The Portland Timbers did something rather amazing to help a child who had a special wish. Make-A-Wish Oregon became aware of a child, Atticus, who had a dream for his soccer team and him to play the Portland Timbers in a match. The team not only put that all together, but made it truly a game day experience for Atticus and his Green Machine teammates.
We have complete player ratings for every Portland Timbers player that appeared against Sporting Kansas City in the Timbers' 3 to 2 win on the road. We also have a rating for the coaching staff and a complete team rating.
Here are player evaluations for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the team's 1 all draw in San Jose (Ok, Santa Clara to be specific) on April 21. We have ratings for every player plus a composite rating for the coaches and team.
PORTLAND, ORE.- When Caleb Porter named two captains in the offseason, it seemed like an unusual step for the club. Jack Jewsbury had his gameday armband removed and named a club captain, while newcomer Will Johnson took over the on-field captain's role.
Six weeks into the season, it seems that the two captains have built an on-and-off-field relationship that has provided dividends for the club.
We have complete player evaluations for every Portland Timbers player that appeared against San Jose on April 14, plus a composite rating for the team and the coaches. Suffice to say, the overall effort was impressive.
We have complete player evaluations for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in their 2 to 0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on April 6 at home. It was a very impressive effort, especially considering two starters had to be replaced with the match's first 30 minutes due to injury.
We have complete player evaluations for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the 2-all draw in Colorado. The result gave Portland another point while they search for their first win of the 2013 season, but they have shown a resilience to fight back against deficits in each fixture.
Jack Jewsbury... Cap'n Jack... The Cap'n. I hope Jack Jewsbury becomes one of those players who's with the Portland Timbers until he retires. Honestly, I think he's become a pivotal leadership figure within the locker room and no matter what he's doing elsewhere, I can't see anything good come from his leaving.
Jack Jewsbury, Portland Timbers vs Chivas, Photo: Gary Sheldon | ProstAmerika.com
An intriguing interconference matchup kicks off the new season when the Portland Timbers play host to the New York Red Bulls at Jeld-Wen Field before an ESPN2 audience. Both teams are led by new coaches – Caleb Porter having taken over the reins of the Timbers, while former New York defender Mike Petke is now in charge of the Red Bulls.
In part 7 of our Portland Timbers season preview, we look at the Timbers midfield in greater detail. Melding some holder players with MLS veterans and talented youth should energize this group greatly, and give Coach Caleb Porter plenty of options to populate his game-day lineup.
After captaining the Timbers through the preseason following the injury to Jack Jewsbury, Will Johnson's position as the captain of the Timbers was made official today by Caleb Porter. Porter praised Johnson's leadership and attitude, remarking that Will is a player who can "grab guys by the scruff of their neck.
After practice today, Caleb Porter answered some questions and in the process announced that Will Johnson will be the Captain of the Portland Timbers. As for Jack Jewsbury, he can still be considered Captain Jack, as he will be a "Club Captain." Here is what Caleb had to say about appointing Will and moving Jack to Club Captain:
Yeah, told the guys today, and it was like I told you guys yesterday, no real mystery: Will Johnson has been appointed as our team captain.
The Portland Timbers played against a team of eight-year-olds on Wednesday and lost 10-9. The match, played in one end of the Timbers' JELD-WEN Field, was organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation on behalf of Atticus Lane-Dupre, who scored four goals in the match, including the winner. Atticus learned he had cancer last fall when he started to feel pain while playing the game he loves.
So many words can be used to describe the Portland Timbers' performance against the Houston Dynamo, but I'll still with just one: dominating. While Houston certainly had their chances, especially during a 10-15 minute run in the first half, the rest of the game, the possession, and pretty much every other stat was dominated by the Timbers.
Portland played one of their worst halves of the season in the first half and it looked like it would be another dismal performance at The Dick. The first indication that it could be a dismal performance came on a free kick in the third minute for the Colorado Rapids in the third minute of play. Jack Jewsbury was easily beaten to the ball by 19 year old Rookie Shane O'Niell and his looping header towards the back post looked as if it was going to go in before but instead kissed the inside of the post.
The Timbers Started out today's practice with a brief warm-up before diving into the yo-yo fitness test, or "beep" test. After testing was complete the team went back to their usual activities, playing several games of keep away before finishing up practice with a short fielded game of six on six.
With a good team performance overall in the oppressive confines of Centurylink Field it was hard for us each to pick out a nominee for Man of the Match. After much deliberation, however, we made our picks.
For the past few years, it hasn't been too tempting to own anyone from that hippie enclave a couple hours to the south. Or the backwater town up north, for that matter. As the Portland and Vancouver franchises fought through their expansion years, you could count the number of fantasy-worthy players on one hand and still--like the scoreboard operators in either city--have a couple of digits to spare.
Practice was closed early today as the team prepares for what is traditionally the biggest match of the season. Speaking after practice, Ryan Miller told the press that it was clear how important the rivalry against Seattle is to the Portland fans.
Ask most die-hard Portland Timbers supporters about their team's history, and chances are you should be able to get your share of good information, whether back from the NASL days to the current MLS days. Ask those same fans when was the last time their team received a penalty kick call and you will probably have a much tougher time getting an answer.
The Portland Timbers practiced today at Jeld-Wen Field ahead of this Sunday's match up against the New York Red Bulls. Practice opened with the usual warm-ups followed by the team splitting into two groups for games of keep away. One of the two groups consisting of Sunday's presumed starters included the recently returned Mikael Silvestre playing alongside Andrew Jean-Baptiste at center back.
After a preseason full of changes, the Timbers have finally concluded their warm up matches and we are only one week away from the start of the season. With the recently wrapped up games in mind, who was the best player of the preseason? Was it one of the new guys, eager to make an impression? One of the returning Timbers, seeking to show the new gaffer that they belong?
The Portland Timbers head out for another road match this weekend when they visit Sporting Park for a date with Sporting Kansas City. Because of the unbalanced schedule, the teams have only met three times in regular season MLS matches, but the 2012 match in Portland was memorable for many reasons.
Jackie, as he's fondly called here in Springfield, was drafted in the fifth round (43rd overall) by Kansas City in the 2003 MLS SuperDraft. He's beginning his 10th season as a pro in Major League Soccer having played in 259 games, starting 205 of them, 63 of them in a Portland uniform in the two years since he was traded by Sporting KC.
Another set of stats for you, this one for the Red Bulls. The Red Bulls are the only team of the original MLS teams still around that Kansas City has never met in a competition outside of league play. They've never met in the playoffs, Open Cup, or any other competition, so the league and all competitions will be the same.