Surprisingly, after a somewhat expected winter and holiday slow down last week, the Portland Timbers news has been thick this week.
The big news?
PGE Park’s field will slide toward home plate, snug in the crook of the stadium’s grandstand. A larger video screen will appear against the Multnomah Athletic Club, along with a standing-room/stage area. Most notably, covered seats and a club level will mushroom from the stadium’s nearly empty east side, ushering scarf-snapping fans to within a throw-in of the sideline. [More]
And now to the rest of the Portland Timbers news roundup . . .
Timbers News – So Why Does This Dispute Matter? by Kip Kesgard at Oregonlive.com
During a regular Timbers offseason, there can be a lack of news to cover about the team when the colder weather appears. However, this season isn’t like most off seasons because of two situations that affect the lads: the USL/NASL rift and the planning for MLS to start in 2011. Both situations have significant impact to the Timbers but the team continues to press forward as best they can. [More]
Timbers’ coaching candidates include John Spencer, Houston Dynamo assistant by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
The Portland Timbers are strongly considering a current MLS assistant coach as their head coach when the team joins Major League Soccer in 2011.
John Spencer of the Houston Dynamo of MLS met with owner Merritt Paulson and others on the Timbers’ staff within the past few days in Portland. [More]
An Open Letter to the Portland Timbers FO by Zach Woosley at Ginge Talks The Footy
Dear Merritt Paulson and the Portland Timbers Organization,
Congratulations on becoming a part of Major League Soccer. Those of us who followed your efforts to join the league have been impressed by your organization and the spirit from your loyal supporters during the entire process. You long standing rivalry with the Seattle Sounders will only go to further enrich MLS and help build another layer of tradition in the league. There is no question that your inclusion in MLS will be a positive step forward for soccer in the United States.
That said, we have a problem that needs to be addressed. [More]
Oh, and HAPPY FESTIVUS!