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Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Beaverton Bound

The Timbers got right back to it after their thrilling 3-3 draw against the New York Red Bulls last night, holding a morning practice at the team's adidas Training Center in Beaverton.

William Conwell

Today's practice was a closed session from the start, opening up to the press about fifteen minutes from the end. The Timbers' starters were separate from the rest of the team, undergoing their usual post-game regen session under the watchful eye of John Cone. At the other end of the training center's grass field the reserves and bench players got in a lively game of eight on eight.

Trialists and Guest Players

Defender Kyle Altman and keeper David Meves continued practicing with the team today. Both are non-roster players.

Injuries and Absences

David Horst continued to miss practice today while out with a groin strain. According to Caleb Porter's most recent comments on Horst's injury he could be out for at least another week.

Donovan Ricketts did not practice with the team today, although he was confirmed to be at the training facility working out indoors.

Sal Zizzo reportedly started out training with the team outdoors, but headed inside before practice was opened. I did not get an update on his status.

Jack Jewsbury, Milos Kocic, and Hanyer Mosquera all took part fully in practice today and look ready to challenge for spots in the first team. All three players appear to be healthy, but will likely need to work on their fitness before they get a real look from Caleb Porter.

Frederic Piquionne has still not joined the team as he is going through the visa process to play in the US.

Practice Notes

  • Michael Nanchoff was the last field player out on the pitch today. He worked with David Meves and Jake Gleeson taking shots on goal from the top of the box.
  • I am not sure if he just was not feeling the pressure today or what, but Mobi Fehr seemed to spend a lot of his time in possession during the game of eight on eight getting double teamed and then dispossessed.
  • Ryan Kawulok has a very accurate cross field pass, particularly when picking out his Timbers U-23's teammate Dylan Tucker-Gangnes.