Matchday

06 August 11:10 am

Portland Thorns FC fans in attendance at the final regular season game were sure to notice the tremendous tifo display put on by the Rose City Riveters supporters group. Hanging high over the north end of the stadium, a beautiful, handcrafted image paid tribute to the Thorns.

Although every fan at JELD-WEN Field appreciated the display, few likely understood the time and effort put in to making it possible. Over 60 people combined for a total of 375 work hours to imagine, create, complete, and execute the tifo display.

The process began in July when Rose City Riveters members came up with and finalized the design. With space, cloth, paint, and rigging provided by the 107ist, the Rose City Riveters began outlining the image. After hours of painting and touch ups the final product was ready to go in time for the August 4th match. Additionally, volunteers prepared accompanying two-stick banners, streamers, and instructions for the execution of the display.

To read the complete story of how the tifo came to life, visit the Rose City Riveters official site

02 August 3:31 pm

This weekend's featured Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance member is Stumptown Dumplings, better known as Stumplings. Fans may remember Stumplings from the May 2nd Timbers match. Read more about the formation of Stumplings here.

Stumplings will be serving their chicken and spinach steamed dumplings and their signature roasted pork bao with your choice of Asian Chipotle, Chili Hoison, or Thai Mustard sauces from the Soccer City Grill concession stand above Section 93.

For more information on the Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance visit portlandtimbers.com/PTFCA

29 July 8:53 am

As part of our inaugural group of ticket holders, Ron and Elliot won the chance to have a VIP experience for the Portland Timbers vs. Norwich City FC exhibition match on July 24, including KeyBank Club seats, and a chance to visit with Timber Joey on the field!

We asked Ron a few questions after the match.

What was your first memory of/first match supporting the Timbers?
I was living in Philomath at the time. It was the year prior to the Timbers joining MLS. The game was played at the University of Portland. I had purchased season tickets that year in order to be one of the first to select my seats for the inaugural season in MLS. The enthusiasm of the Timbers Army was the thing that impressed me most. The Timbers also impressed me with their level of play.

What was your favorite moment of the match tonight?
The goal by Valencia, of course.  It was great seeing the young players doing their thing against a Premier League team. Even though Norwich City is between seasons, this was an opportunity to demonstrate the quality of play in our league. Well done!

Who would you nominate as Player of the Match?  
It's a difficult call as there was good play all around, but let's give it to Valencia and hope that it provides him motivation to score many more for us. 

What else should we know about your Timbers fandom?
My Dad, who played semi-pro hockey and competitive soccer in Canada when he was young, tried to get me interested in soccer when I was a boy. My response having never seen a game was 'why would anyone want to play a game where you can't use your hands'.  My first introduction was watching the New York Cosmos and Pelé play an exhibition game in Hawaii. I really got hooked when my daughter started playing competitive soccer. I was an avid fan and got more fully involved by joining the youth soccer league board. Elliot is one of my two grandsons. My big thing now is my enjoyment in bringing him and his brother Miles to the Timbers games.

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Congratulations again to Ron and Elliot, and thank you for your wonderful 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.

 

26 July 9:46 am

This Sunday’s Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance featured member is Chez Dodo. This taste of Mauritian paradise comes to JELD-WEN Field courtesy of owner and operator Shyam Dausoa.

Dausoa originally moved to Portland with his wife when she was accepted to nursing school at OHSU. He says when he got here he discovered that Portland was the best place in the country for great food.

He started selling pre-packaged Mauritian food to Whole Foods and other grocery stores. Then he decided that it was time to expand and open a food truck.

“Starting a food cart is a way for me to promote the food and culture of my home country in the US,” says Dausoa. “It's a dream come true. I have a passion for food and people and I'm able to express my passion through Chez Dodo.”

Chez Dodo will be serving up their samosas on Sunday.  Fans will have their choice of the following menu items:

Veg Samosas(Vegan) - 2 for $5
Chicken Samosas - 2 for $6
Lamb Samosas - 2 for $7

Fans can find Chez Dodo at the Soccer City Grill above Section 93 on Sunday when the Thorns take on the Chicago Red Stars at JELD-WEN Field (4pm PT, FOX Soccer).

 

16 July 3:54 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.

July 6 vs. Western New York Flash - Bella Schaeffer
7th grade, D

How did you like today?
I had a lot of fun. It was really fun to sit up in the stands with my dad and being in the shade and coming down here into the field and giving roses to Meleana Shim.

What was your favorite part of the day?
Probably giving roses and saying hi to the coach again. I met her from other events and it was really fun to see her again.

Is this your first Thorns game?
No, I have been to two others.

Do you have a favorite player?
I like all of them, but probably the goalie if I were to choose one because she is just really amazing and I like her hair too.

What makes you strong?
What makes me strong is that I always stop and think about things before I do them. I am also strong physically because I do dance and it helps my muscles.

What makes you smart?
I have struggled with ADHD my whole life so that made my brain smarter, if that makes sense. It helps a lot.

What makes you bold?
I usually stand out in a crowd most of the time because I think I am unique and I have really curly hair.

Have you ever played soccer?
I did it for 2-3 years and it was fun but I had other stuff going on.

Now you’re dancing?
Yes I am. I do ballet and jazz.

What is your favorite part about dancing?
I like being really graceful and I have always wanted to fly and that is the closest to flying I can get. 

 

15 July 10:11 am

"Combine the Galaxy's stature and the teams' place in the standings (Portland now second in the West; LA fourth), Saturday may have been one of the best shows in Major League Soccer history."

The always excellent London-based newspaper, The Guardian, wrote about the Portland-LA match in their weekly "5 Things We Learned About MLS" feature. While there is no doubt the ending was the stuff of Portland legend, Guardian writer Richard Farley writes that the game also had an impact beyond just where the teams are in the standings, "On Saturday, when Portland claimed one of their most important wins in franchise history, the Timbers and Galaxy forced us to pause and consider how far the league's come."

Read the whole post here and while you're at it, subscribe to their always excellent Guardian Football Weekly Podcast.

12 July 3:30 pm

Winning Instagram from June by @dlister86

One home game in July, one chance to win the Stumptown Coffee Roasters Instagram contest.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters want to know what your ritual is. Do you jam out to the same pregame playlist? Do you don your lucky Timbers t-shirt? Do you arrive early enough to snag your lucky seat?

Throughout the 2013 season, the Portland Timbers and Stumptown Coffee Roasters are asking fans to share their pre-game rituals for the first home match of every month. All you have to do is Instagram a shot of your morning pregame ritual and share it 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

Last month, @dlister86 won the Stumptown & Timbers prize pack for this Instagram of him and his new bride. Daniel, congratulations on your big day from everybody here at the Portland Timbers!

For full contest rules, click here.

09 July 3:21 pm

This weekend’s Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance featured food cart is Garden Monsters.

Garden Monsters specializes in made-to-order entrée-sized salads that are made from 100% natural, organic, and local ingredients.

Kyle Hulings opened Garden Monsters on February 3, 2013, after a year of preparation. He says after being laid off from his job in November 2011, he spent over a month trying to figure out what he wanted to do next when the idea came to him.

“I woke up with an idea and immediately began putting it down on paper,” said Hulings. “Five hours later I had half my menu written down and felt absolutely certain that I knew what I was supposed to do with the next chapter in my life.”

Hulings says he spent seven months putting together a complete business plan and financial analysis, but had a hard time convincing a bank to fund his venture due to the youthful nature of his business.

“I spent the next few weeks incredibly discouraged,” he says, “but with support of my friends who I call family I decided to change my attitude and began adjusting my plans. With the help of my life savings and several great friends we were able to construct and launch the first Garden Monsters food cart”

He says that the Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance is a huge opportunity for him to showcase his brand new food cart to the city of Portland.

“Being just a few months old and getting the highest amount of votes in round 2 has put a near permanent smile on my face since April,” he said. “I treasure the chance to be here and I know this is going to be a huge push towards swift and long term success for Garden Monsters.”

Garden Monsters will be serving at the Soccer City Grill above section 93 during the Timbers vs. Galaxy game on July 13, the Thorns vs. Western NY game on July 14 and the Timbers Reserves vs. LA Galaxy Reserve game on July 14. Fans will be able to choose from the following menu items:

The Paul Bunyan - $8
Grilled steak, romaine & iceberg lettuce, seasoned & roasted baby
reds, bacon chunks, red peppers, red onion, garlic croutons
and signature bleu cheese dressing.
No meat option - $5.50

Caesar The Great - $7.25
Grilled chicken, bacon chunks, romaine lettuce, parmesan,
diced roma tomatoes, lemon wedge, garlic croutons,
and signature creamy caesar dressing.
No meat option - $5.00

The Colossal Cobb - $8
Roasted turkey, roasted ham, bacon chunks, romaine & iceberg lettuce,
bleu crumbles, cage-free hard boiled eggs, black olives, diced roma
tomatoes, garlic croutons and signature avocado ranch dressing.
No meat option - $5.50

The Macho Taco Salad - $8
Grilled chicken, grilled steak, or ground beef, romaine & iceberg lettuce,
cheddar cheese, green onion, diced roma tomatoes, black olives, sour
cream, tortilla strips, and signature Santa Fe ranch dressing.
No meat option - $5.50

 

05 July 10:00 am

Saturday's featured Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance member is PoppedART. PoppedART will be serving their signature kettlecorn bowls topped with nontraditional toppings such as salted caramel drizzle, bacon and maple, and sweet jalapeño lime at the Soccer City Grill concession stand above Section 93.

Cole and Cheryl Akeman operate their cart at SW 9th and Washington in downtown Portland. Cole says they are very excited to be part of the Portland Thorns game on Saturday.

"Serving our PoppedArt at JELD-WEN [Field] is an exciting opportunity to introduce ourselves to the people of Portland," said Akeman. "We feel honored to be a part of Portland's vibrant food scene and are looking forward to seeing all of you!"

Fans can choose from the following menu options:

Salted Caramel Drizzle: Classic kettle corn with warm caramel sauce and a pinch of salt.

Sweet Jalapeño Lime: Sweet and spicy with a hint of lime.

Bacon and Maple: Real bacon bits and warm maple syrup.

 

02 July 10:13 am

During the Timbers match vs. Monarcas Morelia on July 3rd, the Soccer City Grill will be featuring authentic Mexican food from Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance member Mixteca Catering.

Mixteca will be serving traditional Mexican dishes such as chicken and vegan tamales, picaditas, and tostadas from the Soccer City Grill concession stand above Section 93 in the southeast corner of the stadium.

Mixteca opened its first cart one year ago at the St. Johns Farmers Market. Their second cart opened later at the Lloyd Farmers Market. Guadencio Felipe of Mixteca says being part of both farmers markets is nice because it allows Mixteca to serve to both a family atmosphere and a business professional environment. Mixteca is currently working with Haciencda Community Development Corporation in order to open a third cart at the Mercado Latino.

Felipe says serving at the Timbers game on Wednesday is a huge step forward into being part of the Portland food scene.

“We see this event as an opportunity for people to sample food and to get to know us,” Felipe said. “Mixteca Catering would not have imagined that we could be part of the Timbers Organization and have tremendous support for small local businesses.”

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