Soccer Culture

25 October 10:13 am

As part of our inaugural group of ticket holders, Caron and Quentin won the chance to have a VIP experience for the Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake match on October 19th, including KeyBank Club seats, and a chance to visit with Timber Joey on the field!

We asked Caron a few questions after the match.

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

Taking my Godsons to see their first football match about 5 years ago and sitting with the Timbers Army :)

What was your favorite moment of the match tonight?

Walking through the door and being treated like royalty, then finding out we were sitting next to an old friend, AND near to the people we sit next to all season, who were in the KeyBank Club too that night!!! 

Who would you nominate as Player of the Match?  

Ricketts- love that clean sheet record. 

What is your prediction for the next match – Timbers versus Chivas USA?

3:1 win. Everyone else loses and we win the Supporters Shield :)))))

This is a great way to give back to the Axe Society members. Hopefully everyone will get to be part of it over the coming seasons. It doesn't change my mind about where we have our current season tickets but it was fun seeing how the other half live:) A wonderful way to end the season. Thank you very much. 

Thank you Caron and Quentin and congratulations again!

And of course, thanks to all our Axe Society members for their wonderful support this season!

24 October 1:22 pm

Join the MLSWORKS Soccer Kicks Cancer Movember 2013 campaign by growing a moustache and raising awareness for men’s health issues, specifically prostate and testicular cancer initiatives as well as mental health.

You can register to be a part of the Portland Timbers Movember squad! Click on the ‘join’ button under the team image and follow the simple Movember registration process. Participants should join before November 1, 2013. Be sure to show your progress by posting motastic pictures to your profile.

November is only a few weeks away, so start planning your Movember moustaches now!

To learn more about MLS WORKS and the Movember initiative, click here

16 October 2:30 pm

 

As part of our inaugural group of ticket holders, Erik and his sons won the chance to have a VIP experience for the Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders match on October 13th, including KeyBank Club seats, and a chance to visit with Timber Joey on the field!

We asked Erik a few questions after the match.

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

My first memory of the Timbers would be back in the early 80's when Rod Stewart played on a team out of LA I think.  

What was your favorite moment of the match tonight?

The Goal.

Who would you nominate as Player of the Match?  

Ricketts.  I think I have seen better games but a clean sheet is what it took for the 3 points.

What is your prediction for the next match, Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake?

 

A win by Portland. Always predict the win.

The Axe experience was AWESOME!!! Felt like I was flying first class.  Thank you so much for the whole experience.  

Congratulations again to Erik, Cole and Wyatt, and thank you for your 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.

03 October 4:28 pm


Photo courtesy of Akron Zips

University of Portland Pilots
The men earned split results over the weekend, starting with a 1-0 loss to Denver on Friday. The Pilots bounced back on Sunday with a 3-0 rout of SMU, including a goal from Timbers U-23 forward Jaime Velasco. Portland begins West Coast Conference play on Friday at San Francisco and Sunday at Saint Mary’s.

The women extended their winning streak to five games after a pair of wins over the weekend. A pair of goals and an assist from senior Amanda Frisbie handed the Pilots a 4-2 over Wyoming on Friday. On Sunday it was Micaela Capelle who had two goals as the Pilots beat Washington 3-0. The 8-1-1 Pilots open conference play at Pacific on Friday.

University of Oregon Ducks
The Ducks women played their third consecutive double overtime match in a scoreless draw with undefeated Washington State last Thursday. Oregon has only allowed one goal in the past three games. The Ducks, which went 0-5-0 on the road last season, continue Pac-12 play at Utah on Friday and Colorado on Sunday.

Oregon State University Beavers
The men improved to 7-2-0 on the season after defeating Northwest Christian 5-0 in their final nonconference game of 2013. Four goals came in the second half, despite difficult weather conditions. The Beavers open Pac-12 play on Thursday night at No. 2 California.

The women battled to 1-1 overtime draw with Washington on Friday in Corvallis. The 2-6-2 Beavers hit the road for games against Colorado on Friday and Utah on Sunday.

Portland State Vikings
Portland State women's team started Big Sky Conference play with two wins over the weekend. The Vikings took down Northern Colorado 3-1 on Friday and then held North Dakota to just 2 shots in a 1-0 win on Sunday. Holding a four-game unbeaten streak, the Vikings hit the road for a Friday showdown with Eastern Washington and Sunday match against Montana.

University of Akron Zips
Timbers U-23 midfielder Reinaldo Brenes scored an early goal for the Zips that turned out to be the game winner in a 1-0 result at West Virginia. Brenes now has four goals on the season, including two in conference play.

 

19 September 3:28 pm

Devout fans of any sports team like to flex their knowledge of their favorite side. Well, Timbers fans, here’s your chance to prove what you know while earning great prizes, and most importantly, helping out a worthy cause.

Join other Timbers fans at the Sellwood Public House on Wednesday, October 2nd at 7 PM for Timbers trivia. Fans will be able to compete for Timbers Army prizes and bid on two team-autographed raffle items.

Teams are limited to 6 members and there is $10 entry fee per person that will go directly to Operation Pitch Invasion’s Bless Field project. So grab five friends and head out to Sellwood Public House on October 2nd to prove once and for all that you are the most knowledgeable Timbers fan.

 

06 September 10:23 am

The USMNT is back in action tonight as they take on Costa Rica in World Cup Qualifying (7pm PT, beIN Sport). Currently sitting atop the group with 13 points, the Yanks are eager to further distance themselves from the second place Ticos who lay two points behind on 11.

Gamesmanship has run high all week in the lead-up to the match with reports that the Costa Rican authorities wouldn't provide training soccer balls, cow mascots interrupting Jurgen Klinsmann press conferences and much more all as a kind of payback for the memorable snow game qualifier on U.S. soil in Colorado. In near whiteout conditions. The USMNT defeated Costa Rica 1-0 back in March and Costa Rica protested bitterly about the blizzard-like conditions.

MLSsoccer.com has their new ¡Golazo! matchcenter all set with innovative stats and coverage. Get set for the game here.

KICKTV's excellent series on qualification, aptly named The Hex, has traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica to witness the proceedings. It should be a great match.

29 August 2:30 pm

Meet Denisse C.
Denisse was the Spread the Love packet recipient for the Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas match on August 17th. Cristina Calderon, her big sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters, nominated her.

"I have known her since I was 14 years old," said Denisse of her big sister Christina. "She has been there for me every step of the way since then."

Denisse says she was shocked when she received her welcome packet.

“I was so happy to know that everyone that she knew she picked me to go and watch a soccer game,” she said.

This was Denisse’s first soccer game and she says she was most looking forward to experiencing the electric atmosphere at JELD-WEN Field in person as opposed to television. The environment did not disappoint. Denisse said the atmosphere at the stadium was her favorite part of the game.  

Meet Elvis K.
Elvis was the Spread the Love packet recipient for the Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps match on August 3rd. He was nominated by friend and former coworker Sara Treadway.

Elvis says he felt “overwhelming joy to receive the Timbers welcome packet and tickets to the game.” The last game he went to was three years ago, adding that he tried to get tickets this year but they were sold out. This time he got to bring his sons. He said his favorite part of the game was Ryan Johnson’s second-half header.

23 August 2:53 pm

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.

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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.

 

22 August 12:45 pm

This weekend, the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders will face each other for the second time this season. The first match saw the Timbers draw even with Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field, and there is no doubt that many Timbers fans will once again make the trip.

Every match between the Timbers and Sounders is important, but this time around there is even more at stake. Not only is Portland looking to potentially reach the top of the MLS table, but the Timbers could also take sole possession of first place in the Cascadia Cup table. Arguably the most hyped match of the season, an expected 66,000 fans will be at CenturyLink Field to see the Sounders host the Timbers in a game that also features the first home match for new Sounders signing and USMNT forward Clint Dempsey.

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 an autographed Timbers team jersey

@daarontaylor won for his post in May when he made the trip to Vancouver, B.C. to see the Timbers play the Whitecaps. Post your picture of your trip to Seattle for a chance to win! Not going to Seattle this time? Never fear, the contest will also be happening for the Cascadia Cup rivalry match October 6th at Vancouver.

Onward, Rose City!

(Full Contest Rules)

 

21 August 10:34 am

As part of our inaugural group of ticket holders, Cathy and Mark won the chance to have a VIP experience for the Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas match on August 17th, including KeyBank Club seats, and a chance to visit with Timber Joey on the field!

We asked Cathy a few questions after the match:

When was your first match supporting the Timbers?

We started attending Timbers games regularly in 2009 with limited attendance prior to that.  One of our first memories was the raising of the banner honoring Clive Charles—we’re UP grads and long-time UP supporters and it was very special to be there that night.

What was your favorite moment of this match?

Our favorite moment tonight was Nagbe’s goal—a run of play goal with an excellent assist by Valeri.

Who would you nominate as Player of the Match?

Diego Valeri—he’s the lynch pin in the middle and playmaker—two assists tonight.

What is your prediction for the next match – Timbers versus Real Salt Lake?

 Timber win 2-1—very similar game to Dallas—hard fought, possession oriented, many fouls

What else should we know about your Timbers fandom?

We enjoyed our Axe experience but are looking forward to being back with our SD2 friends—can’t beat the first row off the field for being in the action!

A big thanks to Cathy and Mark for being our guests and for their fantastic 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.