Notebook: Jordan, Wicks join L.A. Galaxy in Hawaii
February 20, 2008
PORTLAND, Ore.– Portland Timbers forward Bryan Jordan and goalkeeper Josh Wicks have been invited to make the trip with Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy to Hawaii for the inaugural Pan-Pacific Cup. The four-team tournament began Wednesday.
The Galaxy played in their first preseason match Wednesday in a 1-0 loss to Japanese J-League club Gamba Osaka to open the Pan-Pacific Cup at Aloha Stadium. Both Wicks and Jordan entered the match as substitutes in the second half. Click here for the official match report.
Both Jordan and Wicks have been training with the Galaxy and their star-studded roster - which includes international superstars David Beckham and Landon Donovan - since preseason camp opened on Feb. 4. Jordan and Wicks arrived in Hawaii with the Galaxy earlier this week to participate in pre-tournament events and continue their training.
Also making the trip to Hawaii with the Galaxy are former Timbers players Mike Randolph and Alan Gordon. Randolph played for the Timbers in 2006, while Gordon was the Timbers’ leading scorer in 2004.
The Pan-Pacific Cup also includes the defending MLS Cup-champion Houston Dynamo and Australian A-League side Sydney FC. The tournament’s third-place match and final will take place on Saturday, Feb. 21, and will be broadcast live on ESPN Classic.
Former Timbers see preseason action with MLS expansion club San Jose
Two former Timbers players, forwards Yuri Morales (2006) and Matt Taylor (2007), have been in preseason camp with MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and both saw action in the expansion club’s first two preseason matches against the Dynamo.
In San Jose’s first preseason match on Feb. 14, both Morales and Taylor entered the game as substitutes and had quality scoring chances denied by the Houston goalkeeper. On Feb. 17, Morales earned a start, while Taylor entered the game in the second half.