Soccer Culture

26 July 12:56 pm

Fans of the NASL Portland Timbers will gladly recall stories of Jimmy Conway’s best on-field moments. His former teammates will be happy to speak about what a fantastic teammate he was. Younger fans of the Portland Timbers only need to look up into the Portland Timbers Ring of Honor to understand that Jimmy Conway is truly a Timbers legend.

That’s why so many were quick to support Jimmy once he was diagnosed with trauma-induced dementia a few years ago. In an effort to help Jimmy and his wife Noeleen; friends, family, teammates, and others from the community have joined together to participate in the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 8th at Portland International Raceway.

This year, the Friends of Jimmy Conway team is over half way to their fundraising goal. To register to walk with the team or simply to donate, visit the team’s fundraising page.

Last year the team came out in full force for a fun day of walking in support of Jimmy, while raising money for Alzheimer’s research. Watch the video recap of last year’s event here:

Visit the Fans of Jimmy Conway Facebook page for more information.

26 July 9:40 am

Isaac Gatchet was the recipient of a Spread the Love welcome packet for the June 23rd match against the Colorado Rapids. Casie Bowers, Timbers suite holder and supporter nominated Isaac.

Gatchet is a huge Timbers fan, but he doesn’t get to attend Timbers home matches because he is currently on active duty with the United States military in Afghanistan. He was scheduled to return home on leave in June, and the match on the 23rd was the only match he could attend this season.

The Spread the Love packet included four tickets for Gatchet. He brought along his wife and his two best friends, and he says they all enjoyed the whole experience.

“We all had a great time,” said Gatchet “I dont think I could have went to a better match. The Timbers won, it was a beautiful day and we all had a wonderful time!”

Gatchet says that ever since he learned about Spread the Love and what it means, he has tried to incorporate the idea into his daily life.

“I have been doing my best to help out others that have been less fortunate than me,” said Gatchet. “So Spread the Love, to me, means helping out others that just need a little extra help or just need something to brighten up their day!”

26 July 9:36 am

Jose Antonio Saavedra was the recipient of a Spread the Love welcome packet for the June 15th match against FC Dallas. Gerardo Ochoa, contributing author of Path to Scholarship, college administrator, and local youth advocate nominated Jose.

Jose first met Gerardo after being selected as the Cesar Estrada Chavez Scholarship recipient. He says he was inspired by Gerardo’s work in the community and that he learned a lot from him.

“He taught me about the values of leadership, culture, language,” said Jose, “and most importantly about "Ganas," the desire and confidence to move forward.”

Jose says he was very thrilled to receive his Spread the Love welcome packet.

“I was very excited and honored for this wonderful gift,” said Jose. “There are no words to describe my excitement. I appreciated the fact that I was in Mr. Gerardo’s mind for this gift. It really means a lot.”

The June 15th match against FC Dallas was Jose’s first MLS league match. He says he was really looking forward to seeing the environment at JELD-WEN Field.

“My favorite part of the match was when the Timbers got a goal against FC Dallas. I was pretty happy!”

Jose was very grateful for the entire experience and is looking forward to spreading the love.

“I was very humble and honored to have received four tickets to see the game,” said Jose. “I hope one day I can give back to those who have assisted me see the world from a different perspective.”

To learn more about Spread The Love and nominate a deserving recipient, click here.

18 July 3:20 pm

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

As part of our inaugural group of ticket holders, Liz and Caitlin won the chance to have a VIP experience for the Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy match on July 13th, including KeyBank Club seats, and a chance to visit with Timber Joey on the field!

We asked Liz a few questions after the match:

When was your first match supporting the Timbers?

When I moved out to Portland in 1998, Philadelphia did not yet have a professional soccer team, so I was never a big fan of soccer. My wife, Caitlin, and I went to our first Timbers game when they were a USL team because some of our friends, who were season ticket holders, convinced us that it would be fun. We sat with the Army, of course. The energy I felt in that stadium was like none I had felt before at a live sporting event. I was hooked! When it came time to purchase season tickets for the Timbers inaugural season, the answer was simple.

What was your favorite moment of this match?

The ridiculously amazing goal by Jean-Baptiste in the 94th minute and watching the Timbers Army celebration from our midfield seats.

Who would you nominate as Player of the Match?

Near tie between Ricketts and Jean-Baptiste, but I think I'm going to give it to Ricketts. He was a beast on Saturday night! If not for a couple of his saves (namely Juninho's free kick at the 37 minute mark), our 94th minute goal wouldn't have mattered.

What is your prediction for the next match – Timbers versus Philadelphia Union?

 Timbers win, 1-0. Ricketts with a clean sheet and Piquionne with the game-winning goal. You heard me!

What else should we know about your Timbers fandom? Any Favorite pieces of Timbers memorabilia?

Between my wife and me, we have 11 scarves, but I still wear the same one just about every match - No Pity with red fringe. Also, when Dan Zusman asked me to confirm the name that should go on the Axe Society wall, I forgot to make sure my wife's name was on it too - something she reminds me of to this day. Perhaps winning this Member of the Match is the first step in making it up to her!

We clearly had the best match of the season for our Axe experience. We were already excited to have this experience for the LA Galaxy match, but the game couldn't have been any more exciting. The staff took wonderful care of us and everyone was so nice. We're looking forward to returning to our friends in Section 105, but this is a match experience that we'll never forget! 

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Congratulations again to Liz and Caitlin and thank you for your 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.

 

18 July 12:35 pm

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Portland Thorns FC have fielded several different lineups over the course of the season due to national team call ups, injuries, and roster changes. The arrival of Tiffany Weimer has helped provide stability in the midfield, as well as add another personality to the already exuberant roster. 

Weimer recently wrote a blog post as part of espnW's Total Access in which she hit on a variety of topics, ranging from her move from Denmark to Portland, learning about popular trends from her younger teammates, to dispelling the rumor that she's here to steal Christine Sinclair's two Hermann trophies--seriously, she's NOT here to do that.

To read Tiffany's blog, titled "Be Your Selfie," visit espnW.

 

15 July 9:11 am

"Combine the Galaxy's stature and the teams' place in the standings (Portland now second in the West; LA fourth), Saturday may have been one of the best shows in Major League Soccer history."

The always excellent London-based newspaper, The Guardian, wrote about the Portland-LA match in their weekly "5 Things We Learned About MLS" feature. While there is no doubt the ending was the stuff of Portland legend, Guardian writer Richard Farley writes that the game also had an impact beyond just where the teams are in the standings, "On Saturday, when Portland claimed one of their most important wins in franchise history, the Timbers and Galaxy forced us to pause and consider how far the league's come."

Read the whole post here and while you're at it, subscribe to their always excellent Guardian Football Weekly Podcast.

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.

11 July 2:02 pm

The United States men’s national team is currently in the spotlight, having recently played in World Cup qualifiers and Gold Cup matches. But there was a slightly different USA soccer game in New York City that was held for a good cause.

The players in this game weren’t playing for international glory. Instead, they were there to raise money for the Steve Nash Foundation, an organization that aims to assist underserved children in their health, personal development, education and enjoyment of life.

Stars like the NBA’s Joakim Noah, USMNT players Stuart Holden, Oguchi Onyewu, and Sacha Kljestan, and ESPN soccer writer Marc Stein faced off against international stars Massimo Ambrosini, Emmerson Boyce, and the foundation’s namesake Steve Nash.

Dubbed “The Showdown in Chinatown,” the charity soccer game was tied 7-7 in the closing minutes when NBA star Joakim Noah took a thrown-in at the top of the box, dribbled right, and fired home the game winner. Check out this video of his goal and celebration:

The Showdown moves to Los Angeles this weekend, where Nash and company will look to put on a show while raising money for a good cause.

For more information about The Steve Nash Foundation, visit 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

 

05 July 9:00 am

Saturday's featured Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance member is PoppedART. PoppedART will be serving their signature kettlecorn bowls topped with nontraditional toppings such as salted caramel drizzle, bacon and maple, and sweet jalapeño lime at the Soccer City Grill concession stand above Section 93.

Cole and Cheryl Akeman operate their cart at SW 9th and Washington in downtown Portland. Cole says they are very excited to be part of the Portland Thorns game on Saturday.

"Serving our PoppedArt at JELD-WEN [Field] is an exciting opportunity to introduce ourselves to the people of Portland," said Akeman. "We feel honored to be a part of Portland's vibrant food scene and are looking forward to seeing all of you!"

Fans can choose from the following menu options:

Salted Caramel Drizzle: Classic kettle corn with warm caramel sauce and a pinch of salt.

Sweet Jalapeño Lime: Sweet and spicy with a hint of lime.

Bacon and Maple: Real bacon bits and warm maple syrup.