The Portland Timbers play next at home on Thursday, August 26, 2010. The match will be the first PGE Park visit for Austin Aztex FC. The Timbers will be honoring NASL day player Jimmy Conway at 5pm that day with a testimonial match:
Among the several events honoring Conway, who has been diagnosed with trauma-induced dementia, the testimonial match will pit a team of Timbers alumni against the Oregon Select XI, which is comprised of players Conway coached at the youth and collegiate levels. Conway is expected to play for both sides during the match.
Tickets for the day are $12 in advance and will allow entry into both the testimonial match and Timbers game against Austin; gates open at 4:30 p.m. [more]
And now to the news roundup . . . in player news
Timbers’ Savage Battles Back From Injury by Oakley Brooks at EnzymePDX
How long does it take to show full recovery from a season-threatening knee injury? Exactly 90 minutes.
Keith Savage, a tall, rock-steady midfielder who played every game for the Timbers last season, has made the long road back from a training camp injury to now dressing, seeing action and even logging his first point. But he’s still waiting for that elusive full game played at full tilt, to erase any lingering questions. [more]
Khalif Alhassan Signs with Timbers by mao at Portland Timbers USL Blog at The Offside
Gavin Wilkinson’s scouting trip to Ghana earlier this year has yielded a new signing, Khalif Alhassan. The Ghanian U-20 international has been with Liberty Professionals, the Accra-based club in the Ghana Telecom Premier League since 2007. While he did not make the final squad, Alhassan was in camp with Ghana at the 2009 U-20 World Cup, a tournament won by Ghana. At only 19 years old, Alhassan will debut with the Timbers in early September. . . [more]
Omar Salgado Now Training With Timbers by mao at Portland Timbers USL Blog at The Offside
Omar Salgado, the much ballyhooed American U-20 footballer, has begun training with Portland Timbers after the paperwork for his transfer to Vancouver Whitecaps fell through yesterday afternoon. Salgado has been training with the reserve team at Chivas in Guadalajara for two years, but the 16-year old decided to register with Major League Soccer and join the American league via the SuperDraft. [more]
Cameron is making his mark with Timbers by David Ball at The Gresham Outlook
Most sports fans enjoy the experience of watching a game perched above a stadium in a luxury suite with comfortable sofas, a stocked fridge and glass panels to keep out any foul weather. But this is no place for a player. Josh Cameron, a Centennial graduate, found that out last season as a rookie with the Portland Timbers.
Excited to make the local pro team coming out of college, Cameron emerged out of a preseason camp flooded with college and pro talent. [more]
Some PGE Park renovation updates
PGE Park renovations signal start of something new by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
Walk a few steps down the PGE Park access road that begins at Southwest 18th Avenue and winds down toward the stadium, and it’s easy to notice the signs of change.
The tall hedges that lined the right side of the access road have disappeared, replaced by steel pilings, beams, excavation equipment and large plastic tubes carrying electrical cables. [more]
PGE Park Construction Timeline by Jason Davis at Match Fit USA
I’ve been wondering for some time just how Portland plans to have PGE Park upgraded and ready for MLS play come next spring. The Division II Timbers are still playing there, the city’s minor league baseball team is still playing there, and my admittedly under-educated-when-it-comes-to-construction brain has troubling reconciling the timeline with all that needs to be done. [more]
Timbers on the road, facing key matchup for playoff positioning by Kip Kesgard at OregonLive.com
The Portland Timbers continue their quest for a playoff spot, and their efforts on August 14 in St. Louis helped solidify their place in the USSF Division 2 standings. With just eight games left the Timbers own an 8 win, 7 draw and 7 loss record with 31 points, putting them third in the USL Conference and fourth overall in the playoff table. more]
And last, but not least, Baconfest is this Saturday! What exactly does that have to do with the Timbers? Well, the Timbers Army Van will be gracing the fest with its presence; eat some bacon, have a beer, and buy some Timbers Army schwag!