Obviously, take all of this with a grain of salt, but I do have confidence in my sources.
New turf has long been on the Timbers players, opponents, and fans’ wish list. 2008 may be the year the wish is fulfilled. From a bullet point in a Kerry Eggers column in September:
PGE Park’s worn artificial surface will be replaced in the next two years. The Portland Timbers have heard that it will happen by next season.
Be prepared for a lot more Friday morning hangovers in 2008. My sources tell me the majority of the Timbers regular season matches in 2008 will be Thirsty Thursday matches. I weep for the jobs that require our services Friday mornings in the Spring.
MLS Player Signings
After the new year, many MLS contracts expire. There are rumors the Timbers have their sights on one or more MLS veterans.