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01 June 8:19 am

You think you learned a lot about staying healthy and fit throughout your days in school? Well why not bring your best to JELD-WEN Field on Friday, June 1, for the final Health and Fitness School Day, presented by Providence Sports Care Center in 2012 starting at 9 a.m.

On this Friday local school kids from the Portland Metro area will invade JELD-WEN Field once again just as they did last week where they set a Premier Development League (PDL) record with 8,029 in attendance as they saw the Portland Timbers U-23s win their third straight match over the Kitsap Pumas 4-0.

Last week kids in had the opportunity to learn from local doctors about ways to stay healthy by not smoking or recognizing health issues that may effect your friends or family by Dr. Jane and her Rebels. Team doctor Dr. Beckerman gave kids the steps to CPR and other life saving actions.

To top it off the excitement of learning ways to stay healthy and fit, you will get to see the first place PDL Timbers U-23s play Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 at 11 a.m.

So put your best bet on the pitch and show us just what you have in that healthy body of yours. Who knows? You may learn something new to boot.

Tickets for Friday’s match at $7 and are available for purchase at the JELD-WEN Field box office.
 

30 May 1:12 pm

Throughout the 2012 season, the Vancouver Whitecaps have been examining the supporters and culture in the various cities their team travels away to. This past weekend, our Cascadia rivals were here in Portland and the learned Peter Schaad--voice of the 'Caps--did a great piece on our very own Timbers Army. "If you've always dreamed of experiencing the beautiful game's supporters culture at its finest, you could go to Europe or South America," Schaad intones. "Or, you could travel down the I-5 and catch a game at Portland's JELD-WEN Field."

For Timbers supporters, new and longtime, it's a quick look into what makes the Timbers Army so unique.

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30 May 11:49 am

 Aragorn = Excited Soccer Fan

While tickets remain for tonight's 7:30 p.m. U.S. Open Cup match against Cal FC (Get them at the JELD-WEN Field Box Office), you may find yourself far from the friendly confines of the Rose City and wish to follow the match via our webstream at www.portlandtimbers.com

This is great. However, we do ask that you be careful of where and how you watch the match. Actor, poet, painter, son of Arathorn, King of Middle Earth, and die hard soccer fan Viggo Mortenson had some issues of late while watching a live webstream of his beloved Argentine side San Lorenzo as he was waiting for a flight in the Washington, DC airport. Mortenson, who grew up in Argentina, was transfixed as he watched San Lorenzo fight to stay in the top flight. When they scored, he celebrated--much to the consternation of airport security.

The Hollywood Reporter talked about it and apparently Mortenson has a column for the San Lorenzo website whereupon he wrote:

“I screamed GOAAAAAAL with all my soul, and started jumping around the place like a frightened deer among the passengers and their suitcases,” he wrote. "People can't understand why am I screaming "PIPI!" [a player’s nickname] over and over again, and whether it’s because I’ve pissed myself or maybe I got hurt someway,” he added.

We're all for showing raucous forms of celebration. Just be careful not to scare fellow travelers. Tip of the hat for the link to @ShawnLevy--another soccer/film fanatic--who first tweeted about it.

Timbers vs. Cal FC webstream kicks off tonight at 7:30pm

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28 May 8:45 am

Two second-half goals, first by Timbers forward Kris Boyd and then from Whitecaps striker Darren Mattocks, led to a 1-1 draw between the Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps on an evening that had it all: intense rain, hail and lightning, not to mention an action-packed final 45 minutes.

The image is made up of 570 individual images taken throughout the first half and stitched together to form one large image. The final high resolution picture is 118,188 X 49,694 pixels or 5.8 gigapixels.

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25 May 3:22 pm

Waiting in line. It can bond people together. Timbers fans have been known to wait in line for hours, sometimes even days, to get their preferred seat before a game. It's a situation that people run across at Disneyworld, music festivals, and the like.

But here at JELD-WEN Field, that line waiting sometimes comes with some benefits. Forbes.com writes in a recent article about the re-imagning of the line waiting experience and how the Timbers are doing it a bit differently

Major League Soccer executives are upping their game when it comes to line management. The league’s Portland Timbers club, for instance, handed out free Stumptown coffee and pizza, and a few of the team’s players joined fans waiting in line to sign autographs. The Timbers club’s owner Merritt Paulson even personally delivered coffee and doughnuts to line waiters during one cold morning.

So who knows? Next time in line, you never who you may run into.

Got a story, tip, soccer tidbit to share? Send it in to thebackcut (at) portlandtimbers.com.

24 May 8:51 am

It’s always great to stay healthy throughout your life. Whether that’s through eating healthy to committing time to go out and enjoy some quality time kicking a soccer ball around with your close friends.

Today the Portland Timbers U-23s will welcome in over 7,000 local area school kids to JELD-WEN Field for the first of two Health and Fitness School Day, presented by Providence Sports Care Center.

The day will feature events and games from over 16 educational tables ranging from yoga for kids to careers in health care. Along with learning about health and fitness, attendees will have a chance to feel the excitement of the Timbers U-23s battling their Premier Development League Northwest Divison rivals Kitsap Pumas at 11 a.m.

With all the push to keep kids fit and healthy, this type of event is one step forward to open the eyes of over 7,000 kids on just how you can achieve a healthy mind and body. 

Tickets are available too should you want to take a long lunch and come out to support the U-23s. Pick some up at the JELD-WEN Field box office. If you miss today's match, the next Health and Fitness School Day is June 1 here at JELD-WEN Field when the U-23s take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23s.
 

22 May 8:21 am

With yesterday's announcement that the Timbers would be hosting either Cal FC or Wilmington Hammerheads in a third round match of the U.S. Open Cup on May 30, it's a good time to read up on just what is and why the U.S. Open Cup matters. We'll be having more in the lead-up to next week's match--we've got Valencia tomorrow in a friendly and a Cascadia Cup clash with Vancouver on Saturday--but Steven Goff of the Washington Post wrote a great love letter on Monday to just why he likes this unique soccer event: 

I have a confession. I like the U.S. Open Cup. There, I said it.

[The] Open Cup offers the small clubs a long-shot dream of bumping off high-caliber opponents and advancing to international competition (the CONCACAF Champions League).

Best of all, the Open Cup creates David vs. Goliath matchups unseen in American sports outside the NCAA basketball tournament. One particularly dreamy pairing is close to coming to fruition. On Tuesday night, the Aegean Hawks, an amateur outfit from the D.C. area, will play the third-division Richmond Kickers at Maryland SoccerPlex in Montgomery County.

Take a few moments and read the whole thing--the U.S. Open Cup has a tremendously rich history. While the Timbers lean more towards the Goliath in their upcoming match next week, it certainly doesn't discount the interesting clash of teams across American soccer. This year's tournament is the 99th edition of the competition. Who says there's no soccer history in the U.S.?

Starting at $10, tickets go on sale to the general public Wednesday at 10 a.m. through the JELD-WEN Field box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phoning (800) 745-3000.
 

18 May 2:16 pm

KickTV really went all out on this one with the graphics . . . . (wink)

Jimmy Conrad does expertly break it down though. Chelsea vs. Bayern Munich is tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. PT on FOX.

Who you got?

18 May 12:55 pm

 Timber Joey, soon to be bald

Oaks Park will definitely be the place to be on Saturday if you’re looking to see Timbers players AND help some great causes.

Yesterday, we wrote about Joe Bendik’s campaign to help his nephew and fight Cystic-Fibrosis via his Team Gavin and their Great Strides walk beginning at 9:00am at Oaks Park.

Also equally important is the work being done by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and their help in finding cures for childhood cancers and helping survivors live long and healthy lives. As part of their fundraising efforts, they’ll also be out at Oaks Park this Saturday, May 19 with numerous Timbers players, staff, and alumni shaving their heads to help raise money for the foundation. To date, the Timbers St. Baldrick's team has raised over $12,000!

Beginning at 1pm tomorrow, forward Brent Richards, defender Ryan Kawulok, assistant coach Cameron Knowles, alumni ambassadors Scot Thompson and John Bain as well as Timber Joey—already sporting a mohawk (right)—will be among those in the Timbers community that will be going under the razor to shave their heads. All this happening not too long after the Great Strides walk.

There’s still time to give to both excellent causes and both have drawings with great Timbers gear available for people who donate. Joe’s Team Gavin is here and the Timbers page for St. Baldrick’s is here.

What are you waiting for? Donate! Head to Oaks Park! Walk with Joe! Then ride some rides! Then come and see people shave their heads! Have fun! Then be sure to cheer on the boys in green on Sunday!

17 May 1:44 pm

The Portland Timbers are involved in numerous philanthropic initiatives, some through the team’s community outreach program Stand Together while others are personal passion projects of the players.

 Gavin, 9 and his older brother Sebastiian, 12

Finding a cure for Cystic-Fibrosis--a disease that clogs the lungs and hampers the ability of its victims to absorb nutrition--is a cause near and dear to Timbers goalkeeper Joe Bendik’s heart.

In order to help his young nephew Gavin, known affectionately to his family as Gav-A-Goo, Bendik has spent his free time and resources setting up a donation bank through the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s “Great Strides” program.

To date Bendik has raised $18,657 to help fund crucial research that has helped raise the life expectancy for those born with CF, including his nephew Gavin, from preschool ages to 38 years and older.

And Bendik isn’t done yet, targeting this weekend as another opportunity to raise money by holding a Great Strides walk at Oaks Amusement Park at 9am on Saturday, May 19.

For those who would like to aid Joe in his efforts to fund CF research more information is available at his Great Strides website. Watch the video there and learn more about Gavin, his older brother Sebastian, and the challenges their family faces with CF.

Anyone who would like to take part in Saturday’s walk at Oaks Amusement Park can sign up with TEAM GAVIN and contact Joe on Twitter @jtbendik to make the trek sporting this year's TEAM GAVIN t-shirts!