Box to Box: A round up of news, notes, and tidbits

Remembering past greats while also preparing for Saturday

Soccer balls at training, 4.29.11

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Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

Popular soccer blog and their fashion arm, Bumpy Pitch, created a T-shirt inspired by former Portland Timbers player and University of Portland head coach Clive Charles. Bumpy Pitch partnered with the Timbers Army and 107st to help create a fitting “Rose City” tribute to Charles.

Darlington Nagbe and Jack Jewsbury show off the new shirts.

The Timbers lost a friend and longtime supporter last Sunday. Gisele Currier, a fixture at Timbers matches atop Section 107 passed away on Sunday. Rachel Bachman at The Oregonian has a fitting obituary for the “matriarch” of the Timbers Army. Also, information on a May 10 memorial service.

Wonderfully-named German soccer magazine 11Freunde (11 Friends), did a Q & A with the now internationally-known Timber Joey. The discussion ranged from the history of Timber Joey — and Jim — chainsaws in stadiums and relationships with other mascots.

A warning, you might need to brush off your dust-covered German-to-English dictionary for this one, or use Google Translate and its often questionable grasp of the grammatical rules (or lack thereof) with most foreign languages.

The Timbers will look to shore up their defense on Saturday against an undefeated Real Salt Lake side, writes The Columbian’s Paul Danzer.

The Royal run-down
Each week, we’ll give you some insight behind enemy lines and show you what they’re saying about the Timbers’ opponent.

The Deseret News runs down the building of Real Salt Lake’s roster with 14 key-player transactions that shaped the team’s run to the 2009 MLS Cup and the CONCACAF Champions League final.

James Edwards of the Deseret News chimes in with his preview of Saturday’s action and RSL trying to fight off the disappointment of their CCL loss running over into Saturday. has an in-depth match preview of Saturday’s game.