Soccer Culture

16 August 2:33 pm

Portland soccer fans often have the opportunity for double features--sometimes even concurrent features--on the weekends when the Timbers and Thorns both have games. This weekend is no different, with the Timbers and Thorns both playing at 8pm on Saturday night.

In addition to two Portland matches, soccer fans are looking forward to the beginning of the Barclays Premier League season. It’s been a long three months since Manchester United took last season’s title and fans of the other 19 teams have been chomping at the bit for their shot at redemption. On the eve of a massive soccer weekend, we look ahead to the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season.

First thing is first. No team looks the same at the beginning of a new season. The Guardian has compiled a quick infographic to illustrate which clubs have made the most moves during the transfer window. Check it out here.

NBC Sports Network debuts their coverage of the EPL this weekend. They recently did an interesting "documentary" on the difference between football and . . . football with friends from Tottenham Hotspur.

On this side of the pond, our friends at KICKTV have debuted the first episode of KICKTV Live with Jimmy Conrad in which they addressed several headlines surrounding the BPL season. You can watch the full episode here:

Finally, NBC Sports’ Pro Soccer Talk can get you all caught up on everything you need to know heading into this season. Check out their preview here.

And, if you happen to be one of the few who doesn't yet have a favorite EPL club, Joe Posnanski from NBC Sports has you covered

15 August 9:39 am

Have you seen Darlington Nagbe all over town? He's been popping up swimming, hiking, hitting the Gorge and more. 

Keep submitting your #NagbePhotobomb images on Instagram and Twitter and you could win a VIP game experience and meet the REAL Nagbe after a match courtesy of CenturyLink. Don't have a mask? Never fear you can download one right here.

08 August 3:02 pm

As part of our inaugural group of ticket holders, Russ (on the left) and his friend Dave won the chance to have a VIP experience for the Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps match on August 3rd, including KeyBank Club seats, and a chance to visit with Timber Joey on the field!

We asked Russ a few questions after the match.

When was your first match supporting the Timbers?
The USL Open Cup match, five years back.

What was your favorite moment of the match tonight?
Getting my picture taken with Timber Joey!

Who would you nominate as Player of the Match?  
Ricketts or Harrington

What else should we know about your Timbers fandom?
I have had the pleasure of being entertained at various sporting events around the globe and the experience presented by the Timber's organization was first class. Dave and I came home with a belief that the Timbers front office offers a superior fan experience to that of their rivals to the north.

Congratulations again to Russ, 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.

08 August 12:00 pm

Stanford University's Graduate School of Business does a nice profile of one of their alums--Timbers COO Mike Golub--to find out more about what makes the Timbers tick and why Portland is Soccer City, USA.

07 August 9:09 am

As you know, Portland Timbers team captain Will Johnson took part in last week's 2013 MLS All-Star Game activities in Kansas City. Over the course of the week, Johnson trained with fellow All-Stars, helped out at an MLS WORKS event and was part of the Starting XI in the All-Stars 3-1 loss to Serie A's AS Roma.

Late night host Jimmy Fallon took notice. Rather than go the traditional route of naming an MVP award, Fallon took a different tack:

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

05 August 2:37 pm

Looking for something to during a weekend when the Portland Timbers don’t have a match? Look no further than the Art Takeover Pennant Show at Coava Coffee (1300 SE Grand Ave.) in SE Portland.

Art Takeover is a design show organized by Factory North and the Timbers Army. It features the work of 30 local designers and artists who create art that fits one common theme. This year, the artists have created felt pennants with the theme of their favorite Timbers Army song.

From 7AM-6PM at Coava Coffee, 30 prints of each design will be available for purchase. Not only are the pennants a fantastic blend of art and Timbers Army culture, but they will go a long way in helping fundraise for Operation Pitch Invasion’s current project: Bless Field, a 9,000 square foot all-season soccer field designed to promote positive youth and community development.

UPDATE: Widmer Brothers is also getting into the act by auctioning off 50 limited-edition hand-numbered and signed bottles of Green & Gold Kolsch with custom labels. Lots of one-of-a-kind items to be had for sure!

Following the Art Takeover there will be an after party at the event space between Boke and Hair of the Dog Brewing on SE Water Ave from 7-10 PM.

04 August 1:48 pm

NBC Sports Network debuts English Premier League soccer in just a few weeks.

30 July 10:56 am

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Portland Thorns FC forward Tiffany Weimer has traveled the world suiting up for clubs in Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. Now, the Connecticut native has returned to the United States to play for the Thorns.

Recently, the New Haven Register highlighted some of Weimer’s globe-trotting adventures in a feature available on their website. Check it out here.

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.