The Third Saturday is upon us! Celebrate the end of the Timbers’ time in the lower divisions Saturday, October 23 with the Timbers Army at the Farewell and Good Riddance USL Extravaganza at Beulahland (118 NE 28th), from 7pm until closing.
Your 107st membership gets you happy hour (i.e. $3.25 micros, $2.00 PBRs and $1 off food orders) all night!
And now back to the roundup . . . let’s start with the latest news – the first signings!
Portland Timbers Sign First MLS Players by me, at Dave Knows Portland!
The Portland Timbers provided a surprise today at the press conference introducing the first four signings to the 2011 MLS Timbers roster: English forward Eddie Johnson. Johnson played this past season for the Austin Aztex, where he scored 14 goals in the regular season, finishing one spot behind Portland’s Ryan Pore in the race for the Golden Boot. [more, including multiple photos!]
Looking further into the MLS Timbers first player signings by Kip Kesgard at OregonLive
It’s time to take a deeper look into the recent signings for the Portland Timbers MLS club, and for that, we bring back the infamous Kip and Evil Kip interview format used to talk about the World Cup. [more]
Highlights of the Newest Timber: Eddie Johnson by Dan at Dropping Timber
And of course, more to come
Timbers Insider: Expansion draft scheduled for Nov. 24 by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
The Portland Timbers’ next move in the player acquisition market will be revealed when they make the first selection in the Major League Soccer expansion draft, scheduled for Nov. 24.
Portland will choose first in the draft, with the Timbers and fellow expansion team Vancouver Whitecaps alternating selections. The Timbers and Whitecaps will each select 10 players in the 10-round draft. [more]
Still wrapping up the USL stuff
Pore’s winner over Islanders voted Goal of the Year at PortlandTimbers.com
Following a week-long vote at www.PortlandTimbers.com, fans have selected midfielder Ryan Pore’s game-winning goal against the Puerto Rico Islanders at PGE Park on Sept. 2, 2010, as the Timbers 2010 Goal of the Year. [more]
Timbers Insider: Pore named league MVP by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
The awards and accolades continue to roll in for Portland forward Ryan Pore.
The high-scoring Pore was named as the USSF Division 2 Pro League’s most valuable player Thursday, just one day after he was recognized as the league’s scoring champion. Pore and new teammate Eddie Johnson were named to league’s Best IX team. [more]
On to the MLS
Free kicks: MLS attendance competitive with some NBA teams by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
As Major League Soccer enters its final regular season games this weekend, the league is reporting increased attendance for the season.
In fact, the attendance in some cities with MLS teams is better than their counterpart NBA teams. Half of the league’s 16 teams are averaging at least 15,000 fans a game, which is similar to some of the NBA’s teams. [more]