Sunday evening the Portland Timbers snatched a draw out of the maw of victory, once again. But on the bright side, Dike got an assist and Pore (a poor man’s Steven Gerrard?) scored for the 8th time in league play, and continues to lead the league in that category. Some recaps:
- Game 9: Timbers 1 – Carolina 1 by mao at the Portland Timbers USL Blog at The Offside
- Timbers give another win away, this time to Carolina by Allison Andrews at The Timber Mill
- It Ain’t Over Till The Fat Lady Si—What?! She’s Dead?! Timbers tie RailHawks 1-1 by Brian Costello at Blogtown, PDX
- Missed opportunities, late goal take toll as Timbers settle for draw against the Carolina RailHawks by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
- Timbers toss away win at last second…Draw 1-1 by IceFunk at Rowdies
- Postgame: Not Again, Another Disappointing Draw For The Timbers by Kevin at Dropping Timber
Also at Dropping Timber, Kevin has written a good analysis of the Timbers forward problem, which hinges upon the criticism that Portland has played 8 league games this season and already coach Gavin Wilkinson has gone through 5 different starting forward combinations.
But now some good news; how about that Scot Thompson? The team’s community ambassador has taken to his role with gusto, and still has enough in the tank to play more this season.
In soccer blogdom, Michael Orr, aka mao, who blogs at the Timbers USL Blog at The Offside (in addition to the Hearts Football Blog, also at The Offside, and mao’s football) is grading the World Cup uniforms for the Uni Watch blog on ESPN.com Page 2. Read part 1 for a break down on groups A and B, and part 2 for groups C and D.
In preparation for the July 17th friendly with the Timbers at Merlo Field, the Manchester City FC website has published an amusing Portland fan guide. Amusing, because I don’t think there will be any tickets available for Man City fans at the tiny Merlo Field. It’s a fairly typical tourist guide to Portland, though it has a very British subcategory called Posh Scene.
Local writer, and friend of the blog, Bart King writes about translating soccer chants at his blog, Unexpectedly Bart. (And don’t worry, an anonymous commenter has already filled Bart in on where to find the English translations of Timbers Army chants.)
The Portland Timbers are on the road this week, taking on Austin on Wednesday, June 9th, and Miami on Saturday, June 12th (find a place to watch the matches on Portland Soccer Bars!). And don’t forget, Saturday at 11am during the USA vs. England World Cup match broadcast at Directors Park, the Timbers will reveal their new, 2011 MLS crest.
Oh yeah, and the Timbers released New Crest Clue No. 3: Chevrons!