Not much good news on the field this past week, but here’s hoping the Portland Timbers‘ shots go in tomorrow when they travel to the East Coast to take on Crystal Palace Baltimore. We should, however, recap:
Montreal 1, Portland 0: Plenty of shots but no goal for Timbers against Impact by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
The Timbers’ scoring drought continues.
Portland outshot an opponent by a wide margin once again, but couldn’t score a goal and ended up losing 1-0 to Montreal in front of 6,573 at PGE Park on Wednesday night. [more]
Timbers struggle with Impact, weather by Kip Kesgard at OregonLive.com
19 to 10, 14 to 3, and 17 to 5: these numbers are the shot totals in the Portland Timbers last three games at home versus Crystal Palace Baltimore, AC St. Louis and Montreal. If you had shown me these numbers without knowing the scores, I would tell you there’s a really good chance Portland would have won at least two of the matches rather easily. However . . . [more]
Let’s talk World Cup and MLS . . .
The Portland Timbers will unveil their MLS logo on Saturday, June 12, at Director Park in downtown Portland as part of halftime festivities during a public viewing party for the United States-England matchup in the World Cup. [more]
World Cup viewing parties coming to downtown Portland at Oregon Sports Authority
The Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Timbers, Alpha Broadcasting and TAOW Modern Marketing are teaming up to present two free public viewing parties that will offer thousands of area soccer fans the chance to share in the excitement of the upcoming 2010 World Cup as part of “Soccer City Celebration presented by McDonald’s.” [more]
In team news:
Goalkeepers develop mental toughness by Stephen Alexander at The Portland Tribune
Goalkeeper is easily the strangest position on the soccer pitch. While the other 10 men on a team can only use their feet, other than on throw-ins, a keeper’s hands are his livelihood. While the other 10 men run anywhere from 6 to 8 1/2 miles a match, a goalkeeper stays in a box 18 yards deep and 44 yards wide, coiled like a spring. [more]
The Mercury finally found a Timbers blogger to replace Mark Evans:
Timbers! Montréal! New Blogger! Cupcakes! by Brian Costello at Blogtown
Who am I to tell you all this? I am the newly minted Timbers blogger for Blogtown. I’ll be posting in on Timbers matches, World Cup developments, random intersections of soccer and culture, and all the lead up to the Timbers’ MLS debut for next year. Yes, to answer your question, I hang out in the North End with the Timbers Army. Yes, I’m a fan. I’ve written about the Timbers before on the interwebs for other soccer blogs, believe Ireland should have had a replay vs. France (watch your back Thierry Henry), think Lionel Messi is a wizard (probably Gryffindor House), am a geek for films, art, theatre, pop culture, and I enjoy long walks in the park.
Mostly though, when I root, I root for the Timbers. [more]