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TIMBERS vs COLUMBUS CREW

JACK JEWSBURY

SATURDAY, MAY 17 7:30PM

THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE PORTLAND TIMBERS


Timbers midfielder/ forward Darlington Nagbe works his way around Crew midfielder Kevan George during the last meeting between the two teams on July 7, 2013, at Crew Stadium in Columbus. photo: Rick Osentoski (USA TODAY Sports Images)

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goal on April 26 in the 39th minute of a 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls at Crew Stadium. Following Saturday’s match, the Timbers travel to face the New York Red Bulls on May 24 at Red Bull Arena; kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. (Pacific). The match will be broadcast live on ROOT SPORTS with a local radio broadcast on 750 The Game.

Against the Crew

Saturday’s match marks the fifth all-time regular-season meeting between Portland and Columbus since 2011 and the first match at Providence Park since 2012. The Timbers have registered a 1-2-1 record against Columbus, including an unbeaten, 1-0-1 mark at Providence Park. The clubs first met on May 21, 2011, as defender Eric Brunner delivered the game-winning goal off assists from Jack Jewsbury and Kalif Alhassan on a quick restart for a 1-0 Portland win, extending the team’s MLS club-record, home-winning streak to five games. The two clubs played to a scoreless draw on May 5, 2012, at Providence Park in the last meeting between the two teams in Portland. The Timbers registered seven shots on goal in the draw. Last season, Columbus grabbed a 1-0 win over Portland at Crew Stadium on July 7, 2013, as Crew midfielder Bernardo Anor tallied a goal in the fifth minute. Portland played 79 minutes with 10 men after defender Pa Modou Kah was issued a straight red card in the 11th minute.

July 7, 2013 at Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio)

Portland 0, Columbus 1 Scoring:

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IN: GK Brad Stuver (Waiver draft), D Waylon Francis (Signed), D Matt Wiet (Homegrown Player), M Daniel Paladini (Trade from Chicago), GK Steve Clark (Trade from Seattle), D Ross Friedman (Homegrown Player), M Matt Walker (Homegrown Player), D Michael Parkhurst (Rights acquired from New England), M Hector Jimenez (Trade from LA Galaxy), D Ben Sweat (MLS SuperDraft), M Fifi Baiden (MLS SuperDraft), D Giancarlo Gonzalez (Transfer from Vålerenga), F Adam Bedell (MLS SuperDraft) OUT: M Eddie Gaven (Retired), M Matias Sanchez (Waived), F Aaron Horton (Waived), D Drew Beckie (Option declined), D Gláuber (Option declined), D Kyle Hyland (Option declined), D/M Danny O’Rourke (Option declined), M Konrad Warzycha (Option declined), D Chad Marshall (Traded to Seattle), GK Andy Gruenebaum (Traded to Kansas City), GK Daniel Withrow (Waived), F Ryan Finley (Traded to Chivas USA) timbers.com

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Saturday’s match against the Columbus Crew marks the third, and final, match of a threegame home stand for Portland. Unbeaten in an MLS-club record 21 consecutive home games dating back to April 6, 2013, the Timbers play host to Columbus for the first time since the 2012 season. The Timbers (1-3-6, 9pts) enter Saturday’s match unbeaten at home in six consecutive matches against teams from the Eastern Conference, including a 3-2 win against D.C. United (May 3) and a pair of 1-1 draws against Philadelphia (March 8) and Chicago (March 16). Portland is 3-0-3 at home against Eastern Conference clubs dating back to April 6, 2013. Portland concludes a stretch of three consecutive home games Saturday and, including tonight’s game, will play four of its next seven matches at Providence Park. The Timbers last lost a match at Providence Park 434 days ago and have compiled a 12-0-9 record during the team’s 21-match, home unbeaten streak, a mark that ranks fourth all-time in MLS history. Columbus currently holds third place all-time with a 22-match, home unbeaten streak during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. The Timbers play host to Columbus following a dramatic, stoppage-time comeback against the LA Galaxy on May 11 at Providence Park. Midfielder Diego Valeri netted the latest goal ever scored in a Timbers MLS match with the equalizer in the 95th minute of a 1-1 draw. Galaxy forward Robbie Keane scored the go-ahead goal in the 92nd minute. The match marked only the second time in MLS history in which two teams scored in stoppage time after going scoreless for 90 minutes of regulation. Columbus (3-4-3, 12pts) enters Saturday’s game on a three-match losing streak. The Crew, who are led by first-year MLS head coach Gregg Berhalter, won each of their first three matches of the season, but have gone seven straight games without a win. Additionally, Columbus has played the last 321 minutes without scoring a goal. The Crew last recorded a

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PORTLAND TIMBERS # Name 1 Donovan Ricketts 2 Alvas Powell 4 Will Johnson 5 Michael Harrington 6 Darlington Nagbe 7 Steve Zakuani 8 Diego Valeri 9 Fanendo Adi 10 Gastón Fernández 11 Kalif Alhassan 12 Schillo Tshuma 13 Jack Jewsbury 14 Ben Zemanski 15 Steven Evans 16 Bryan Gallego 17 Michael Nanchoff 19 Jorge Villafaña 20 Taylor Peay 21 Diego Chara 22 Rodney Wallace 23 Norberto Paparatto 24 Aaron Long 26 George Fochive 31 Rauwshan McKenzie 33 Andrew Weber 37 Maximiliano Urruti 44 Pa Modou Kah 90 Jake Gleeson 98 Futty Danso

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TIMBERS FLASHBACK PETER WITHE

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ne of the biggest thrills for Timbers fans during the inaugural 1975 North American Soccer League season was watching the lynchpin of the team’s attack, forward Peter Withe, rack up an impressive haul of 17 goals while helping lead Portland to Soccer Bowl ’75. Although the striker only spent one year in the Rose City, he fondly remembers his time with the club and actually retains a connection to the area through his grandson – a basketball player at Corban University in Salem. How did the success of that first season with the Timbers help propel your professional career? “I had returned to the United Kingdom from a South African team called Arcadia Shepherds, where I did score a lot of goals and signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers (in 1973). I asked the manager, Bill McGary, if could I go back to South Africa in the offseason to continue my development and he informed me that he didn’t want me to go back and asked me if I would be interested in going to America to help a new team that was starting in Portland. I felt that the most important thing for me was to get more games. It was a great experience (in Portland) and all the players were up for the challenge. After our first training session in Portland, the TV camera crew nearly dropped their camera when they saw me heading the ball, since I don’t think they had ever seen something like that before. It was after that when people started the calling me ‘The Mad Header’ and the ‘Wizard of Nod.’” You’ve played in many notable games across a long career, but do you still recall fond memories of your time in Portland? “Yes, there were a lot and I remember most of the games that we had. I have good memories of the effect that we had on the people of Portland, to give them their first winning team, but also helping to promote the game in the city and going into the schools and getting the children interested in football. Another memory is remembering that first game against the Seattle Sounders. It rained all day and both teams were in the tunnel in white apparel and we had to change into our green kit and the crowd, not knowing we changed, started booing us thinking we were the away team. Also, going from 7,500 fans in the beginning to a soldout stadium for our playoff games are great memories. That and scoring lots of goals.”

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TIMBERS FLASHBACK PETER WITHE

What was your favorite part of living in Portland and have you been back since that 1975 season? “I loved the lifestyle and we built a great team spirit and a winning mentality. My wife Kathy, Jason (who was my only child at the time) and I loved living there and the way of life. We had been asked to go back on a lot of occasions, but due to work commitments, we haven’t been able to return. I think I might be the only player from that 1975 team not to go back yet. I was in the U.S. for my youngest son’s wedding two years ago and was asked to come back to Portland, but due to my schedule I was again unable to get there. Kathy and I would love to come back and see the place. We still have a connection there and I think it’s kind of ironic that my grandson Aaron Withe (Jason’s son) is now playing college basketball at Corban University in Salem.” The Timbers are entering their fourth season in Major League Soccer in 2014. Do you still keep an eye on the results in Portland and MLS in general? “Yes, I do keep a eye on the results and Aaron [Withe] has asked me if it’s possible to go to some games. I still keep in touch with some of the players from the 1975 team and I’ve stayed with Chris Dangerfield in San Jose and met up with Nick [Nicolas] who also lives there [in San Jose].” Following your playing career, you crossed over into managing teams – notably the Thailand (1998-2002) and Indonesia (2004-07) national teams. What attracted you to the managerial side of the game and was that always something you aspired to do? “I came late into the professional football world and I’ve loved the game for as long as I can remember. I knew that I would be unable to play forever and wanted to pass on my knowledge to players and that’s really what inspired me to go into coaching and managing.” How do you feel about England’s chances in Brazil? “I played against Roy [Hodgson] in South Africa and have known him for many years. He is from the old

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school and works very hard with his teams. I think they do have a hard group, but as long as the players recover sufficiently after the long training sessions, I expect them to do well.” You were part of the England National Team for the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. What were you able to take away from that experience to apply to the rest of your pro career and to your coaching? “When you are young you say to yourself, if I can get one cap it will be enough, but once you play that first game, and my first game was against Brazil, one of the teams I loved, you have this hunger and desire to improve and once you get the first one, you want two of them and then three of them and so on. To be part of the squad for the 1982 World Cup was a great honor and the only downside was not getting on the pitch – as the hunger is always there. The biggest thing in this sport is your desire and if you have this built-in mechanism to succeed then this drives you on.” You were named head coach for Thai Premier League side PTT Rayong in December. What are your biggest challenges as you start your first season at the helm? “I have been working very hard with the team. We have a new regime, a new management team, coaching team and new players. It will be hard and we are looking to stabilize the team this season and then build for the future and set up an academy structure. Personally, I have only one goal – and that has been the goal all my life – which is to work hard at what you do and pass on your knowledge to others.” Ed. Note: PTT Rayong began their season on Feb. 23. timbers.com


2014 Timbers Schedule

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Mar. 8 Mar. 16 Mar. 22 Mar. 29 Apr. 5 Apr. 12 Apr. 19 Apr. 27 May 3 May 11 May 17 May 24 May 28 June 1 June 7 June 11 June 27 July 4 July 13 July 18 July 27 Aug. 2 Aug. 9 Aug. 16 Aug. 24 Aug. 30 Sept. 7 Sept. 13 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 8 Oct. 17 Oct. 25

PHILADELPHIA UNION CHICAGO FIRE @Colorado Rapids @FC Dallas SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC CHIVAS USA @Real Salt Lake @Houston Dynamo D.C. UNITED LA GALAXY COLUMBUS CREW @New York Red Bulls @Chivas USA VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC @Real Salt Lake FC DALLAS SPORTING KANSAS CITY @LA Galaxy @Seattle Sounders FC COLORADO RAPIDS @Montreal Impact @LA Galaxy CHIVAS USA @New England Revolution SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC @Vancouver Whitecaps FC SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES @Colorado Rapids VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC @Toronto FC @San Jose Earthquakes SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES REAL SALT LAKE @FC Dallas

7:30 p.m. 12 noon 3 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 12 noon 7:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 12 noon 7:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 4 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 11:30 a.m. 7:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 6 p.m. 2 p.m. 10 a.m. 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

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General Manager Gavin Wilkinson

A long-time member of the Timbers organization and a former New Zealand international, Wilkinson first joined the club as a player in 2001 and has served as general manager since 2007.

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Gavin Wilkinson, a long-time member of the Timbers organization and a former New Zealand international, serves as the club’s General Manager; he was appointed on January 18, 2010. He first joined the club as a player for the Timbers’ USL First Division side in 2001, before taking over as the head coach and general manager during the club’s final years in the second division from 2007-10. The Timbers finished the 2013 MLS regular season atop the Western Conference and qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since joining the league in 2011. Portland held the third-best overall record in the league, just two points shy of MLS Supporters’ Shield-winners New York Red Bulls. The club finished among league leaders in goals scored and fewest goals allowed, while setting new club marks in points (57), goal differential (+21) and shutouts (15). In 2013, the Timbers assembled one of the longest unbeaten streaks in MLS history at 15 games and set an MLS single-season record with 11 home shutouts. As general manager, Wilkinson has formed the Timbers’ complete, vertical development system, which includes the Portland Timbers U-23s and Timbers Academy teams (U-18 and U-16). He was instrumental in establishing an innovative partnership with Oregon Youth Soccer Association, which encompasses the statewide Olympic Development Program and six regional training centers, as well as the adidas Timbers Alliance. Wilkinson also serves as the general manager for Portland Thorns FC, the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League champions. During his tenure as the club’s general manager and head coach from 2007-10, Wilkinson assembled a 50-29-39 record over four seasons in the USL First Division/USSF Division-2 Pro League and was a two-time USL First Division Coach of the Year (2007, 2009). He guided the club to three postseason berths, including its only

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semifinals appearances as a second-division club in 2007 and 2009. As head coach, Wilkinson oversaw Cascadia Cup (a fan-based derby between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver) titles in 2009, 2010 and again in 2012, and was a two-time recipient of the FieldTurf Coach of the Year for the USL First Division (2007, 2009). He led the Timbers to one of the best seasons in USL First Division history in 2009, including a record-setting, 24-game unbeaten streak and winning the Commissioner’s Cup. The Timbers set a new single-season, league record with the impressive streak (140-10), surpassing the previous mark of 15 games set in 2005. The club’s record-setting run also ranks among the longest in U.S. Soccer history. Finishing in first place at 16-4-10 (58pts), Portland was awarded the Commissioner’s Cup as the league’s regular-season champion and earned a berth into the USL First Division semifinals. On July 9, 2012, Wilkinson assumed the duties of interim head coach for the remainder of the 2012 MLS season following the dismissal of head coach John Spencer. Wilkinson’s 13-year professional playing career included time with clubs in six different countries, including Portugal,Ireland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. A defender, he joined the reborn Timbers for their inaugural United Soccer Leagues season in 2001, playing in each of the club’s first six seasons and serving the dual role as a player/assistant coach from 2005-06. He finished his playing career ranked among the Timbers’ USL franchise career leaders in games (124) and minutes played (10,181). A New Zealand native, Wilkinson earned 38 caps with the New Zealand National Team and competed in the 1999 and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cups. He and his wife, Heather, have two children, Kienan and Brooke. timbers.com


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Head Coach Caleb Porter

Head coach Caleb

longest by an MLS head coach in his first full season at the

Timbers on a record-setting,

helm.

turnaround season in 2013,

Under Porter in 2013, Portland qualified for the MLS Cup

his first season in MLS and

Playoffs for the first time since joining the league in 2011. By

as the club’s head coach.

defeating rival Seattle Sounders FC in the Western Conference

He was announced as the

Semifinal, the Timbers became just the fifth club in MLS his-

Timbers head coach on Aug.

tory to reach the conference championship in their MLS Cup

29, 2012, and joined the

Playoff debut, and the first since Real Salt Lake in 2008.

club ahead of the 2013 MLS campaign. Porter was named the

The 2013 MLS Coach of the Year, Porter led the Timbers to a first-place finish in the Western Conference during the regular season and their first appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2013.

coaches, and the Timbers’ 15-game unbeaten streak is the

Porter guided the Portland

2013 MLS Coach of the

Additionally, the Timbers made their deepest run in club history in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2013 under Porter’s guidance, reaching the semifinals of the tournament. Prior to joining the Timbers, Porter was one of the most

Year after leading Portland

successful coaches in NCAA history during his tenure as head

to a 14-5-15 (57pts) record,

coach at the University of Akron from 2006-12. He compiled

finishing the regular season

a career mark of 123-18-17 at Akron and owned the highest

in first place in the Western

winning percentage (.832) among all active Division I coaches.

Conference and with the

Porter garnered numerous honors while at Akron, including

third-best record in the

2009 NSCAA National Coach of the Year.

league – just two points

From Kalamazoo, Mich., Porter led the Zips to back-to-

shy of MLS Supporters’

back NCAA College Cup appearances in 2009 and 2010,

Shield-winners New York

and the school’s first national title in any sport in 2010. In all,

Red Bulls. In 2013, the Tim-

he guided Akron to seven Mid-American Conference (MAC)

bers set new single-season

regular-season championships, five MAC Tournament titles

club marks in points, wins,

and five consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament’s Round

goals (54), goal differential

of 16 (2008-12). Porter set multiple NCAA records while at

(+21), shutouts (15) and

Akron, including a 48-match, home unbeaten streak (44-0-4)

fewest goals allowed (33).

from 2008-11 and a 47-match unbeaten streak (44-0-3) in

Under Porter, the Timbers assembled one of the big-

conference play from 2006-12. Porter’s coaching career also includes time as the head

gest turnaround seasons in

coach of the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team during 2012

MLS history in 2013. In comparison to Portland’s 2012 totals,

CONCACAF Olympic qualifying and he spent three years

the Timbers assembled a 23-point improvement in points

as an assistant coach on the U.S. U-18 National Team from

and an MLS-record 43-goal improvement in goal differential.

2009-11. Prior to joining Akron, Porter was an assistant coach

Portland’s five losses during the 2013 regular season are tied

for six years (2000-05) at Indiana University.

for the fewest in MLS history in a 34-game season. In 2013, the Timbers ranked third in MLS in goals scored

As a player, Porter was the 27th overall pick by the San Jose Clash in the 1998 MLS College Draft. He spent time with

and conceded the second-fewest goals at 33, giving the

San Jose and the Tampa Bay Mutiny before a knee injury end-

club a league-best, plus-21 goal differential. The club also

ed his professional playing career in 2000. Porter also played

led the league with 15 shutouts, tied for third-most in a single

for the U.S. National B Team from 1996-97, winning a bronze

season in MLS history. During the regular season, the Timbers

medal at the 1997 World University Games.

assembled one of the longest unbeaten streaks in MLS history at 15 games.

He had a successful collegiate playing career at Indiana, where he was a three-year captain, a three-time All-Big Ten

The Timbers recorded a 15-game, home unbeaten streak

honoree and a four-year letter winner. Porter led the Hoosiers

during the 2013 regular season, posting a league-best 11-1-5

to four conference titles, and four NCAA tournament appear-

home record at Providence Park. The club also set an MLS

ances – twice advancing to the College Cup. As a senior,

single-season record with 11 home shutouts.

Porter captained IU to 23 consecutive wins before losing to

Among Porter’s achievements during the 2013 season, the club’s 57 points accrued are the most earned by a first-year head coach in MLS since the league’s inaugural season in

eventual national champion UCLA in the national semifinals and was the runner-up for the 1997 Hermann Trophy. Porter graduated from Indiana in 1998 with a degree in

1996. Porter’s winning percentage (.632) in 2013 ranked

sports management. He and his wife, Andrea, have three

among the best in league history for first-year MLS head

children – two sons, Colin and Jake, and a daughter, Stella.

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All-Star City

SOCCER HISTORY IN THE ROSE CITY:

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he city of Portland will play host to its first-ever Major League Soccer All-Star Game on Aug. 6 at Providence Park as the MLS All-Stars will square off against 2013 UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munich of Germany. Featuring famed head coach Pep Guardiola and a roster replete with talented players including goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, defender Philipp Lahm, midfielders Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben and forward Thomas Müller, the 23-time German champions and five-time European champions are certain to pose a staunch test for the best players representing Major League Soccer. The league’s annual showcase event will feature several days of festivities around the Rose City, culminating in the All-Star Game. Soccer City, USA, will be on full display for the world to watch this August and Providence Park will be the centerpiece. The 87-year-old venue has played host to a number of high-profile events including Brazilian legend Pelé’s last professional match in 1977 with the New York Cosmos, U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Team games, both semifinal matches of the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, an Elvis Presley concert in 1957 and the first NFL game to be decided by overtime in an exhibition game between the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants in 1955.

May 2, 1975 The Portland Timbers play their first match as part of the North American Soccer League against the Seattle Sounders. Aug. 28, 1977 The New York Cosmos defeat the Seattle Sounders in Soccer Bowl ’77 in Portland. The match was legendary Brazilian striker Pelé’s last official professional game. Sept. 7, 1997 U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Tab Ramos scores a dramatic winner as the United States defeats Costa Rica 1-0 in a 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying match. June 23-24, 1999 The 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup plays four matches in Portland as fans in the Rose City are treated to 22 goals over four games. Sept. 21, 2002 Forward Abby Wambach scores two goals in winning MVP honors in the 2002 Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) All-Star Game in the Rose City. Sept. 28-Oct. 5, 2003 Providence Park (then called PGE Park) hosts six matches in the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, including both semifinal games. April 14, 2011 The world is introduced to the MLS-era Portland Timbers and the Timbers Army before a rain-soaked, sold-out crowd.

Timbers MLS All-Stars Jack Jewsbury (2011, above) and Will Johnson (2013, left)

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July 9, 2013 Providence Park hosts two matches in Group C of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, including a 6-1 win for the U.S. Men’s National Team over Belize.

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Coaching Staff 2014

Sean McAuley

Assistant Coach Sean McAuley returns for a third season as an assistant coach. He joined the club midway through the 2012 season from English club Sheffield Wednesday FC. McAuley suited up for the second-division Timbers as a player during the 2002 season. McAuley began his coaching career at Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 and spent six seasons as the club’s Academy head coach, where he oversaw the development of several youth players who went on to sign with the first team. A native of Sheffield, England, McAuley played professionally for 15 seasons as a defender from 1990-2005. He started his career with Manchester United and played for Hartlepool United, Scunthorpe United, Rochdale and Halifax Town.

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Mike Toshack

Goalkeeper Coach Mike Toshack enters his third season as the Timbers goalkeeper coach in 2014. He has served as a goalkeeper coach in MLS since 2007, and won MLS Cup with the Houston Dynamo in 2007. Prior to joining Portland, Toshack was a member of the coaching staffs in Houston (2007-08) and Toronto FC (2009-11). Before working in MLS, the Prescott, Ontario, native was the director of goalkeeping for the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2005-06, helping coach the first team to the USL First Division championship in 2006. Toshack served as an assistant coach with the Montreal Impact from 2002-03. Toshack also served as the goalkeeper coach with the Canada U-20 National Team from 19982001.

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Cameron Knowles Assistant Coach

Cameron Knowles returns for a third season as an assistant coach for the Timbers. A former defender for the second-division Timbers from 2007-10, Knowles joined the coaching ranks in 2012 after a seven-year professional playing career. Selected by Real Salt Lake in the 2005 MLS Supplemental Draft, Knowles played two seasons in MLS before joining the Timbers. In Portland, Knowles was a threetime USL First Division all-league selection and played in 77 games for the club. From Auckland, New Zealand, Knowles anchored Portland’s backline and played a key role in the Timbers’ USL First Division record-setting, 24-game unbeaten streak in 2009.

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Extended Staff 2014

Nick Mansueto

Pablo Moreira

Nik Wald

Nick Milonas

Joel Marick

Alex Margarito

Sam Younie

Juamaine Venter

Director of Soccer Operations

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Player Relations Manager/Video Analysis

Assistant Athletic Trainer

Jim Rilatt

Timbers U-23s Head Coach

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Head Athletic Trainer

Equipment Manager

Spencer Childs

Soccer Operations Coordinator

Director of Sports Science

Assistant Equipment Manager

Eric Marchek

Providence Physical Therapist

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Soaking up the FIFA World Cup

GETTING TO KNOW DONOVAN RICKETTS

A Jamaica international who reached the century mark in appearances for the national team last year, Donovan Ricketts joined the Timbers in August 2012 following a trade with the Montreal Impact and quickly set a course toward reestablishing himself as a marquee goalkeeper in MLS. The athletic, 6-foot-4 shot-stopper impressed in his first full season in a Timbers uniform in 2013, earning the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Award for the second time in his MLS career (2010, 2013), while helping lead Portland to its first appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Hitting the Century Mark Since earning a spot on the Jamaica National Team roster as a 21-year-old in 1998 to competing in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying last year, Ricketts registered his 100th career international appearance for Jamaica on Sept. 6, 2013, in a scoreless draw against Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernández in Panama City. “It’s a special feeling because not everybody gets to represent their country and to represent your country 100 times is a special feeling because not a lot of people get to fall into that category. It’s an honor.”

Before even earning his first international cap, Ricketts was named to Jamaica’s roster for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France. The thirdstring goalkeeper on the roster, Ricketts went into the tournament knowing there was a very small likelihood of playing in a match, but that didn’t lessen the experience one bit. “It was a good feeling because there was no pressure on me. I knew I wasn’t going to play so I was just soaking in the atmosphere. To be in a World Cup, when you’re young, you see it on TV and then you get to be there, be a part of it. It’s a really, really special feeling.”

Calm Before the Storm If you watch Ricketts when he takes to his goal box right before kickoff, you’ll notice the same routine each time, involving his back turned to the field and his arms outstretched. “I’m praying. You ask the Lord to take you through the game, guide you from injuries, but you never ask to win because that’s left up to fate and destiny. So I just ask for protection and guidance. First, I started kneeling, but then I did it with my arms outstretched and I just kept that going.”

Ricketts Fact: The goalkeeper comes from a huge family, counting 13 brothers and seven sisters, many of whom are also athletes in their own right. Two of his older brothers, Daniel and Devon Ricketts, also made appearances for the Jamaica National Team. His father played soccer at the club level as a teenager, but Donovan is the only goalkeeper of the bunch.

Developing Abroad Before he first signed with MLS and the LA Galaxy in 2009, Ricketts spent several seasons in England playing for Bradford City in the northern part of the country. The environment was completely different from what he had experienced in Jamaica and it was one that helped set him on a good path as a professional. “It helped a lot. Coming from Jamaica, we’re laid back and it’s like semi-professional or even amateur so-to-speak. Going into a professional environment, it was different because they emphasize being on time and every training session is like a game. So in Jamaica you can go through practice as just practice, but there it’s like an audition for the real thing. It taught me that everything begins with practice, everything begins with being on time and discipline.”

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POP CULTURE

MEASURING THE POP CULTURE PULSE OF THE PORTLAND TIMBERS ANDREW

ALVAS

TIMBER

ZAKUANI

POWELL

JOEY

Ghana

Ghana

Argentina

The United States

Argentina

Argentina

Brazil

Germany

Rodney Wallace

Everyone dresses pretty well

Rodney Wallace

Rodney Wallace

Favorite store?

Urban Outfitters

A [clothing] store in Los Angeles called The Tradition

The Mexican food store, they sell some Caribbean stuff

The adidas Employee Store

NBA or NHL Playoffs?

NHL

NBA, by far. I don’t watch NHL

NBA

NBA Playoffs

Best thing about the summer?

Sun

The weather and the things you can do. Go to the beach, hang out, dress casual.

Beautiful sunshine

Warm water

What stadium would you love to play a game in?

Right here, Providence Park

Camp Nou in Barcelona

Allianz Arena in Munich

Providence Park. Non-soccer, Fenway Park.

A topic I’m just not interested in…

Politics

Baseball

Politics

Justin Bieber

How many tattoos do you have?

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Most famous celebrity you’ve ever met?

Gale Sayers

David Beckham

Jackie Chan

Tom Hanks. He’s a big fan of mine.

Which country will surprise people in the World Cup? Which country will fail to live up to expectations? Best dressed player on the team?

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fixture at Providence Park for over 30 years, guest services attendant Roland Ilg retired at the end of last season with a special party in the KeyBank Club for staff and friends. Generations of fans from various teams – Timbers, Thorns FC, Portland State Vikings, Portland Beavers, Portland Rockies and more – may remember his smiling face at the southeastern corner of the stadium. Usually stationed at the old “Gate 35”, now known as Gate 1 near the Providence Sports Care Center, Ilg could be found greeting fans along with one of his trusty dogs. But when Ilg began at the then called Civic Stadium in 1980, there was no sports care center. In fact, there wasn’t much of any cover at all until Ilg commandeered a portable shed from the Portland Expo Center that became the little green Gate 35 hut. Prior to that,

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Ilg would stand at his post in every kind of weather imaginable. “I used to stand out at Gate 35 with a yellow rain coat,” he said. “I did that for I don’t know how many years.” Ever resourceful, Ilg looked to improve his predicament. He had been working for a courier company that ran a loop route between the Expo Center, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and the stadium. Seeing new parking attendant sheds being installed at the Expo Center, Ilg managed to save one of the old ones prior to it being taken to the dump. He then brought it back to the stadium but, he said, “I got kind of in trouble over that. I finally had to go to the general manager and talk to him.” Ilg’s commitment persevered as the hut has been there ever since, helping protect staffers from the elements. A veteran of both the Swiss and U.S. Army, Ilg was also a noted baker who never had need for the oven temperature control settings. An instructor at a culinary institute, he would simply open an oven, wave his arm to gauge the heat and he could just tell if it had the right feel. A dog lover, Ilg could often be seen with one of his trusty companions around the park. Dusty helped greet fans until her passing in 2011 and now Bebe has been a constant partner. He even managed to grab an extra Timbers guest services jacket and cut it to size for her to wear. While Ilg worked hundreds of games and events – Billy Graham’s visit in 1992 was probably the biggest crowd he can remember. He says his favorite part about working at Providence Park was getting to meet the fans. “I’m kind of a people person,” he said. “It’s nice to be around all the people. I got to know so many people and I still sometimes go to the grocery store and people come up to me and say, ‘You know, you used to take my tickets!’” Still a fan himself, Ilg knows that after an incredible run of guest service excellence, he’s leaving the organization on a high note given that the Thorns won the 2013 National Women’s Soccer League championship and the Timbers had a record-setting season. “I said to myself, it’s kind of nice to get out of the deal on a winning streak.” timbers.com


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LEVITATE Timbers midfielder Will Johnson sizes up a bicycle kick against the Chicago Fire on March 16, 2014, at Providence Park. Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer

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The last stop in a 21-year professional career for defensive midfielder Leonel Álvarez, he joined Chara on the pitch during the 2004 season with Deportes Quindío in Colombia. Earning more than 100 caps for the Colombian National Team from 1985 to 1995, Álvarez appeared for the national side in both the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cup tournaments. Following a Colombian league title in 1995 with América de Cali, Álvarez signed for the inaugural MLS season with the Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas) where he was coached by Dave Dir.

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TIMBERS CONNECTION

Fast approaching the century mark in career MLS appearances as a member of the Portland Timbers, the tough-as-nails midfielder Diego Chara has been a key component in the center of the park for the Timbers and has become a fan favorite since signing as the team’s first-ever Designated Player in April 2011. When he was first starting his professional career, he shared the field with an aging star at Deportes Quindío – Leonel Álvarez.

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Dave Dir, the first coach in Dallas’ MLS history, commanded the squad from 1996 until 2000, winning the 1997 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, which still stands as the club’s lone piece of silverware. The longest serving of the league’s 10 original head coaches, Dir currently ranks 10th all-time in career wins (81) in MLS history. Before he made his MLS coaching debut, the Alaska native was the head coach of the Colorado Foxes of the American Professional Soccer League (APSL) from 1992-94, where he counted one Scott Benedetti among his players.


AROUND TOWN DIEGO VALERI

Playmaking midfielder Diego Valeri first came to Portland a little more than a year ago, setting individual single-season MLS-club records for goals (10) and assists (13) in 2013 while earning MLS Best XI honors and the league’s Newcomer of the Year award. Now that he and his family have settled into life in the Rose City, he explained what he likes most about living in Portland and some of his favorite spots around town. Out and About

Working around the busy soccer schedule, Valeri and his family have been able to head out to the Oregon Coast, but have yet to travel the opposite direction into the mountains. “With my family we went to the beach last year. I haven’t gone to the mountains, but I want to go to Mt. Hood. We like the city. We live in the city center, so we love that. We stay there. We want to travel a little bit more, but we like the city so we always stay in the city.”

Family Time

It’s always important to spend quality time with the family, so Valeri likes to get outside with his wife and daughter, especially to one of the many parks around the city. “We have two or three parks, like Wallace Park in Northwest and, a few blocks from my house, we have another park. We go there. [My daughter] likes to play, sometimes with the ball, but she likes the playgrounds, the slides, the monkey bars, those kinds of things.”

A World of Difference

Valeri’s hometown of Buenos Aires in Argentina is one of the biggest cities in the world, which makes the midfielder appreciate the size and pace of the Rose City. “[There is] a big difference [between the cities], a big difference in the traffic. Buenos Aires has a lot of people [close] together. Portland is beautiful with a lot of green spaces, fields, parks, and the river. In Buenos Aires, you have few places with that. A lot of buildings and a lot of people, that’s the big difference. Sometimes in the city, in Portland, you can hear the silence and that’s great.”

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Valeri doesn’t place one style of food in particular above another, but did note the similarities between some of his favorite types. “Argentinean food is similar to Italian food. It’s a mix you know, between Italian, Spanish and American food – pasta and some meats, steaks.”

Lunch “To eat lunch, Isabel (330 NW 10th Ave.), places close to our house and sometimes to the Cheesecake Factory (9309 SW Washington Square Rd.) when it’s raining a lot.” Dinner “We like the Pearl District, like Piazza Italia (1129 NW Johnson St.) or Andina (1314 NW Glisan St.).”

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THE LIFE DARLINGTON NAGBE

Portland’s first-ever MLS SuperDraft pick, midfielder/forward Darlington Nagbe was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Since then, the 23-year-old has quickly become the club’s all-time MLS career leader in appearances, eclipsing the century mark in games played earlier this season, while also leading the MLS-club record book in goals scored. Since 2011, Nagbe has developed and matured both on and off the field, becoming one of the most dynamic attacking players in MLS while also getting married and becoming a father for the first time. Growing his game

“I feel like the biggest thing is just more confidence [compared to his rookie season in 2011]. With that I feel like, what has helped with my confidence is the chemistry I’ve built with the players we have here. The players [head coach] Caleb [Porter] has brought in and also, coach Porter coming in himself and doing a good job directing the way that we play.”

Sporting idols

Nagbe counts French superstars Zinedine Zidane and Thierry Henry, as well as Spanish playmaker Andres Iniesta as his footballing idols. Away from the pitch, he has much respect for Miami Heat forward LeBron James.

Familiar faces, different places

“I felt like at Akron, Porter’s style made me a good player. With him coming to Portland it just gave me more confidence that his style would allow me to produce more. Coming in, I knew the style he likes to play, I knew what he expects out of me and he brought in guys that would help me be better and also help the team be better. I was prepared for it.” “When I met my wife, I knew that [getting married] was going to happen, but the thing I didn’t expect was to have all my friends here. Coach Porter came and then Nanchoff, Zemanski, Zakuani, all those guys. Having them here with me, it feels good. I feel like when you’re happy off the field, you play better on the field and that’s what’s been happening with me.”

Nothing else matters

“Just knowing that no matter what happens on the field, you come home, see your daughter and your wife and it just makes you happy and you forget about everything else.”

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CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 101

The largest and most prestigious international club tournament in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, CONCACAF Champions League will make its debut in Portland this season as the Timbers captured their first-ever berth in the tournament by virtue of finishing first in the Western Conference regular-season standings last season. The 24-team competition will celebrate its 50th anniversary for the 2014-15 edition. Here’s a primer to better understand the tournament’s history and the massive implications it holds for the winner. The Basics

In a nutshell, CONCACAF Champions League – which was previously called CONCACAF Champions’ Cup until 2008 – is an annual, 24-team tournament featuring the top teams in the North America (9 teams), Central America (12 teams) and Caribbean zones (3 teams). • The qualified teams are drawn into eight, three-team groups for the opening group stage. Clubs from the United States cannot be drawn into the same group as a team from Mexico for the group stage. • Each team will play one home and one away match against the other two teams in its group for a total of four group-stage matches from August-October. • The eight group winners will qualify for the knockout stage. Qualified teams are then seeded 1-8 according to group-stage results and the bracket is determined as No. 1 vs. No. 8, No. 2 vs. No. 7, No. 3 vs. No. 6 and No. 4 vs. No. 5. • The knockout round consists home and away legs with the away goals rule used as a tiebreaker if the aggregate score is level after regulation in the second leg. • The quarterfinals, semifinals and final are all played with the same format – two legs, away goals as the tiebreaker.

The Incentive

An MLS club has not won the competition since the LA Galaxy lifted the trophy in 2000 with a 3-2 win over C.D. Olimpia from Honduras. Since the tournament shifted to its current format in 2008, Real Salt Lake is the only MLS team to reach the final, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Mexico’s CF Monterrey in the 2010-11 edition. Becoming the first MLS club to win CONCACAF Champions League in its current form stands to be a tremendous honor, but that is not the only incentive motivating clubs to do well in the tournament. The tournament’s champion qualifies for the FIFA Club World Cup, which features the champions of all six continental confederation tournaments, as well as the domestic champion of the host country. Bayern Munich, who will pay a visit to the Rose City for the 2014 MLS AllStar Game, won the most recent FIFA Club World Cup in December 2013, defeating host club and surprising championship-game participant, Raja Casablanca of Morocco, 2-0, in the final.

History

Since 1962, a club from Mexico has hoisted the trophy an astounding 29 times, with Cruz Azul and Club America leading the way as each has five titles. The Champions League era has been dominated by Mexican clubs with CF Monterrey winning three consecutive times from 2011-13.

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Past Champions

1962: Guadalajara (Mexico) 1963: Haitien (Haiti) 1967: Alianza (El Salvador) 1968: Toluca (Mexico) 1969: Cruz Azul (Mexico) 1970: Cruz Azul (Mexico) 1971: Cruz Azul (Mexico) 1972: Olimpia (Honduras) 1973: Transvaal (Suriname) 1974: Municipal (Guatemala) 1975: Atlético Español (Mexico) 1976: Águila (El Salvador) 1977: Club América (Mexico) 1978: Three joint winners 1979: FAS (El Salvador) 1980: UNAM Pumas (Mexico) 1981: Transvaal (Suriname) 1982: UNAM Pumas (Mexico) 1983: Atlante (Mexico) 1984: Violette (Haiti) 1985: Defence Force (Trindad & Tobago) 1986: Alajuelense (Costa Rica) 1987: Club América (Mexico) 1988: Olimpia (Honduras) 1989: UNAM Pumas (Mexico) 1990: Club América (Mexico) 1991: Puebla (Mexico) 1992: Club América (Mexico) 1993: Saprissa (Costa Rica) 1994: Cartaginés (Costa Rica) 1995: Saprissa (Costa Rica) 1996: Cruz Azul (Mexico) 1997: Cruz Azul (Mexico) 1998: D.C. United (United States) 1999: Necaxa (Mexico) 2000: LA Galaxy (United States) 2002: Pachuca (Mexico) 2003: Toluca (Mexico) 2004: Alajuelense (Costa Rica) 2005: Saprissa (Costa Rica) 2006: Club América (Mexico) 2007: Pachuca (Mexico) 2008: Pachuca (Mexico) (Champions League era begins) 2008-09: Atlante (Mexico) 2009-10: Pachuca (Mexico) 2010-11: CF Monterrey (Mexico) 2011-12: CF Monterrey (Mexico) 2012-13: CF Monterrey (Mexico)

2014-15 Tournament

The Timbers qualified for the 2014-15 edition of the tournament, which begins in August with the first group-stage matches. Here’s a look at the how the four U.S.-based MLS clubs qualified for the 50th edition of the tournament. Portland Timbers: 2013 MLS Western Conference winner New York Red Bulls: 2013 MLS Supporters’ Shield winner Sporting Kansas City: 2013 MLS Cup champion D.C. United: 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup champion


CITY OF THORNS

Alex Morgan

2013 NWSL Champion 2013 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year 2012 Summer Olympics Gold Medalist 2012 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year Three-time nominee for FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year New York Times’ Best-Selling Author

Christine Sinclair

2013 NWSL Champion 2013 Canada Walk of Fame honoree 2012 Summer Olympics Bronze Medalist Canada Women’s National Team captain Most capped women’s soccer player in Canadian history Ranks third all-time in women’s international goal scoring

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he defending National Women’s Soccer League-champion Portland Thorns FC kick off their second season in the Rose City in 2014. Thorns FC features some of the top women’s soccer players in the world, including standout forwards Alex Morgan and Christine Sinclair – both of whom contributed eight goals during the regular season in 2013. Portland added many key parts to its roster during the offseason, strengthening the squad for a run at a second consecutive title in 2014. In addition to new head coach Paul Riley, a two-time WPS Coach of the Year winner, Thorns FC acquired the 2013 FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year and Germany Women’s National Team goalkeeper Nadine Angerer, U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Amber Brooks, Mexico National Team forward Jackie Acevedo and Australian Women’s National Team defender Steph Catley, among others. This year’s schedule features 24 regular-season matches from April to August as new expansion club the Houston Dash joins the league for 2014.

2013 Year in Review

Overall record: 11-6-5, 38pts. Playoffs – NWSL Semifinal: 3-2 win after extra time at FC Kansas City (Aug. 24, 2013); NWSL Championship: 2-0 win at Western New York Flash (Aug. 31, 2013) Leading scorers: Alex Morgan (8g, 5a), Christine Sinclair (8g, 2a) Goals For: 32, Goals Against: 25

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Portland Thorns FC Schedule

Day

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Kickoff (PT) Venue

Sat. Sat. Sat. Sat. Sat. Wed. Wed. Sat. Wed. Sat. Sun. Sat. Wed. Sat. Fri. Wed. Sun. Thurs. Sun. Wed. Sun. Sun. Sun. Sun.

April 12 April 19 April 26 May 3 May 10 May 14 May 21 May 24 May 28 June 7 June 15 June 21 June 25 June 28 July 4 July 9 July 13 July 17 July 20 July 23 July 27 Aug. 3 Aug. 10 Aug. 17

@Houston Dash @Sky Blue FC FC KANSAS CITY @Western New York Flash SEATTLE REIGN FC @Houston Dash WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH SKY BLUE FC @Boston Breakers WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH WASHINGTON SPIRIT @Washington Spirit SKY BLUE FC @FC Kansas City CHICAGO RED STARS @Chicago Red Stars FC KANSAS CITY @Chicago Red Stars BOSTON BREAKERS @Washington Spirit @Seattle Reign FC HOUSTON DASH @Boston Breakers SEATTLE REIGN FC

5 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 4 p.m. 7 p.m. 2 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 2 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 2 p.m.

BBVA Compass Stadium Yurcak Field Providence Park Sahlen’s Stadium Providence Park BBVA Compass Stadium Providence Park Providence Park Harvard Stadium Providence Park Providence Park Maryland SoccerPlex Providence Park Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium Providence Park Benedictine University Sports Complex Providence Park Benedictine University Sports Complex Providence Park Maryland SoccerPlex Memorial Stadium Providence Park Harvard Stadium Providence Park

The complete Portland Thorns FC schedule can be found at www.portlandthornsfc.com and fans interested in purchasing season tickets, single-game tickets or group tickets, are encouraged to contact the ticket sales office at 503-553-5555 or email ticketsales@timbers.com.

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Timbers Development

Rooted in the club’s deep history, the Timbers have a passion for developing youth players and the sport of soccer in the region. Through partnerships established with Oregon Youth Soccer Association (OYSA) and Oregon’s Olympic Development Program (ODP), the Timbers have built a comprehensive vertical development structure, which allows players within the club’s development territory a direct path from the youth level to the top tier of professional soccer in North America - Major League Soccer.

For more information on the Timbers and Thorns FC youth programs, please visit www.timbers. com/youth.

PORTLAND TIMBERS U-23s

The pinnacle of the Timbers development system is the Portland Timbers U-23s, which competes in United Soccer Leagues’ Premier Development League (PDL) – the top U-23 league in North America. Founded Nov. 11, 2008, the Timbers U-23s is an amateur team that has produced several firstteam players, including midfielder Steven Evans, defender Bryan Gallego and goalkeeper Jake Gleeson. The team won the PDL championship in 2010 and competed in the 2012 and 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

PORTLAND TIMBERS ACADEMY The Timbers Academy consists of teams in the U-18 and U-16 age brackets of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. The Timbers Academy teams compete in the Northwest Division against other elite youth teams in the region, including academy teams from MLS clubs Chivas USA, LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The Timbers U-16 Academy also participates in the annual MLS Generation adidas Cup. The Timbers Academy provides elite youth players from

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Oregon and Southwest Washington advanced training and competitive opportunities against the best youth players across North America.

TIMBERS REGIONAL TRAINING CENTERS

One of the major components of the Timbers development structure and Oregon ODP are the six Regional Training Centers, located in the cities of Beaverton, Bend, Eugene/Salem, Gresham, Medford and Vancouver, Wash. Each Regional Training Center is designed to identify and further develop elite boy players in the U-12 to U-14 age groups in its designated area. From these training centers, a pool of players is chosen to form state ODP and Timbers Pre-Academy teams at various age levels for regional and national competitions.

adidas TIMBERS ALLIANCE

The adidas Timbers Alliance is a strategic partnership between the club and elite local youth clubs throughout the Timbers’ development territory, designed to build unique working relationships and development opportunities to help channel the top youth players toward Timbers development programs and academy. The adidas Timbers Alliance includes seven clubs – the Bend FC Timbers (Bend), Capital

FC Timbers (Salem), Eastside Timbers (Gresham), Eugene FC Timbers (Eugene) Rogue Valley Timbers (Medford), Washington Timbers FC (Vancouver, Wash.) and Westside Timbers (Portland). Further, the Timbers have also partnered with Portland Youth Soccer Association and are working together with PYSA and the Oregon Youth Soccer Association to develop a recreational curriculum to complete the club’s development pyramid. timbers.com


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Timbers Development continued

The Timbers Academy provides elite youth players from Oregon and Southwest Washington advanced training and competitive opportunities against the best youth players across North America.

Timbers Youth Leagues, Tournaments and Camps

The Timbers and OYSA have formed an innovative partnership, which sees the statewide, youth soccer organization become a part of the Timbers’ comprehensive youth development structure. One of the first of its kind, the partnership between the Timbers and OYSA has established top-tier development opportunities for thousands of Oregon’s youth soccer players through OYSA’s club leagues and tournaments. The Timbers provide OYSA and its clubs resources for coaching education and share best practices in player development, creating a unified development philosophy across the state. The MLS club also is the presenting partner of the Oregon State Cup. The Timbers offer an exciting camp program for soccer players of all ages and skill levels throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. Each camp is centered on age-appropriate exercises and activities designed to develop technical excellence and build a love for the game.

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t only comes around every four years. The most thrilling sporting tournament in the world descends on Brazil this June as the 2014 FIFA World Cup gets underway. As if you need more convincing, the 2010 World

Cup Final between the Netherlands and Spain drew a worldwide TV viewership of more than 700 million people as Spain lifted the trophy with a 1-0 win after extra time in South Africa. The 2014 FIFA World Cup, featuring the United States in Group G alongside Germany, Portugal and Ghana, kicks off on June 12 and concludes with the Final on July 13.

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Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Croatia Cameroon Brazil Mexico

Spain Netherlands Australia Chile

Colombia Greece Ivory Coast Japan

Italy England Costa Rica Uruguay

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Group E

Group F

Group G

Group H

France Switzerland Honduras Ecuador

Argentina Bosnia and Herzegovina Iran Nigeria

Germany Portugal United States Ghana

Belgium Algeria Russia South Korea

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Stand Together Snapshot Special Olympics Oregon

The Portland Timbers Stand Together mission is to harness the power of sport to improve the lives of children and families in our region through targeted programs, deep partnerships and philanthropic giving. The players of the Timbers and Thorns FC, coaches, staff, team ambassadors and Timber Joey get involved with the community in a variety of ways with a number of different Stand Together community partners. Here’s a look at the team’s nine Stand Together community partners:

The Timbers, adidas and Special Olympics Oregon have worked together since 2012 to support the Cascadia Challenge Unified Soccer exchange with Special Olympics Washington. New in 2014, the Timbers, Thorns FC and Providence Health & Services partner with Special Olympics Oregon to bring back the Special Olympics Oregon Fall Games, which had been dormant since 2008, and Providence Park will be a home site for the event. The Fall Games will provide more than 600 athletes, 200 coaches and an additional 200 volunteers from across the state of Oregon the opportunity to compete and participate in a variety of events, including soccer. Special Olympics Oregon provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

AC Portland For more information on the community partners, Stand Together and community initiatives, please visit www.timbers.com/stand-together or follow @PTStandTogether on Twitter.

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Maintaining a vision to transform communities and serve hundred of local students through youth soccer, AC Portland combines with Stand Together to help supply the

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tools for young students to lead healthier lives, succeed academically and inspire positive community engagement. The club and AC Portland will work together for a full season with a fundraising campaign through the 50/50 Raffle at all Timbers and Thorns FC home games as well as the with the AC Portland GET LOUD! Poetry SLAM.

Friends of Trees Since 2011, the Timbers and Friends of Trees have been doing their part to nurture a sustainable environment. Every time the Timbers score a goal, the club and JELD-WEN Windows & Doors plant a tree in the Portland community through the Score a Goal, Plant a Tree partnership with Friends of Trees. The 2,000 trees the Timbers have planted with pillar partner Friends of Trees absorb carbon dioxide (96,000 lbs./year), remove pollutants from the air (about 360,000 lbs./year), and intercept storm water (4,760,000 gallons of rainwater/year) to keep our rivers clean.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest The mentoring program continues its partnership with the club through the “Sports Buddies” program, which is a oneto-one mentoring program for at-risk youth with an emphasis on sports. By participating in their programs, Little Brothers and Sisters are more confident

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Stand Together Snapshot (continued) in their schoolwork performance, able to get along better with their families, 46 percent less likely to begin using illegal drugs, 27 percent less likely to begin using alcohol, and 52 percent less likely to skip school. Additionally, “Littles” who are part of Big Brothers Big Sisters have a 95 percent on time graduation rate.

Friends of Trees Since 2011, the Timbers and Friends of Trees have been doing their part to nurture a sustainable environment. Every time the Timbers score a goal, the club and JELD-WEN Windows & Doors plant a tree in the Portland community through the Score a Goal, Plant a Tree initiative with Friends of Trees. The 2,000 trees the Timbers have planted with pillar partner Friends of Trees over the years absorb carbon dioxide (96,000 lbs./ year), remove pollutants from the air (about 360,000 lbs./ year), and intercept storm water (4,760,000 gallons of rainwater/year) to keep our rivers clean.

Girls, Inc. A Thorns FC community partner during the team’s inaugural 2013 season, Girls, Inc., of NW Oregon, is a targeted, gender-specific program working to improve the lives of girls ages 6-18 years old with programs meant to encourage girls to be strong, smart and bold. Continuing to build on last year’s initiatives, the club will partner with Girls, Inc., of NW Oregon, for their annual Power of the Purse, Mind + Body Fair and International Day of the Girl events in addition to the Girls of the Game program and Rose Ceremony

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Northwest Outward Bound School The Timbers and Thorns FC will work together with Northwest Outward Bound School to support their mission and raise awareness for their important work in the community. Northwest Outward Bound School aims to change lives through challenge and discovery. In 2011, they established the Outward Bound Portland Center ited, diploma-granting high in east Multnomah County to bring their mission closer to low school and a BOLI-certified pre-apprenticeship training income and urban youth. center. PYB students, who Playworks are all between the ages of 17-24, face multiple barriers The club partners with to success including poverPlayworks in support of the ty, abuse or violence in the organization’s annual Soccer Jamboree. Playworks strives to home, gang involvement, drug addiction, involvement with the create a place for every kid on the playground, where every kid criminal justice system, and/or homelessness. Despite these belongs, has fun and is part of the game. By having Playworks barriers, in 2013, 82 percent of PYB students were placed in a at their schools, teachers and job, college, or apprenticeship administrators have reported after leaving PYB. lasting results as 93 percent reported a decrease in the Schoolhouse Supplies number of disruptive events Working with the club for nine in the classroom. A further 86 percent reported a decrease in years, Schoolhouse Supplies the number of bullying incidents; is an award-winning nonprofit 94 percent reported an increase that supports public education in students’ abilities to focus in in Portland by giving students and teachers free classroom class after recess; 98 percent supplies. The Timbers have reported an improvement in worked with Schoolhouse overall school climate. Supplies to provide backpacks Portland YouthBuilders full of school supplies to every student at Jason Lee ElemenThe Timbers and Portland YouthBuilders work together on tary school in east Portland. To date, Schoolhouse Supplies the Timbers annual Corporate has distributed more than $20 Cup, in addition to holiday million worth of school supplies giving with adidas. Portland YouthBuilders (PYB) serves 200 in Oregon, including nearly young people each year through 450,000 books and more than 3.4 million pencils. In addition, a combination of academics, they’ve had more than 46,000 vocational training, leadership teachers shop in their Free development, and long term Store for Teachers. support. PYB is a fully accred-

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The grass field was planted in midJanuary 2012 from one-year-old sod. The sod was planted in a vertically draining, sand-based root zone that includes small amounts of peat and calcined clay to stabilize moisture content and to hold nutrients. The grass field was built using over 4,600 tons of specialty sand blend (383 truckloads) and will drain up to 12 inches of precipitation an hour. The overall project took 5,240 man hours to complete.

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On April 19, 2012, the Portland Timbers unveiled the new adidas Timbers Training Center, a state-of-the-art facility, built as part of a 10-year partnership with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District. The $6 million training center features a natural-grass field and is the primary on-field training ground of the Major League Soccer club. Some of the features of the adidas Timbers Training Center include a 7,000-square-foot indoor facility, with locker rooms for the Timbers first team and development teams, fullyequipped training and recently expanded fitness areas, offices and a spacious lounge/common area for Timbers players. The grass field, widely regarded as one of the best fields in the state, is a combination of 75 percent perennial ryegrass and 25 percent Kentucky bluegrass that is perfectly suited for cooler climates and provides uniform cover, and greater stability, footing and durability. The adidas Timbers Training Center is located in Beaverton, approximately 10 minutes from Providence Park. It also serves as the training home for the Timbers’ development teams, specifically the Timbers U-23s as well as the club’s U-18 and U-16 Academy teams. As part of the public/private partnership with THPRD, the Timbers will make an annual donation to the Tualatin Hills Park Foundation and will conduct a series of annual youth soccer camps and coaches’ clinics at the adidas Timbers Training Center. The training center includes a synthetic, FieldTurf field designated for public use. timbers.com


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The 2014 Timbers

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Fanendo Adi

Gastón Fernández 10

Jack Jewsbury

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Darlington Nagbe

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Kalif Alhassan

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Diego Chara

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Futty Danso

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Steven Evans

George Fochive

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Bryan Gallego

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Jake Gleeson

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Michael Harrington

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Pa Modou Kah

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Aaron Long

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Rauwshan Mckenzie 31

Michael Nanchoff 17

Norberto Paparatto

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Taylor Peay

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Alvas Powell

Diego Valeri

Will Johnson

Donovan Ricketts 1

Schillo Tshuma

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Maximiliano Urruti

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Rodney Wallace 22

Andrew Weber

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Steve Zakuani

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Ben Zemanski

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Jorge Villafaña

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