Congratulations to our July 24th Axe Society Members of the Match – Ron and Elliot!

29 July 8:53 am

Congratulations to our July 24th Axe Society Members of the Match – Ron and Elliot!

By Nicole Tillett

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.