Gah, first let’s get through the bad news, from last night:
Portland Loses Again At Home by Kevin at Dropping Timber
The Timbers lost to Minnesota 1-0 in front of 8,000+ fans at PGE Park tonight, already their third home loss of the season. Portland (3-5-4) is now winless in their last 8 league matches and remains in a 3-way tie for 7th place in the overall standings.
In a physical game, full of yellow cards and fouls, the Stars would grab control early with a first half goal, eventually taking a 1-0 lead into halftime. However, the match would change when James Marcelin received a red card early in the 2nd half, the foul called in the Timber’s box. [more]
Timbers lose to Minnesota 1-0 in another poor performance, prompting talk of a “different direction” by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate the 2010 version of the Portland Timbers.
Whenever the Timbers have lost a game to an “inferior” team, the rationale from the players and coaches was the team “played down” to the competition. The Timbers lost to another such team, this time a 1-0 loss to the NSC Minnesota Stars. [more]
Of course this comes after Tuesday’s win, where the optimistic among us thought . . .
Timbers regain their game versus the Sol by Kip Kesgard at OregonLive
Despite rumors that had me staying away from PGE Park on Tuesday evening recovering from a bout with stomach flu, I had heard that there would be a swarm of angry bees that would end up attacking the Portland Timbers – Sonoma County Sol U.S. Open Cup match. Apparently, they have been making their homes around all World Cup soccer matches lately, putting fans in dire peril especially if they are allergic. The threat of bees or continued rain showers didn’t keep a good portion of fans away, however, as the game went on as scheduled. [more]
Alex Nimo’s newfound maturity scores more than goals for Timbers by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
Alex Nimo needed someone to push him. Someone to help him increase his drive and productivity.
Timbers coach Gavin Wilkinson has done just that, and the result is Nimo tapping into the potential that has been associated with him since his days at Benson High School. [more]
On the business end of things . . .
Portland Timbers gathering sponsors at KGW.com
And fan news from yours truly
You have another chance to make Portland Timbers history, this Sunday, June 20th, at FC Media’s second Open Studio event.
The first Open Studio, earlier this month, was a success. Fans brought Timbers memorabilia of all kinds to the event to be photographed and cataloged for the Timbers visual history project. [more]
On Saturday, July 17th 2010, I’ll be dressed in grey slacks and a long sleeve white shirt, probably sweating in sweltering heat, at an undisclosed location on Sauvie Island; one of my best friends is getting married. I’ve known the guy since first grade. I don’t think I can get out of it 😉
But my obligation is your gain – I have a pair of tickets I can’t use to the Portland Timbers friendly against Manchester City at Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland, on the same day. [more]
Professor Alon Raab, one of the editors of The Global Game: Writers on Soccer, will be teaching a class this summer, June 22nd to July 15th, at Portland State University about the History and Culture of Soccer, and he is looking for guest speakers to come to the class to share their knowledge and love of the Portland Timbers and/or of the game in other lands. [more]