Jewsbury: "The leadership is something I’m looking forward to"
After just being with the team for just over a week, imagine Jack Jewsbury’s shock at being named the Portland Timbers captain for the inaugural 2011 season.
“It’s exciting. Obviously only being with the team for a few days, it was a nice surprise,” he said.
Jewsbury came to Portland last week in a trade with Sporting Kansas City in exchange for allocation money. Head Coach John Spencer clearly had targeted him as someone to bring leadership to his new MLS side giving Jewsbury the captain’s armband for the preseason game against Seattle Sounders FC at last weekend’s Cascadia Summit—just three days after he arrived.
The final decision to make it official for the season, however, was not an easy one.
“We have a lot of good candidates on the team, but Jack stood out and came to the top of the list,” said Spencer.
With the captain’s armband, the Cascadia Summit, a final preseason game against San Jose, and the season opener against Colorado Rapids just over a week away, it’s been a whirlwind couple of days for Jewsbury but he is starting to get himself familiar with his new surroundings in Portland.
“It’s good so far. I’m learning my way around the city a little bit better, finding out some areas to possibly live so it’s good and I’ll be excited to get my family out here,” he said.
After eight years in Kansas City where he won the U.S. Open Cup in 2004, was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, and became a fan favorite, Jewsbury brings to Portland an attitude that is ready to step up.
“The leadership is something I’m looking forward to and taking a hold of with this team,” said Jewsbury.
We’ve got a lot of young guys and a lot of exciting young players. I’m excited about the opportunity to be the captain of the team especially in the first year of MLS. It [will] be quite an honor.”