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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 contests@portlandtimbers.com 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 1:52 pm

Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer / Portland Thorns FC

"It's an interesting challenge to create a team from nothing," Parlow Cone said. "In my previous experiences, we always had a core. In college, you lost the seniors and gained the freshmen, but you always had a core group and you built around them. Here, we had none of that."

espnW continues their Total Access series with a story about how  USWNT legend Cindy Parlow Cone made the decision to leave her post as an assistant coach at her alma mater University of North Carolina and travel across the country to helm Portland Thorns FC in the nascent National Women's Soccer League. Drawing upon her years of experience in the game at various forms and roles, Cone has quickly put together a winning roster.

Read it 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 www.spreadtheloveptfc.com.

12 June 10:25 am

Photo: Chicago-Fire.com

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 Chicago-Fire.com:

11 June 9:00 am

We know how it goes. You've had your eye on a new Timbers kit but wonder what name and number to put on the back? Valeri and #8? Nagbe and #6? Johnson and . . . WAIT. Which Johnson? Both are great choices.

We've upped the ante on this dilemma a little bit by putting together a special offer that involves you buying a kit, us numbering it for you for FREE, and a chance to meet said player at a future Timbers training session. To enter is as easy as three steps:

Step 1 – Purchase any Timbers primary or secondary jersey (replica or authentic) between Tuesday, June 11 and Monday, June 24.

Step 2 – Receive free customization of your favorite player’s name and number.

Step 3 – Be automatically entered to win a chance to meet that player at a Timbers training session.

That's right. You buy the jersey, we customize it for free AND enter you into a drawing to meet the player at a future Timbers training session. 

Visit the adidas Timbers Team Store at JELD-WEN Field or shop.portlandtimbers.com now to enter!

See official contest rules here. 

07 June 9:50 pm

Chicago-Fire.com Editor Jeff Crandall
in Timbers Army green & white

There is a certain art to diplomacy--particularly when it comes to a classic soccer scarf.

In the case of Chicago-Fire.com editor Jeff Crandall--a diplomat well-versed in the in's and out's of supporters scarf culture--it should come as no surprise that when he happened upon a flight attendant who was a diehard Timbers Army supporter, that an exchange of scarves would happen--mid-flight, no less.

Read the excellent story about how no matter where a soccer supporter may be, the act of sharing the soccer scarf talisman trumps all rivalry.

07 June 2:53 pm

It has been demonstrated time and again that soccer has the power to make a positive impact in the community. The Portland Timbers firmly believe in that potential and constantly seek new opportunities to become involved through their community outreach platform Stand Together.

MLS WORKS is recognizing individuals from every MLS city, who have taken this idea to heart and promote goodwill, demonstrate leadership qualities and help to improve lives within their community.

Through June 20th, fans can nominate themselves or somebody in their community who sets an example as a leader in the community and uses soccer as a tool to help make a positive impact in one of the following areas:

  • Social issues focusing on acceptance and equality
  • Health issues affecting men, women or children
  • Community service for a local, national or international charity or community organization

One community MVP will be selected for each team and will receive VIP tickets, recognition during a 2013 home game, team merchandise, and an autographed item. 

One Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice and a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, including airfare, accommodations, and tickets. The Nominator of the Grand Prize winner and one guest will also receive a trip to the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game.

To nominate your MLS WORKS Community MVP, click here.

Read full contest rules here.

07 June 10:33 am

The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup officially kicks off in 30 days when Canada faces Martinique at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. To commemorate the 30-day mark, CONCACAF is offering a special deal on Gold Cup tickets and merchandise.

For the next 30 hours, you can receive 30% off official CONACAF 2013 Gold Cup branded merchandise with the purchase of a 2013 Gold Cup ticket.

This special promotion begins today and runs until Saturday, June 8 at 3pm PT.

How does it work?
When purchasing tickets please use the VIP Club Member code 30DAYSGC in the “Promotional Access Code” field on the ticket purchase page.

Following your purchase, a notification email will be sent to you with a code for 30% off official CONCACAF 2013 Gold Cup branded merchandise.

Portland and JELD-WEN Field host the Gold Cup this summer for the first time ever, when the U.S. Men’s National Team play Belize and Costa Rica faces Cuba on July 9. One ticket gets you both matches.

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