Stanford University's Graduate School of Business does a nice profile of one of their alums--Timbers COO Mike Golub--to find out more about what makes the Timbers tick and why Portland is Soccer City, USA.
As you know, Portland Timbers team captain Will Johnson took part in last week's 2013 MLS All-Star Game activities in Kansas City. Over the course of the week, Johnson trained with fellow All-Stars, helped out at an MLS WORKS event and was part of the Starting XI in the All-Stars 3-1 loss to Serie A's AS Roma.
Late night host Jimmy Fallon took notice. Rather than go the traditional route of naming an MVP award, Fallon took a different tack:
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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.
NBC Sports Network debuts English Premier League soccer in just a few weeks.
This weekend's featured Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance member is Stumptown Dumplings, better known as Stumplings. Fans may remember Stumplings from the May 2nd Timbers match. Read more about the formation of Stumplings here.
Stumplings will be serving their chicken and spinach steamed dumplings and their signature roasted pork bao with your choice of Asian Chipotle, Chili Hoison, or Thai Mustard sauces from the Soccer City Grill concession stand above Section 93.
For more information on the Portland Timbers Food Cart Alliance visit portlandtimbers.com/PTFCA
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.
As part of our inaugural group of ticket holders, Ron and Elliot won the chance to have a VIP experience for the Portland Timbers vs. Norwich City FC exhibition match on July 24, including KeyBank Club seats, and a chance to visit with Timber Joey on the field!
We asked Ron a few questions after the match.
What was your first memory of/first match supporting the Timbers?
I was living in Philomath at the time. It was the year prior to the Timbers joining MLS. The game was played at the University of Portland. I had purchased season tickets that year in order to be one of the first to select my seats for the inaugural season in MLS. The enthusiasm of the Timbers Army was the thing that impressed me most. The Timbers also impressed me with their level of play.
What was your favorite moment of the match tonight?
The goal by Valencia, of course. It was great seeing the young players doing their thing against a Premier League team. Even though Norwich City is between seasons, this was an opportunity to demonstrate the quality of play in our league. Well done!
Who would you nominate as Player of the Match?
It's a difficult call as there was good play all around, but let's give it to Valencia and hope that it provides him motivation to score many more for us.
What else should we know about your Timbers fandom?
My Dad, who played semi-pro hockey and competitive soccer in Canada when he was young, tried to get me interested in soccer when I was a boy. My response having never seen a game was 'why would anyone want to play a game where you can't use your hands'. My first introduction was watching the New York Cosmos and Pelé play an exhibition game in Hawaii. I really got hooked when my daughter started playing competitive soccer. I was an avid fan and got more fully involved by joining the youth soccer league board. Elliot is one of my two grandsons. My big thing now is my enjoyment in bringing him and his brother Miles to the Timbers games.
Congratulations again to Ron and Elliot, and thank you for your wonderful support!
If you are an Axe Society member and would like to enter to win the title of Member of the Match, please register here.
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 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.