Stumptown Footy Archives for January 2011

Are you ready for this? Production values are looking really good, check this vid out on the first...

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Are you ready for this? Production values are looking really good, check this vid out on the first day as NBC Sports.

Timbers Tid Bits: Gavin Wilkinson Edition

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Good article on MLSsoccer.com about Gavin Wilkinson and his travels abroad. I think we all already knew this, but he pretty much spelled it out that we're going to see a couple new faces this off season from abroad which shouldn't be surprising given the amount of scouting he's been doing in recent months.

No, Drew Moor Isn't Going to be a Timber

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No, Drew Moor Isn't Going to be a Timber

... at least not yet! (Kidding!)

Apparently Drew tweeted something the other day that sent Colorado Rapid fans into a rumor frenzy.

The exact tweet was:

Gettin my game on with K Cooper #2012

I could see how that could be misinterpreted.

Heading Into January, What Can We Expect?

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With 2012 just a few days away, I thought it might be appropriate to guide everybody on what we can expect as we hit the new year. For those that weren't with us last year, it's quite the spectacle as January and a bit of February are often the most exciting months in the off season due to all the transfer rumors, transfers, SuperDraft, training, and so much more.

Is College Soccer Good for MLS?

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For the longest time I have been a type of Eurosnob, you know those fans who want the MLS to be like Europe. I am not a fan of the single table, nor am I a fan of only the ManUre's of the world. I was only a Eurosnob about youth development. They have been doing it there for 100+ years so they have to know how to do it.

Top 100 Youth 2012 Soccer players as ranked by Top Drawer Soccer, blue pins are male and pink are...

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Top 100 Youth 2012 Soccer players as ranked by Top Drawer Soccer, blue pins are male and pink are female. Great to see 3 (of them are from the Portland Area. Get them in the Academy ASAP.

Timbers Tid Bits: John Strong Edition

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So we announced it on Twitter yesterday, but I figured the man at least deserved a bit of recognition in today's Timbers Tid Bits.

If you didn't ehar, JohnS trong won MLS's "Broadcast Call of the Year" for his decidedly epic announcement of Darlington Nagbe's "Goal of the Year." I didn't get a chance to watch every single game, but I can't think of another, more passionate announcer and I was very happy to see John get the recognition he deserves.

We're still working our way back into the news cycle here at SF, but in the meantime check out this...

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We're still working our way back into the news cycle here at SF, but in the meantime check out this amazing gingerbread Jeld-Wen Field found on the Timbers Facebook page.

[Timbers Facebook]

You know your Mom loves you when she gives you this as your present this year and your brothers get...

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You know your Mom loves you when she gives you this as your present this year and your brothers get Timbers Beanies.

mom

Rodney Wallace scored his second international goal for Costa Rica in a friendly against Venezuela...

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Rodney Wallace scored his second international goal for Costa Rica in a friendly against Venezuela yesterday. Credit to "Homes in Catacombs" for posting this in the Fan Shots.

The Controversial US Open Cup Hosting Bid Process Explained

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The Controversial US Open Cup Hosting Bid Process Explained

Josh Hakala of TheCup.us explains the often unpopular bid process of the US Open Cup and managers from all levels of US Soccer weigh in on the tournament.

Futty Danso Preparing for the Season

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Futty Danso Preparing for the Season

Futty Danso looks to get ready for the season by joining Oregon Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker. Looks like he will be even more graceful while only being called for 2 fouls the entire season

Timbers Tid Bits: Timbers Army Edition

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There's a nice article in here on the Tmbers Army by iSportsWeb (never heard of em myself) with Garrett Dittfurth, one of the Board of Directors for the TA. I wouldn't go so far as to say it's embellishing what we've become in the north end, I will say, however, that it's a very flattering article.

Assistant Coach Trevor James Leaves the Portland Timbers

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Trevor James, an assistant coach for the Portland Timbers during the 2011 season has officially departed from the team's technical staff today. Those of you who were with us during this past pre-season will remember that he had spent the previous 5 years as an assistant coach and director with the LA Galaxy, which means he brought a lot of experience from one of MLS's best teams to the Timbers, unfortunately for us.

And now, the winner of the Portland Timbers holiday jingle contest.

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And now, the winner of the Portland Timbers holiday jingle contest.

Timbers Tid Bits: Matt Hegdes Edition

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With 2011 closing out here in the next couple weeks, all eyes on MLS are pointing towards the SuperDraft and, with that, we have a couple mock drafts that have Portland selecting defender Matt Hedges as their pick. My personal favorite mocki draft so far is WVHooligan.com's where Drew picked Hedges for Portland:

Portland was hurt by their defense one time too many in their expansion season.

Portland Timbers to Host Chivas USA, San Jose Earthquakes and Sweden's AIK in Pre-Season Tournament at Jeld-Wen Field

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Well we've all been wondering what the Portland Timbers pre-season plans were and today they've been given a serious spotlight. Per the title of this article, the Timbers will host Chivas USA, San Jose Earthquakes and AIK (from Sweden's first division Allsvenskan) from February 27th-March 4th, about 1 week prior to First Kick 2012).

Preseason tourney @ JWF. 2 MLS sides plus us and AIK (Swedish 1st division). for STHs all games...

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Preseason tourney @ JWF. 2 MLS sides plus us and AIK (Swedish 1st division). for STHs all games count as exhib.game A. Details today #RCTID

Via @MerrittPaulson.

He goes on to say the Timbers are looking to build a solid relationship with AIK. Very exciting.

Timbers Tid Bits: 2013 Kits Edition

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So here's a hot topic for you guys: as I was preparing for today's TTB (which is going to be daily again from now on) I saw this little tweet from Merritt Paulson:

Finalized 2013 kits today-tough as I like current so much. Pleased still. Hopefully no leaks; if so,at least decent image unlike past leaks

So we now know that we will get a refreshed primary and secondary kit in 2013, but more than that we know that it's different enough that owner Merritt Paulson put special emphasis on his love of the current ones in his tweet meaning that there's a reasonable assumption we could see some fairly big changes.

In case you didn't get a chance to see it yet. Here are some of Valencia's highlights.

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In case you didn't get a chance to see it yet. Here are some of Valencia's highlights.

Google Trends: How popular are the Timbers?

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I was reading the Oregonian today and there was an article which talked about the top ten Portland searches for 2011. The top ten are:

1. Oregon DMV
2. Oregon Unemployment
3. Oregonian
4. PCC (Portland Community College)
5. Multnomah county library
6. oregon live (The website that publishes Oregonian articles)
7.

How I Met the Portland Timbers

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As part of Stumptown Footy's continuing offseason autobiographical series on how soccer explains our lives, here's my very long story about my youth soccer playing days in Minnesota, stints in Europe, and eventual connection with the Portland Timbers. It's the story of a lifelong search for a soccer team to support, and all the stumbling blocks along the way.

Merry Christmas Timbers Fans! Jose Adolfo Valencia Signed as Second DP [Official]

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It looks like we Timbers fans are going to get an early Christmas present from the Timbers organization as they've announced, for really reals, that Jose Adolfo Valencia, the Colombian U-20 national team standout has been officially signed as the Timbers second Designated Player.

We've essentially covered El Trencito over the last few weeks so there's not much to say that you shouldn't already know.

Toronto FC goalkeeper coach Mike Toshack leaves the club and joins Portland Timbers #MLS

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Toronto FC goalkeeper coach Mike Toshack leaves the club and joins Portland Timbers #MLS

via @LukeWileman, a well respected Canadian sports journalist.

No official announcement just yet.

Timbers Name Adam Smith as Academy and Youth Goalkeeping Director

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So here's some news for you guys! And I apologize that it's coming just a bit later than my usual punctual self. Today has been quite hectic for some of my other writing duties... and we'll just leave it at that.

In any case, Adam Smith the 2010-2011 season goalkeeping coach has gotten a bit of a promotion after being moved over to a Director position with the Timbers Academy.

For all of us geography nerds out there... here is the 107ist membership in the Portland area...

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For all of us geography nerds out there... here is the 107ist membership in the Portland area broken down by zip code.

Very, very cool.

[via Timbers Army]

NTR: USSF Budget for the Next Fiscal Year

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NTR: USSF Budget for the Next Fiscal Year

Steven Goff obtained the USSF budget proposal for the 2013 Fiscal Year. Interesting read and something that will impact the MLS. The biggest impact being the 1.1 Million dollar increase in spending on referee training.

Re-Entry Draft Stage 2: LA Galaxy Dominates

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So Stage 2 of the Re-Entry Draft has just concluded. It was a bit more lively than Stage 1 but still not hugely impactful. Most teams passed outright with the Los Angeles Galaxy taking a starring role by adding four players and picking up two of their own players again.

Unsurprisingly the Portland Timbers passed on Stage 2 and also passed on selecting their own players once again.

Reminder: Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 in 15 minutes!

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Reminder: Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 in 15 minutes!

As with last week's picks we'll update with which players were selected. If Portland does select somebody we'll go a bit further into detail and analysis of said pick.

Three Generations of Timbers Fans: The Gates Family Story

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Our story is not unique nor is it amazing but it really is indicative of how the Timbers have continued to be a big part of the Portland community. I asked my Dad to relate his thoughts and memories of the Timbers in the 70's and I will explain how his involvement shaped my family and our love for Soccer and the Timbers.

Reminder: College Cup Today at 1:00PM

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Once again the College Cup is upon us. While this game has little to do with MLS as a whole, it's nice to see the current top crop of NCAA soccer prospects, especially since many of them are probably looking at MLS as an entry to playing professionally. A few are probably already signed up for Generation Adidas as well.

Portland Timbers U-23 Team: After the College Season

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With the College season coming to end this weekend it is time to take a look at how the U-23 Timbers faired in their respective college seasons. I know there were some older players and international players, however I only included College players in this report.

Ricky Abrego

Not the best year for the UNLV Rebels as they went 3-12.

No Movil in Chicos game today

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No Movil in Chicos game today

s/o to Daaaave for alerting me, between roasting people on SCUSA.

I honestly didn't think he'd come up here and play in the game, and so maybe he was up here given he didn't even come off the bench. I stand corrected.

A Question Answered Concerning Ryan Pore

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A Question Answered Concerning Ryan Pore

The MLS released the list of players available in round 2 of the re-entry draft. If you look at the list the Montreal Impact actually do have a player listed, Ryan Pore. Apparently the loan was actually a trade.

Rodney Wallace Gets Called Up for National Team Duty

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Well at least we'll be able to watch one Timber this off season as it looks like Rodney Wallace is off to represent Costa Rica once again. Both matches are international friendlies, but any national time he can get the better, in my opinion.

The first match will be against Cuba in Cuba... not many Americans can say they've been there.

Join Kelly (from Timbers Insider and Mao (from Mao's Football Show) at Jeld-Wen Field for their...

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Join Kelly (from Timbers Insider and Mao (from Mao's Football Show) at Jeld-Wen Field for their fifth episode of Soccer Made In Portland.

This was filmed live right before the third kit unveiling earlier this week.

Timbers Tid Bits: Combine Edition

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Yesterday we saw the release of the players who will be involved in the 2012 MLS Combine. It was quite the impressive list of 52 players and one that we here at Stumptown Footy will be pouring over as we look for potential candidates for the Timbers #8 pick in the 2012 SuperDraft.

One thing to note is that this is not the full list of players that will be involved in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

List of Invitees to 2012 MLS Combine

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List of Invitees to 2012 MLS Combine

MLS has released the list of official invitees to the pre-draft combine. One local product left of the list was Brent Richards, which may mean he is considered Home Grown.

Interview with John Spencer

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Interview with John Spencer

A little short, but still pretty interesting.

Portland Timbers Third Kit Unveiling Pictures and Notes, Plus Other Juicy Bits

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So you guys have already seen the new third kit. Personally, I'm very impressed not only with the design (which we already had an idea of anyways) but with the way they went about making the kit. But more on that a little bit below...

First some pictures! You guys have already seen all the pictures from the official Timbers site and the store I'm sure, but I've gone ahead and took some of my own.

Timbers unveil retro-inspired third kit for 2012!

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Timbers unveil retro-inspired third kit for 2012!

Portland Timbers To Close out First Kick Celebration

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The Portland Timbers just issued a press release concerning the Timbers home opener.

TIMBERS FEATURED NATIONALLY ON ESPN2, TO FACE PHILADELPHIA IN SEASON OPENER
Club to open 2012 MLS season March 12 in marquee match at JELD-WEN Field

PORTLAND, Ore.

Three Picks Made in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft

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Three Picks Made in Stage 1 of the Re-Entry Draft

Portland passed.

Arturo Alvarez to Chivas USA
Carlos Mendes to Columbus Crew
Danleigh Borman to New England Revolution

Timbers Tid Bits: Re-Entry Draft Stage 1 Edition

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Today marks the first stage of the MLS Re-Entry Draft, the draft selection where players can be transferred to other teams if their option is declined by their original team. I'm expecting this first stage to be fairly uneventful. Montreal might pick up a player or two, but otherwise I'm expecting most teams to pass as they did last year.

Merritt Paulson on a Radio Show, Soccer Today

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Merritt Paulson on a Radio Show, Soccer Today

Merritt discusses the unbalanced schedule, his interaction with other owners, which fans to target, and more. He comes on at the 22nd minute.

The similarities between the most populous city in Oregon and Spencer’s birthplace do not end...

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The similarities between the most populous city in Oregon and Spencer's birthplace do not end there. The 41-year-old is now living in another football-crazy town. "Portland is the home of soccer in America," he says. "The game is so popular here. The playing fields are packed at the weekend.

Interesting Article About a Timbers Trialist

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Interesting Article About a Timbers Trialist

Kyle Altman was one of the trialists who trained with the Timbers after the season ended. 25 years old, he served as captain of the NSC Minnesota Stars, the 2011 NASL champions. Sounds like if he doesn't make the jump to MLS in the next couple of years he might decide to hang up the cleats and go to med school.

Preparing for the 2012 MLS SuperDraft: FOX Soccer's Top 25

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With the 2011 season officially over and the Expansion Draft having come and gone we've begun to see many trades and player movements throughout MLS, including our own Portland Timbers who have dropped a number of players and are bringing on a new DP in the coming days/weeks.

But with all that done, there's still one huge event looming on the horizon: the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

L'Impact de Montreal maillot. Very nice closeup of the embossed fleur de lis here.

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L'Impact de Montreal maillot.

Very nice closeup of the embossed fleur de lis here.

All the Timbers goals from the 2011 Season

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All the Timbers goals from the 2011 Season

1) Big changes coming to officiating system. #MLS has proposed using foreign referees, one source...

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1) Big changes coming to officiating system. #MLS has proposed using foreign referees, one source tells me.

2) #MLS ref Terry Vaughn dismissed from USSF full-time program. Performance based. Only Salazar, Toledo remain. Vaughn still in general pool

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Young DP player signed soon. world-class potential..big addition for us and league. turning 20...

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Young DP player signed soon. world-class potential..big addition for us and league. turning 20 soon. no announce until ITC approved #RCTID

Via Merritt Paulson's twitter.

Word on the street is that it is José Adolfo Valencia. I believe he would be the youngest DP in the league, though correct me if I'm wrong.

Portland Timbers Roster Analysis: Defenders

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By now we all know the story pretty well: the defense was crap at the beginning of the season, but by the end it was one of the Portland Timbers' strengths. Individual players improved, as did communication amongst them, and the front office augmented that development with a shrewd mid-season trade.

The Little Train is stopping in Portland

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The Little Train is stopping in Portland

According to Google Translation the Santa Fe president confirmed the talks are either done or almost done. I will have a professional translation up later today.

2011 Re-Entry Draft: Possible Portland Picks

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The Major League Soccer re-entry draft will take place on Monday and there are plenty of players available, many of whom you have probably never heard of before (a full list can be found here and our discussion to date can be found here). Selections in the 2010 edition of the re-entry draft were rare with only two players going in the first round.