As the regular season draws to a close, two more Spread the Love recipients were given the opportunity to experience a Timbers game at JELD-WEN Field.
Marlynn Schotland and her family were the recipients of the Spread the Love welcome packet for the September 29th game vs. the LA Galaxy. Pat Brown, who works at ROOT Sports directing Timbers telecasts, nominated Marlynn. Pat worked with both Marlynn and her husband several years ago at a local television station.
Marlynn says she and her family were thrilled to receive their welcome packet.
“We feel very, very lucky to have received this awesome packet of goodies, on top of the tickets,” said Marlynn. “The scarves are great and we can wear them all the time this winter.”
Marlynn was most excited to share the experience with her children.
“Our daughter just started playing youth soccer,” she explained, “and we were excited for her to see the pros play in person.”
The best part, according to Marlynn?
“The goal by [Maximiliano] Urruti! That was awesome! The energy was also amazing -- we were seated next to some die-hard Timbers fans who were so nice and made the game even more fun.”
Víctor Barreda Pazos and his family received a Spread the Love welcome packet from Karen Willoughby, Director of Coaching at Hollywood Soccer Club. Karen coaches Victor’s three-year-old son. Víctor recently moved to Portland from Spain and had yet to experience a Timbers game.
“I used to attend Villarreal CF games,” said Víctor. “Even when it was in the Champions league. I was curious how it was here in the USA.”
Víctor says he was very excited and grateful when he received his welcome packet. It was the first soccer game he was able to attend with his son. The Pazos family attended the Timbers match on October 19th, a heated 1-0 win over rival Seattle.
Víctor says his favorite part of the game was the very end.
“The end of it when everybody was singing and enjoying the victory,” he said, “without a rush to going back home.”
The final regular-season home game for the Portland Timbers also means one last opportunity for Timbers fans to enjoy one of Portland’s finest food carts at JELD-WEN Field. Once again, the Timbers welcome back Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance member 808 Grinds.
Childhood friends Kevin Scofield and Jensen Kip started 808 Grinds in September 2010. The Maui-raised duo brought their Hawaiian lunch creations to SW 9th and Washington in downtown Portland, and it was so popular that they were among the first food carts voted in by Facebook fans to be part of the PTFCA.
808 Grinds will be serving their Hawaiian combo plates at the Soccer City Grill located above Section 93 when the Portland Timbers host Real Salt Lake on Saturday at 7:30 PM PT (ROOT SPORTS, 750 AM The Game).
University of Portland Pilots
The men earned split results over the weekend, starting with a 1-0 loss to Denver on Friday. The Pilots bounced back on Sunday with a 3-0 rout of SMU, including a goal from Timbers U-23 forward Jaime Velasco. Portland begins West Coast Conference play on Friday at San Francisco and Sunday at Saint Mary’s.
The women extended their winning streak to five games after a pair of wins over the weekend. A pair of goals and an assist from senior Amanda Frisbie handed the Pilots a 4-2 over Wyoming on Friday. On Sunday it was Micaela Capelle who had two goals as the Pilots beat Washington 3-0. The 8-1-1 Pilots open conference play at Pacific on Friday.
University of Oregon Ducks
The Ducks women played their third consecutive double overtime match in a scoreless draw with undefeated Washington State last Thursday. Oregon has only allowed one goal in the past three games. The Ducks, which went 0-5-0 on the road last season, continue Pac-12 play at Utah on Friday and Colorado on Sunday.
Oregon State University Beavers
The men improved to 7-2-0 on the season after defeating Northwest Christian 5-0 in their final nonconference game of 2013. Four goals came in the second half, despite difficult weather conditions. The Beavers open Pac-12 play on Thursday night at No. 2 California.
The women battled to 1-1 overtime draw with Washington on Friday in Corvallis. The 2-6-2 Beavers hit the road for games against Colorado on Friday and Utah on Sunday.
Portland State Vikings
Portland State women's team started Big Sky Conference play with two wins over the weekend. The Vikings took down Northern Colorado 3-1 on Friday and then held North Dakota to just 2 shots in a 1-0 win on Sunday. Holding a four-game unbeaten streak, the Vikings hit the road for a Friday showdown with Eastern Washington and Sunday match against Montana.
University of Akron Zips
Timbers U-23 midfielder Reinaldo Brenes scored an early goal for the Zips that turned out to be the game winner in a 1-0 result at West Virginia. Brenes now has four goals on the season, including two in conference play.
University of Portland Pilots
After over a week off, the men return to the field on Friday night to face Denver at 4:30 p.m. at Merlo Field. The men play again on Sunday when they host Southern Methodist at 10:30 a.m.
The women claimed their third straight win in a 2-1 comeback at San Diego State. Senior Micaela Capelle scored 12 seconds into the second half to equalize and senior Ellen Parker notched the game winner in the 81st. The women face Wyoming on Friday at Merlo Field in the second half of the doubleheader with the men’s team.
University of Oregon Ducks
The Ducks got an equalizer from redshirt-sophomore defender Reilley Moore to finish 1-1 in a double-overtime draw against San Francisco last Friday. Oregon begins Pac-12 play tonight when they host Washington State in Eugene.
Oregon State University Beavers
The Beavers men bounced back from a loss to the Portland Pilots with a 1-0 win at home against San Jose State on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers look to build on that win when they host Northwest Christian in Corvallis on Friday at 4 p.m.
On the women’s side, the Beavers notched a dominating 3-0 win against Cal Poly last Friday night. After a week off, the Beavers begin Pac-12 play when they host Washington on Friday night in Corvallis. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Portland State University Vikings
The Vikings women played to a 0-0 draw against San Francisco on Sunday afternoon at Hillsboro Stadium. They open Big Sky Conference play on Friday afternoon when they host Northern Colorado at Hillsboro Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
University of Memphis
Timbers U-23 forward Mark Sherrod scored in the Tigers 3-1 over Mercer on Tuesday night. The Tigers returns to action against conference opponent Rutgers on Saturday night.
Timbers U-23 midfielder Jose Ribas notched his second assist of the season in Creighton’s 2-2 draw with Michigan State on Tuesday. The Bluejays return to the field on Saturday when they face Georgetown in the nation’s capitol.
Several local collegiate teams are making some noise as the non-conference part of the schedule wraps up.
University of Portland Pilots
Beaverton, Oregon native and Timbers U-23 forward Jaime Velasco scored twice on Thursday night as the Pilots took down Oregon State University 3-0 at Merlo Field. Velasco’s first goal game in the 42nd minute to break a 0-0 draw. Teammate Eddie Sanchez doubled the score in the 59th and Velasco wrapped up the scoring in the closing seconds. The win puts the Pilots at 4-2-0 on the season.
On the women’s side, the Pilots senior Micaela Capelle scored twice on Sunday as the Pilots came back from 1-0 to defeat the Missouri Tigers 3-2 at Merlo Field. The #16 Pilots women are now 5-1-1 on the season as they head south to take on the San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday.
Both Pilots teams will return to Merlo Field on Friday, September 27, as part of a Pilots double-header. The men will face the Denver Pioneers at 4:30 p.m., and the women will play Wyoming following that game.
University of Oregon
Junior goalkeeper Abby Steele was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week after shutting out No. 6 BYU through regulation and two overtime periods on Thursday at Pape Field in Eugene. The Ducks host San Francisco in Eugene on Friday night at 7 p.m.
Oregon State University
The men’s team dropped a road game to the Pilots on Thursday, putting them at 5-2-0 on the season. The Beavers return home on Sunday to host San Jose State at 1 p.m.
The women’s team lost a closely contested 1-0 battle to Gonzaga in Spokane on Sunday. They have one final non-conference game remaining before beginning Pac-12 play. The Beavers host Cal Poly in Corvallis at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Portland State University
Sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Plese was named Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week after making a career-high 10 saves in the Vikings 2-0 win over Hawaii. The Vikings host San Francisco on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium.
Devout fans of any sports team like to flex their knowledge of their favorite side. Well, Timbers fans, here’s your chance to prove what you know while earning great prizes, and most importantly, helping out a worthy cause.
Join other Timbers fans at the Sellwood Public House on Wednesday, October 2nd at 7 PM for Timbers trivia. Fans will be able to compete for Timbers Army prizes and bid on two team-autographed raffle items.
Teams are limited to 6 members and there is $10 entry fee per person that will go directly to Operation Pitch Invasion’s Bless Field project. So grab five friends and head out to Sellwood Public House on October 2nd to prove once and for all that you are the most knowledgeable Timbers fan.
Meet Denisse C.
Denisse was the Spread the Love packet recipient for the Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas match on August 17th. Cristina Calderon, her big sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters, nominated her.
"I have known her since I was 14 years old," said Denisse of her big sister Christina. "She has been there for me every step of the way since then."
Denisse says she was shocked when she received her welcome packet.
“I was so happy to know that everyone that she knew she picked me to go and watch a soccer game,” she said.
This was Denisse’s first soccer game and she says she was most looking forward to experiencing the electric atmosphere at JELD-WEN Field in person as opposed to television. The environment did not disappoint. Denisse said the atmosphere at the stadium was her favorite part of the game.
Meet Elvis K.
Elvis was the Spread the Love packet recipient for the Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps match on August 3rd. He was nominated by friend and former coworker Sara Treadway.
Elvis says he felt “overwhelming joy to receive the Timbers welcome packet and tickets to the game.” The last game he went to was three years ago, adding that he tried to get tickets this year but they were sold out. This time he got to bring his sons. He said his favorite part of the game was Ryan Johnson’s second-half header.
Portland soccer fans often have the opportunity for double features--sometimes even concurrent features--on the weekends when the Timbers and Thorns both have games. This weekend is no different, with the Timbers and Thorns both playing at 8pm on Saturday night.
In addition to two Portland matches, soccer fans are looking forward to the beginning of the Barclays Premier League season. It’s been a long three months since Manchester United took last season’s title and fans of the other 19 teams have been chomping at the bit for their shot at redemption. On the eve of a massive soccer weekend, we look ahead to the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season.
First thing is first. No team looks the same at the beginning of a new season. The Guardian has compiled a quick infographic to illustrate which clubs have made the most moves during the transfer window. Check it out here.
NBC Sports Network debuts their coverage of the EPL this weekend. They recently did an interesting "documentary" on the difference between football and . . . football with friends from Tottenham Hotspur.
On this side of the pond, our friends at KICKTV have debuted the first episode of KICKTV Live with Jimmy Conrad in which they addressed several headlines surrounding the BPL season. You can watch the full episode here:
Finally, NBC Sports’ Pro Soccer Talk can get you all caught up on everything you need to know heading into this season. Check out their preview here.
And, if you happen to be one of the few who doesn't yet have a favorite EPL club, Joe Posnanski from NBC Sports has you covered.
— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) August 5, 2013
Portland Thorns FC fans in attendance at the final regular season game were sure to notice the tremendous tifo display put on by the Rose City Riveters supporters group. Hanging high over the north end of the stadium, a beautiful, handcrafted image paid tribute to the Thorns.
Although every fan at JELD-WEN Field appreciated the display, few likely understood the time and effort put in to making it possible. Over 60 people combined for a total of 375 work hours to imagine, create, complete, and execute the tifo display.
The process began in July when Rose City Riveters members came up with and finalized the design. With space, cloth, paint, and rigging provided by the 107ist, the Rose City Riveters began outlining the image. After hours of painting and touch ups the final product was ready to go in time for the August 4th match. Additionally, volunteers prepared accompanying two-stick banners, streamers, and instructions for the execution of the display.
To read the complete story of how the tifo came to life, visit the Rose City Riveters official site.
Looking for something to during a weekend when the Portland Timbers don’t have a match? Look no further than the Art Takeover Pennant Show at Coava Coffee (1300 SE Grand Ave.) in SE Portland.
Art Takeover is a design show organized by Factory North and the Timbers Army. It features the work of 30 local designers and artists who create art that fits one common theme. This year, the artists have created felt pennants with the theme of their favorite Timbers Army song.
From 7AM-6PM at Coava Coffee, 30 prints of each design will be available for purchase. Not only are the pennants a fantastic blend of art and Timbers Army culture, but they will go a long way in helping fundraise for Operation Pitch Invasion’s current project: Bless Field, a 9,000 square foot all-season soccer field designed to promote positive youth and community development.
UPDATE: Widmer Brothers is also getting into the act by auctioning off 50 limited-edition hand-numbered and signed bottles of Green & Gold Kolsch with custom labels. Lots of one-of-a-kind items to be had for sure!
Following the Art Takeover there will be an after party at the event space between Boke and Hair of the Dog Brewing on SE Water Ave from 7-10 PM.