Cascadia

12 October 4:03 pm

Winning Instagram from September by @anomalily

Tomorrow's huge rivalry match against the Seattle Sounders (6pm; ESPN, 750 The Game / La Pantera 940) marks the final Stumptown Coffee Rosters Morning Ritual contest. All you need to do is show us pictures on Instagram of you getting ready for the big game with the hashtag #scrtimbers.

One random fan will be selected each month to win a prize pack from Stumptown and the Timbers that includes:

  • One (1) Signed Timbers Jersey
  • One (1) 12oz bag of Kenya Gaturiri Coffee
  • Two (2) Stumptown Coffee Roaster Mugs
  • One (1) Stumptown Branded Red Rooster Hand Mill Grinder

So get those cameras clicking and show us your morning ritual.

Full contest rules and details.

08 October 5:46 pm

Tickets to Timbers vs. Sounders games are very hard to come by, especially when both teams are headed for playoff appearances. This week, Timbers fans have two opportunities to win tickets to this Sunday’s highly anticipated rivalry match.

#BeatSeattle Contest
The rivalry between Portland and Seattle has a rich history, and fans love reminiscing about their favorite rivalry moments. The Portland Timbers want you to describe your favorite moment from a Timbers vs. Sounders game.

Share your favorite Portland/Seattle moment on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #BeatSeattle (photos are encouraged). One winner will be chosen at random on Friday, October 11th at 5 PM PT to receive a VIP package for the Timbers vs. Sounders game on October 13th, including:

  • one (1) Timbers jersey
  • two (2) tickets to the Timbers vs. Sounders match on October 13

  • two (2) VIP passes to the pregame reception on the field

official rules

shop.portlandtimbers.com Ticket Contest
Now through 11:59 PM PST on Thursday, October 10th, any online order at shop.portlandtimbers.com is entered to win two (2) tickets to the Timbers vs. Sounders match on October 13th. Fans can also enter to win by signing up for the Timbers shop mailing list (no purchase necessary).

Additionally, any order of $75 or more placed before 11:59 PM PST on October 13th will receive free ground shipping. 

official rules

 

03 October 4:15 pm

One last Cascadia road trip of the 2013 regular season, one last chance to win a $100 gas card courtesy of 76.

All season 76 has been rewarding loyal fans who travel north to support the Timbers in Seattle and Vancouver. This Sunday, the Portland Timbers will play the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place in their final Cascadia Cup road match of the regular season. Not only is the match important for Cascadia Cup standings, but it has a strong impact on playoff positioning. There is no doubt many Timbers fans will make the trip.

The Timbers and 76 want fans to share their experience through Instagram. All you need to do is Instagram a shot of you traveling to or from this weekend's match with the hashtag #76roadtrip and you'll be eligible to win a $100 gas card and an autographed Timbers team jersey. Only photos posted Saturday-Monday will be considered.

Instagram user Edwin Trejo (@timbersmania) won for his post in August when he made the trip to Seattle to see the Timbers play the Sounders. Post your picture of your trip to Vancouver for a chance to win!

Onward, Rose City!

(Full Contest Rules)

 

 

 

22 August 12:45 pm

This weekend, the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders will face each other for the second time this season. The first match saw the Timbers draw even with Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field, and there is no doubt that many Timbers fans will once again make the trip.

Every match between the Timbers and Sounders is important, but this time around there is even more at stake. Not only is Portland looking to potentially reach the top of the MLS table, but the Timbers could also take sole possession of first place in the Cascadia Cup table. Arguably the most hyped match of the season, an expected 66,000 fans will be at CenturyLink Field to see the Sounders host the Timbers in a game that also features the first home match for new Sounders signing and USMNT forward Clint Dempsey.

As the season wears on, the costs of traveling to away Cascadia matches can start to add up. This season, our friends at 76 would like to support the fans that support the team. All you need to do is Instagram a shot of you traveling to or from this weekend's match with the hashtag #76roadtrip and you'll be eligible to win a $100 gas card and an autographed Timbers team jersey

@daarontaylor won for his post in May when he made the trip to Vancouver, B.C. to see the Timbers play the Whitecaps. Post your picture of your trip to Seattle for a chance to win! Not going to Seattle this time? Never fear, the contest will also be happening for the Cascadia Cup rivalry match October 6th at Vancouver.

Onward, Rose City!

(Full Contest Rules)

 

20 August 10:43 am

The #PTFC1K contest is off and running with numerous entries answering the question: What would you do with $1,000?

Our second weekly $250 winner comes from Instagram user @erikmartinkeating who says he'd use the money to purchase a camera and handle to document the Timbers Army in Seattle on August 25th.

Have you submitted your picture? Let us know what you'd do with $1,000 and post your photo to Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #PTFC1K and you could win too, courtesy of our friends at KeyBank.

17 May 12:41 pm

This weekend, the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps will face each other in the second Cascadia Cup match of the season. The first match saw the Timbers draw even with Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. The Timbers will look to take sole possession of first place in the Cascadia standings at BC Place on Saturday, and there is no doubt that many Timbers fans will make the trip.

As the season wears on, the costs of traveling to away Cascadia matches can start to add up. This season, our friends at 76 would like to support the fans that support the team. All you need to do is Instagram a shot of you traveling to or from this weekend's match with the hashtag #76roadtrip and you'll be eligible to win a $100 gas card and autographed Timbers team jersey. Not going to Canada this time? Never fear, the contest will also be happening for future Cascadia Cup rivalry matches on August 25th at Seattle and October 6th at Vancouver.

Onward, Rose City!

(Full Contest Rules)

15 March 9:59 pm

As a Portland Timbers fan, there's really nothing like attending a rivalry match against the Seattle Sounders. It is fierce, visceral, loud, spirited, entertaining, awe-inspiring . . . and that's just the first ten minutes of the supporters groups' tifo unveiling.

The battle on the field can raise the stakes to a whole other level. This Saturday's clash between the Timbers and Sounders (Mar. 16, 5pm PT, NBC Sports Network, 750 AM The Game / La Pantera 940) culminates an entire day of Rivalry Week intensity. NBC Sports Network will air three of the games and have a special highlight show during the afternoon jumping from each of the other matches around the league.

This emphasis on MLS rivalries has grown each year but the Portland-Seattle clash has proved to be a premier event. And no wonder. The uniqueness of this soccer animosity goes back nearly 40 years skipping across NASL, USL and MLS editions of both teams.

Oregonian sports writer Geoffrey C. Arnold is the paper's primary Timbers and soccer beat writer. Covering Oregon sports for over twenty years, Arnold has attended MLS Cup, the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, and much more. But it was the 2009 U.S. Open Cup match between the then USL-era Timbers and the then first-year MLS Sounders that piqued his interest around this loud and incredible rivalry. He set out to find more about the heros and villains, interviewed players past and present, examined the art of the tifo and much more. The result: Cascadia Clash: Sounders vs. Timbers.

On the eve of this next installment of the Cascadia Cup Portland-Seattle rivalry, I sat down with Arnold to find out more how he started his book, why he thinks such conflicth exists between the teams, supporters, and cities, and where he thinks the rivalry will be headed to next.

Be sure to sit back and take in all the league's rivalry matches throughout the day.
 

The Backcut Podcast sits at the intersection of Timbers, Thorns, soccer & culture to explore the unique elements of the beautiful game. You can subscribe to The Backcut on iTunes in the same feed as the Talk Timbers podcast.

14 March 1:27 pm

Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer

Earlier this week in the UEFA Champions League, Turkish side Galatasaray traveled to Germany to take on Schalke. It was a crucial encounter that Galatasaray eventually won 3-2 to move on to the quarterfinals. Their rabid fan base traveled en masse and though the away section was overflowing, there were reports of supporters attempting to carve a tunnel under the fence to get in.

According to The Guardian, "(Schalke Sporting Director Hans) Heldt confirmed the incident before the game, which ended with a 4-3 aggregate victory for the Turkish club, saying: "Yes, that's right. Some supporters have tried to dig a tunnel with their bare hands."

While we applaud the devotion of the traveling Galatasaray fans, for those of you who are contemplating heading north to watch the Portland Timbers begin their defense of the Cascadia Cup in a battle with the Seattle Sounders, all you have to do is get on the bus.

The 107 Independent Supporters Trust--the organizing group of the Timbers Army--is handling all Seattle Away day travel. Tickets are still available for public purchase and include a bus trip and game ticket option to get you there or just a ticket-only option if you want to drive yourself. 

They're going fast but you can get yours now by visiting the 107ist.org site here. What are you waiting for?

13 March 2:49 pm

Big matches mean big tifo and this Saturday's Cascadia Cup rivalry match between Portland and Seattle should be no different (5pm PT, NBC Sports, 750 AM The Game / La Pantera 940). MLSsoccer.com takes a look at some of the past iterations of Portland and Seattle supporter-created tifo.

Wear headphones. Turn volume up to 11. Watch the video.

13 March 9:17 am

Sometimes that which is local goes global. This is particularly true of the culture of soccer and how it can reach around the world. For the Timbers and their fans, there is a special bond between supporter and club. One area where this is particularly true is how many Portland season ticket holders reach out to the club via their season ticket holder services representative to share their stories about their travels and experiences as a fan.

Case in point: season ticket holder Sean Ingersoll reached out to Timbers ticket services manager Leigh Calvert about his travels in Africa with some great pictures; pictures that had a particular Cascadian bent. An avid soccer player himself, Ingersoll and his friends have often challenged themselves to play soccer in remote environments. And when I say remote, I mean places like, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Ingersoll picks up the story:

Some friends and I decided it would be fun to go to Tanzania and climb Kilimanjaro.  We have all played on the same GPSD adult soccer team, FC77 Rangers, and we try to play soccer in some unique environments.  In 2010 we climbed to the top of South Sister and had a 3v3 match in the snow-filled crater at 10,300’…which was awesome.  This year we decided to go to Africa and climb the mountain with Zara Tours, maybe even kick a ball around on the top. Zara sponsors several charity projects in Tanzania, including an orphanage in Moshi. We thought it would be a decent gesture to bring some school supplies and soccer gear so we passed the word around to our kid’s soccer teams, friends, co-workers and the effort just exploded. I think we collected over 250 lbs. of paper, notebooks, pens, 50-ish pairs of used and new soccer boots, balls, pumps, socks, etc. So we paid for the extra baggage and shipped all of the goods with us to Tanzania for the kids at the orphanage. We met the kids and teachers--it was an incredible experience. 

In the top picture, Jim Snyder and I are both from Portland and Timbers fans. My buddy Shawn Mulqueeney is from Issaquah and is a Sounders fan. I suggested we bring our scarves for a summit picture and he agreed that would be fun. About two days into the climb, we got out a soccer ball and invited the porters to kick around with us (middle picture). The elevation was 12,800’. What was amazing about that was the mood of the climb seemed to change after that, from clients/porters to friends. Ah, the power of football. We summited on the third day, got out the scarves, and proved that Cascadia has the best and most hard-core soccer fans around. I did have a ball in my summit pack, but I could barely lift my foot more than 3” to take the next step, much less juggle or head a ball. One kick and I’m certain it would have rolled all the wall back down to the Kenyan border! So we hung out with the glaciers for about twenty minutes, took our pictures, and came back down.

Between stoking a rivalry around the world as well as making a difference in a foreign community, Ingersoll is clearly having an impact. Got a story of your own Timbers fandom from around the world? Send us a note at thebackcut@portlandtimbers.com.