Timbers sign forward Antoniuk

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers have signed forward Dan Antoniuk to a one-year contract, it was announced today by the club.

Antoniuk, 24, joins the Timbers on loan from his hometown Philadelphia Kixx of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL), where he recently finished the season, collecting three goals and four assists with the indoor side.

“Dan has been very effective off the bench for us over the past two seasons,” Timbers general manager Jim Taylor said. “Being the lone target-type of striker on the team, this is a nice opportunity for him to contribute and earn some more playing time.”

Eligible to begin his third campaign with the Timbers this Saturday at Minnesota, Antoniuk spent the 2003-04 seasons in Portland, where he tallied 13 points (4g, 5a) over 947 minutes on the pitch.

Antoniuk will wear No. 9 with the Timbers.

TIMBERS AT MINNESOTA - SATURDAY, MAY 7
The Timbers travel to the Metrodome in Minneapolis to take on the Minnesota Thunder for the second time in eight days on Saturday. Kickoff is 5:05 p.m. (Pacific). With Minnesota playing a man down, Portland gave up a late goal to Johnny Menyongar last Friday at PGE Park, settling for a 2-2 draw. The Timbers, who haven’t lost to the Thunder since 2003, are riding a five-game unbeaten streak against Minnesota. The Thunder, who play their lone game of the season at the Metrodome Saturday, will be without suspended forward Melvin Tarley.

SEATTLE MATCH TO RE-AIR ON COMCAST
Last weekend’s 2-1 victory over the rival Seattle Sounders at Qwest Field will be rebroadcast in the Portland area on Comcast Cable’s CNW 14 tonight at 6 p.m. and again on Saturday at 9 a.m.

TIMBERS AT BEAVERS
Accustomed to playing at PGE Park, the Timbers will enjoy Monday’s Portland Beavers game as fans and watch their roommates at the stadium take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox at 11:05 a.m. The Timbers will be giving autographs on the main concourse from 11-11:30 a.m.

ALVAREZ GARNERS INDOOR HONORS
Timbers striker Byron Alvarez has been named to the MISL’s all-rookie team for his contributions this off-season with the Chicago Storm. Alvarez tallied 21 goals and six assists through 29 matches with the Storm.

ON THE AIR
Saturday’s match at Minnesota can be heard live on KZNY AM-1010, in Spanish on KXMG AM-1150 and online at Oregonlive.com.