The sole sentinel of Timbers news, discussion and Timbers Army brainstorming for the entirety of the Portland Timbers Division-2 era is soon to be no more. Farewell, dear internet friend.
It was announced today by Allison Andrews, the creator and head administrator of www.soccercityusa.com, that the website would end on March 1, 2013.
Before I turn it over to Allison's own words, I'd like to say how the website impacted me. I lurked around the SCUSA boards for years since I moved away from Oregon in late 2001 and no other reliable source existed. Around 2004, the Timbers were on my radar again while out of state and a few years later I was often on SCUSA at work in Northern Virginia after I graduated from college. Streaming grainy video and reading refreshed match threads on SCUSA kept me engaged even when I was on the other side of this continent. It wasn't until the campaign to enter MLS that I finally plunged and registered on the site under the same moniker I have here. I'll never claim to have understood all the inside jokes, but have fun, laugh, cry, and cheer we did.
Some of the TA chants started there. Tifo ideas. Ghost sightings. Puppets. And more.
I've seen it stated today that the organizational effort for MLS2PDX would not have been possible without SCUSA. And it's true. Look at the forum stats, especially line #2:
The most users ever online was 233 on Jun 5th, 2012 at 1:44pm.
The most members ever online was 106 on Mar 11th, 2009 at 4:02pm.
The most guests ever online was 203 on Jun 5th, 2012 at 1:44pm.
The most search engines ever online was 24 on Jun 29th, 2012 at 10:05pm.
That day was the announcement Portland (MP) would be granted a MLS franchise. Even after the explosion of Timbers interest, it is still a high water mark. Before the other 2012 records came about, I know for sure at least two of those other records were held by MLS2PDX events, most notably the City of Portland final vote on funding the stadium renovations.
Please write about your memories of SCUSA or thank Allison for the dedication and energy toward laying a foundation of energetic fan support for the Portland Timbers.
And now, from Allison:
I am officially announcing that this message board will go idle on March 1, 2013, as well the SoccerCityUSA.com website.
While I have very much enjoyed maintaining this board for the past 10+ years, and my main Timbers site for the past 14, the majority of Timbers fans have moved on to other formats for communication, and It’s time to turn this site into a historical record and move on.
When I started the SoccerCityUSA.com site in 1999 (at the time called Timber Rattlers), it was to try to fill a gap where I didn’t think the team (or the sport) was getting the coverage it deserved, and I felt with access to a simple HTML editor and an old SLR film camera I could do something to help change that, though my career has always been in IT, not journalism. I can feel good that I did my part during the early years and especially through the mid 2000’s when the team wasn’t even getting a single article in the local paper for Cascadia Cup home matches, and hope that I did my part to keep the interest in the team alive during those lean times until everything came together to finally bring MLS to the Rose City. I also very much enjoyed having the chance to cover various other leagues and US National Team matches during that time, including the Women’s World Cup in 2003 and a Sunderland/Newcastle match in 2006.
It’s great to see the official Timbers site doing such a great job covering the team and the local and national media finally starting to take notice, especially since we went to MLS, and I enjoy reading the many other Portland soccer sites that have emerged in the past few years who are providing excellent coverage.
Though the main SoccerCityUSA.com site is going to be idled as well as this board, I do plan to do match reports for a few games this year including the Timbers and Thorns home openers, just to have a chance to give it one last go and thank many of the people who have been so kind and helpful to me as I have had the honor of doing my part for the Timbers and the most amazing fans anywhere for the past 14 years. And I may pop up from time to time to lend a hand and post something if there is ever a need, but I feel I just can’t commit the time to this endeavor to do it justice.
Though my media pass gave me field level access, I have always put my money where my mouth was as far as supporting the Timbers and I have maintained a season ticket since 2002, so I will still get the chance to see many of you in the north end. But things are happening in my life that I want to devote more time to, including finally having someone very special in my life, so as I don’t want to continue this endeavor half-hearted, I am going to make sure to say my final thank you’s to those of you who made this such a wonderful time.
So 378 match reports and 8,498 photos later, it’s time to move on.
I do have other projects I plan to start working on, including a Portland vegetarian site (I have been vegetarian since November 15 of last year) and possibly a general Portland blog as well, which might give me the opportunity to occasionally post some Timbers content there.
But I wanted to really say I have very much appreciated those of who you have stuck with this board and site for the over 10 years it’s been here, as well as those of you who have joined in along the way. I have been truly honored to have been able to do my part for this wonderful Portland Timbers family but it’s time for me to move on and find my place in the north end and watch from the other side.
If you’d like to keep in touch my email address is at the bottom of the main SoccerCityUSA.com page, but I hope to see you all at JELD-WEN Field as I am still and will always be a green-blooded Timbers fan!
Thank you all for your support over the years. It means more to me than I can ever say.
February 13, 2013
P.S. Allsion, I tried to recover my password and give my thanks on SCUSA, but I hope this post will do!