"One of my most vivid memories is my first year in 2002 going down and playing at PGE Park. At that time we were playing at Memorial Stadium so we got maybe 3000 fans and to get to be in front of I think they got 12,000 fans that game was just a surreal moment and one of the highlights of my career just seeing that many people watching soccer. That was my first really big soccer experience."Seattle Sounders defender Zach Scott reliving his first journey to Portland as a Sounder. It'll be even better on Saturday. [via Sounder at Heart]
Last PTFC news of the week: we will no longer be a TicketMaster shop in '13. Moving to New Era which makes paperless/affinity ST's possible@MerritPaulson on twitter. New Era is a subsidiary of Comcast and currently serves the Portland Trail Blazers among others.
I'm told that no matter who Timbers hire as coach, decision was made earlier this summer to widen JWF to 74 yards -- that's to better fit the posession style direction they want to go with team. "intimate will get more intimate"Taken from John Strong's Twitter account concerning the widening of JW Field. IT would be 2 yards on either side. Not too much but just enough to make it feel bigger.
Smith was big all night along the defensive left side in Portland’s Cascadia Cup win over Vancouver. He was never bigger than in a second half, athletic goal line clearance. It was probably a game-saver.Steven Smith was selected for this week's NBC Sports' Team of the Week.
The Timbers will announce on Tuesday that they won't raise season-ticket prices next season. Paulson said, "Not a single ticket, not a single section...We're leaving some money on the table, and the business-side people are going to roll their eyes at me, but it just doesn't feel right."John Canzano - The Oregonian
The Portland Timbers have offered their head coaching job to University of Akron coach Caleb Porter, according to sources.via oregonlive.com. Without a confirmation from the front office we're still calling this a RUMOR, but Geoffrey C Arnold's "sources" have a history of being correct. Credit to bndwgn for the tip.
Timbers have selected a new coach and a contract has been offered. #rctidVia GCA's Twitter account
The Portland Timbers will be officially eliminated from the Supporters' Shield race this week if: - Portland loses to the Vancouver Whitecaps - The San Jose Earthquakes beat the Colorado RapidsIn case any of you were either curious, or still had some hope left for a miraculous turn around to the season. [via MLS Reddit]
We expect Jose "Trencito" Valencia to be cleared for training with the team tomorrow. He's worked extremely hard in his rehab efforts.MP's Twitter. Will he see some minutes in the reserves before the year is out? It looks like a distinct possibility.