MLS Regular Season

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.

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17 May 10:15 am

adidas Soccer unveiled a new ad this morning online touting their revolutionary miCoach Smart Soccer system. Set to debut on Saturday during the Chelsea-Bayern Munich Champions League Final on FOX, the ad features a starring role for Timbers midfielder/forward Darlington Nagbe alongside fellow co-star, the Timbers Army.

Filmed in part during the Timbers 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City last month, there are also appearances by some other guys.

Okay, yes, those other guys are pretty good MLS'ers too: SKC's Teal Bunbury, FC Dallas' Brek Shea, and Real Salt Lake's Javier Morales

After shooting footage during the Timbers-SKC match, the adidas crew spent the next day utilizing locker rooms and other areas inside JELD-WEN Field to shoot the players' individual scenes. Check it out:

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16 May 5:35 pm

The old saying that "if you want to be Timbers Army, then you already are," makes for an incredibly easy recruiting tool. The North End at JELD-WEN Field is always packed with legion upon legion of fervent Timbers Army fans.

But what of frontier outposts? How do fans who have chosen to follow the Timbers band together to support their team in the furthest reaches of soccer fandom?

NYC Loggers claiming their territory Photo: MLSsoccer.com

In Manhattan, the NYC Loggers are one group that have taken up the cause. A friendly band made up primarily of ex-Portlanders who now find themselves in Brooklyn and Manhattan, the Loggers set up camp inside the Football Factory at Legends in the heart of Midtown to cheer on the Timbers for every match--no small feat considering the late Eastern time zone kickoffs. 

On Tuesday night, a collection of Timbers Army faithful took up their posts inside The Football Factory for the Portland-Houston match whereupon they came across a collection of MLSsoccer.com staff members who were settling in to take in the match. MLSsoccer.com was kind enough to snap a picture.

Advance intel from Loggers organizer Cesar Diaz tells us that a few of them are planning to come in person to the Timbers Cascadia clash against the Whitecaps later this month and are already looking ahead to when the squad travels to Red Bull Arena in August. As always, the Big Apple detachment of Timbers Army troops are, much like the open arms of Lady Liberty, looking to welcome more to their platoon. As their motto proudly states:

We are the Mad Men who occupy Madison Ave chanting "RCTID" as we support the Timbers from Sea to Shining Sea! Give us your mental, your barmy, your Gotham Masses yearning to be Green!

Are you among the Timbers faithful in far off remote outposts? Find yourself in the Deep South? The Midwest? Europe? Asia? At sea? Send us a note at thebackcut (at) portlandtimbers.com and let us know your tales. Also, MLSsoccer.com is devoting this whole week to Supporters Week coverage with unique features on supporters culture, tifo, and more. Be sure to check it out

10 May 2:43 pm

With the Houston Dynamo opening their new BBVA Compass Stadium this weekend, MLSsoccer.com takes a look at some of the most memorable MLS stadium debuts. 

With all due respect to our Canadian neighbors in Toronto, and the Midwestern folks in Kansas City, the JELD-WEN Field opening takes the cake. Beyond that, though, the opening of Houston's new field marks another development in the growth of soccer-specific stadiums in MLS. 

And it's another great stadium to watch a match. Give Armchair Analyst Matthew Doyle's Three for Thursday a read and then re-live the House of Pane opening.

What are some of your favorite memories at JELD-WEN Field?

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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.

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30 April 10:04 am

The Backcut. 

In logging terms, it's the last of the cuts needed to fell a tree. As an experienced logger would tell you, it's a key element to make for a clean cut.

For us, it's the beginning of a new blog that sits at the intersection of Timbers, soccer, and culture. We'll talk about Timbers news, sure, but we'll also talk about great soccer books you can't do without, important soccer results from a local area match, random soccer tales from around the world, films, music, tidbits, and more. At least, that's the plan.

Join us as we go on this journey deep into the various nooks and crannies of this grand game we call football. Or soccer. Take your pick.