Soccer Culture

02 July 10:13 am

During the Timbers match vs. Monarcas Morelia on July 3rd, the Soccer City Grill will be featuring authentic Mexican food from Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance member Mixteca Catering.

Mixteca will be serving traditional Mexican dishes such as chicken and vegan tamales, picaditas, and tostadas from the Soccer City Grill concession stand above Section 93 in the southeast corner of the stadium.

Mixteca opened its first cart one year ago at the St. Johns Farmers Market. Their second cart opened later at the Lloyd Farmers Market. Guadencio Felipe of Mixteca says being part of both farmers markets is nice because it allows Mixteca to serve to both a family atmosphere and a business professional environment. Mixteca is currently working with Haciencda Community Development Corporation in order to open a third cart at the Mercado Latino.

Felipe says serving at the Timbers game on Wednesday is a huge step forward into being part of the Portland food scene.

“We see this event as an opportunity for people to sample food and to get to know us,” Felipe said. “Mixteca Catering would not have imagined that we could be part of the Timbers Organization and have tremendous support for small local businesses.”

Get tickets to the Copa Verde match online.


26 June 12:54 pm

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

As part of our inaugural group of ticket holders, Brandon won the chance to have a VIP experience for the Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids match on June 23rd, including KeyBank Club seats, and a chance to visit with Timber Joey on the field!

We asked Brandon a few questions after the match:

When was your first match supporting the Timbers?

Having only been an Oregon resident for five years I don't have extensive history with the club, but coming from a state with no pro-sports teams I jumped on my first chance to attend a USL-era match in 2009 and became infatuated with the atmosphere. Looking on at the Army from 216 I decided that I wanted to be a part of that as soon as possible. 

What was your favorite moment of this match?

Favorite moment of the match should be any one of the three beautiful goals by any standard, but I'd like to go a little oddball and claim Jewsbury's clear in front of what was a very open net as my favorite moment. Had the Rapids slotted that goal away and given themselves a pick me up they could've easily turned the match in their favor. 

What is your prediction for the next MLS match – Timbers versus Columbus Crew?

Hopefully the Timbers high from today's out-and-out romping of the Rapids will keep them going through Wednesday’s USOC match and on to the match at the Crew Stadium. The Crew are hungry to get back into the top 5 for the East, so I have no doubt they'll give our boys some trouble as they fight for three points. With our back line stronger than ever and our attack only getting better I feel that the game will be in our favor and we'll return home with another road win.

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

I love my family in 105, they make every match day an experience regardless of the outcome, they make cheering for our boys way more fun than it already is. 

My favorite piece of memorabilia would have to be my highly coveted 1 of 300 fan made Tetris scarf, it has and will probably always be my go to game day scarf whether at home or away. If I had to choose a team made favorite it would probably be my custom red, white, green and keeper kits with my favorite number printed on each, 83.

The Axe experience was absolutely enthralling, other than feeling extremely ridiculous waving and smiling for over 60 seconds I wouldn't change a thing. My girlfriend and I had a complete blast and enjoyed every minute of the day due to the very welcoming and extremely helpful staff.

Our thanks to Brandon and Brynn 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.


18 June 10:16 am

Taylor Twellman. The very name evokes images of MLS Legend and flair as a 5-time MLS All-Star and 2005 MLS MVP who scored a whopping 101 goals in 174 matches for the New England Revolution.

Since retired, Twellman has become one of the top analysts for ESPN soccer broadcasts alongside Adrian Healeyyou heard him this past weekend on the Timbers-FC Dallas match—as well as the equally opinionated Big Head to Alexi Lalas’ Red Head on the aptly named ESPN Big Head Red Head Podcast.

But Twellman has also become a leading spokesperson around increased awareness of and improved care around traumatic brain injuries through his foundation Think Taylor. During the course his time as a player, Twellman suffered a series of concussions that curtailed his soccer career. Think Taylor looks to help tell his story and provide a support system for athletes across all sports and ages who suffer concussions and their after effects.

I sat down with Twellman this past weekend to talk about his thoughts on the recent run of U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifiers that he has been covering for ESPN, how he thinks Jurgen Klinsmann will utilize this summer’s Gold Cup tournament in furthering development around the U.S. team and how the Think Taylor Foundation is changing people’s perceptions around concussions. We also discuss the three biggest stories in MLS so far (Spoiler: The Timbers are one of them) and renew the age old debate: Big Head vs. Red Head.

Be sure to tune in to tonight’s U.S. – Honduras match at 6pm on ESPN and don’t forget to get tickets for the USMNT when they come to JELD-WEN Field for the Gold Cup on July 9.

The Backcut Podcast sits at the intersection of Timbers, Thorns, soccer & culture to explore the unique elements of the beautiful game. You can subscribe to The Backcut on iTunes in the same feed as the Talk Timbers podcast.

18 June 10:16 am

Halfway through the Hexagonal, the United States men’s national team is in control of the table, taking 10 points from five games. Tonight, The Yanks face Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. This matchup comes on the heels of the USA’s 2-0 win over Panama at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington.

The USMNT win over Panama was not only an exciting, well-played match by the Stars and Stripes; it was a spectacular display by the American Outlaws and Pacific Northwest soccer fans. United States coach Jürgen Klinsmann and his players admired the crowd, and spoke to the level of excellence demonstrated by Northwest fans.

Check out KICKTV’s video recap of the game, and tune in at 6 p.m. PT tonight on ESPN to see the United States vs. Honduras. 

Don't forget to get tickets to this summer's Gold Cup tournament at JELD-WEN Field when the USMNT take on Belize on July 9.

17 June 4:03 pm

Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

As part of our inaugural group of ticket holders, Lori and Sean won the chance to have a VIP experience for the Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas match on June 15th, including KeyBank Club seats, and a chance to visit with Timber Joey on the field!

We asked Lori a few questions after the match:

What was your first memory of supporting the Timbers?
We saw the first Timbers game at the University of Portland field (before JELD-WEN was ready).  During that match, we kept thinking how totally awesome the Timbers Army was, and we were struck by the speed and agility of number 11.  Everybody around us started pulling out their roster sheets trying to figure out who 11 was, and we all tried to say his name resulting in various butchered pronunciations of Alhassan's name all around us.  He still is amazing to watch, but seeing him for the first time and that close up was definitely something special. A close second for favorite memories was the Timbers' shut out of the LA Galaxy that year.

What was your favorite moment of this match?
The easy answer would be Nagbe's goal, but the most exciting moment was actually when the Timber's had two back-to-back shots on goal that were blocked.  Even though it did not result in a goal, it was really fun to watch.

Who would you nominate as Player of the Match?
That is really difficult!  Ricketts got another clean sheet and had some awesome saves.  Nagbe, again, placed the ball in the net with perfect precision.  Chara disrupted and charged like the champion and solid all-around player he is.  Will Johnson never stopped in spite of constant muggings mid-field.  Alhassan tirelessly advanced the ball and avoided defenders.  So, man-of-the match is Porter.  Somehow he manages to try new combinations that are the perfect match-ups against for each team the Timbers play.  He is a genius.

What is your prediction for the next match – Timbers versus LA Galaxy?
The Timbers will control the ball (60% + possession) and wear down the Galaxy, resulting in a win for the Timbers.  Goal differential of 2.

What else should we know about your Timbers fandom? 
We are on the big picture of original season ticket holders out of sheer luck.  We went to the downtown Timbers store on a rainy day before the first season started just because we wanted to buy Timbers jerseys.  It turns out, they were doing the pictures with the axes and chainsaw and such for that original mural.  It is my favorite family pic and probably always will be.  Yeah, that was almost as lucky as being fans of the match.  It was great to sit in the fancy seats and get fed a bunch.  However, we will happily return to section 209 to stand, drink, cheer, and cuss through the whole match, like the true fans we are. RCTID!

There’s no doubt about your true fandom, Lori! 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.


14 June 1:06 pm

Winning Instagram from May by @teamkimberly5

Whatever you have been doing, it's working. The Timbers are in the midst of a 12-game unbeaten streak, and the superstitious fan in all of us is going to continue with our respective pregame rituals.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters want to know what your ritual is. Do you eat the same breakfast? Do you wear your lucky briefs? Do you kiss your lucky egg?

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, @teamkimberly5 won the Stumptown & Timbers prize pack for the Instagram shot above. This month, it could be you. 

For full contest rules, click here.

13 June 4:17 pm

“She Flies With Her Own Wings” is the English translation of the official state motto of Oregon. It has also been adopted as a team motto for Portland Thorns FC used throughout a new billboard campaign across Portland. The Thorns want to know what the phrase “She Flies With Her Own Wings” means to you and we're launching a new Pinterest page for you to tell us.

Create a Pinterest board that embodies what the phrase “She Flies With Her Own Wings” means to you and you could win an autographed Thorns FC jersey, tickets to a regular-season Thorns FC match and autograph vouchers for a home match.

And, with the new Pinterest page launching, contest participants will have the opportunity to fill the new Thorns boards with inventive, creative and inspiring posts.. 

To be eligible to win, the boards must meet the following criteria:

  • Board must have a minimum of 3 images
  • Board must also include the official Thorns FC contest image (not included as one of the 3 images)
  • Every image should include a brief explanation about why you chose the image to represent the theme as well as the hashtag  #SheFliesWithHerOwnWings in the description
  • Entrees must abide by the Pinterest Terms of Service and the Official contest rules
  • Entry URL must be emailed to before June 23 at 11:59 p.m.

Board will be judged based on:

  • Creativity & Originality

    • The pictures within the board as well as the description provided with each picture will be judged when considering creativity and originality. We are looking for boards that are unlike the majority and think outside of the box. Which boards stand out and are not cliché?
  • Presentation & Organization

    • Is it easy to move from one picture to the next in a board and get the same concept? We are looking for boards that are well thought out and organized as such.
  • Clarity of the theme

    • Entrants will be judged on how well they represent the theme and how understandable the theme is in their board to the judges.

Three winners will be selected.

  • First Place Winner will receive:

    • (i) one (1) autographed Portland Thorns FC team jersey,
    • (ii) two (2) Portland Thorns FC tickets to a mutually agreed upon regular-season match
    • (iii) two (2) autograph vouchers for match
    • (iv) Pinterest board entry images displayed on JELD-WEN FIELD video wall during the match
    • (v) Pinterest board entry images displayed on the Portland Thorns Pinterest page. 
  • The second and third prize Contest winner will receive:

    • (i) two (2) Portland Thorns FC tickets per Contest winner to mutually agreed upon regular-season match.

For full contest rules, click here.

13 June 1:46 pm

In Portland we do things a little different: the people, the soccer, the beer, and now the fish and chips. This Saturday and Sunday, you can experience all it together at JELD-WEN Field.

The Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance is proud to welcome Pirates Fish and Chips to JELD-WEN Field for the Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas on Saturday (2pm PT, ESPN, 750 The Game / La Pantera 940), and Portland Thorns FC vs. Seattle Reign FC on Sunday (2pm PT, TICKETS, webstream, Freedom 970.

Based in Hood River, OR, Pirates Fish and Chips was opened in 2012 by restaurateurs Richard and Sherri Wilson. The couple owned and operated an Italian restaurant in Arizona, but the long hours and struggling economy led them to sell their business and relocate to Oregon.

After discovering the Portland food cart craze, but struggling to find fish and chips one night, Richard and Sherri decided it was time to do it themselves. Their fish and chips are made from fresh fish sourced from the coast that includes cod, halibut, albacore tuna, and rockfish, served with house made tartar sauce and a batter that never leaves your hands greasy.

Richard and Sherri say that serving at JELD-WEN Field this weekend is the greatest opportunity they’ve had thus far. They know it will be a lot of work, but they are looking forward to sharing their culinary creations with 20,000 fans.

As of right now, Pirates Fish and Chips only has one location in Hood River, Oregon, but Richard and Sherri say they are in the process of opening a second truck in Portland later this season. For now, however, fans can get a sneak peek at Pirates Fish and Chips this Saturday and Sunday at the Soccer City Grill above Section 93.

The menu for Saturday and Sunday will include:

2PC Fish & Chips Basket
2 pieces of fresh Pacific True Cod served with house made tarter sauce, fresh natural cut fries and pirates magic coleslaw

Grilled Salmon Burger & Fries
4oz of Fresh Grilled Salmon on a toasted bun served with fresh natural cut fries &
 house made tarter sauce and topped with pirates magic coleslaw

13 June 1:16 pm

Blessing Bee Makwera was the recipient of a Spread the Love welcome packet for the May 12th match against Chivas USA. He was nominated by Stephen Clawson, vice president of Operation of Hope, an organization that provides life-changing surgical care in under-served areas of the world.

“Home is not a roof above your head but the love that you get from those around you,” said Makwera. “When I received the Spread The Love packet I knew I didn't need Africa to feel at home because you guys loved me.”

Makwera grew up in Zimbabwe where, when he was 15-years-old, he discovered a landmine. Not knowing what it was, he began playing with it, causing it to detonate near his face. The explosion resulted in Makwera losing his jaw, teeth, and part of his tongue. He attempted to recover in a Zimbabwe hospital, but the resources he needed to complete a full recovery were lacking.

With the help of Operation of Hope, Makwera traveled  to San Diego, California for the first of three surgeries. He is now living in Portland with Clawson, working as a teacher’s aide at a local private school.

Makwera says he loved his experience at the Timbers game.

“The whole game was awesome,” he said. “The Timbers Army supported  the club all the way through [the game] and with that much support I don't think you could lose.”

Several people and organizations were involved in helping Makwera get to the United States for the operations he needs. He is very grateful for all of the support, especially from his “American family.” He says he knows what it means to “Spread the Love.”

“It means we are all family and the only force that can keep us together is love,” said Makwera. “By spreading love we are staying stronger as one family.”

Read more about Blessing’s story here. You can also nominate a potential recipient at

12 June 10:25 am


The 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup continues tonight with the Portland Timbers taking on the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the fourth round (7:30pm PT; Ticketswebstream, 750 AM The Game / La Pantera 940).

Matches are going on across the country tonight with the Chicago Fire hosting the Columbus Crew and it is with the Fire that a Chicago piece of Open Cup legend was born with now Timbers assistant coach Amos Magee.

In a 2001 quarterfinal game against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, then Fire head coach Bob Bradley subbed Magee on late and he scored a 114th minute gamewinner using, well . . . his chest.

Hear him tell the story to