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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.
...and now it begins!
Trialists include 2010 D2 standouts; Pore excited for camp
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers inaugural season in MLS passed another important milestone on Monday when the first practice was held.
The team will train together daily at the Adidas facility this week.
For Ryan Pore, who played for the second-division Timbers last year and was one of the MLS franchise’s first signings, the day was greeted with excitement.
“There’s been a lot of anticipation for this day. To have it finally here is exciting,” said Pore, who stayed in Portland over the past few months and soaked up every new announcement. “It’s kind of a dream come true.”
Dike Undergoes Successful Surgery
Bright Dike expected to miss next 6-9 months
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers announced today that forward Bright Dike underwent successful surgery Monday afternoon to repair a ruptured right Achilles tendon. The procedure was performed by Dr. Jonathan Greenleaf, the team’s director of medicine, at Sports Medicine Oregon in Tigard, Ore.
Dike, 24, is expected to miss 6-9 months of action. He sustained his injury in the opening 20 minutes of last Friday’s preseason match against the Ventura County Fusion in Ventura, Calif. He returned to Portland on Sunday.
Jack Jewsbury Named Timbers' Captain
Jewsbury to be team's 1st MLS captain
PORTLAND, Ore.— The Portland Timbers today announced that midfielder Jack Jewsbury has been named the club’s captain as it enters its inaugural Major League Soccer season in 2011. Timbers head coach John Spencer made the announcement.
“Jack is a good leader and an experienced professional with nine years in MLS,” said Spencer. “It was not an easy decision, as we have a lot of good candidates on the team, but Jack stood out and came to the top of the list.”
Jewsbury, 29, was acquired by the Timbers on March 1 in a trade with Sporting Kansas City. He has played the past eight seasons in MLS with Sporting KC, appearing in 195 regular-season matches and recording 15 goals and 21 assists.
Timbers rename home stadium JELD-WEN Field
Portland partner up with Oregon-based manufacturing company
PORTLAND, Ore. – When the Portland Timbers open up their home for the first time in their inaugural MLS season on April 14 against the Chicago Fire, they will do on the pitch of a freshly renamed stadium.
At a ceremony on Monday in the concourse of Portland’s historic downtown stadium, team owner Merritt Paulson announced a new naming rights deal that effectively changes the name of PGE Park to JELD-WEN Field.
Portland fans: Timbers' debut "means everything"
Fans emotional as momentous occasion overshadows loss to Colorado
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Adam Marshall and Jared Cushman broke off from a Timbers Army crowd gathered near the south entrance to Dick’s Sporting Goods Field prior to the game on Saturday night. They wandered to the gate and gazed for a few minutes through the bars, taking in the manicured field and the empty seats.
Marshall and Cushman were just two of about 500 Timbers faithful who came to Colorado to witness their team’s entrance into its inaugural MLS season.
“It means everything,” Marshall said. “All the hard work, not only by [owner] Merritt Paulson and the Timbers front office, but all the hard work of the Army and all the Timbers supporters have given to get us to the top level of American soccer. There’s so many emotions going through us.”
Marshall works for a beverage distributor, Cushman for a courier service. They have been Timbers fans for years and there was no way that they were going to miss their team’s inaugural MLS game.
Portland drop Chivas USA in US Open Cup play
Jewsbury tallies goal, assist as Timbers glide past Goats, 2-0
PORTLAND, Ore. – Jack Jewsbury skidded a low ball into the net from 35 yards in the 84th minute to break a scoreless tie and lift Portland Timbers on their way to a 2-0 victory over Chivas USA in a US Open Cup play-in game on Tuesday.
WATCH: Highlights: http://www.portlandtimbers.com/videos?catid=1957&id=13212
The game was the first for the Timbers in Portland since its ascension to MLS and drew a sellout crowd of 5,061 to Merlo Field on the campus of the University of Portland.
Jewsbury, who entered the game in the 71st minute, was the second wind that Portland needed late in the match, bailing out a team that controlled the run of action for nearly the entire game but had been unable to break through
Coach Spencer: Fans aren't going to win this game for us
Coach says Timbers can't get wrapped up in emotions of opener
, Ore. – While fans of the Portland Timbers are gearing up for an emotional and enthusiastic reception for the first Major League Soccer game at refurbished JELD-WEN Field, coach John Spencer is taking a more low-key approach to Thursday’s game against visiting Chicago (11 pm ET, ESPN2 & Deportes).
All of the anticipation surrounding the sold-out game will be merely window dressing if the Timbers don’t play well and earn their first MLS victory.
“It will be a special atmosphere, but we can’t stand around admiring our fans,” Spencer said after Monday’s practice. “You’ve got to get your head in the game and play well.”
All systems go for Portland's JELD-WEN debut
Franchise looking for first MLS win as Timbers fever grips town
PORTLAND, Ore. – JELD-WEN Field made a spectacular first impression on members of the Portland media, the team and other guests assembled Tuesday for a luncheon at the refurbished stadium.
Work crews attended to some of the final details while the small gathered crowd took in the bright green expanse of turf and the gleaming new features of the stadium, including the KeyBank Club Level.
Excitement for the Timbers’ arrival as an MLS franchise is probably higher this week than it was for the season-opener at Colorado. On Thursday night, the Timbers and their fans will usher in a new era for the city.
“For me, it means we’re realizing the potential of the game in this city,” said technical director and general manager Gavin Wilkinson, who came to Portland 10 years ago as a player.
Take a look inside JELD-WEN Field: http://pgepark.io-media.com/
JELD-WEN Field features a new east-side grandstand, new locker-room facilities and wide range of renovations and upgrades. It is the latest in a series of improvements to an athletic field that has been a gathering place in the city for almost 120 years.
“Thursday can’t come soon enough, because I know everybody’s excited about it,” said midfielder Jeremy Hall. “We just want to get a win. That’s the most important thing right now. We want to show that we’re going to be a tough team to beat his year, especially at home.”
JELD-WEN Field's design "give[s] the Timbers an amazing home field advantage"
Architect tells how the new field helps the team
Fans streaming into JELD-WEN Field will do more than a few double takes at this Thursday’s home opener against Chicago. The North End rafters that for years have rung with the sound of “You Are My Sunshine” and “No Pity In The Rose City” are still there. But over on the 18th Avenue side is the brand spanking new woodwork of the eastern stand.
The turf will be familiar too. The eye is saturated with thrilling green as soon as the fan enters the stands. It also stretches right to the advertising boards, like baize on a billiard table.
But San Francisco-based architect Stephen Sefton of Ellerbe Becket, Inc. (an AECOM company) points out the little details that will bring the stadium alive for spectators. The brief was to turn a stadium, dating mostly from the 1930s, into a state of the art MLS stadium.
“The design grew out of a desire to provide a solution that was regional and also really expressed Portland,” said Sefton recently. They looked at the materiality of the old stadium and extended it into the modern construction
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New Timbers DP Chará expected to elevate team
Wilkinson: Colombian midfielder will lend Portland skill, ethic
PORTLAND, Ore. – On the eve of what is expected to be a wildly enthusiastic home opener, the Portland Timbers may have one-upped themselves.
The team on Wednesday announced the signing of their first Designated Player, holding midfielder Diego Chará. The 25-year-old Colombian, a former teammate of Timbers forward Jorge Perlaza at Colombian first-division club Deportes Tolima, is a creative player with an ability elevate those around him, a quality that appealed to Timbers coach John Spencer and general manager Gavin Wilkinson when they scouted him.
“He’s just an impressive, impressive player,” Wilkinson told MLSsoccer.com of the 25-year-old. “He’s got the work ethic that we need, he’s a very good athlete and is always looking at distribution moving forward. He’s a player that can put the opposition under pressure.”
WOW - JUST WOW!!!
images of a historic and unforgettable night
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM VIDEO: http://www.mlssoccer.com/videos?catid=114&id=13706
Rose City kits to debut Saturday vs. Seattle
Cascadia clash has Timbers seeing Red
The Portland Timbers will debut their secondary, “Rose City” red kits this Saturday, when they face Seattle Sounders FC on the road at Qwest Field live on ESPN2. Kickoff between the Cascadia rivals is set for 8 p.m. (PT). Fans can participate online with this historic rivalry week by sharing their stories, photos, travel tales, and rivalry chatter with the Twitter hashtag #rosecity.
The “Rose City” jersey features a split design of two shades of red, separated by “Rose City” thorns repeated down the middle, and Alaska Airlines script across the chest. Highlights of the jersey include “Rose City” verbiage on the back of the neck and the Rose City logo prominently displayed opposite the team’s primary crest on the front of the jersey
Bemused Spencer blasts Sounders as full of excuses
Coach questions Seattle's reasoning
“It was like they had 50 excuses written down before the game about why they didn’t beat us three- or four-nil at home,” Spencer said. “Of the four players [Schmid] mentioned, three of them wouldn’t have made the [starting] team anyway.”
“Never once did I feel we were in any trouble of losing the game at all,”
“Next time we go up there, we’re going to take plenty of towels so we can dry the field off for them before the game,” Spencer said “And take plenty of tissue paper so they can dry their eyes after the game"
MLS commissioner suspends, fines Portland coach Spencer
Timbers boss cited for recent public criticism of officiating in MLS
EW YORK – Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced on Friday that Portland Timbers head coach John Spencer will be suspended for one game and fined $2,500 for inappropriate public comments about officiating in MLS. Spencer’s total fine includes the automatic $500 fine he received for being sent off during the Timbers’ game against the Colorado Rapids on June 11.
Timbers outplay Independiente, win 2-0 in friendly
First-half goals from Zizzo, Umony topple Sudamericana champs
PORTLAND, Ore. — Sal Zizzo and Brian Umony scored first-half goals as the Portland Timbers beat Club Atlético Independiente 2-0 in a friendly on Tuesday at JELD-WEN Field.
Despite playing reserves at all but one position, the Timbers outplayed the Argentine club, who are the defending Copa Sudamericana champions. Portland dominated possession and enjoyed an 8-4 shot advantage in the first half.
It was Timbers' only victory in their four exhibition matches.
Timbers reserves have been excellent early in the team’s last two friendly matches. Against West Bromwich Albion on July 20, Portland outplayed the EPL side in the first half and led 2-0 on goals by Eddie Johnson and Peter Lowry before losing 3-2.
Portland once again was the best team early in the match Tuesday.
Timbers, FC Dallas swap young MFs Hall, Alexander
Portland grab center-mid Alexander, while winger Hall goes to FCD
Western Conference foes FC Dallas and Portland Timbers pulled off a swap of young midfielders on Friday as both teams head into the stretch run.
Heading Portland’s way is second-year player Eric Alexander, a 23-year-old from Indiana University who played a crucial role in FCD’s run to MLS Cup as a rookie in 2010, but has been unable to lock down a regular starting job in 2011. Alexander’s been used on both the right and left side of midfield, but is primarily a two-way midfielder at home in the center of the pitch.
Alexander, who earned his first US cap in January, was losing the fight for playing time to new arrivals Andrew Jacobson, Ricardo Villar and Daniel Cruz.
Timbers' Armband Designs
Winners selected from fan submissions
Timbers to expand capacity for 2012, Increase Season Ticket availability
With over 5,000 fans on Season Ticket Waiting List and over 97% renewal, team addresses demand
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers announced today that they will expand the seating capacity at JELD-WEN Field for all their home games in 2012. Additionally, the team announced it will increase the number of season tickets available in its second MLS season to 14,500.
At the end of the team’s inaugural MLS season, the Timbers increased capacity for two home games and, after a detailed analysis, permanently will raise capacity for matches at JELD-WEN Field to over 20,000. In addition to opening seats in existing sections, the Timbers are exploring other new seating options at JELD-WEN Field that will limit impact on the main concourse, including areas in the southeast corner, Widmer Brothers Southern Front and KeyBank Club Deck.
As such, the new capacity number will be determined at a later date leading into the team’s second season in MLS
Spencer, Portland shoot down advance from Colorado
Rapids come knocking, but Scotsman tells Timbers he's committed
PORTLAND, Ore. – It’s always nice to be wanted. And as far as Gavin Wilkinson and the Portland Timbers organization are concerned, wanting is about as far as the Colorado Rapids' overtures toward head coach John Spencer will go, thank you very much.
The Timbers denied Colorado’s official request to speak with Spencer regarding their recently vacated head coaching position, as first reported by The Oregonian.
Wilkinson, the Timbers general manager, told MLSsoccer.com on Tuesday that he and owner Merritt Paulson sat down with Spencer after Colorado came calling on the heels of Gary Smith's departure on Monday.
Portland take a look at fresh faces as 2011 winds down
U-20 goalkeeper Samir Badr among those training with Timbers
most-recognizable name is Badr, a 19-year-old from Fairfax, Va., who signed a reserve-team contract with FC Porto in Portugal in 2009 after graduating from high school. Prior to turning professional, he spent time at the US Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., and played for the United States U-15 and U-17 squads. He was also a member of the U-20 team that won the Milk Cup in 2010.
Myers, 26, played for the San Diego Flash of the National Premier Soccer League this season. He trained briefly with D.C. United and the Chicago Fire prior to arriving in Portland.
Altman, 24, scored three goals this year for the NASL Champion Minnesota Stars in 27 appearances. Kamara, a 17-year-old native of Sierra Leone, featured last year for FC Kallon of the Sierra Leone Premier League. He was also recently on trial with Fredrikstad FK in Norway
Jewsbury: Goldthwaite retirement big loss for Timbers
"Goldie" a true pro, role model on, off field, says Portland captain
PORTLAND, Ore. – When Portland Timbers defender Kevin Goldthwaite called it a career on Monday, he said he had zero regrets.
But for the Timbers, the seven-year veteran's retirement will be a loss in more ways than one.
“He was one of the veteran guys that I was pretty close to on the team here and a guy who I knew just from playing on different teams and against him," Timbers captain Jack Jewsbury said after Goldthwaite announced his retirement. "Unbelievable guy, great teammate, great professional for the younger players on the team to look up to.
"And I think, throughout the year, in whatever role he had, he definitely helped bring those guys along at this level. Not only as someone on the field, but off the field [as well], this club will miss him.”
New man Valencia wants to make his mark in Portland
“I want to be the difference-maker on the team,” says young DP
Even though the newest Portland Timber, José Adolfo Valencia, will have to wait until early January to join his new club, “El Trencito” (The little train) has already set his No. 1 goal in MLS:
“I want to be the difference maker on the team,” the 19-year-old told FutbolMLS.com by phone shortly after his move to Portland had been made official.
Signed as a young Designated Player – officially the first in MLS – the title carries added pressure for Valencia, who hopes to emulate the success of fellow countryman and now bitter rival Fredy Montero of the Seattle Sounders.
Portland Timbers Tournament – Portland, Ore.
Participating Clubs: Chivas USA, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, AIK (Sweden)
Monday, Feb. 27
8:00 PM Chivas USA vs. AIK
10:30 PM San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers
Thursday, March 1
8:00 PM AIK vs. San Jose Earthquakes
10:30 PM Chivas USA vs. Portland Timbers
Sunday, March 4
5:30 PM San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chivas USA
8:00 PM AIK vs. Portland Timbers
Happy Holidays from the Portland Timbers!
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Timbers ink Washington star Richards as first Home Grown
Former Husky was part of historic Portland U-23 team in 2010
The Portland Timbers announced Wednesday that they have signed forward and Timbers U-23s product Brent Richards as the club’s first Home Grown player.
Richards, 21, joins the Timbers first team after three seasons with the club’s development team, the Portland Timbers U-23s, and becoming its all-time leading scorer. A native of Camas, Wash., Richards recently completed a standout collegiate career at the University of Washington.
Richards registered 26 goals and 12 assists in 37 games over three seasons (2009-11) with the Timbers U-23s in the USL Premier Development League (PDL). He led the Timbers U-23s to a historic season in 2010, as the team won the PDL championship and became the league’s first undefeated champion with a perfect 20-0-0 record. Richards was crowned the league’s MVP and the finals MVP among his several accolades that season.
Timbers mine Colombia again for defender Mosquera
Mosquera joins Chara, Perlaza and Valencia in Portland
The Portland Timbers added defender Hanyer Mosquera to the ranks on Tuesday, culminating a long courting process to grab one of Colombia’s most promising young talents.
Mosquera, 24, joins the Timbers after playing the past six seasons in Colombia, including the last two with first-division side Club Deportivo La Equidad Seguros. Last season, he helped lead La Equidad to the finals of the Liga Postobón’s Apertura campaign and competed in the 2011 Copa Sudamericana.
Timbers players return to JELD-WEN rested and ready for 2012
Head coach John Spencer and squad excited to get to work on the new season
With a classic Portland gray January morning as the backdrop, the Portland Timbers started their 2012 campaign with preseason fitness drills and training at JELD-WEN Field today. Veterans, rookies and draft picks all took part in what is the first step of Year Two.
“It’s always good to get the guys back,” said head coach John Spencer. “They’re such a good bunch of guys to be around personally as well as professionally. There’s some new faces and I think they’re going to be good additions to the group that we already have.”
And while 2011 was a memorable season to be sure, today also was also a chance to begin looking forward.
Timbers name Cameron Knowles an Assistant Coach
Former Timbers defender returns as an assistant coach
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that Cameron Knowles has been named an assistant coach. Timbers head coach John Spencer made the announcement.
Photo: Portland Timbers
Knowles, 29, (above, right) enters his first season as an assistant coach and joins Mike Toshack and Amos Magee on Spencer’s coaching staff. He played professionally for seven seasons, including four with the Timbers from 2007-10. Knowles was originally drafted by Real Salt Lake in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft and played two seasons in MLS.
Timbers make a splash, sign Kris Boyd as new DP
Scotsman a proven goalscorer, expected to make a huge impact
striker Kris Boyd may have passed on dressing in Dynamo orange for the 2012 MLS season, but chopping down opponents as a Designated Player in Timbers green proved attractive enough to lure the ex-Rangers hit man to Portland.
The Timbers announced the signing of the 28-year-old forward on Monday. Boyd will be added to the club’s roster pending the receipt of his P-1 Visa and the successful completion of a physical. Per club and league policy, details of the contract were not disclosed
Timbers draw Impact 0-0 in preseason match
Despite fast paced second half, game ends scoreless
CARSON, Calif. -- The Portland Timbers fought to a 0-0 draw against new MLS side Montreal Impact today. Timbers head coach John Spencer opted again today with two separate lineups for both halves though trialist goalkeeper Joe Bendik played the full 90 in the shutout. Bendik's key saves towards the end of the first half helped continue Portland's undefeated run in the 2012 preseason (1-0-1).
While the second half saw numerous changes in posessions and a few chances on goal as both sides hunted for the gamewinner, the match ended scoreless.
New Guy In Town
Portland's new Designated Player meets the media
The Portland Timbers welcome new forward and Designated Player Kris Boyd at an introductory press conference at JELD-WEN Field on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 9:00 a.m. PT.
For Timbers, chippy tie against Quakes a perfect test
“I thought, I mean, for a preseason game to get 15,000 people through the gates is incredible,” Timbers head coach John Spencer said. “It doesn’t feel like a preseason game, and I think that there’s a lot of positives we can take from the game.”
Own-goal costs Portland as they tie San Jose 1-1
Recap: Portland claw out a 1-1 tie against Chivas
New Portland defender Ryan Kawulok celebrated his signing by scoring a goal to rescue a 1-1 draw against Chivas USA in Thursday's nightcap of the Portland Timbers Tournament.
Kawulok, who put pen to paper earlier that day, came through for the Timbers with 12 minutes remaining in the second half to cancel out Cesar Romero's go-ahead goal for Chivas in the 21st minute.
Alhassan, Boyd lead Timbers comeback at raucous JELD-WEN
Kick Off: Timbers supporters give MLS night to remember
Just when you thought they couldn't top what they did last year, the Timbers Army outdid themselves in front of a national TV audience yesterday in their first league match of 2012.
Forget the final 3-1 win by the hometown side over the Philadelphia Union (watch the full match highlights here: http://www.mlssoccer.com/video/2012/03/13/highlights-por-vs-phi). The real memories were made by the Timbers faithful.
If you don’t believe us, watch them singing the US national anthem:http://www.mlssoccer.com/video/2012/03/12/timbers-army-sings-national-anthem . They floored the president of NBC Sports, Jon Miller: “I’ve been with NBC for 34 years, and I have never seen anything like this tonight. This has blown me away”.
Timbers to play host to Spain's Valencia CF
May 23 friendly at JELD-WEN Field
PORTLAND, Ore. — The Portland Timbers today announced that the club will play host to accomplished Spanish club Valencia CF in an international exhibition Wednesday, May 23, at JELD-WEN Field; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific).
Tickets for the friendly against the top-flight Spanish side are included in full-season ticket packages as Exhibition B. Members of the Timbers’ Season Ticket Waiting List will have access to an exclusive pre-sale period to purchase tickets, starting Wednesday, March 28, at 10 a.m
Timbers exorcise late-game demons in Sporting KC win
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers had been there before.
Up a goal in the closing minutes of a game, only to watch the result slip through their fingers. The Timbers had squandered leads in their three previous matches during a painful four-game losing streak.
Match Highlights: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2012/04/22/timbers-exorcise-late-game-demons-sporting-kc-win
But holding a 1-0 lead Saturday night against Sporting Kansas City, play stopped for an injury in the 78th minute. That when Portland’s veterans huddled the team together and said, 'Not this time.'
Bright D1ke Joins LA Blues On Loan
Timbers striker will bring speed, power to attack
Los Angeles Blues News Release -- www.labluesprosoccer.com
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. – The Blues are excited to announce they have added striker Bright D1ke on loan from the Portland Timbers. The 25-year-old, who appeared in 11 matches for the MLS side in 2011, joined Head Coach Charlie Naimo’s squad for yesterday’s training session in Fullerton and is expected to be with the club for the remainder of the current USL PRO campaign, with the Timbers reserving the right to recall him if needed.
"Portland contacted us and asked whether we’d be interested if the opportunity came up,” Naimo said. “It was a no-brainer for us and we feel very fortunate to be adding a classy player like Bright to our roster and hopefully have him here for a while to come.”
Valencia kick off US tour with 1-0 win over Portland
Los Che's first half goal by Aduriz enough to hold on for La Liga side
PORTLAND, Ore. – Aritz Aduriz christened Valencia CF’s first US trip with a goal in their 1-0 victory Wednesday night over the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field.
The Spanish La Liga side, fresh off a third-place finish in the 2011-12 season, put on an impressive first-half performance with eight shots in fast-paced action. The Timbers, who fielded a lineup of a number of starters despite a Cascadia rivalry game with Vancouver looming Saturday, gamely competed against the top-level club with five shots of their own in the first 45.
Mwanga mania hits Rose City with hometown hero's return
BEAVERTON, Ore. – Mwanga mania hit the Rose City on Friday as the Portland Timbers' newest acquisition took to the training field for the first time in his new uniform.
As if it were a segment of “This is Your Life, Danny Mwanga,” the 20-year-old forward got reacquainted with a number of familiar faces as they descended upon the Timbers training facility to catch a glimpse of the hometown hero. In addition to the throng of media members in attendance – many of whom covered Mwanga when he wore a Jefferson High School Democrats jersey – was his former Oregon State University head coach Steve Simmons.
“My heart just filled with warmth,” Simmons, describing his reaction to the trade that brought Mwanga from the Philadelphia Union in exchange for Jorge Perlaza. “He’s such a good kid and a good player and he just loves this area. This is home for him, outside of Africa. And all his support cast is here.”
Timbers acquire defender Kosuke Kimura
from Rapids in exchange for allocation, International Slot
Six-year league veteran won an MLS Cup with Colorado in 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers have acquired defender Kosuke Kimura from the Colorado Rapids in exchange for allocation money and an international slot through the end of the year, it was announced today. Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement.
Pronunciation: KOHS-kay key-MOO-rah
Born: May 14, 1984, in Kobe, Japan
Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan
Last Club: Colorado Rapids
College: Western Illinois University
Citizenship: Kanagawa, Japan.
John Spencer fired today
Timbers name Sean McAuley an assistant coach
McAuley joins Portland from Sheffield Wednesday academy staff
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that Sean McAuley has been named an assistant coach with the club. McAuley joins the Timbers from England’s Sheffield Wednesday FC, where he served as a head coach in the club’s academy. Timbers general manager/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement.
McAuley, 40, began his coaching career at Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 and spent six seasons as the club’s academy head coach. McAuley also served as the caretaker manager for Sheffield Wednesday’s first team on two occasions during the 2006-07 and 2009-10 League Championship seasons, compiling a 3-2-2 record over seven matches. He returns to Portland, where he played for the second-division Timbers in 2002 during his 15-year professional playing caree
Not Nearly Enough
Hard-fought 1-1 draw keeps Timbers, FCD at bottom of West
PORTLAND, Ore. – The battle between the two teams at the bottom of the Western Conference ended in a stalemate as the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas played to a 1-1 draw on a hot, steamy Sunday afternoon at JELD-WEN Field.
A goal by FCD forward Scott Sealy in the 51st minute – beautifully assisted by midfielders Brek Shea and David Ferreira – had Dallas in line for their second consecutive victory over Portland before a Zach Loyd red card and a late Jack Jewsbury golazo brought the hosts level.
Portland's Wilkinson on 'keeper swap: "It's an upgrade"
PORTLAND, Ore. – A mainstay starter, a veteran leader and a fan favorite.
If the surprising trade of Portland Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins for Montreal’s Donovan Ricketts (above) said anything it’s this: nobody is safe as the club rebuilds in the midst of a highly disappointing season.
“It’s an upgrade, in all honesty,” interim head coach and general manager Gavin Wilkinson said after the team’s training session Tuesday. “Troy is a fantastic person and a great goalkeeper. He was a tremendous acquisition for the club two years ago. But when you sit down and you have staff meetings and you give everyone an active voice and the unanimous decision is this is what’s right for the club, you do what’s right for the club.”
Timbers acquire New Zealand international Ian Hogg,
trade defender Mike Chabala to D.C. United,
Portland also acquires first-round pick in 2014 MLS Supplemental Draft from United
Born: Dec. 15, 1989, in Auckland, New Zealand
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Last Club: Auckland City FC (New Zealand)
Citizenship: New Zealand
Timbers' Dike looks bright after return from successful loan
BEAVERTON, Ore. – When Portland Timbers forward Bright Dike was shipped to the LA Blues of USL Pro earlier this season on loan, he tried to look on the bright side – he'd get more game experience and a chance to show Portland what he is capable of.
But if being sent to a third-division team wasn't a wake-up call for Dike, a former first-round pick of the Columbus Crew in the 2010 SuperDraft, it certainly opened his eyes to the fleeting nature of being a professional athlete
Cascade Of Relief
Timbers get crucial win, move to pole position in Cascadia Cup race
PORTLAND, Ore. – Gavin Wilkinson’s description of his first MLS win at the helm of the Portland Timbers was straight and to the point.
“It’s a lot better than losing; a lot better than tying,” said Wilkinson, who suffered through a seven-game winless streak after taking over for the fired John Spencer before Saturday night’s 2-1 victory over Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps at JELD-WEN Field.
Translated: one big sigh of relief.
Timbers name Caleb Porter as head coach for 2013 season
Porter has become one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history at Akron
The Portland Timbers today named Caleb Porter as the club’s head coach for the 2013 season. Porter will lead the Timbers after seven seasons at the University of Akron, where he has become one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history. He also recently served as the head coach of the U.S. U-23 National Team. Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson made the announcement.
Porter, 37, will remain the head coach at Akron through the 2012 NCAA season. He will assume his role with the Timbers and be introduced formally as the club’s second MLS head coach at a news conference in Portland in December.
Bright As Day
Dike turns home Zizzo cross as Timbers win 1-0 over Rapids
Timbers' Ricketts out 2-4 weeks with separated shoulder
BEAVERTON, Ore. – Portland Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and midfielder Diego Chara, both of whom left the game injured in Saturday's 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders, will be out for Wednesday's match against the MLS-leading San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium (7:30pm PT KPDX, 750 AM The Game / La Pantera 940).
The team said he sustained a Grade 1 shoulder separation resulting from his collision with Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson in the 52nd minute of their 1-1 draw this past Saturday. Timbers interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson said the Jamaican will likely be out two weeks, four at the most.
Jewsbury, Timbers stun Whitecaps to take Cascadia Cup
VANCOUVER, B.C. — It’s been a tough season for the Portland Timbers, but the club more than played its part in the MLS playoff picture Sunday evening at BC Place, picking up a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps behind a golazo from captain Jack Jewsbury.
The result, Portland’s first road win of the season, earned the Timbers the 2012 Cascadia Cup, an amount of solace in a disappointing campaign.
From the standpoint of the playoff picture, the draw puts the Caps’ postseason chances in jeopardy. A win would’ve clinched them a berth, but now they must wait to see if 6th-place FC Dallas can make up the ground in their remaining games.
Timbers' Porter has high hopes for Nagbe, but not for Boyd
PORTLAND, Ore. – At long last, Rose City, meet Caleb Porter – in the flesh.
The Portland Timbers’ new head coach was finally introduced to media and supporters in a Tuesday morning press conference at JELD-WEN Field, nearly five months after the club announced he had been hired to replace former boss John Spencer.
In the expansive Q&A session, the former University of Akron coach addressed finally making the jump to the professional ranks despite a number of previous opportunities, in addition to the myriad issues that face the 37-year-old when the 2013 season kicks off in two months.
“This was a special situation,” Porter said, of course noting the ravenous support as a main draw. “It would have taken right fit. And the Portland Timbers was that right opportunity, that right fit.”
Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Argentine playmaker arrives on loan as Timbers' newest DP
The Portland Timbers' offseason shuffle just keeps on getting better.
The club announced Thursday that is has acquired Argentine midfielder Diego Valeri as a Designated Player, and he will join Portland on loan from Argentine first-division side Club Atlético Lanús. He will be added to the Timbers’ roster pending the receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate (ITC), and will occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster. Per league and club policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Timbers sign defender Ryan Miller
Defender returns to MLS after four seasons in Sweden’s top leagues
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers have signed defender Ryan Miller, it was announced today. Miller returns to MLS after four seasons in Sweden, where he recently helped Halmstads BK regain promotion to the country’s top flight. He will be added to the Timbers’ roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per league and club policy, terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Miller, 28, was originally selected by the Columbus Crew in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and after two seasons in MLS signed with Sweden’s Ljungskile SK in 2009. He then joined Halmstads BK in 2010 and became a key contributor for the club, appearing in 73 league matches over three seasons in Sweden’s top leagues.
Porter gets his first real look at Timbers, and vice versa
Portland's Dike has torn ACL, out until August
With his future looking brighter than ever, Portland Timbers forward Bright Dike has reportedly suffered another injury setback.
Almost two years to the day after he ruptured his Achilles’ tendon in a preseason game, Dike was severely injured again, after colliding with Sounders goalkeeper Josh Ford in the second half of Tuesday’s preseason game in Tucson, Ariz.
Timbers acquire midfielder Ben Zemanski from Chivas USA in exchange for allocation money, right of first refusal to Jonathan Bornstein
Three-year MLS veteran played in 72 regular season matches with two goals, seven assists
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced that the club has acquired midfielder Ben Zemanski from Chivas USA in exchange for allocation money and the right of first refusal to defender Jonathan Bornstein. Per league and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A veteran of three MLS seasons, Zemanski, 24, played in 72 regular-season matches, recording two goals and seven assists with Chivas USA from 2010-12. He was selected by Chivas USA in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft after a notable collegiate career at the University of Akron, where he played under Timbers head coach Caleb Porter.
Born: May 12, 1988, in Akron, Ohio
Hometown: Akron, Ohio
Last Club: Chivas USA
College: University of Akron
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Acquired Feb. 13, 2013, from Chivas USA in exchange for allocation money and the MLS rights to defender Jonathan Bornstein.
2013 Depth Chart: Portland Timbers
Will Johnson takes Timbers armband from Jack Jewsbury
PORTLAND, Ore. – Will Johnson didn’t arrive to the Portland Timbers expecting to strip the captain’s armband from veteran Jack Jewsbury.
And even after Johnson, the former Real Salt Lake midfielder who was one of new head coach Caleb Porter’s first acquisitions this offseason, was given the honor for 2013, he said it in no way means Jewsbury’s role is diminished.
To make that message official, Porter also named Jewsbury “club captain,” a title more common in overseas leagues.
“I get along really, really well with Jack,” Johnson told MLSsoccer.com after Wednesday’s training session at JELD-WEN Field. “I think he’s great. The things he’s done here over the past two years are commendable. The things he’s done over his career are very respectable; he’s up there with some of the best MLS players who have played in this league
Portland Timbers add former EPL, Ligue 1 striker Frederic Piquionne
The Portland Timbers announced on Thursday that the club has signed forward Frédéric Piquionne to a one-year contract. He will be added to the roster pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and a P-1 visa, and will occupy an international slot on the Timbers roster.
Piquionne, 34, joins the Timbers after playing the last three seasons in England, including two seasons in the Premier League with Portsmouth (2009-10) and West Ham United (2010-11). His career includes eight seasons (2001-09) in France’s top-flight Ligue 1, playing in more than 200 matches and scoring more than 50 goals with clubs Rennes, Saint-Étienne, AS Monaco and Lyon.
Portland Timbers 3, Colorado Rapids 0
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers got just about all they could ask for out of a two-week stretch that included four MLS games after Sunday’s 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids vaulted them into a tie atop the Western Conference standings with Real Salt Lake.
First-half goals by Frédéric Piquionne and Will Johnson and a late strike by Ryan Johnson, all three assisted by Rodney Wallace, were more than enough for the league’s highest-scoring offense.
The Timbers now enter a sustained break from MLS play having taken eight points in wins over Colorado and then-first-place FC Dallas and draws with Chicago and the LA Galaxy, extending their franchise-best unbeaten streak to 15 games.
Back In Business
Timbers light up Toronto FC in 4-0 victory at JELD-WEN Field
PORTLAND, Ore. – A Kalif Alhassan goal right before halftime and late strikes by Rodney Wallace, Will Johnson and Diego Valeri was just what the doctor ordered for the Portland Timbers in a welcome 4-0 victory Saturday night at JELD-WEN Field over struggling Toronto FC.
The victory halted Portland’s first two-game losing streak of the season and maintained their spot in the playoff picture, still tied for fourth place with 42 points from 27 games. Toronto, meanwhile, saw their winless streak reach five games after a week that featured yet another shakeup at the Canadian club.
Portland Timbers' Caleb Porter wins 2013 MLS Coach of the Year award
NEW YORK — It's pretty safe to say that Caleb Porter not only met expectactions this year, he crushed them.
In his first year as a head coach at the pro level, Porter guided the Portland Timbers to an impressive turnaround that saw them finish the regular season with the best Western Conference record at 14-5-15.
Porter's stylish brand of soccer and strong rookie year earned him plenty of admiration throughout MLS, and on Monday, he was named the MLS Coach of the Year, beating out the New York Red Bulls' Mike Petke, Jason Kreis of MLS Cup finalists Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids manager Oscar Pareja.
Alliance between Portland Timbers and USL PRO's Sacramento Republic FC a done deal
Signs continue to indicate that the Portland Timbers and the USL PRO’s newly created Sacramento Republic FC will form a partnership for the 2014 season.
The latest indication comes in the form of a report on Soccerly.com that says the agreement for Sacramento to become an affiliate of the Timbers is a “100-percent done deal,” citing an anonymous source close to SRFC.
A Portland Timbers spokesperson declined to comment on the report when contacted by MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday. A report in the website ProstAmerika.com on Nov. 13 first linked the two clubs.
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