Game 30: Vancouver Whitecaps v. Portland Timbers by mao at Portland Timbers USL Blog at The Offside
The fourth and final Cascadia Cup match of the 2010 season will take place at Swangard Stadium on Saturday as Portland Timbers travel north to face Vancouver Whitecaps. The match is the final regular season tie between the old rivals before both make the move up to Major League Soccer in 2011. A lot is on the line, though mainly for Vancouver, as their playoff position hangs in the balance. The Timbers are guaranteed to finish in the top four regardless of the result. [more]
If you’re not lucky enough to be making the trip to Vancouver for this final regular season game, watch it with your fellow Timbers fans at a Portland Soccer Bar!
Timbers Playoff Dates Unveiled by mao at Portland Timbers USL Blog at The Offside
With construction already underway at PGE Park, Portland Timbers will host their quarterfinal round playoff game at Merlo Field at the University of Portland. The combination of the Timbers’ win in Baltimore last weekend and other results around the league has guaranteed the Timbers a top-four finish and thus the choice of schedule in the two-legged playoff rounds. In the quarterfinals, though their opponents have not yet been determined, Portland will play away on Thursday October 7 and host the return leg at Merlo Field on Sunday October 10. [more]
Portland Timbers want to win final game without revealing too much by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
The Portland Timbers on Saturday finish the regular season at Vancouver against the Whitecaps, a team they could face again next week in the first round of the USSF Division 2 playoffs.
Portland coach Gavin Wilkinson isn’t about to give the Whitecaps any clues about his strategy for the playoffs, which put some limits on Thursday’s practice. [more]
On to the MLS
Timbers aim to overcome sports’ economic doldrums by Andy Giegerich at the Portland Business Journal
When the Portland Timbers begin Major League Soccer play next spring, team officials hope to avoid the fan malaise plaguing the four other primary sports leagues.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber and Portland Timbers soccer team owner Merritt Paulson believe Major League Soccer’s operational strategies insulate the game from economic pressures and other attendance-slashing factors. [more]
MLS Timbers announce addition of seven staff members at PortlandTimbers.com
PORTLAND, Ore. – In preparation for their debut Major League Soccer season, the Portland Timbers today announced the addition of seven new employees as the club prepares for its ascension to North America’s top flight starting in 2011. The Timbers have added staff members in the marketing, ticket sales, accounting and partner services departments. [more]
In player news
Q&A: Thompson talks Portland-Vancouver rivalry at PortlandTimbers.com
As the 2010 regular-season winds down and the Timbers prepare for the playoffs, defender Scot Thompson shares his thoughts on the Portland-Vancouver rivalry, playing at Swangard Stadium and the showdown this weekend in a Q&A with PortlandTimbers.com. [more]
US starlet trains with Toffees at Sky Sports
The 17-year-old is rated as one of their brightest prospects and he shone in the recent Milk Cup. . .
He is now tipped to be one of the top picks in the forthcoming MLS draft, and has been training with Portland Timbers [more]
The Clean Sheet: The most important part of the season by Matt Pyzdrowski at PortlandTimbers.com
The regular season may be winding down but the most important part of the season is just beginning, the playoffs.
This past week of training has included some of the most spirited sessions the lads have put together this year as a whole. [more]
And finally, in support news
It’s Our Game. Fans Must be Allowed to Attend Derbies – Prost Amerika Special Comment at Prost Amerika Soccer
Yesterday top executives from Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps met in Seattle to discuss an issue that for many fans and for this website, goes right to the heart of how football is to grow in this country.
They were discussing ticket allocations for away fans for the six derby games in the Pacific Northwest next season. [more]
Know Your Tifo: Yesterday, Today, Forever by Dan at Dropping Timber
After the Star Spangled Banner on the 9/2/2010 match, the Timbers Army held a tifo display featuring a large banner which read “Yesterday, Today, Forever” to honor the players on the last division two Timbers squad. Two-stick banners were also held up for each player on the roster, with their jersey number and last name. [more]