Timber Bits – 2010 Review Part 1
The year 2010 is over and to commemorate the year I picked a few stories we ran from the pre-season of 2010. This will be a four part series of remembering 2010 running into next week looking back three months at a time. 2011 will be an amazing amount of Timbers’ firsts, so lock in your DDs and Happy New Year.
Note: The dates listed are when the story was posted and not always when the match or event occurred. Fun can lead to hangovers and late posts. The full archives of 2010 are always located on the right sidebar.
January 7, 2010 – USSF 2nd Divsion, USL/NASL Agreement
Finally, after months of back and forth, America’s 2nd division is set and ready for play. The United Soccer League (USL) and the North American Soccer League (NASL) will play in the same league separated by two conferences of six teams each. The league will be overseen by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) for the 2010 season, and titled the USSF Second Divsion. This is a happy conclusion to months of speculation and rumor, in the end we have a league for our boys to go out and win.
January 19, 2010 – Gavin Wilkinson to Stay in 2011
Gavin Wilkinson will be the head coach for the 2010 season and in 2011 will remain with the Timbers as technical director.
January 21, 2010 – PGE Park Update
The first sign of construction.
January 24, 2010 – PGE Park Update
Turf is removed to begin foundation work on the east-side stands.
February 8, 2010 – 2010 Portland Timbers Schedule
The regular schedule for 2010 was released today. The first game of the regular season at PGE park will be Saturday, April 17th at 7:00PM against the Rochester Rhinos. The Timbers will play an exhibition match for charity next Wednesday February 17th, against the Portland Pilots.
February 12, 2010 – Timbers Sign James Marcelin
February 18, 2010 – $8,000 Raised for Haiti – Timbers Beat Pilots 2-0
A chilly February night didn’t keep over a thousand fans from making their way to the University of Portland’s Merlo Field to watch the Timbers take on the Pilots. Although the Timbers won the match on the scoreboard, the night was a victory for everyone involved, as the Timbers and the Pilots in association with Mercy Corp, raised over $8,000 in relief funds for the people of Haiti. All net proceeds from the gate went to Mercy Corp’s cause, with final attendance figures totaling 1,142. Throughout the evening, donations were also made by way of a silent auction which consisted of autographed Timber’s gear and other team memorabilia.
February 19, 2010 – Ian Joy Signed by the Timbers
February 19 2010 – PGE Park Update
February 24, 2010 – New Kit Sponsor Solar World
Feburay 26, 2010 – Rest Assured, S-C-O-T Scot with one T Signed
March 6 2010 – PGE Park Update
March 12, 2010 – Portland at Seattle 1-nil victory Pictures
March 13, 2010 – Timbers Shine in Rain Soaked Victory, Beat Sounders 1-0
In an electric and spirited atmosphere, the Portland Timbers marched into a packed Qwest Field and pulled out a gutty 1-0 victory against the Seattle Sounders FC. Over 18,600 fans endured a cold evening filled with steady rain fall to watch what will soon perhaps become the premiere soccer rivalry in the entire nation. Although only a preseason charity exhibition, the play on the field was competitive and aggressive as both teams continue to ready themselves for their upcoming regular seasons. Of course, the Sounders are about to begin their second year in the MLS, America’s top soccer division, and the Timbers will be spending their last season in soccer’s minor leagues before making the jump in 2011, a fact that only further enriches the victory.
March 13, 2010 – Welcome Back Nimo
March 18, 2010 – 107ist – the Timbers Army Independent Supporters’ Trust
Anyone who is a Timbers fan and cheers for the team can call themselves a part of the Timbers Army, but there is an official side to the Timbers Army as well, the 107 Independent Supporters’ Trust. 107ist holds elections, votes on issues, coordinates Timbers Army events and works with Portland Timbers management. This is a new venture, for the Timbers Army, but not uncommon amongst big clubs around the world. Independent supporters trusts, help negotiate the common goals between supporters and the the ownership of the club.
March 19, 2010 – PGE Park Update
March 26, 2010 – PGE park Update
March 29, 2010 – MLS Power Rankings Week 1
March 31, 2010 – Timbers Head to Washington for Training
The Timbers are on a five day training trip to Bremerton, Washington which will include a preseason game against Kitsap SC Pumas on Saturday at 6pm. The team was founded in 2008 and plays in the USL’s Premier Development League. For those thinking of making the trip north, tickets are only $5, and can be bought at the door of Bremerton Memorial Stadium.
There is more to come, April through June gets crazy.
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