The Portland Timbers went on their first road trip of the 2010 season this past weekend. They travelled to Quebec for poutine (possibly) and to face defending USL Division 1 champs, the Montreal Impact. Ryan Pore put the Timbers up 1-0 in the 67th minute with his fourth goal in three games, but Montreal, in their home opener, were gifted a late game penalty to salvage the 1-1 draw.
Thirsty Thursday, April 29th the Vancouver Whitecaps, also 2-0-1 and second in the power rankings, visit Portland for what looks to a fine early season battle.
Speaking of the early season, before Sunday’s match, Bob Kellett took a look at the first two matches of the season and concluded uncontroversially that we’ll know more about the Portland Timbers a week from now than we do at this moment. The draw at Montreal, I think, is an excellent sign.
In player news Tony McManus is volunteer super hero. And in former player news, David Hayes, who played for the Timbers last year and then announced his retirement, looks to be giving it a go again in 2010, for the Carolina “Railhawks.”
In supporter news, the 107st board, aka the Council of XI, has been sworn in and has already gotten down to business; officers and committee chairs were elected at the meeting Sunday. And the membership count is up to 286.
Super supporter, Shawn Levy, talked Monday night with the folks at the soccer podcast It’s Called Football, about the Timbers Army, Portland one year out of MLS, getting their stadium finally on track and why Seattle still sucks. (Look for the episode published on April 26.)