Portland Timbers start trying to build their MLS brand By Rachel Bachman at The Oregonian
If one places stock in genesis stories, then the Portland Timbers’ choice of marketing firm is auspicious.
Nemo Design, which crafted the Portland to Major League Soccer in 2011 campaign launching across the city this month, operates out of a rehabbed warehouse in Southeast Portland once used by members of the ardent fan group the Timbers Army to make giant flags they still fly at games. [More]
MLS in Portland: A Comparison
By Patrick Emerson at The Oregon Economics Blog
As the Trail Blazers get ready for their new season, and as Bill Walton came-a-visitin’ recently searching for forgiveness, I got to wondering how different was the NBA expansion to Portland in 1970 than the current MLS expansion to Portland. [More]
MLS in Portland: Grass Also by Patrick Emerson at The Oregon Economics Blog
After only three seasons in the league [Toronto] are abandoning their misguided turf experiment. That this means that now all soccer-specific stadiums in the MLS will have natural grass fields. So only Seattle (boo!) and New England, who play in NFL stadiums on turf have no plans (as far as I know) to construct a soccer-specific stadium.
C’mon Merritt, commit to grass! [More]
Top 5 Moments from 2009 By J.D. at Portland Timbers MLS
1) Northwest Derby, U.S. Open Cup vs. Seattle
This match was absolutely electric in the stands. You could feel the energy as you walked up to PGE Park. A packed house. The Boys played their hearts out. And the crowd was riveted. Despite losing, I was enormously proud of the team for never giving up. [More]
New ‘keeper lifts United past Crew By Charles Boehm at MLSnet.com
But then, by their own lofty standards, D.C. United haven’t exactly enjoyed a typical season. So perhaps it was fitting that [former Timber] Steve Cronin earned man-of-the-match honors with a six-save performance in his first-ever United appearance, helping D.C. to a critical 1-0 win over the defending MLS Cup champions on a damp, dreary evening in the nation’s capital. [More]