Congratulations to our August 21st Axe Society Members of the Match – Dan and Teresa!

23 August 2:53 pm

Congratulations to our August 21st Axe Society Members of the Match – Dan and Teresa!

By Nicole Tillett

As part of our inaugural group of ticket holders, Dan and Teresa won the chance to have a VIP experience for the Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake match on August 21st, including KeyBank Club seats, and a chance to visit with Timber Joey on the field!

We asked Dan a few questions after the match.

What was your first memory of/first match supporting the Timbers?

It was a USL game when you could go down to the beer garden on the field to get beer and watch the game. Gavin Wilkinson was playing as the toughest defender on the field and I thought it was great to be so close and to see great soccer like I was on the field with them. The ball would even fly in to knock over a beer or table once in a while.

What was your favorite moment of the match tonight?

When Kalif Alhassan scored in the 86th minute! We thought we would win for sure but the 6 minutes of extra time was enough for RSL to score a heartbreaking to tie which was of course, the least favorite moment.

Who would you nominate as Player of the Match?  

Diego Valeri for his assist, penalty kick and all-around excellent play in the midfield.

What is your prediction for the next match – Timbers versus Seattle Sounders?
It will be a difficult game because Seattle is scratching and scraping for points to climb up the table. The Timbers will be hungry for a win but tired for the 3rd game in only one week. I would love to see Futty play because he knows how much a Cascadia Cup game means but I feel that Wallace has found his stride again and the defense will be putting out extra effort to keep us in the game. I'm looking for a 2 to 1 win that will be another tense squeaker, including a late goal for the Timbers to win!

What else should we know about your Timbers fandom? Any gameday superstitions? Favorite pieces of Timbers memorabilia? Feedback about your Axe experience?  

We bought our season ticket seats with two other families and sit together for games in section 113. I am still trying to find the perfect clothing combination for wins but I know that where ever I am on game day, I must wear some Timbers gear! My favorite item is my Timbers cap that now has autographs from Futty, Jack, Alvas, Silvestre, and Rashawn on the bill thanks to our lucky night as Axe Society Members of the Match! We loved the experience and were flattered by all the personal attention that the staff gave to us. Our seats we great but a little crowded with loiterers standing behind us and even in our seats for the center field view. I can hardly blame them; it was a great place to watch the game. It was great that both my wife and I could come together since it was our 19th wedding anniversary the night before on the 20th. It has been a wonderful week. Thanks so much for the opportunity and the special hospitality Chris Wilson, Bonnie and Carol all gave us.


Happy anniversary Dan and Teresa, 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.