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.”
Tomorrow's game against Seattle is the final Stumptown Morning Ritual is for 2013! Show us your pics on Instagram!
Tomorrow's huge rivalry match against the Seattle Sounders (6pm; ESPN, 750 The Game / La Pantera 940) marks the final Stumptown Coffee Rosters Morning Ritual contest. All you need to do is show us pictures on Instagram of you getting ready for the big game with the hashtag #scrtimbers.
One random fan will be selected each month to win a prize pack from Stumptown and the Timbers that includes:
- One (1) Signed Timbers Jersey
- One (1) 12oz bag of Kenya Gaturiri Coffee
- Two (2) Stumptown Coffee Roaster Mugs
- One (1) Stumptown Branded Red Rooster Hand Mill Grinder
So get those cameras clicking and show us your morning ritual.
Not only are Thorns FC players champions on the field, they strive to create and build champions within the community. The Rose City Readers program was implemented to do just that -- make third graders at the “I Have A Dream” Foundation Dreamer School Alder Elementary, champions in reading.
Thorns FC players will attend third grade classrooms on a monthly basis reading books to students focusing on the importance of physical education, health and other central topics.
On October 9, Rachel Buehler and Meleana Shim browsed the library at Alder Elementary looking for books to read to students. “I want to read them Polar Express!” Shim commented. After 15 minutes of searching, it was time to read to the first class. There was a buzz of whispers and smiles between the classrooms when Buehler and Shim were first spotted. When introduced as professional women soccer players, jaws dropped and questions sprung from their mouths. They ranged from who their favorite soccer player was to what their favorite food was. Sticking to the theme of eating healthy, Buehler answered vegetables while Shim answered with mangos.
In the first classroom, Buehler and Shim read “Surfer Chick” by Kristey Dempsey, which focused on the importance of a positive attitude, practice makes perfect and never giving up. For the second group of third graders, they read “Dear Mrs. Lurue: Letters From Detention School” by Mark Teague, which centered on looking at all points of view in every situation. During the last session, students had the chance to read to Buehler and Shim in a one-on-one environment.
Focusing on reading proficiency in the third grade is a critical step toward increasing the number of students who succeed academically and ultimately in life. During the third grade, students are transitioning from learning to read, using basic knowledge of the alphabet, to reading to learn. The Rose City Readers program inspires youth in the classroom by harnessing the power of sport and mentorship to magnify the importance of reading. The Thorns FC players have a unique ability to motivate students to improve their reading skills and increase their passion for education.
Shyvonne Williams, the “I Have A Dream” Foundation Alder Program Manager, was excited about the program. “We are so pleased ‘Stand Together’ thought of Alder. It went amazing today and we cannot wait to have the players back next month!”
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.
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 forward Tiffany Weimer has traveled the world suiting up for clubs in Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden. Now, the Connecticut native has returned to the United States to play for the Thorns.
Recently, the New Haven Register highlighted some of Weimer’s globe-trotting adventures in a feature available on their website. Check it out here.
Portland Thorns FC fans who keep up on local soccer know about the tremendous amount of success forward Danielle Foxhoven had during her time at the University of Portland and her strong roots in Portland.
However, not many fans know about the challenges she faced following her collegiate career. As part of their continuing Total Access series, espnW recently spoke with Foxhoven about her time in Russia playing for FC Energy Voronezh, cold feet, watching fellow Pilots Sophie Schmidt and Christine Sinclair at the London 2012 Olympics followed by her eventual journey back to Portland.
To read Foxhoven's story, visit espnW.
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.
The 100th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup continues tonight with the Portland Timbers taking on the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the fourth round (7:30pm PT; Tickets, webstream, 750 AM The Game / La Pantera 940).
Matches are going on across the country tonight with the Chicago Fire hosting the Columbus Crew and it is with the Fire that a Chicago piece of Open Cup legend was born with now Timbers assistant coach Amos Magee.
In a 2001 quarterfinal game against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, then Fire head coach Bob Bradley subbed Magee on late and he scored a 114th minute gamewinner using, well . . . his chest.
Hear him tell the story to Chicago-Fire.com:
We know how it goes. You've had your eye on a new Timbers kit but wonder what name and number to put on the back? Valeri and #8? Nagbe and #6? Johnson and . . . WAIT. Which Johnson? Both are great choices.
We've upped the ante on this dilemma a little bit by putting together a special offer that involves you buying a kit, us numbering it for you for FREE, and a chance to meet said player at a future Timbers training session. To enter is as easy as three steps:
Step 2 – Receive free customization of your favorite player’s name and number.
Step 3 – Be automatically entered to win a chance to meet that player at a Timbers training session.
That's right. You buy the jersey, we customize it for free AND enter you into a drawing to meet the player at a future Timbers training session.