Feature

25 May 4:22 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.

Got a story, tip, soccer tidbit to share? Send it in to thebackcut (at) portlandtimbers.com.

24 May 9:51 am

It’s always great to stay healthy throughout your life. Whether that’s through eating healthy to committing time to go out and enjoy some quality time kicking a soccer ball around with your close friends.

Today the Portland Timbers U-23s will welcome in over 7,000 local area school kids to JELD-WEN Field for the first of two Health and Fitness School Day, presented by Providence Sports Care Center.

The day will feature events and games from over 16 educational tables ranging from yoga for kids to careers in health care. Along with learning about health and fitness, attendees will have a chance to feel the excitement of the Timbers U-23s battling their Premier Development League Northwest Divison rivals Kitsap Pumas at 11 a.m.

With all the push to keep kids fit and healthy, this type of event is one step forward to open the eyes of over 7,000 kids on just how you can achieve a healthy mind and body. 

Tickets are available too should you want to take a long lunch and come out to support the U-23s. Pick some up at the JELD-WEN Field box office. If you miss today's match, the next Health and Fitness School Day is June 1 here at JELD-WEN Field when the U-23s take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23s.
 

22 May 9:21 am

With yesterday's announcement that the Timbers would be hosting either Cal FC or Wilmington Hammerheads in a third round match of the U.S. Open Cup on May 30, it's a good time to read up on just what is and why the U.S. Open Cup matters. We'll be having more in the lead-up to next week's match--we've got Valencia tomorrow in a friendly and a Cascadia Cup clash with Vancouver on Saturday--but Steven Goff of the Washington Post wrote a great love letter on Monday to just why he likes this unique soccer event: 

I have a confession. I like the U.S. Open Cup. There, I said it.

[The] Open Cup offers the small clubs a long-shot dream of bumping off high-caliber opponents and advancing to international competition (the CONCACAF Champions League).

Best of all, the Open Cup creates David vs. Goliath matchups unseen in American sports outside the NCAA basketball tournament. One particularly dreamy pairing is close to coming to fruition. On Tuesday night, the Aegean Hawks, an amateur outfit from the D.C. area, will play the third-division Richmond Kickers at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County.

Take a few moments and read the whole thing--the U.S. Open Cup has a tremendously rich history. While the Timbers lean more towards the Goliath in their upcoming match next week, it certainly doesn't discount the interesting clash of teams across American soccer. This year's tournament is the 99th edition of the competition. Who says there's no soccer history in the U.S.?

Starting at $10, tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday at 10 a.m. through the JELD-WEN Field box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phoning (800) 745-3000.
 

17 May 2:44 pm

The Portland Timbers are involved in numerous philanthropic initiatives, some through the team’s community outreach program Stand Together while others are personal passion projects of the players.

 Gavin, 9 and his older brother Sebastiian, 12

Finding a cure for Cystic-Fibrosis--a disease that clogs the lungs and hampers the ability of its victims to absorb nutrition--is a cause near and dear to Timbers goalkeeper Joe Bendik’s heart.

In order to help his young nephew Gavin, known affectionately to his family as Gav-A-Goo, Bendik has spent his free time and resources setting up a donation bank through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “Great Strides” program.

To date Bendik has raised $18,657 to help fund crucial research that has helped raise the life expectancy for those born with CF, including his nephew Gavin, from preschool ages to 38 years and older.

And Bendik isn’t done yet, targeting this weekend as another opportunity to raise money by holding a Great Strides walk at Oaks Amusement Park at 9am on Saturday, May 19.

For those who would like to aid Joe in his efforts to fund CF research more information is available at his Great Strides website. Watch the video there and learn more about Gavin, his older brother Sebastian, and the challenges their family faces with CF.

Anyone who would like to take part in Saturday’s walk at Oaks Amusement Park can sign up with TEAM GAVIN and contact Joe on Twitter @jtbendik to make the trek sporting this year's TEAM GAVIN t-shirts!

09 May 4:41 pm

 Photo: Miranda Chrislocke

Next Tuesday, May 15, presents a unique double-header event for Timbers fans.

The Portland Timbers of MLS travel to Houston to take on the Dynamo in the first evening home game at BBVA Compass Stadium at 5:30pm PT on ROOT SPORTS / 750 AM The Game. Also on the same day, The Timbers U-23s of the PDL begin their U.S. Open Cup campaign hosting the USASA's PSA Elite at 7:30pm PT.

You may be asking yourself, how can I--devoted Timbers fan that I am--watch them all in the same place?

JELD-WEN Field has you covered in four simple steps:

Step 1.  Get yourself a ticket to the Timbers U-23s match for Tuesday. Tickets for U-23s are only $7 bucks general admission and can be purchased at the JELD-WEN Field box office or via Ticketmaster.
Step 2.  Come to JELD-WEN Field on Tuesday beginning at 5:15pm with beer specials and $7 hotdog/soda combos available.
Step 3.  Watch the Timbers-Dynamo match on the big BIG screen in the House of Pain that starts at 5:30pm.
Step 4.  Stick around for the Timbers U-23s U.S. Open clash following the MLS match that kicks off at 7:30pm. 

What are you waiting for? It's a simple four-step process. See you on Tuesday.

Got a story, tip, soccer tidbit to share? Send it in to thebackcut (at) portlandtimbers.com.

09 May 11:14 am

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Timbers striker Bright Dike recently arrived with his new club L.A. Blues on loan earlier this week and spoke about his first training session there.

“The Timbers coaches told me I needed to get more minutes at a high level and that there were a few possible destinations,” Dike explained. “From what they said, it seemed like the Blues were the best fit, with coaches who can really help my game and who are determined to get the most out of every player. After one day of training, that’s exactly the impression I have. They know what they want to see on the field and what they expect out of us.”

It's clear that the strong forward is ready to contribute during his stay in L.A. Read the whole report on the USL PRO site here.

Got a story, tip, soccer tidbit to share? Send it in to thebackcut (at) portlandtimbers.com.

01 May 11:31 am

Pepperoni and cheese? Pineapple? Bacon? Thin crust? Original? Think you can design the best pizza concoction ever?

Here's your chance. Enter the Papa Murphy's Lumberjack Pizza Contest and your special recipe could be featured on the Papa Murphy's menu, along with receiving 1 free Papa Murphy's pizza a month for a year, get a team autographed replica jersey, AND have your very own pizza party at JELD-WEN Field with one of the Timbers players stopping by.  

Not a bad deal. So what are you waiting for? ENTER NOW.