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 don’t forget to come out to Studio 20 on June 5th with your Timbers ephemera to make history!