|Head Coach||Caleb Porter|
|League||Major League Soccer|
|2014||Western Conference: 6th
|Website||Club home page|
The Portland Timbers are an American professional soccer club based in Portland, Oregon, that competes in Major League Soccer. The Timbers are the 18th club of Major League Soccer, and replace the USL First Division's team of the same name, while retaining the same ownership. The MLS club is the fourth Portland team to share the legacy of the Timbers name, which originated in the old North American Soccer League in 1975.
- 1 History
- 2 Colors and badge
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Club culture
- 5 Broadcasting
- 6 Players and staff
- 7 Honors
- 8 Portland Timbers 2 (T2)
- 9 Records
- 10 Footnotes
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The announcement of the Timbers' entry into MLS was the culmination of a nearly two-year-long process for Merritt Paulson, dating back at least to May 2007, when Paulson led a group that bought the Portland Beavers and the USL Timbers. The group included former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Meritt Paulson's father. The biggest issue for the city of Portland was that due to league concerns about seating configuration, field surface, and scheduling, obtaining an MLS club would require a new stadium.
In October 2007, Paulson was told PGE Park could be upgraded for about $20 million, and a new baseball stadium (with 8,000 to 9,000 seats) would cost about $30 million. By November 2008, Paulson told The New York Times he expected Portland taxpayers would spend $85 million to "build a new baseball stadium for his Beavers and renovate PGE Park—just remodeled in 2001 at a cost to taxpayers of $38.5 million—for soccer", and that in exchange, he would spend $40 million for the franchise fee to bring a new Major League Soccer team to Portland. MLS was in support of the proposal, wanting to continue to expand the number of owners in the league (for a while, all of its teams were owned by three men: Philip Anschutz, Lamar Hunt, and Robert Kraft).
Though supporting the acquisition of an MLS franchise raised numerous issues for Mayor Sam Adams and the Portland City Council, the Timbers were announced as Major League Soccer's eighteenth team on March 20, 2009 by Commissioner Don Garber. The announcement occurred during the first and second round games of the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament being held in Portland the same week. The announcement noted that the team would retain the Portland Timbers name.
The team owner is Peregrine Sports, LLC, a group led by Merritt Paulson. Paulson was also the head of Shortstop, LLC which owned the USL-1 Timbers as well as the Pacific Coast League's Portland Beavers.
Former MLS forward and assistant coach John Spencer was named the first head coach of the MLS-era Timbers on August 10, 2010. It was also announced that Gavin Wilkinson, head coach of the USL-1/USSF D-2 Timbers, would stay on as the general manager/technical director of the MLS side.
The Timbers signed five players before the MLS Expansion Draft on November 24, 2010. Three were part of the Timbers D-2 Pro League squad in 2010 (Steve Cronin, Bright Dike, and Ryan Pore), one was signed from D-2 Pro League team Austin Aztex (forward Eddie Johnson) and one was acquired via trade with New York Red Bulls (midfielder Jeremy Hall). On November 24, 2010, the Timbers, along with the other 2011 expansion team, Vancouver Whitecaps FC, participated in an MLS Expansion Draft, each selecting 10 players from existing teams. Immediately after the Expansion Draft, the Timbers announced the trade of their first pick (midfielder Dax McCarty), from FC Dallas to DC United for defender Rodney Wallace. The Timbers and Whitecaps also participated in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft on January 13, 2011 with the Whitecaps having the first pick, and the Timbers having the second pick. Vancouver surprised some by selecting youngster Omar Salgado and Portland swiftly selected Akron midfielder/forward Darlington Nagbe.
Inaugural season and John Spencer era: 2011–2012
The Timbers played their first MLS game on March 19, 2011, against reigning MLS champions Colorado Rapids, but lost 3–1. The first goal in the Timbers' MLS era was scored by Kenny Cooper. In their first season, Portland Timbers were in 6th place in the Western Conference and 12th place overall.
On July 9, 2012, John Spencer was fired after a 0-3 loss to Real Salt Lake. He was replaced by Caleb Porter who was previously head coach of the United States U-23 team, and the University of Akron men's team from 2006 to 2012. Gavin Wilkinson took over on an interim basis for the rest season. The Timbers finished 2012 with the 3rd worst record in the league and was 8th out of 9th in the Western Conference.
Caleb Porter era: 2013–present
The Portland Timbers, under Caleb Porter achieved success in the 2013 MLS regular season. They were first place in the Western Conference and third place overall. The main player has been Diego Valeri, who the Timbers had acquired on loan from CA Lanus with an option to purchase which they exercised on later in the season. In the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament, Portland Timbers had reached to the Semi-Finals, where they were eliminated by Real Salt Lake. The Timbers also earned their first MLS playoff appearance in franchise history. They knocked off their archrival Seattle Sounders FC in the Conference Semifinals 5-3 on aggregate. The Timbers were knocked out in the Conference Finals, again losing to Real Salt Lake in a home-and-home series (5-2 aggregate). Due to a change of how American based MLS teams can qualify in the CONCACAF Champions League, by the United States Soccer Federation, Portland Timbers qualified for the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League, which was their first international tournament they would later take part in.
In the 2014 MLS season, Portland Timbers could not replicate the success they had in the previous season. They struggled defensively in the beginning of the 2014 MLS season with a 1-3-6 (W-L-D) record over the first ten games of the season. They were able to make a comeback late in the season, still having a chance to appear once again in the MLS Playoffs but ultimately failed to qualify. The Timbers finished the season in 6th place in the Western Conference, 11th place overall. For the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League, Timbers were drawn with Club Deportivo Olimpia and Alpha United in the group stage of the tournament. They were eliminated in the group stage on away goals. During the offseason, Portland's main focus has been to avoid having a slow start as they did in the 2014 season with having Diego Valeri and Will Johnson unavailable due to injuries acquired in the final games of the 2014 season, having them to return later on in the upcoming season. They had acquired Nat Borchers from Real Salt Lake, and Ghanaian keeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey.
The 2015 season marks the franchise's 5th anniversary as an MLS franchise and the 40th anniversary being part of the Timbers' legacy that traces back to the original Portland Timbers from the original North American Soccer League which has been recognized by the team.
In 2015, the Timbers began their campaign without Diego Valeri and Will Johnson, who were still recovering from their injuries they obtained in the previous season. They would eventually return later in the season. The 2015 US Open Cup had Portland face Seattle in the fourth round of the tournament where they would eliminate the Sounders 3-1 in overtime with a 7-man Seattle after three players including Clint Dempsey were given red cards and Obafemi Martins having a groin injury during the match. Portland would lose to Real Salt Lake in the Fifth round. On July 17, 2015 Portland acquired Argentine forward Lucas Melano from first-division side Club Atlético Lanús.
Colors and badge
Portland Timbers' MLS logo incorporates elements of the former USL design. The primary reference to the original crest is the circular shape that represents unity, wholeness, and the pursuit of perfection. The axe alludes to the Pacific Northwest's logging industry since loggers traditionally used axes to cut down trees. There are three chevrons organized to resemble a pine tree that refer to the Timbers' membership in three separate leagues: the original North American Soccer League, the United Soccer Leagues, and Major League Soccer. The team's colors, ponderosa green and moss green, represent the state of Oregon's forests.
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt sponsor|
It was announced in September 2010 that the Portland Timbers' jerseys would be sponsored by Alaska Airlines. On Thursday December 9 the jersey was revealed at a runway show at Portland International Airport. The home jersey was a two-tone halved green shirt while the alternate jersey was red, in honor of Portland being known as the Rose City. However, before the start of the 2015 season it was announced that the club's kits had changed. The home jersey now features a yellow-green chevron displayed on the front. There also is a badge commemorating the 2015 season being the Timbers 5th MLS year and 40th existing year on the side of the sleeve.
- Providence Park; Portland, Oregon (2011–present) - known as Jeld-Wen Field from 2011-2014
- Merlo Field; Portland, Oregon (2011) 1 game in US Open Cup qualifying
The Timbers play at Providence Park, which they share with the Portland State Vikings football team and, since 2013, Portland Thorns FC, a team in the National Women's Soccer League also owned by Peregrine Sports. The stadium's renovation in 2010–2011 made it unsuitable for baseball, and former tenant the Portland Beavers moved to Tucson, Arizona after failing to find a new venue.
Initially, city funding for renovation of the stadium (then known as PGE Park) was tied to simultaneous construction of a new baseball ballpark; Timbers owner Merritt Paulson was the owner of the Beavers at the time. Due to delays caused by public criticism of potential ballpark sites and an impending deadline to begin stadium renovation, the funding for the two projects was separated. The capacity of the renovated stadium was expected to be between 22,000 and 23,000. Operational capacity was limited to 18,627 for the 2011 MLS season and expanded to 20,323 for the 2012 season.
On February 10, 2014, the Timbers signed a long-term stadium naming rights sponsorship with Providence Health & Services, a non-profit health care provider. The stadium will be known as Providence Park until at least 2028.
The Timbers have sold out every home game to date, with over 65 consecutive sellouts as of October 2014. The Timbers cap season-ticket sales at 15,300, and have a wait list of 10,000 season tickets, the largest in MLS, and larger than almost every college football team.
The main supporters group of the Portland Timbers is the Timbers Army. Its members are known for their loud, enthusiastic support and the raucous atmosphere they create at Timbers games. The Timbers Army was founded in 2001 as the Cascade Rangers, a reference to the Cascade Range of mountains in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The group began congregating in section 107 ("The Woodshed") of PGE Park ("The Piggy") to create a European-style rooting section for the club, complete with drumming, flags, scarves, smoke bombs and constant chanting and cheering. By 2002, the group had changed its name to the Timbers Army in order to lose any perception of partiality toward Scottish football club Rangers and because the Timbers uniforms at the time resembled those of Rangers rival Celtic. By 2012, the Timbers Army numbers more than 4,000 people in the north-end on game day.
Portland Timbers continue a long-running rivalry with Seattle Sounders FC since the original North American Soccer League. Their rivalry reborn after Portland entered MLS as an expansion team. The Seattle-Portland rivalry rose to higher levels when they faced each other in the 2013 MLS playoffs in their two-game series where the Timbers eliminated their arch rivals in their first ever match up in post-season.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the other Cascadian USSF Division 2 Professional League, team was replaced by an MLS franchise in 2011, which competes along with Portland and Seattle in the Cascadia Cup. Their historic rivalry dates back to the original North American Soccer League.
During the NASL and USL years the team's mascot was a grizzled lumberjack named Timber Jim. On January 24, 2008, Jim announced his retirement. His final farewell was a game played against Puerto Rico Islanders on April 17, 2008, which was won 1–0.
Having served as the unofficial mascot from then on, Timber Joey was inaugurated as the new official mascot at an exhibition game vs Juventus Primavera on June 14, 2008, a game the Timbers won 1–0, and has served in that capacity ever since. Joey continues Jim's trademark of cutting a round from a large log with a chainsaw every time the Timbers score a goal. This round is presented to the goal-scoring player after the game. If the team achieves a shutout ("clean sheet"), the goalkeeper also receives a round. Timber Joey has his own custom jersey with Portland-based outdoor tool manufacturer Leatherman as the shirt sponsor.
All Portland Timbers regular-season games are televised. Roughly a third of the schedule is broadcast nationally in English by NBC, NBC Sports Network, ESPN or ESPN2 and nationally in Spanish by Univision Deportes. The rest of the games are televised regionally in English by Root Sports Northwest (formerly FSN Northwest), locally in English by FOX 12 Oregon or PDX TV and locally in Spanish by Estrella TV. Beginning in 2012 the Portland Timbers Broadcast Network was launched and provides coverage of over the air games to additional markets. Partners of the network include NTVZ/KTVZ 21.2 in Bend, OR, KEVU 23 in Eugene, OR, and KFBI 48.1 in Medford, OR. FOX 12 Oregon also airs a weekly highlight show called Timbers in 30 on Friday evenings.
On the radio, all Timbers games are broadcast in English on 750 AM "The Game" and are simulcast in Spanish on both La Pantera 940 AM and Recuerdo 95.1 FM. 750 AM also features Talk Timbers, a weekly radio show dedicated to the team and soccer.
Players and staff
- For details on former players, see All-time Portland Timbers roster.
Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of May 8, 2015.
- Executive staff
|Majority Owner & President||Merritt Paulson|
|Chief Operating Officer||Mike Golub|
|General Manager / Technical Director||Gavin Wilkinson|
Last updated: February 26, 2015
Source: Portland Timbers
- Coaching staff
|Head Coach||Caleb Porter|
|Assistant Coach||Sean McAuley|
|Assistant Coach||Cameron Knowles|
|Assistant Coach||Jay Vidovich|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Adin Brown|
|Director of Sports Medicine||Nik Wald|
|Assistant Athletic Trainer||Alex Margarito|
|Assistant Athletic Trainer||Taichi Kitagawa|
|Director of Sports Science||Nick Milonas|
Last updated: February 26, 2015
Source: Portland Timbers
Former head coaches
- John Spencer (December 1, 2010 – July 9, 2012)
- Gavin Wilkinson (interim) (July 9, 2012 – October 28, 2012)
- MLS Western Conference
- Winners (Regular Season): 2013
- Minor honors
- MLS Fair Play Award: 2011
- Cascadia Cup: 2012 
- Copa Verde (International Friendly): 2013
Portland Timbers 2 (T2)
On October 2014, Merritt Paulson had announced the creation of their own USL Pro team, Portland Timbers 2 (T2). The USL Pro team will begin to play in the 2015 USL pro season, having Merlo Field as their stadium to play for their home games. The purpose of T2 is to bridge a gap between the academies and the first level team, while having a better way to observe the players' progress and development as well.
|Year||MLS Regular season||Position||MLS Cup
|2012||34||8||16||10||34||56||34||8th||17th||DNQ||Cascadia Cup||R3||DNQ||Kris Boyd||7|
|2013||34||14||5||15||54||33||57||1st||3rd||Conference Finals||N/A||SF||DNQ||Diego Valeri||10|
|2014||34||12||9||13||61||52||49||6th||11th||DNQ||N/A||Q||Group Stage||Diego Valeri||11|
DNQ = Did Not Qualify
CONCACAF Champions League
- Scores and results list Portland's goal tally first.
|2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League||Group Stage||Alpha United||6–0||4–1||10–1|
|1||Forward||Nagbe, DarlingtonDarlington Nagbe||Liberia||2011–||147||7||4||2||160|
|2||Midfielder||Chara, DiegoDiego Chara||Colombia||2011–||135||4||4||-||143|
|3||Midfielder||Jewsbury, JackJack Jewsbury||United States||2011–||126||8||4||3||141|
|4||Forward||Wallace, RodneyRodney Wallace||Costa Rica||2011–||109||6||4||4||123|
|5||Midfielder||Alhassan, KalifKalif Alhassan||Ghana||2011–2014||93||6||4||3||106|
|6||Midfielder||Valeri, DiegoDiego Valeri||Argentina||2013–||74||6||4||1||85|
|7||Goalkeeper||Ricketts, DonovanDonovan Ricketts||Jamaica||2012–2014||73||3||4||-||80|
|8||Midfielder||Johnson, WillWill Johnson||Canada||2013–||63||5||4||1||73|
|9||Defender||(soccer)Michael Harrington||United States||2013–2014||58||6||4||3||71|
|10||Defender||, Futty DansoFutty Danso||Gambia||2011–2014||60||2||4||-||66|
- As of July 25, 2015
|1||Midfielder||Valeri, DiegoDiego Valeri||Argentina||2013–||23||3||1||-||27|
|2||Forward||Nagbe, DarlingtonDarlington Nagbe||Liberia||2011–||19||2||1||-||22|
|3||Forward||Adi, FanendoFanendo Adi||Nigeria||2014–||18||-||-||2||20|
|4||Midfielder||, Will JohnsonWill Johnson||Canada||2013–||16||1||2||-||19|
|5||Forward||Urruti, MaximilianoMaximiliano Urruti||Argentina||2013–||14||1||-||3||18|
|6||Forward||Wallace, RodneyRodney Wallace||Costa Rica||2011–||16||1||-||-||17|
|7||Forward||Fernandez, GastonGaston Fernandez||Argentina||2014–||9||4||-||1||14|
|Midfielder||Jewsbury, JackJack Jewsbury||United States||2011–||12||1||-||1||14|
|9||Forward||Johnson, RyanRyan Johnson||Jamaica||2013||9||-||1||-||10|
|10||Forward||Cooper, KennyKenny Cooper||United States||2011||8||-||-||-||8|
- As of July 25, 2015
|1||Midfielder||Valeri, DiegoDiego Valeri||Argentina||2013–||30||-||-||-||30|
|2||Forward||Nagbe, DarlingtonDarlington Nagbe||Liberia||2011–||18||1||-||-||19|
|3||Forward||Wallace, RodneyRodney Wallace||Costa Rica||2011-||14||1||2||1||18|
|4||Midfielder||Jewsbury, JackJack Jewsbury||United States||2011–||14||-||2||-||16|
|Midfielder||Alhassan, KalifKalif Alhassan||Ghana||2011–2014||12||1||1||2||16|
|6||Midfielder||Chara, DiegoDiego Chara||Colombia||2011-||13||-||1||-||14|
|7||Midfielder||Johnson, WillWill Johnson||Canada||2013–||7||3||1||2||13|
|8||Midfielder||Zizzo, SalSal Zizzo||United States||2011–2013||7||-||-||-||7|
|Forward||Urruti, MaximilianoMaximiliano Urruti||Argentina||2013-||4||2||-||1||7|
|10||Midfielder||Alexander, EricEric Alexander||United States||2011-2012||6||-||-||-||6|
|Forward||Adi, FanendoFanendo Adi||Nigeria||2014-||6||-||-||-||6|
- As of July 18, 2015
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