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).
That’s right. Add brewmaster to the list of Caleb Porter’s many talents. The Portland Timbers head coach recently teamed up with Widmer Brothers Brewing Company to come up with their newest creation – Big Hearts and Brass Balls, A Caleb Porter.
Porter visited the Widmer Brothers pilot brewery at the Moda Center in late August to help brew this special recipe with Widmer Brothers brewer and longtime Timbers fan Ben Dobler: a smooth Porter brewed with roasted malts and naked oats that offers roast, subtle chocolate character, and a velvety mouthfeel. This highly drinkable beer is ready just in time for the heated Cascadia Cup rivalry match against the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, October 13th, and for the MLS Cup playoff push to close the 2013 regular season.
The name of the beer comes from a statement Porter made following the Timbers victory over FC Dallas in June.
“…they [the Timbers] continued to show me that they have big hearts and brass balls, because they know how to get it done when the game is on the line. That’s the mark of a good team.”
The beer will be available in limited release. There will be nine total kegs at JELD-WEN Field during the Timbers vs. Sounders game on October 13th – one on the Widmer Brothers Southern Front and eight at two beer portables (near section 101 and 110) behind the Timbers Army.
Additionally, the porter will be served at the following bars starting on 10/13:
- Kells 21
- Thirsty Lion
- Cheerful Bullpen
- Gigantic Brewing
Get it while it lasts! Once it's gone, it's gone.
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.
Milos Kocic & Ryan Miller will be bagging groceries at Hollywood Fred Meyer for Big Brothers Big Sisters
Bag 'em up.
This Thursday, August 15th, the Portland Timbers and Fred Meyer are teaming up to benefit Stand Together Pillar Partner Big Brothers Big Sisters Northwest. From 5-6pm, Timbers goalkeeper Milos Kocic, defender Ryan Miller and Timber Joey will be bagging groceries for customers at the Hollywood Fred Meyer (3030 NE Weidler St., Portland, OR 97232).
Five percent of the sales from any Coca-Cola product purchased during that hour in designated lanes will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Plus, items will be bagged in take-home reusable Coca-Cola shopping totes. Coca-Cola and Fred Meyer will match the donation up to $1,000
Be sure to add a Coke product to that grocery list and stop by from 5-6pm to say hello to Milos and Ryan!
— 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.
Fans of the NASL Portland Timbers will gladly recall stories of Jimmy Conway’s best on-field moments. His former teammates will be happy to speak about what a fantastic teammate he was. Younger fans of the Portland Timbers only need to look up into the Portland Timbers Ring of Honor to understand that Jimmy Conway is truly a Timbers legend.
That’s why so many were quick to support Jimmy once he was diagnosed with trauma-induced dementia a few years ago. In an effort to help Jimmy and his wife Noeleen; friends, family, teammates, and others from the community have joined together to participate in the 2013 Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 8th at Portland International Raceway.
This year, the Friends of Jimmy Conway team is over half way to their fundraising goal. To register to walk with the team or simply to donate, visit the team’s fundraising page.
Last year the team came out in full force for a fun day of walking in support of Jimmy, while raising money for Alzheimer’s research. Watch the video recap of last year’s event here:
Visit the Fans of Jimmy Conway Facebook page for more information.
Portland Thorns FC have fielded several different lineups over the course of the season due to national team call ups, injuries, and roster changes. The arrival of Tiffany Weimer has helped provide stability in the midfield, as well as add another personality to the already exuberant roster.
Weimer recently wrote a blog post as part of espnW's Total Access in which she hit on a variety of topics, ranging from her move from Denmark to Portland, learning about popular trends from her younger teammates, to dispelling the rumor that she's here to steal Christine Sinclair's two Hermann trophies--seriously, she's NOT here to do that.
To read Tiffany's blog, titled "Be Your Selfie," visit espnW.
Throughout the month of July, your Portland Timbers and 76 gas stations are teaming up to give you what you need – fuel and Timbers tickets.
Fans who fill up with 10 gallons or more at participating 76 gas stations will receive a voucher for two (2) tickets to any Timbers Reserve match, redeemable at the Timbers box office. They will also be able to enter to win a grand prize including four (4) KeyBank Club tickets, four (4) field VIP passes to the Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake match on October 19th and one (1) team autographed Timbers jersey.
The vouchers are good for any Timbers Reserve match and can be picked up through the end of September so hurry in to your local 76 station today. The contest itself also runs through the end of September. Learn more at www.76.com/Timbers.
Every year, the Portland Timbers take on a veritable army of interns to help across a host of departments. Whether it's public relations, marketing, sponsorship, game operations, soccer operations and everywhere in between, life as a Timbers' intern is rarely boring. Getting to see the inner workings of a Major League Soccer club is an enticing proposition--even if it doesn't pay any money--and former interns have gone on to get jobs with the club, the U.S. Soccer Federation, other MLS teams, and throughout the sporting landscape.
For last winter's PR and marketing intern Mike Ekstrom, however, leaving the Timbers did not entail returning to school. Rather, Ekstrom had another job already lined up that entailed reporting to Oakland A's spring training in Tucson, Ariz. with the club's pitchers and catchers contingent. The Portland, Ore. native who played his high school ball at Barlow High School and college at Oregon State, has spent parts of the last five MLB seasons as a reliever with the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Colorado Rockies.
"First internship ever," said the 29-year-old Ekstrom, a non-roster reliever in A's camp. "First taste of wearing dress clothes and going downtown and feeling like a real person."
Sharing time between helping organize the Dribble Oregon tour to writing the occasional article for portlandtimbers.com, Ekstrom was able to get a full picture of the inner front office workings of a pro sports franchise.
"It was kind of eye-opening because there was a lot of stuff I took for granted being on a pro sports team, so I have a little bit better perspective of the workings that go on. It was fun seeing all of the moving parts."
Are you looking to be the next Timbers intern? Apply online.
The Portland Timbers, in conjunction with Alberta Main Street & Art On Alberta, will be unveiling their new primary and secondary kits this February, and as part of the event, are looking for 10 Timbers themed pieces of art to be included in the event.
The unveiling will feature an art exhibition, with the Timbers pieces included in select galleries on Alberta Street in Northeast Portland. If your piece is selected, you will receive an invitation to the event, AND if your work sells, you will receive part of the proceeds, and the Timbers will donate a percentage of the remainder to their Community Fund on your behalf.
How it works
- Design a Timbers inspired piece of art. (If you’ve already created one, great, feel free to submit it)
- Art must not be any larger than 2 feet x 3 feet and fit in a frame (pictures, photos, illustrations, paintings etc. are preferred). Three dimensional art pieces like sculptures will not be included.
- Art must be framed and ready to hang (back wired)
- Please label your artwork on the back
- Art must be received by the Portland Timbers at JELD-WEN Field no later than Wednesday, February 20 at 5 p.m. If you are selected, you will be notified by the Timbers no later than February 25.
If you are interested in participating, please confirm your involvement in advance by emailing email@example.com, using the subject line “2013 Kit Unveil.” Please include your full name, contact email and phone number, as well as a brief (2-3 sentence) summary describing your piece.