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PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers today unveiled their official new crest and colors as the team’s countdown to its inaugural Major League Soccer season in 2011 continues. The historic unveiling was conducted before a spirited crowd gathered for the 2010 World Cup group-play opener between the United States and England at Director Park in downtown Portland on Saturday afternoon.
The team will keep its historic name – the Timbers – as it makes its ascent to MLS in 2011; the new primary mark embodies this monumental move to top-flight professional soccer, while prominently carrying forward elements of the team’s considerable history and paying tribute to the heritage and traditions that led to Portland becoming “Soccer City USA.”
The rumors finally became reality on Tuesday as the Portland Timbers named former Houston Dynamo assistant John Spencer as their new manager ahead of their first MLS expansion season in 2011. He will be officially introduced at a press event on Wednesday.
His first order of business will come in a couple of weeks as he works with Timbers technical director Gavin Wilkinson to select the MLS player-selection mechanisms in which the club will seek priority over fellow expansion club Vancouver Whitecaps.
The 39-year-old former Scotland international is keenly familiar with MLS after playing four seasons with the Colorado Rapids. Spencer, an ex-MLS All-Star, then joined the Dynamo in 2006 as an assistant and helped the club to back-to-back MLS Cup titles in 2006 and 2007.
Before arriving in MLS, Spencer played 14 seasons of professional soccer in Scotland and England with clubs like Chelsea, Everton and Rangers.
Spencer left the Dynamo on July 13 with rumors swirling that he was set to be named Portland’s first MLS head coach. In the meantime, his post with the Dynamo was assumed by MLS veteran Steve Ralston.
Portland Timbers sign first MLS players
The first official signing is forward Bright Dike, who scored 10 goals for the 2010 USSF Timbers. Drafted by Columbus and cut during camp, Dike was a pleasant surprise for the Timbers and provided a wonderful compliment up top.
The second signing is goalkeeper Steve Cronin, who joined the club in 2009 and helped solidify the Timbers backline defense. Cronin had a solid season statistically for the Timbers, and his play improved immensely after a challenging stretch in May and June.
The third signing is the 2010 Golden Boot winner for most goals in 2010 in USSF Division 2, midfielder Ryan Pore. Pore was simply outstanding in May and June, single handedly carrying the Timbers offense. While he struggled during the summer months, he resumed his form late and partnered with Dike to give the Timbers a solid one-two scoring punch.
The fourth signing has some familiarity with the Timbers, and was chasing Pore for the most goals scored in 2010, but came up just short. Former Austin Aztex forward Eddie Johnson will join the MLS Timbers, and has an impressive scoring resume as the Aztex’s franchise leader in goals scored, total points and assists. Johnson has also played overseas, appearing in matches for Belgian club Royal Antwerp, English club Coventry City and legendary English football club Manchester United. The Timbers have made some solid choices with their first signings, combining experience with scoring flair, and I love this early approach to filling the roster
Timbers Welcome Four New Players
Fresh from the Expansion Draft and a series of trades, the Portland Timbers welcomed four new players to the organization. Eric Brunner, Peter Lowry, Adam Moffat, and Rodney Wallace were all introduced by 95.5 The Game's John Strong and head coach John Spencer to the public at a special press conference inside the new Timbers downtown team store. With fans and press looking on, the four new players talked about getting acclimated to Portland and their excitement at joining a new team.
Timbers, Alaska Airlines Unveil 2011 Jerseys
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers and Alaska Airlines, official jersey partner of the MLS club, today unveiled the team’s official uniforms, training wear and apparel line that will be featured during the Timbers’ inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season in 2011.
Dubbed “Runway on the Runway,” the event was held in the 64,000-square-foot hangar of Alaska Airlines’ sister carrier, Horizon Air, at Portland International Airport. Timbers players and Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees revealed the team’s official look to some 1,000 fans and supporters. To further mark the occasion, Alaska Airlines unveiled a specially themed Boeing 737-700 emblazoned with “Proud Jersey Sponsor” alongside the team logo and iconic green, yellow and white Timbers scarf.
The team’s primary jersey, produced by adidas, the official athletic sponsor and product supplier of MLS since the league’s inception in 1996, features a Ponderosa green that pays tribute to the Timbers’ rich history and exciting future in MLS. The body fabric, which prominently displays the Alaska Airlines logo and Timbers primary logo, is specially engineered with the Timbers signature chevron repeating down the middle, tying together the two shades of green that make up the body of the shirt. The classic look reflects the diversity of color one would see in a lush Oregon forest.
The Portland Timbers and Alaska Airlines joined together Thursday to reveal the soccer team's new uniforms and clothing line at a fan and media event in a Horizon Airlines maintenance hangar at Portland International Airport. To begin the event, an Alaska 737 jet, complete with Timbers' logo.
Timbers Sign English Defender Kerrea Gilbert
Defender joins from Arsenal
PORTLAND, Ore.— The Portland Timbers have signed English defender Kerrea (KAIR-ree) Gilbert, it was announced today. Gilbert joins the Timbers for their Major League Soccer debut in 2011 from English club Arsenal FC. Timbers general manager/technical director Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement.
Additionally, the Timbers today acquired a natural fourth-round pick from the Houston Dynamo in the 2014 SuperDraft in exchange for defender Jordan Graye.
Gilbert, 23, was a member of Arsenal’s first team for five seasons from 2005-10; he was a product of the English Premier League club’s youth system. Gilbert played in 12 matches for Arsenal, including a pair of UEFA Champions League fixtures, and spent time on loan with English clubs Cardiff City FC (2006-07), Southend United FC (2007-08), Leicester City FC (2008-09) and Peterborough United FC (2009-10). In total, he appeared in 92 matches, registering a goal and an assist during his career in England.
“Kerrea is an experienced, young player who has competed at the highest levels in England,” said Wilkinson. “The Timbers are committed to building an athletic, talented and hard-working squad, and we feel that he will be a great fit for our organization.”
Timbers Announce Signing of Four Players for 2011
Alhassan, Danso, Goldthwaite & Marcelin signed
PORTLAND, Ore.— The Portland Timbers announced today the signing of midfielder Kalif Alhassan, defender Mamadou “Futty” Danso, defender Kevin Goldthwaite and midfielder James Marcelin. Timbers general manager/technical director Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement.
Each of the four players was a member of the Timbers’ USSF Division-2 Pro League team in 2010. Danso and Goldthwaite helped Portland’s backline rank among second-division leaders in fewest goals allowed and shutouts last season.
“The four players we’ve added today can play at the next level in Major League Soccer,” said Timbers head coach John Spencer. “It doesn’t matter which division you’ve played in previously, if you’re good enough, you’re good enough. I think these guys have the ability to make an impact at the next level
Portland reach benchmark in season ticket sales
10,000 season tickets sold for Timbers' inaugural MLS campaign
PORTLAND, Ore. – There’s perhaps no better way for the Portland Timbers to start a new year than by proudly reaching a new benchmark for season ticket sales in advance of the 2011 season.
On Monday, the Timbers announced that they have surpassed 10,000 season tickets sold and that they would cap that number at 12,000. Additionally, the 23 suites at the soon-to-be renamed PGE Park are also sold out.
“Ten thousand is a number we were shooting for,” Timbers chief operating officer Mike Golub said. “It’s a really good goal for us to meet.”
Golub said the team “comfortably surpassed” that mark by New Year’s Eve, which was the deadline for automatically obtaining additional benefits – such as additional events, gifts and perks – as a founding member of The Axe Society.
The season ticket packages include 20 home games – 17 MLS games plus three additional friendlies. Season ticket holders also have the right to purchase their regular seats for any playoff games.
Portland are confident they can sell the remaining season ticket packages and are hopeful for a string of sellouts during the Timbers’ inaugural MLS campaign.
Nagbe ready to prove himself in Portland
Top-rated college prospect expected to get right into the mix
As Darlington Nagbe held up a personalized green Portland jersey (no number yet) during a press conference hours after the SuperDraft had ended on Thursday, he couldn’t help but wear an ear-to-ear smile.
“It feels great,” he told MLSsoccer.com about his new destination. “I’ve researched it [Portland] -- great fans, great city, great coaching staff. … I’m just ready to contribute and have fun. I’m looking forward to meeting the Timbers’ Army.”
The most-vaunted college prospect in this year’s class, who didn’t make it in time to Baltimore for the event due to a technical snag in his recently-approved P-1 visa, fell right into the Timbers’ lap. Expected by many to go to Vancouver as the No. 1 pick, the Whitecaps instead selected 17-year-old forward Omar Salgado.
Vancouver's choice took many by surprise, but not Nagbe.
“No, I wasn’t surprised,” he said. “There were a lot of great players here. From what I hear, Omar’s a great player. Anything can happen on draft day.”
Cooper: I'm just coming into my best years
New Timbers striker thrilled to be part of the Portland buzz
PORTLAND, Ore. — Kenny Cooper is ready to return to Major League Soccer and the Portland Timbers are ready to have him.
The Timbers announced Monday they have signed Cooper pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. After two injury-riddled seasons with TSV 1860 Munich in Germany’s 2.Bundesliga, the 26-year-old striker returned to MLS through the allocation process.
“I know there’s a lot of excitement and huge buzz for the team around [Portland],” Cooper said on Monday, speaking from Munich. “I crave being in that environment.”
Cooper played four seasons at FC Dallas (2006-09) and tallied 40 goals and 10 assists in 90 regular-season matches. He was named to the MLS Best XI in 2008.
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