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06 September 2:41 pm

Everyone I know who loves soccer loves EA Sports' FIFA series. You can play it on Playstation or Xbox, your iPhone or iPad, connect with friends, create a team, and manage it to untold glories.

Check out the latest ad EA just dropped touting FIFA 13's pending September 27 release:

Awesome, right?

MLSsoccer.com has teamed up with EA Sports to create a custom cover for FIFA 13. The number one player from MLSsoccer.com's 24 Under 24 will automatically be on the list, but there's three slots still available and our very own Darlington Nagbe is among the nominees in a special poll. 

You know what to do. Get voting.

30 August 7:33 am

The third installment of the Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance is coming to JELD-WEN Field this Friday as the Timbers take on Colorado Rapids (7:30pm PT, NBC Sports Network, 750 AM The Game / La Pantera 940) in the form of Stumptown Dumplings, or Stumplings.

Stumplings will be serving up orders of six dumplings and two sauces for $7 out of the Soccer City Grill concession stand on the east side of the stadium.

Owners Justin Prasad and Nimesh Dayal started their food cart after ten years of friendship and even more in the hospitality industry. “We wanted to branch out,” said Prasad. After a month and a half of discussing the idea, Prasad and Dayal had their license and their custom-built food cart ready for business. “It happened much faster than either of us expected,” said Dayal. Stumplings celebrated their grand opening on May 31.

“I’ve always worked for someone else. Serving here at the field proves I can work on my own and can succeed,” said Prasad. “It’s exciting because it’s our idea coming to life. I just want people to connect the ‘Stumplings’ with Justin and Nimesh, and this is a great opportunity for us.”

Stumplings can be found in the Alberta15 food cart pod in northeast Portland, and is the third of four food carts voted to serve during a home match via Facebook.

PTFCA is looking for new members. Applications for PTFCA will be accepted for the remainder of the season. Another fan vote for the remaining two home matches will run in early September.
 

24 August 10:00 am

Summer is winding down, but KeyBank’s Summer of Rewards is still shining strong, this time with free sunglasses!

KeyBank is giving away 4,000 pairs of Portland Timbers sunglasses at their booth on Saturday before the match. Look for them at the KeyBank Plaza at JELD-WEN Field on SW Morrison & 18th.

KeyBank is also giving away 1,000 vouchers for Timbers Bucks, each worth $10 each for use any JELD-WEN Field merchandise location or concession stand during the match.

Check out the last of KeyBank’s Summer of Rewards plans, like Movies in the Park, through September 7. KeyBank will be at random movies throughout Portland parks giving away Timbers tickets and gear!

23 August 9:00 am

On Saturday's match against Vancouver Whitecaps (7:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS, 750 AM The Game / La Pantera 940 Presented by KeyBank) Portland fans can try battered cod and haddock, courtesy of The Frying Scotsman.

The Frying Scotsman will serve out of the Soccer City Grill concession stand on the east side of the stadium, and offer battered cod fish and hand-cut chips for $8.50 and battered haddock, also with hand-cut chips for $9.50.

Owner and chef James King, originally from Ayrshire, Scotland, opened The Frying Scotsman as a food cart in 2009 after moving to Portland and looking for work as a chef. He bought his cart from a seller on Craigslist one morning and the rest is history.

“I am not sure I could have done this in Scotland, or anywhere else in the US for that matter," said King. "I am very happy that Portland has afforded me the opportunity to do this."

Portland’s only Scottish fish and chip joint – or “chippy” can be found on SW 9th and Alder Streets.

The Frying Scotsman is the second of four food carts selected by fans via Facebook to serve at the stadium.

“I was really proud to be voted into serving at JELD-WEN, of course,” said King. “I have really enjoyed seeing Timbers matches and getting to know some of the players so it is a true honor to be a part of a great football club at its infancy.

"My customers are very happy too and it's natural for them to ask me all the time if I am involved with the Timbers. Now I can say YES!”

PTFCA is looking for new members. Applications for PTFCA will be accepted for the remainder of the season. Another fan vote for the remaining two home matches will run in early September.
 

07 August 4:19 pm


 

Remember how not that long ago, KeyBank was giving you free pizza and/or cookie dough at Papa Murphy's?

And remember how you could't lose as it was FREE?

Well, they're at it again this Thursday buying free Burgerville cheeseburgers for all. All you need to do is visit the Convention Center Burgerville (1135 NE MLK Blvd., Portland, OR  97232) between 4-5pm and you get free eats. KeyBank clients, show your KeyBank debit card and you’ll be upgraded to a basket at no charge!

Also, Timbers players David Horst, Hanyer Mosquera and Sal Zizzo will be on site as well.*

So again, how can you lose?

(You can't. It's free.)

Be sure to check out more of KeyBank's Summer of Rewards as they've planned a whole slew of goodies to keep an eye out for.

*Player appearances subject to change.

03 August 8:57 am

This Sunday's August 5 Portland Timbers match against FC Dallas (4pm PT, NBC Sports Network, 750 AM The Game / La Pantera 940) marks the first appearance of a Portland food cart at JELD-WEN Field through the Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance (PTFCA). But just what kind of menu of delicious food can we expect?

808 Grinds will be occupying the Soccer City Grill concession stand on the east side of the stadium serving up their Hawaiian-style plate lunches, including their Shoyu Chicken, Kalua Pig, and 808 Fried Chicken for $7. A combo of two entrees can be purchased for $9, and all plates are served with rice and macaroni salad.

Childhood friends Kevin Scofield and Jensen Kip grew up in Maui and started 808 Grinds in September 2010. The 808 Grinds food cart can be found on SW 9th and Washington Streets and has since grown to include a mobile truck that serves in various locations around Portland.

808 Grinds is one of four food carts selected by fans via Facebook to serve at the stadium.

“It feels good to be voted in by our customers. There’s always a good vibe around here,” said Scofield. “A great customer experience is something that we want to accomplish, and it feels good. We’re happy to be here.”

“[Serving at JELD-WEN Field] is a great opportunity. It’s a chance for people to experience 808 Grinds that live on the east side, or Hillsboro or Clackamas and might not visit downtown every day, but make the trip to see the Timbers every game,” continued Scofield. “To be a part of the Timbers organization is very exciting for us, not only to expand our reach, but to serve to local fans who are loyal to both us and the Timbers is a really great feeling.”

PTFCA is looking for new members. Applications for PTFCA will be accepted for the remainder of the season. Another fan vote for the remaining two home matches will run in early September.

 

26 June 9:23 pm

You like soccer. The people in your office like soccer. You all like soccer. It's simple.

But where can you get all the soccer-loving people in your office to play soccer? The 2012 Portland Timbers Corporate Cup, that's where.

A unique tournament that brings Pacific Northwest corporations together for soccer and corporate networking, the tournament also helps raise money for one of the Timbers' Stand Together Community Parthers: Portland YouthBuilders.

The tournament proper takes place over Aug. 10-12 at the Howard M. Terpenning Complex in the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District with a championship match happening at JELD-WEN Field on Aug. 18. There's a team social event at Kells Irish Pub, great networking opportunities and, oh yeah, a heck of a lot of soccer to be played over a short period of time.

Tournament brackets are broken into men’s competitive, men’s recreational or co-ed so there's opportunities for all. 

One key element: THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER YOUR TEAM IS THIS SATURDAY, JUNE 30.

Find out more on how to register and all the other details at www.timberscorporatecup.com

Update: Teams from Alaska Airlines, Widmer Brothers, CMD Portland, Wieden + Kennedy, Nike, Microsoft, the Portland Timbers front office & adidas all have registered teams so far. Come join in the fun!

25 May 3:22 pm

Waiting in line. It can bond people together. Timbers fans have been known to wait in line for hours, sometimes even days, to get their preferred seat before a game. It's a situation that people run across at Disneyworld, music festivals, and the like.

But here at JELD-WEN Field, that line waiting sometimes comes with some benefits. Forbes.com writes in a recent article about the re-imagning of the line waiting experience and how the Timbers are doing it a bit differently

Major League Soccer executives are upping their game when it comes to line management. The league’s Portland Timbers club, for instance, handed out free Stumptown coffee and pizza, and a few of the team’s players joined fans waiting in line to sign autographs. The Timbers club’s owner Merritt Paulson even personally delivered coffee and doughnuts to line waiters during one cold morning.

So who knows? Next time in line, you never who you may run into.

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