Whew, the Portland Timbers finally won a game, against Boca Juniors(!) no less! Let’s hope Saturday’s match boosted the team’s confidence. Sure, it was a friendly, but what a relief to the fans, and probably to the players as well. And what a game! Boca Juniors didn’t play Riquelme, but they fielded an entertaining squad. I like to see teams send the occasional shot in from 20 yards out.
Bright Dike played an impressive match for the Timbers – he’s strong, quick, and slippery. And Rodrigo Lopez played well under pressure – he may be what what this team needs on set pieces. (I love Ryan Pore‘s game in most regards – he’s clearly our best finisher and one of the top playmakers – but he has a tendency to send free kicks low into the wall.)
Read the recaps:
- An electric night for the Timbers by Kip Kesgard at OregonLive
- Friendly: Timbers 3 – Boca Juniors 2 by mao at Portland Timbers USL Blog at The Offside
- Portland Timbers 3, Boca Juniors 2: Timbers stay mentally tough with late goals by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
- Timbers defeat Boca Juniors on late goal by Lopez at PortlandTimbers.com
Next up in USSF Division 2 play for the Timbers is Carolina, who visit PGE Park on Saturday, June 6th. The first 2000 fans through the turnstile receive a Timbers fleece blanket, which will come in handy if the weather hasn’t improved by then.
Throw Ins, a newish blog about the Timbers by veteran Timbers fan Drumman, is a must read if you’re interested in the club’s history. Recent blog include newspaper clippings from the 1970s and 80s about the NASL Timbers.
And A Pretty Move, a quality soccer blog covering world soccer and the Portland Timbers has returned – just in time for the 2010 World Cup.
And don’t forget to come out to Studio 20 on June 5th with your Timbers ephemera to make history!
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