner kick by Takayuki Suzuki for the early lead. Hugo Garcia leveled for the Mexican side with a strike to the upper corner past reserve goalkeeper Brian Visser later in the half, but the Timbers would strike three times in the last fifteen minutes of the match to break it wide open, with goals by Takayuki Suzuki, Ryan Pore, and Jason McLaughlin pulling the Timbers away for a 4-1 win. A photo gallery has been posted below, a full match report and videos of the second half goals will be posted Monday

Earlier this weekend, The Portland Timbers had always struggled against their traditional rivals from Vancouver, with only 6 wins in 16 previous matches at PGE Park, but the Timbers would put on a dominating performance on Saturday night, as an early Ryan Pore penalty kick, and a late first half goal from George Josten were more than enough with Steve Cronin getting a shutout for the 2-0 win. It was the first win over the Whitecaps since knocking them out of the 2007 playoffs, and the Timbers are now unbeaten in seven matches since losing to the Whitecaps 1-0 on opening day.

It was a full day of action as the Timbers U23's won earlier in the day vs. the Cascade Surge by a 4-2 score in Vancouver, Washington. And remember on Sunday, the Timbers will host the Club America Reserves in a 5pm start also at PGE Park. This is the first of three international exhibitions at PGE Park this year, and the Timbers have had good results in most of these exhibitions, and have always draw a good crowd when a Mexican team is visiting.

3/31 Postgame:

3/30 Postgame:
3/30 Pregame:
The Timbers have also announced their first round US Open Cup opponent, which will be the PDL's Kitsap Pumas in a match to be played on June 9 in Bremerton, Washington. The winner of that match will face the winner of the match between two California teams, the Orange County Blue Star of the PDL in Irvine and the Sonoma County Sol who are in Santa Rosa.
MAY 26, 2009
Premiership returns to Portland
Timbers to host Burnley FC on July 25
The Portland Timbers announced today that they will be hosting Burnley FC, recently promoted to the English Premier League, in an exhibition at PGE Park on July 25. Burnley, known as the Clarets, beat Sheffield United 1-0 recently to be promoted to the top level of soccer in England for the first time in 33 years..

In 2005, the Timbers hosted Sunderland, who had also just recently been promoted to the Premiership, and drew them 0-0 in front of over 15,000 at PGE Park. Burnley defender and captain Steven Caldwall played for Sunderland in that match back in 2005.

MAY 25, 2009
Mandjou Keita is USL First Division Player of the Week!
For scoring his first two goals of the season this weekend in a draw and a win in Puerto Rico, Mandjou Keita has been named First Division Player of the Week. Brian Farber also gets a nod for the Team of the Week, his third award this season, for assisting on both goals in the Sunday win. Congratualtions to both!
MAY 24, 2009
A breakthrough win
Timbers win in Puerto Rico for the first time, 2-1 over the Islanders
After a 1-1 draw on Friday night, the Timbers had a day to rest for a second Puerto Rico match on Sunday, and it seemed to help as the Timbers were able to defeat the Islanders on the road for the first time in six tries, with Mandjou Keita scoring his second goal in two matches to give the Timbers a 1-0 lead, and Mamadou Danso getting his first Timbers goal late in the first half for the 2-1 win. This win is the 100th regular season win for the Timbers in their USL era.

On Friday night, after coming close countless time in the first five Timbers matches this year, forward Mandjou Keita finally found the back of the net in Puerto Rico, bringing the Timbers back to a 1-1 draw after Sean Fraser had put the Islanders up 1-0 in the first half. The 1-1 result is the second time the Timbers have rallied for a point in Bayamon after coming back from a 2-0 deficit for a 2-2 draw last year.

5/24 Postgame:

5/22 Postgame:
5/22 Pregame:
MAY 19, 2009
Brian Farber on Team of the Week
For his spectacular goal against Rochester last week, midfielder Brian Farber has earned his second USL First Division Team of the Week selection. Congratulations to Brian!
MAY 14, 2009

Ryan Pore puts in the penalty kick for the game winner
One for Howie
Timbers get late PK to save 2-1 win over Rhinos
On a day that began with the sad news of the passing of a great Timbers fan, the Timbers would put together a pretty dominating performance against the Rochester Rhinos, outshooting them 25-10, and a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. But after Brian Farber slid in to put home the first goal, the Timbers would lose their lead when the Rhinos took advantage of one of their few good scoring chances when Darren Kenton headed home the tying goal in the second half.

With the Timbers unleasing a late seige to the Rhinos goal, the match appeared headed for another diappointing draw when Kenton the goalscorer, on a play away from the ball, unbelievably gave a two-hand shove to Timbers midfielder Stephen Keel right in front of the center referee, who must have felt he had no choice to award a rare late stoppage time penalty, and Ryan Pore easily slotted in the game winner just before the final whistle.


Other Timbers news
MAY 13, 2009
Cameron Knowles on Team of the Week
For helping lead the Timbers backline to their third straight shutout, Cameron Knowles was named to the USL First Division Team of the Week. Congratulations to Cameron!
MAY 9, 2009
A shocking draw
Timbers dominate start to finish, but never find net in 0-0 draw in Cleveland
The Timbers played their most dominating match in several years in Cleveland tonight, controlling the ball and just about every goal scoring chance for all 90 minutes, but every shot was either saved, or just side, and despite the domination, had to settle for a 0-0 draw. The Timbers have now posted three straight shutouts, their longest streak since four straight shutouts in 2007.

Also, a reminder that the U23's open their inaugural season tonight at 7pm at Tualatin Hills Recreational Center at 158th and Walker in Beaverton.


MAY 5, 2009
Farber, Pore, Seitz on Team of the Week
After a draw and a win this past week, three Timbers players make this week's USL First Division Team of the Week. Goalkeeper Chris Seitz earns the honor with two shutouts, while Ryan Pore (a goal and an assist) and Brian Farber (goal) also earn the honors this week. Congratulations to all three!
MAY 1, 2009
Timbers score early and late for 2-0 win
The Timbers earned their first win of the 2009 season when a 5th minute goal by Brian Farber held until Ryan Pore scored an insurance goal in the 83rd, and after a 2-0 victory are now 1-1-1 on the season, with two goals scored, and one goal allowed. Chris Seitz earned his second shutout in two attempts in a fill-in role for the injured Steve Cronin.

On Thursday night, the Timbers and RailHawks opened the Timbers 2009 home schedule with a 0-0 draw.

Postgame 5/2:

Pregame 5/2:
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Pregame 4/30:
APRIL 25, 2009
Timbers drop opener
Lots of chances for both teams, but Whitecaps get only goal
In over 8 years in the USL, the Timbers only have one win in Vancouver, and though the Timbers produced more scoring chances than normal, their only trip to Vancouver this year resulted in a 1-0 loss as Martin Nash's goal for the Whitecaps in the second half would stand.

More Timbers preseason news:
APRIL 22, 2009
3 days to season opener
Timbers sign Danso, release Vua
The Timbers announced today that they have signed defender Mamadou Danso, and reached a mutual agreement with defender Dieumerci Vua on his release. Danso is a native of Serrekunda, Gambia and was a two-time All-Southern States Athletic Conference selection at Southern Polytechnic State University, and also played for the Cary Clarets of the Premier Development League.

The Timbers now have 23 players signed, only six of them returning from last year's team.

More Timbers preseason news:
APRIL 13, 2009
Timbers to face Club Am�rica reserves on May 31
The Portland Timbers announced today that they will play the Club Am�rica reserves international exhibition match on Sunday, May 31, at PGE Park at 5 p.m. This will be the fourth exhibition against Mexican competition the Timbers have played at PGE Park over the past two years, with victories over Necaxa and U.A.N.L. Tigres, and a loss to Morelia.

More Timbers preseason news:
APRIL 8, 2009
Timbers top Oregon State 1-0 in preseason action
The Timbers got their first win of the preseason in Corvallis on Wednesday as a 75th minute goal from Takayuki Suzuki would be the only goal of the match. Mandjou Keita got the assist on the lone goal, and Brian Visser picked up the shutout in his second start of the preseason.

The Timbers are 1-1-3 in the preseason, having scored only twice, but also only giving up two goals and posting three shutouts.

More Timbers preseason news:
APRIL 3, 2009
Timbers draw 1-1 with defending Champion Whitecaps
The Timbers finally got their first goal of the preseason after being shut out three times, and would get a good 1-1 result in Vancouver against the defending champion Whitecaps. After the Whitecaps took the lead in the 70th minute on a goal by defender Wesley Charles, the Timbers would level the score 10 minutes later on a header by Midfielder Johan Claesson, with the assist going to recently signed Takuro Nishimua.

APRIL 3, 2009
Timbers sign Japanese defender Takuro Nishimura
The Timbers finally signed defender Takuro Nishimua, whom Timbers fans had been watching all preseason and had been one of the best performers on the pitch. Nishimura played the previous seven seasons in Japan�s J-League with the Urawa Red Diamonds (2001-2004) and Omiya Ardija (2004-2008).
MARCH 27, 2009
Drawing another blank
Timbers draw 0-0 with Pilots
A week after the historic announcement that Portland will have a Major League Soccer team in 2011, the current Timbers team returned to the University of Portland for another preseason match, and got another 0-0 draw, this time against the host University of Portland at at Merlo Field. The Timbers also debuted their new black alternate kits, as seen to the right on forward George Josten.

The Timbers drew the New York Red Bulls 0-0 last week at Merlo Field, and have now played two matches against MLS opponents with a 1-0 loss in San Jose the week before in addition to tonight's match against the Pilots, and though they have not yet scored, they have also only allowed one goal in three matches, and even that goal only barely snuck over the line in San Jose.

Signed players defender David Hayes and forward Mandjou Keita have joined camp this week, and also announced this week was trialist Kyle Schmid, a defender. The Timbers also announced the signing of goalkeeper Brian Visser, and midfielder Mutanda Kwesele for the U23 squad as their first player signed.

More details on ticket policy were released this week in anticipation of the 2011 Portland Timbers MLS expansion team:
MARCH 20, 2009
It's official! MLS to PDX in 2011
What had long been the dream of Timbers fans became reality today, as MLS President Don Garber announced Portland as the 18th team in Major League Soccer, to being play in 2011. The announcement comes two days after Vancouver was announced as the 17th team on Wednesday, and a day after Seattle became the first MLS team in the northwest as their expansion team debuted on Thursday night.

Timbers 2011 jerseys were presented to Timbers president Merritt Paulson, who had negotiated the mayor Sam Adams and City Councilman Randy Leonard, who also received jerseys. One was also presented to the Timbers Army, and accepted by Jeremy Wright, who had been on the point of much of the fan involvement in the MLS expansion. Councilman Dan Saltzman, who cast the critical swing vote in the City Council meeting last week that approved the MLS plan for Portland, was unable to attend because of flu.

The Timbers finished the day with an exhibition match at Merlo Field at the University of Portland against MLS's New York Red Bulls. In a light rain, both teams would have good chances, but neither would find the net in a 0-0 draw.
MARCH 20, 2009
Portland to be announced as MLS's 18th team on Friday
History will be made today as Portland will be announced as the 18th Major League Soccer franchise, with the announcement to be made at the downtown Portland Hilton at 10:00am. Vancouver was announced as the 17th franchise on Wednesday. See links below this announcement for some of the recent news, and of course keep up with the news on the TalkTimbers.com message board.

The Timbers will complete this memorable day with an exhibition against MLS's New York Red Bulls tonight at 7:00 at University of Portland's Merlo Field.

What: Rally and Press Conference Announcement
When: 9:30 a.m., Friday March 20

Where: Portland Hilton
921 SW Sixth Avenue, Portland Oregon

What we need to do: We need to take what we did with the MLS to PDX rally and be even louder, prouder, more drums, and even more noise. It looks like this is going to be the CELEBRATION we have all been waiting for! Our goal is 300 people for this event wearing your green and white plus as many scarves as we can muster. Arrive early to claim your flag, banner, drum etc. As always the Timbers Army and Timbers fans will play a prominent part in any announcement. Do whatever it takes to join us.

Be a part of history.
See you all there,

Jeremy Wright

Adidas has also let us know that they will be giving away free Portland MLS T-Shirts and 50% off passes to their employee store at the Bitter End Friday starting at 11:30am. Timber offseason reports
MARCH 14, 2009
Timbers hold their own in 1-0 loss in San Jose
After just one week in camp, the Timbers faced a formidable opponent when they travelled to California to take on the San Jose Earthquakes, who are just a week away from the start of their regular season. But despite the Quakes controlling most of the run of play, the Timbers nearly snuck out with a draw until a Quakes header by Quincy Amarikwa just snuck over the goal line in the 78th minute for the 1-0 Earthquakes win. Eight of the Eleven starters for the Timbers were new players or trialists.

The Timbers open in front of the home fans this Friday as they host the New York Red Bulls at the University of Portland.

Timber offseason reports
MARCH 12, 2009
City Council votes 3-2 to approve MLS to Portland, but drops $15M in URD funding
The chances for Major League Soccer coming to Portland are much greater today after the City Council approved the plan 3-2 after a full day of debate that at times was very contentious. Commissioners Fritz and Fish proclaimed themselves lovers of the beautiful game, and Fritz even put on several soccer scarves before voting now. But Commissioner Saltzman surprised many by voting yes once the Urban Renewal District funding had been removed, and Leonard and Adams were always a definite yes and the plan passed 3-2.

That leaves a $15 Million dollar gap that must be addressed, but indications are that this won't be a deal stopper and chances are very good that Portland will be granted an MLS expansion franchise for the 2011 season sometime in the next month.

Timber offseason reports
MARCH 9, 2009
MLS in Portland is very close, but not a done deal yet
Portland's Major League Soccer Task Force approved the MLS plan unanimously, but 3 of 5 yes votes from the City Council on Wednesday are necessary to make MLS in Portland a reality. As of today, there are two yes votes, from mayor Sam Adams and Councilman Randy Leonard. One more vote is needed to make this happen.

Way too much news to post here. Go to the TalkTimbers.com message board to follow all that's happening, and do everything you can to make sure the City Council knows that this will work and the fact that Merritt Paulson will invest in Portland with no risk to the taxpayers is an opportunity the city simply cannot pass up!

Timber offseason news as camp opened today
MARCH 4, 2009
Task Force unanimously MLS/Beavers stadium proposal
Portland's Major League Soccer Task Force today gave unanimous approval to a proposal to use city-backed money to renovate PGE Park for the Portland Timbers and build a new baseball stadium for the AAA Portland Beavers.

The major points of the Task Force recommendations on the proposal are:

  • There should be no risk to basic services.
  • The city should get a guarantee that if the team or the league fails, Paulson's company, Shortstop LLC, will be responsible for paying off the loans.
  • A funding gap, identified at $20 million to $40 million, should be paid with private money, not the public's.
  • The city should be protected from construction cost overruns.
  • Portland should not lose the baseball team to get the MLS franchise.
  • Public park space should not be diminished.
Most of these issues have been previously raised, and details on how the funding gap will be addressed are expected to be finalized before the City Council votes on the final proposal next week. MLS is expected to announce the two expansion teams for 2011 in about two weeks. Check out the thread below on the SoccerCityUSA.com message board on how to help: Timber offseason reports
FEBRUARY 28, 2009
MLS to Portland supporters march to City Hall
Supporters of Major League Soccer expansion to Portland organized a rally this Saturday, and marched from the waterfront to City Hall to show support for bringing Major League Soccer to Portland. Here are the photos from todays rally.
FEBRUARY 26, 2009
Merritt Paulson on 95.5 The Game
Timbers owner Merritt Paulson spoke tonight on 95.5 The Game on a show hosted by Timbers Army member John Strong, and here are the major points Merritt made:
  • The Paulson family will personally guarantee all the bonds for the PGE Park expansion and new Beavers baseball stadium
  • Merritt stated "If the stadium deal is worked out, we will get the (MLS) team. Mark my words"
  • He basically confirmed the Steve Cronin GK rumor
  • Takayuki Suzuki is coming back
  • The Timbers will be signing a left side midfielder who has played with the San Jose Earthquakes.
  • All road games, and a few home games, will be broadcast on 95.5 The Game with John Strong and Andy McNamara at the mic
FEBRUARY 24, 2009
Timbers supporters let the City Council know that Portland is ready for MLS
Supporters of Major League Soccer in Portland gathered today to let the City Council know that Portland deserves to be in the top tier of soccer in the US, and the Council heared many passionate supporters explain why soccer is very special to Portland, and why MLS would work here.

You can still send an email to City Council today letting them know you want Major League Soccer in Portland and urge them to vote to support the proposal. Click here to send an email to City Council.

FEBRUARY 26, 2009
Timbers sign 2007 Defender of the Year David Hayes
The Timbers helped their defense significantly today as they sign former Atlanta Silverbacks defender and 2007 League Defender of the Year David Hayes.

Hayes is 32 and the 10 year veteran joins the Timbers after four seasons with the Atlanta Silverbacks. During his time in Atlanta, Hayes received USL First Division All-League first-team honors in 2007 and 2008, and had 15 goals and 14 assists and leading the team to the USL First Division finals in 2007, having knocked out the Timbers on PK's in the Semifinals.

Also the Timbers have posted a Q&A session with Johan Claesson.

FEBRUARY 26, 2009
Pre-season match scheduled for Vancouver on April 3
The Vancouver Whitecaps have released their pre-season schedule, and they are going to host the Timbers on April 3. The match will be at 1:00pm at Burnaby Lakes West, Burnaby, British Columbia. Burnaby Lakes West is a city-owned facility located about three miles northeast of Vancouver's home pitch Swangard Stadium.

A match vs. the University of Portland Pilots at Merlo Field has been tentatively announced for March 27 but not yet confirmed.

FEBRUARY 20, 2009
Two more new signings, Little released
The Timbers added two more players to their 2009 roster today, with the addition of forward George Josten, and midfielder Josh Cameron. They also announced that midfielder Bryan Little has been released. Josten played at Gonzaga and was selected 20th in the MLS Draft in 2008, spending the 2008 season on the Columbus Crew reserve team where he had one goal and two assists. Cameron is a recent Oregon State graduate and had four goals and eleven assists over his career, and is a native of Gresham.
FEBRUARY 12, 2009
Two new players signed, Tom Poltl re-signs
The Timbers added a defender and a midfielder today, with defender Dieumerci Vua and midfielder Keith Savage announced as new signings, and midfielder Tommy Poltl returning for his fifth season.

Vua comes from Italian Serie A club Catania and is a member of the Democratic Republic of Congo National Team. Savage comes from Chivas USA after playing his college soccer at the University of West Florida, where he was an All-America selection in 2006.

Poltl has always been a fan favorite for his toughness in midfield, having joined the Timbers after impressing in the tryouts before the 2005 season.

FEBRUARY 6, 2009
Timbers to play exhibition in California on March 14
The Portland Timbers announced their first exhibition for the 2009 season, which will be against the San Jose Earthquakes on March 14 at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

The Timbers have faced the Earthquakes four times in exhibition and US Open Cup play, defeating the Earthquakes 2-1 in 2001, but losing all three matches since, including a 2-1 preseason loss last year at the University of Portland.

FEBRUARY 4, 2009
Timbers assistant Rod Underwood takes over as Cleveland head coach
Timbers assistant coach Rod Underwood, who has been with the team for the past two seasons, will take over as head coach for the Cleveland City Stars. The City Stars, who won the USL Second Division title in 2008, have moved up to the First Division for the 2009 season, but lost their head coach Martin Rennie to Carolina just before the move up to the First Division was announced.

Underwood has previous head coaching experience and won the USISL D3 title (equivalent to the current USL Second Division) with the Albuquerque Geckos in 1997.

JANUARY 28, 2009
2009 U23 Schedule released

The 2009 Timbers U23 schedule has been released, and a separate U23 page will be posted on this site soon. The entire league schedule can be found here and the Timbers schedule is here. The official press releases are here and here. To see the divisional layout, look here.

Teams the Timbers U23's will play in their first PDL season:

  • Abbotsford Mariners (BC)
  • Cascade Surge (Salem, OR)
  • Kitsap Pumas (WA)
  • Seattle Wolves (Tukwila, WA)
  • Spokane Spiders (WA)
  • Tacoma Tides (WA)
  • Yakima Reds (WA)
  • Vancouver Whitecaps Residency (BC)
  • Victoria Highlanders (BC)
The Timbers U23 will face each time home and away, except for Abbotsford (home only) and Seattle (away only).
JANUARY 24, 2009

Photo gallery from the January 24 invitational tryouts

JANUARY 23, 2009
2009 Schedule released

The 2009 schedule was finally released today, and has been updated on the right side of this page. The entire league schedule can be found here and the Timbers schedule is here. The official team press release is here.

Teams the Timbers will play once away and twice at home:

  • Carolina
  • Cleveland
  • Montreal
  • Rochester
  • Vancouver
Teams the Timbers will play twice away and once at home:
  • Austin
  • Charleston
  • Miami
  • Minnesota
  • Puerto Rico
JANUARY 17, 2009

Photo gallery from the January 18 open tryouts

Photo gallery from the January 17 open tryouts

JANUARY 16, 2009
Timbers re-sign Dunn, sign six new players for 2009

The Timbers today made their first announcement of new players for the 2009 season, with two players coming over from the on-hiatus Atlanta Silverbacks, one from the Minnesota Thunder, two from Sweden and an African stiker:
  • Johan Claesson (M), Gefle IF (Sweden)
  • Brian Farber (M), Minnesota Thunder
  • Antouman Jallow (F), Sirius IK (Sweden)
  • Mandjou Keita (F), Duli Pengiran Muda Mahkota (Brunei)
  • Jason McLaughlin (F), Atlanta Silverbacks
  • Tony McManus (M), Atlanta Silverbacks
Also announced was the re-signing of defender Cameron Dunn.
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  • Happy Valley no more, posted at OregonLive
  • Paulson�s Pitch, posted at Willamette Week
  • PGE Park plans for soccer, baseball go 'through the wringer', posted at OregonLive
  • Portland task force will evaluate plan to expand PGE Park for MLS team, posted at OregonLive
  • Seeking Help to Bring an M.L.S. Team to Portland , posted at the New York Times
  • MLS2PDX: meetings in NYC , posted at the Portland Mercury
  • Portland Gets In Line For Major League Soccer Franchise, posted at the New York Times
  • MLS2PDX: The Competition Revealed , posted at the New York Times
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