A Few of the Old Legends in the Jimmy Conway Testimonial Match
Gavin Wilkinson – The 36 year old will be out there showing everyone that he’s still got a bit of the old glory in him. Hopefully, some his players will get a chance to see their coach in action. After all, we ARE talking about a former Perth Glory Most Glorious Player Award winner.
John Bain – Played for the NASL Timbers from 1978-82 and lead the Timbers in scoring with 45 goals in 148 matches. He returned to Portland as player/coach for the 89′ & 90′ seasons. He also was player/coach for the Portland Pride indoor soccer team. He now coaches the Westside Metros. A Portland soccer legend.
Darren Sawatzky – Spent a lot of time with a club from up north. And he’s really good.
Dale Mitchell – The former head coach of the Canadian national team played for the Timbers from 78′-82′, scoring 35 goals in 101 NASL appearances. A prolific scorer throughout his career, Mitchell played in 55 games for the Canadian national team and had 19 international goals, the most ever by a Canadian player. He is truly a Canadian soccer legend, perhaps the greatest player to ever come out of the country and was part of the only team in Canadian history to qualify for the World Cup finals in 86′. Although, Mitchell’s coaching career wasn’t quite as legendary as his playing career, the 52-year old knows how to find the back of the net, even money he scores a goal tomorrow night.
Brian Winters – A graduate of University of Portland, the former Pilot
scored 4 goals and recorded 10 assists for his career out of the midfield. A 2000 MLS SuperDraft pick of the Columbus Crew, Winters eventually found his way back to Portland, playing for the Timbers from 2001-2005. He’s the USL 1st division all-time leader in minutes, games played, and fouls committed. Will he be the first to be booked for a yellow card?
Paul Conway – Son of Jimmy. The Jesuit HS graduate played in England from 1993-98. A former USL all-star and MVP, Conway played 165 games for the Charleston Battery, scoring 78 career goals. He spent his final professional season with the Timbers in 2005 playing in 13 games. Conway currently resides in Oregon and announces USL soccer matches for Fox Sports.
Hugo Alcaraz-Cuellar – Anyone else miss the days of Byron and Hugo? Hugo played for the Timbers from 2002-2006, making 132 appearances and scoring 10 goals. A talented playmaker out of the midfield, Hugo is the all-time Timber leader in assists with 44. He was also ranked 15th in the USL First Division Top 25 of the Decade, a list of the league’s most influential and best players. Hugo last played for the Sounders in 2008, but is currently not with a team.
Greg Howes – A Timber from 2001-02, Howes scored 12 goals in his Portland career. Howes is currently a player/coach for the USL developmental league’s Tacoma Tide and has scored 6 goals so far this season. But the best part? Howes is an Oregon State graduate.
Andrew Gregor – Another player that’s been on both sides of the Northwest rivalry. Gregor played for the Timbers in 2004 and in the 2007-08 seasons, scoring 10 goals throughout his career with the team. Gregor also has deep local roots, winning the Oregon 4-A player of the year award in 1993 playing for Sunset High School and was also a graduate of the University of Portland.
*** Make sure you check out the Jimmy Conway Testimonial Match Site – its well done.
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