11 June 9:00 am

We know how it goes. You've had your eye on a new Timbers kit but wonder what name and number to put on the back? Valeri and #8? Nagbe and #6? Johnson and . . . WAIT. Which Johnson? Both are great choices.

We've upped the ante on this dilemma a little bit by putting together a special offer that involves you buying a kit, us numbering it for you for FREE, and a chance to meet said player at a future Timbers training session. To enter is as easy as three steps:

Step 1 – Purchase any Timbers primary or secondary jersey (replica or authentic) between Tuesday, June 11 and Monday, June 24.

Step 2 – Receive free customization of your favorite player’s name and number.

Step 3 – Be automatically entered to win a chance to meet that player at a Timbers training session.

That's right. You buy the jersey, we customize it for free AND enter you into a drawing to meet the player at a future Timbers training session. 

Visit the adidas Timbers Team Store at JELD-WEN Field or now to enter!

See official contest rules here. 

07 June 9:50 pm Editor Jeff Crandall
in Timbers Army green & white

There is a certain art to diplomacy--particularly when it comes to a classic soccer scarf.

In the case of editor Jeff Crandall--a diplomat well-versed in the in's and out's of supporters scarf culture--it should come as no surprise that when he happened upon a flight attendant who was a diehard Timbers Army supporter, that an exchange of scarves would happen--mid-flight, no less.

Read the excellent story about how no matter where a soccer supporter may be, the act of sharing the soccer scarf talisman trumps all rivalry.

07 June 2:53 pm

It has been demonstrated time and again that soccer has the power to make a positive impact in the community. The Portland Timbers firmly believe in that potential and constantly seek new opportunities to become involved through their community outreach platform Stand Together.

MLS WORKS is recognizing individuals from every MLS city, who have taken this idea to heart and promote goodwill, demonstrate leadership qualities and help to improve lives within their community.

Through June 20th, fans can nominate themselves or somebody in their community who sets an example as a leader in the community and uses soccer as a tool to help make a positive impact in one of the following areas:

  • Social issues focusing on acceptance and equality
  • Health issues affecting men, women or children
  • Community service for a local, national or international charity or community organization

One community MVP will be selected for each team and will receive VIP tickets, recognition during a 2013 home game, team merchandise, and an autographed item. 

One Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice and a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, including airfare, accommodations, and tickets. The Nominator of the Grand Prize winner and one guest will also receive a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.

To nominate your MLS WORKS Community MVP, click here.

Read full contest rules here.

06 June 2:42 pm

"There are more than a few cities in the country where people love soccer but they're not selling out every game. Clearly, [Portland is] the flagship team in the league,"  - Sunil Gulati, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation.

In a look into the success of the Portland Thorns as a new franchise in a new National Women's Soccer League, espnW's Melissa Isaacson takes a closer look into the buzz and growth of the new club and its impact on the American soccer landscape.

Read it here.

Soccer City, U.S.A. indeed.

06 June 2:03 pm

Photo by L.M. Parr

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is an organization that raises money to fund the research of childhood cancer. Saturday, June 8th, will mark the 11th annual St. Baldrick's event at Oaks Park in Portland. In the months leading up to the event, participants organize teams and set fundraising goals. This year's Portland Timbers team is led by forward Brent Richards

Richards, who particpated in last year's event, recently had knee surgery and has chosen this fundraising effort as a way to contribute to his team and community during his recovery process. The team's goal was set at $3,000, and they just reached it. You can help Brent and the team beat their goal by donating here.

On Saturday, Richards and others from the Timbers organization will shave their heads at the event as a sign of support for St. Baldrick's and the youth affected by cancer. The Timbers and St. Baldrick's encourage everybody to come out and participate, whether it be by shaving your head, donating, volunteering, or showing up to show your support. 

The festivities get going this Saturday at Oaks Park at noon and Richards is scheduled to shave go bald at 1:50pm.

06 June 10:03 am

Photo by David Blair

Timber loves the Thorns too. In this case we're talking about Timber Adamson, owner of Timber's Doghouse PDX food cart.

Timber has been at JELD-WEN Field before serving up her signature dishes as part of the PTFCA at the Soccer City Grill in the SE corner of the stadium. She'll be returning tonight as the Thorns host FC Kansas City and she's put together some very special edition concoctions for the evening. Check them out:

Timber, I'm falling in Love:  Sweet potato tots tossed in Timber's salt. Topped by blue cheese, bacon, and our house 3way mustard.

Momentary Indiscretion:  Classic tots tossed in Timber's salt. Topped with black truffle oil, grilled mushrooms & onions, asiago cheese, and roasted garlic truffle aioli

A Thorn in Her Side:  Classic tots tossed in Timber's salt. Topped with our signature ground grass fed beef, fresh pico de gallo, black olives, and 3 chili lime sour cream

Be sure to hit them up tonight and keep an eye on upcoming PTFCA goodness here.

05 June 2:44 pm

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Continuing the new tradition of the presentation of roses following Thorns games to the goal scorers and goalkeeper who achieved a shutout, Girls, Inc. has been sending participants from their great youth programs to meet players after the game and hand them the roses in front of the North End supporters. For an organization that looks to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold, it's truly a special moment after the match.

June 1, 2013 vs. Chicago Red Stars

Ani is a 6th grader who attends St. Clare Elementary.

How would you like to help other girls feel Strong, Smart and Bold?
Ani:  I would like to help girls realize that they are just as strong, smart and bold as boys. I think that it is important for girls to have the same opportunities as boys, like an education. Here in the United States girls can go to school and get an education, but it isn’t that way everywhere. I would like to try to make a difference for girls that live in other countries that don’t have the same opportunities for education.

Tell us about today
A:  It was really cool watching the girls play. It was my first Thorns game. When we were walking here I was getting all nervous. But once the game got started I was really amazed by at how big it was, how many people and what the women were doing down on the field.

What makes your strong, smart and bold?
A:  Something that makes me strong is that I listen to my inside voice. Something that makes me bold is that I’m not afraid to tell other kids if they are being mean. If someone is not being respectful to another kid I tell them to stop – in a way that is not completely rude about it. I just get the point across that they are doing something that is wrong.

What was your favorite part about today?
A;  Probably watching them warm up and practice. I also like watching them head it – they are so fast. 

31 May 8:10 am

As part of our inaugural group of ticket holders, Harriet won the chance to have a VIP experience for the Portland Timbers vs. Wilmington Hammerheads US Open Cup match on May 29th, including KeyBank Club seats, and a chance to visit with Timber Joey on the field!

We asked Harriet a few questions after the match:

When was your first match supporting the Timbers?
First home game as an MLS team.  It rained buckets!  Our son and son-in-law used our tickets. They were soaked to the skin and loving every minute of it, while we were home warm and dry watching on TV.  The atmosphere, even on television, was electric.  You could tell this team was something special.

What was your favorite moment of this match?
Piquionne's first goal (and his second, and third, and fourth!)

Who would you nominate as Player of the Match?
That's pretty easy - Frederic Piquionne!

What is your prediction for the next match – Timbers at Chicago Fire?
That's easy, too.  The streak will continue - Timbers win by two.

What else should we know about your Timbers fandom? Any gameday superstitions? Favorite pieces of Timbers memorabilia?
We also have Thorns season tickets and are delighted to have so much quality soccer in Portland.  My game day superstition would be my Timbers earrings - wear them all day.  My favorite piece of Timbers gear is a hat autographed by Sal Zizzo.  

Being the Axe Society Members of the Match was wonderful!  The best part was the hospitality of all the staff and getting to visit with Timber Joey.  Thank you for a very special evening.

A big thanks to Harriet and Rich for being our guests and for their fantastic support!

If you are an Axe Society member and would like to enter to win the title of Member of the Match, please register here.

23 May 3:15 pm

The U.S. Soccer Federation is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and has often highlighted various important moments through out its history.

Yesterday, fourteen years ago, Portland Thorns FC head coach Cindy Parlow Cone - then just Cindy Parlow -helped make history providing the key assist to fellow U.S. Women's National Team legend Mia Hamm on her 108th career international goal in a friendly against Brazil. That strike put Hamm atop the list for most international goals scored by any male or female player in history.

Hamm went on to score 158 goals in 275 total caps. Cone, no slouch herself, bagged 75 goals in 175 career caps. 

Current Western New York Flash forward Abby Wambach is closing in on Hamm's record though. She sits at 155. Portland's Alex Morgan, still only 23, has 42, and Christine Sinclair is third on the all-time list with 145 goals.

21 May 4:29 pm

Continuing the new tradition of the presentation of roses following Thorns games to the goal scorers and goalkeeper who achieved a shutout, Girls, Inc. has been sending participants from their great youth programs to meet players after the game and hand them the roses in front of the North End supporters. For an organization that looks to inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold, it's truly a special moment after the match.

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

May 16 vs. Sky Blue FC

What was your favorite part about today?
A:  We got to watch the Thorns game and it was really fun to meet all the players and see so many people here to watch them.  

Tell us an example of you being strong and smart?
A:  I brought flyers for the arts and music for school and handed them out to different neighborhoods and it’s hard because you have to answer their questions.

What was your favorite part about today?
V:  The best part was Alex Morgan, giving us hugs and it made me really happy because she’s my favorite player on the team. I feel that being strong in sports is good for girls.

Tell us an example of you being strong and smart?
V:  At my old school I was being bullied so I switched school and I felt a lot better after that.

What was your favorite part about today?

The best thing about tonight was meeting Alex Morgan and all the other players and when the head coach gave me a scarf. I play forward and really like Nikki Washington and Alex Morgan.

Tell us an example of you being strong and smart?
It’s important to be a good sport and shake people’s hands after the game even when you lose.


Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

May 19 vs. Washington Spirit

Marilyn Danley
What was your favorite part about today?
M:  This was my first Thorns game. My favorite part of the day was the game because it was so exciting and we got to sit so close.

What was special about presenting the roses?
M:  Since Alex and Christine scored I got to give them roses. It was really special presenting the roses because I got to meet the player who are really nice and it was fun. This will be a very special memory

What makes you strong, smart and bold?
M:  I am strong, smart and bold because I really like sports. I love to play soccer.

What do you like most about playing soccer?
M:  What I like most about soccer is that you get to use your head, in both ways. You also get to hang out with friends and it takes a lot of team work.

Isabella Ventura
What was your favorite part about today?
I:  My favorite part about today was getting the chance to come out on the field and meet the players.

What was special about presenting the roses?
I:  Karina didn’t let any goals in so I got to give her the flowers. It was so cool because I got to be close and see them.

What makes you strong, smart and bold?
I:  I am strong, smart and bold because I get to be a voice for girls.

What do you like most about playing soccer?
I:  My favorite part about playing soccer is that we get to play and the people cheer us on – just like we cheered on the Thorns today.