Oi, let’s get it out of the way first – wrap ups (or as I think of these ones, weep ups) of last night’s match:
Timbers embarrass themselves in loss to Vancouver by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
Well, that was ugly.
All the talk about being ready for the playoffs. The 10-game unbeaten streak. The solid defense. Breaking the hex in Vancouver.
Caps’ shock-and-awe nets wild win by Bruce Constantineau at the Vancouver Sun
So much for a tight defensive battle.
The Vancouver Whitecaps grabbed an early advantage Thursday in their two-game, total-goal playoff series with the Portland Timbers with a 2-0 win at Swangard Stadium in front of 5,018 fans. [more]
Okay, enough self flagellation – fortunately we have other Timbers news . . . player news for example
At Dropping Timber, the last two installments of the Joy of Joy have been posted:
Germany, Soccer, and Politics
Looking for work and with a lot of time on his hands, Ian needed a place to train and stay in shape. He called up a good friend, Joey Jones, who was now coaching at Wrexham FC back in the UK. A former Wales national team member, Jones was an all-time great as a player for Wrexham, scoring 19 goals in 376 appearances. [more]
Stop To Smell The Roses
In some ways signing with the Timbers was a gamble, but it was a sacrifice Ian was prepared to make. The pay cut wasn’t a big deal, he knew money wasn’t what he played for. If he did well in Portland then it would likely lead to another chance in the MLS. The hardest part was being away from his daughter, but he talked to Madison every day on the phone and visited as often as he could, knowing that things wouldn’t be this way forever. [more]
Ross Smith Interview by Kelly McLain at Timbers Insider
Q: How was training today before you head back to Vancouver?
Smith: It was intense and it’s been that way all season. Everyone’s desperate to be in the eleven for this game–such a big game. Maybe a few shaky nerves and that, but then once those get cleaned out I think we’re hitting form and looking good. [more]
Q&A: DeMartin prepares for postseason with Timbers at PortlandTimbers.com
Finishing the regular-season among team leaders in assists, rookie forward Doug DeMartin has helped the Timbers on its current unbeaten run. He talks about experiencing the Northwest rivalry, his recent form and more in a postseason Q&A. [more]
MLS news and commentary
To the Mailbag with Kelly McLain at Timbers Insider
Which current players will make the MLS roster next season?
-Kevin and Timbers Lover
. . . I’m going to start with my Bold Prediction of the Day. Are you sitting down? OK, here goes: The Timbers current trio of goalkeepers (Steve Cronin, Adin Brown and Matt Pyzdrowski) will be the net-minders when the Timbers open their MLS season next spring.
Ya, I know. Just let that sink in for a moment. [more]
PGE Park Time Lapse (9/7/10-10/7/10) by TimbersFC at YouTube