MLS Regular Season

12 July 2:30 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 2:21 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

 

14 June 1:53 pm

The Portland Timbers and Budweiser are teaming up to give you a chance to show off your Poolball skills for a chance to win tickets to a Timbers match and a player meet and greet.

At eight matches this season, fans 21 years of age and older will have the opportunity to play Poolball on the concourse above section 95. All participants will be entered to win a nightly grand prize drawing. Each nightly grand prize winner will receive:

  • Six (6) Tickets to the Budweiser Balcony for the 9/29 match
  • Player meet and greet following 9/29 match

Fans can participate at the following eight matches:

  • 6/15 vs. Dallas
  • 6/23 vs. Colorado
  • 7/13 vs. LA Galaxy
  • 8/3 vs. Vancouver
  • 8/17 vs. FC Dallas
  • 8/21 vs. Salt Lake
  • 9/7 vs. Toronto FC
  • 9/20 vs. Colorado

Don’t know how to play Poolball? It’s easy. Check out this video to familiarize yourself:

 

13 June 12:46 pm

In Portland we do things a little different: the people, the soccer, the beer, and now the fish and chips. This Saturday and Sunday, you can experience all it together at JELD-WEN Field.

The Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance is proud to welcome Pirates Fish and Chips to JELD-WEN Field for the Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas on Saturday (2pm PT, ESPN, 750 The Game / La Pantera 940), and Portland Thorns FC vs. Seattle Reign FC on Sunday (2pm PT, TICKETS, webstream, Freedom 970.

Based in Hood River, OR, Pirates Fish and Chips was opened in 2012 by restaurateurs Richard and Sherri Wilson. The couple owned and operated an Italian restaurant in Arizona, but the long hours and struggling economy led them to sell their business and relocate to Oregon.

After discovering the Portland food cart craze, but struggling to find fish and chips one night, Richard and Sherri decided it was time to do it themselves. Their fish and chips are made from fresh fish sourced from the coast that includes cod, halibut, albacore tuna, and rockfish, served with house made tartar sauce and a batter that never leaves your hands greasy.

Richard and Sherri say that serving at JELD-WEN Field this weekend is the greatest opportunity they’ve had thus far. They know it will be a lot of work, but they are looking forward to sharing their culinary creations with 20,000 fans.

As of right now, Pirates Fish and Chips only has one location in Hood River, Oregon, but Richard and Sherri say they are in the process of opening a second truck in Portland later this season. For now, however, fans can get a sneak peek at Pirates Fish and Chips this Saturday and Sunday at the Soccer City Grill above Section 93.

The menu for Saturday and Sunday will include:

2PC Fish & Chips Basket
2 pieces of fresh Pacific True Cod served with house made tarter sauce, fresh natural cut fries and pirates magic coleslaw

Grilled Salmon Burger & Fries
4oz of Fresh Grilled Salmon on a toasted bun served with fresh natural cut fries &
 house made tarter sauce and topped with pirates magic coleslaw

13 June 12:16 pm

Blessing Bee Makwera was the recipient of a Spread the Love welcome packet for the May 12th match against Chivas USA. He was nominated by Stephen Clawson, vice president of Operation of Hope, an organization that provides life-changing surgical care in under-served areas of the world.

“Home is not a roof above your head but the love that you get from those around you,” said Makwera. “When I received the Spread The Love packet I knew I didn't need Africa to feel at home because you guys loved me.”

Makwera grew up in Zimbabwe where, when he was 15-years-old, he discovered a landmine. Not knowing what it was, he began playing with it, causing it to detonate near his face. The explosion resulted in Makwera losing his jaw, teeth, and part of his tongue. He attempted to recover in a Zimbabwe hospital, but the resources he needed to complete a full recovery were lacking.

With the help of Operation of Hope, Makwera traveled  to San Diego, California for the first of three surgeries. He is now living in Portland with Clawson, working as a teacher’s aide at a local private school.

Makwera says he loved his experience at the Timbers game.

“The whole game was awesome,” he said. “The Timbers Army supported  the club all the way through [the game] and with that much support I don't think you could lose.”

Several people and organizations were involved in helping Makwera get to the United States for the operations he needs. He is very grateful for all of the support, especially from his “American family.” He says he knows what it means to “Spread the Love.”

“It means we are all family and the only force that can keep us together is love,” said Makwera. “By spreading love we are staying stronger as one family.”

Read more about Blessing’s story here. You can also nominate a potential recipient at www.spreadtheloveptfc.com.

11 June 8:00 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 shop.portlandtimbers.com now to enter!

See official contest rules here. 

07 June 1:53 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.

17 May 11:41 am

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)

14 May 3:23 pm

Dominic was the recipient of a Spread the Love welcome packet for the May 2nd match against the New England Revolution. Mick Hoban, current Timbers community ambassador and former NASLTimbers midfielder nominated him.

“I was looking forward to being in the company of soccer lovers, the Timbers Army, Timber Joey, [and] watching a great game of soccer,” said Dominic.

A native of Sierra Leone, Dominic spent 25 years teaching physical education in the Lake Oswego area. He is currently the head coach of the Lake Oswego High School girls’ varsity team, and is a former OYSA Girls Coach of the Year. Well-versed in soccer, Dominic says he was impressed with the how the team played.

“The team played a great game,” said Dominic. “The team's effort and gamesmanship on the field was very good.  Especially team defense, speed of play, and possessing with a purpose.” 

He says he also enjoyed the environment at JELD-WEN Field.

“I had a blast. The match was exciting. The Timbers fans were at their best. Their chanting and cheers echoed [through] the stadium the entire evening. The atmosphere was spectacular.”

In addition to being a coach, Dominic knows what it means to “Spread the Love” off the field. In 2006, he formed a non-profit organization called Kaimba Incorporated, also known as Dynasty House. The organization's mission is to help rebuild the lives of the people of the war-torn Sierra Leone by providing family housing and educational scholarships. So far the organization has built two five-bedroom houses, which are now home to six families, and is currently sponsoring 116 scholarships for grade school and high school age boys and girls.

What does “Spread the Love” mean to Dominic? “It means more than just those three words,” he said. “It is an act of giving/sharing a piece of whatever one has with others who might need it or benefit from it. It means making someone happy.”

Know someone you think is worthy? Nominate them at www.spreadtheloveptfc.com.

10 May 11:58 am

An eight-game unbeaten streak is pretty tasty, and while Timbers fans are enjoying it, they’re hungry for more.

In an effort to satisfy that hunger, Big-Ass Sandwiches will be at JELD-WEN Field on Sunday, May 12, when the Timbers host Chivas USA.

Big-Ass Sandwiches opened in 2009, and has been living up to its name ever since. Owners Brian and Lisa Wood have perfected their French fry-infused creations, topping their home-roasted meats with béchamel cheese and piling it all on to locally baked ciabatta rolls.

Brian and Lisa opened Big-Ass Sandwiches after they experienced several layoffs from their jobs. The couple saw the layoffs as an opportunity to start the business they had always wanted to own and operate.

Their sandwiches have received a lot of praise, including being called the “best sandwich in the Northwest” by The Travel Channel’s Adam Richman.

Huge fans of the Portland Timbers, Brian and Lisa provide discounts to 107ist and Axe Society Members at their cart’s permanent location at 302 SE 2nd Ave. Last season, Big-Ass Sandwiches served up several menu items at JELD-WEN Field during a Cascadia Cup match against Seattle.

“We have been going to games since the pre-MLS days. We have the ‘No Pity in the Rose City’ scarf hanging in the back of the cart and made shirts three or four years ago that said ‘Timber Joey is My Homeboy’ with part of the proceeds going to a local charity,” said Lisa.

Big-Ass Sandwiches will be dishing up their delicious creations this Sunday at the Soccer City Grill above Section 93 during the Timbers game. They will also be at the Soccer City Grill on Thursday, May 16 when the Thorns host Sky Blue FC.