Who Needs To Go On Loan
Gleeson has been third on the Timbers' depth chart since his knee injury early last season. With the addition of David Meves via the Supplemental Draft, a player described by Caleb Porter as "a training goalkeeper" who "maybe in the future becomes a guy who plays", Gleeson's place on the roster is increasingly in peril.
At the beginning of the 2011 season, both the first- and second-string keepers Troy Perkins and Adin Brown picked up injuries and Jake Gleeson, suddenly the team's only healthy keeper, was called on to start a few games early in the season, including the home opener. In that time, Gleeson endeared himself to the fans and made some thoroughly impressive saves.
With tomorrow's big game the first since the trading away of both Troy Perkins and Mike Chabala,
there's been a lot of opinion and suggestions coming from the fan base on what the Portland Timbers
FO should do with regards to players. Obviously, most of you probably wouldn't have traded Perkins
away, some of you probably would have traded Chabala.
Donovan Ricketts took in his first practice with the Portland Timbers today as the team held a
closed training session at their Beaverton practice facility. While we did not get to see Ricketts
in an actual game situation, he looked good in warm ups, getting down quickly and making some nice
saves, and seemed genuinely pleased to be in Portland when facing the press after practice.
The Portland Timbers have had defensive issues for most of the 2012 season, and it is a reason
they are out of the playoff race in the MLS Western Conference, so it shouldn't come as a surprise
that the team shook up the roster on Thursday with another trade and an international player
More breaking news this morning from the Portland Timbers as they look to bring in young talent
while clearing their bench in two trades this morning.
First we see New Zealand International defender Ian Hogg join the roster. Ian most recently
played in the Olympics with the New Zealand national team and will join fellow Kiwi, Jake Gleeson,
on the roster.
The Portland Timbers held a closed practice at Jeld-Wen Field today ahead of their game against
Chivas USA tomorrow: their second in as many weeks. Practice was closed after the team went through
their usual warm ups and some passing drills and not reopened until after eleven.
Eric Brunner once again practiced with the team, staying on the pitch through the end of
Brian Rowe Joins LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy have signed Eugene native Brian Rowe, who has spent most of this season training
with the Portland Timbers.
In his role as MLS Pool Goalkeeper, Rowe occasionally played for the Timbers Reserve side in
place of keepers Jake Gleeson and Joe Bendik while they recovered from injuries.
As any supporter of the Portland Timbers should know, four former members of the U23s have been
promoted to the first team since the team's inception in 2008. Two of the now-first teamers
(Freddie Braun and Jake Gleeson) signed out of the MLS squad's first training camp. Rookie Ryan
Kawulok was signed after being drafted by the Timbers in the supplemental draft, while fellow
rookie Brent Richards became the Timbers first Home Grown Player.
With two games against Colorado in six days, the Timbers had a light practice session today at
the team's Beaverton training center. Friday's starting eleven broke off and took part in a short
regen session before heading inside while the rest of the team did their fitness work and played a
short field game.
Timbers trade-apalooza continued today with Mike Chabala missing from practice after being
traded away to DC United. The Timbers held an open practice at their Beaverton training center that
was sparsely attended between trades, call ups, and sicknesses.
Missing from practice today were Jack Jewsbury and Steve Purdy.
Today's training report already had enough going on in it, so I thought I would go ahead and
start a new thread for the day's quotes from Jack Jewsbury and Jake Gleeson. Here we go!
On the Troy Perkins trade
Yeah, it is tough. I saw him before we came out here.
The Timbers held a closed training session at their Beaverton practice facility today as they
prepared to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps this Saturday. With every player but Chris Taylor
(Taylor was added to the IR list last week) present, the Timbers had a record 32 players in
training today, more than were at any practice this year before this week.
The Timbers held their first practice at Jeld-Wen Field since Gavin Wilkinson assumed the head
coach's position. Although today's practice was closed, the press was not booted off the field
until almost 10:40, a record in recent weeks. Wilkinson started things off with the usual warm ups
before moving to passing drills and games of keep away before practice was closed.
After the big news of Troy Perkins' trade today the Timbers still practiced at their Beaverton
training facility. Perkins was sighted briefly before practice as he stopped by to say goodbye to
his teammates and clean out his locker.
Donovan Ricketts, who was picked up in exchange for Perkins, will practice with the team for the
first time on Friday, according to Gavin Wilkinson.
The Timbers held a closed practice at their Beaverton training facility as they returned from
their midweek day off. Where Wednesday's practice seemed somewhat unsettled at times, today saw the
team out and joking with each other from the get go.
After the usual running, the team broke into groups for games of keep away and Gavin Wilkinson
yelled for the "privileged kids" to get in the middle.
The Timbers held a long training session today at their Beaverton training facility. With the
team bolstered by their improved play at home against Aston Villa on Tuesday night, training was
lively as the team prepares to take on Chivas USA this weekend.
Helping to run the proceedings was new assistant coach Sean McAuley.
The Timbers held practice today at Jeld-Wen Field for the first time since their 5-0 loss to FC
Dallas on Saturday. With only one day of practice between their two game road trip through
California and Texas last week and tomorrow's friendly match against Aston Villa, the Timbers kept
practice short today, heading inside to watch the tape of Saturday's loss together shortly after
The Portland Timbers held their last training session before embarking this afternoon on a five
day, two game road trip through Carson and Frisco. Today's per-game preparations necessitated a
closed but short practice before the team heads off to the airport this afternoon.
The Timbers' line up was unchanged from yesterday with Eric Brunner, Chris Taylor, and Rodney
Wallace all missing practice due to injury, while Jake Gleeson is still abroad with the New Zealand
The Portland Timbers held a regeneration session today at their Beaverton training facility.
With Saturday's starters, minus Lovel Palmer, heading inside after a brief workout the Timbers
youngsters had a chance to shine in the the team's first open practice in months.
After the hard-fought, if futile, game over the weekend it was good to see all of the Timbers
back on the pitch today.
With The LA Galaxy coming to town tomorrow, the Timbers underwent their final preparations for
the two teams' third match up of the season at practice today. Training today was a closed session
that, at an hour and fifteen minutes, ran somewhat longer than John Spencer's usual pre-match
practices, which usually were between forty five minutes and an hour long.
Today's practice was a tricky one with all sorts of news, rumors, and misinterpreted tweets
flying around. Despite all that, practice kicked off like any other out in Beaverton before being
closed to the press.
Kosuke Kimura, the team's new signing, had not yet been announced and was not with the team at
the beginning of training, but apparently he worked out with the team after the press was
The Timbers held a closed practice today their Beaverton training facility. With the sun out,
spirits seemed high during the team's warm-up as they mixed things up from their usual routine with
some rugby-style passing drills. Perhaps predictably, few of the American players knew what fitness
coach John Ireland meant by "rugby football passing".
In their last training session before flying to LA to take on the Galaxy tomorrow, the Timbers
found themselves in the middle of a much more busy training facility that normal. With the usual
practice taking place alongside a Tualatin Hills United Soccer Club tournament and a tour for
sponsors of the team, the atmosphere around the Timbers training facility was much more lively that
Today's Timbers practice was once again closed to the press as the team trained at the Beaverton
training facility. However, for the first time since the beginning of the break, the team was still
out on the field kicking the ball around when the press was allowed to return.
Kris Boyd, who put in an appearance at the season ticket holders event last night after getting
back in to town earlier in the day, practiced with the team today.
The Portland Timbers held practice today at their Beaverton training facility. As has been the
case over the last two weeks, practice was completely closed outside the league mandated 15 minutes
at the beginning of the day.
Eric Brunner is still concussed. Rodney Wallace's ankle is still hurt.
Today's closed practice at the Timbers training center saw the introduction of forward Danny
Mwanga to the team. Mwanga took part in the full practice and was mobbed by the press
Once again Eric Brunner was not at practice as he continues to recover from a concussion
suffered against Vancouver.
The Timbers held a closed practice today at their Beaverton Training Facility. With a number of
players still missing and new acquisition Danny Mwanga not yet arrived, the group at practice was a
Mwanga, who the Timbers picked up yesterday from the Philadelphia Union, should be arriving in
time to practice with the team tomorrow, leaving him just over a week to get acclimated before the
Timbers take on the Galaxy in LA.
The Portland Timbers held a closed practice today at the tram's training facility in Beaverton.
With no games to play until the 17th, John Spencer was true to his word and the Timbers trained
longer than usual, not wrapping up practice until 11:30.
Eric Brunner and Sebastian Rincon both missed practice due to injury, although Rincon was
present and rehabbing at the practice facility.
The Portland Timbers held training this morning at their Beaverton facility. It was yet another
closed session, as will all sessions be for the foreseeable future. At the end of the session
today, all players except the goalkeepers left the pitch as a unit, instead of the usual lingering
to get in some extra work.
After canceling practice yesterday (a decision that came before the Timbers shocking Open Cup
defeat), the Timbers got back on the pitch at their new training facility today. With a long rest
starting for the first team and a reserve game tomorrow, the Timbers did not have a very strenuous
practice but did close the proceedings to the press after completing their warm-ups.
Timbers U-23s forward Mark Sherrod named to PDL All-Western Conference Team
Mark Sherrod joins former Timbers U-23s players and current Timbers first-teamers Freddie Braun
(2010), Jake Gleeson (2010), Ryan Kawulok (2010-11), Brent Richards (2009-11) as well as current
Beaverton High School head soccer coach Ryan Youngblood (2009) on the list of Portland players to
receive PDL All-Western Conference selections