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Portland Timbers sign midfielder Blake Bodily to a Homegrown contract

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Portland Timbers sign midfielder Blake Bodily to a Homegrown contract

The Portland Timbers announced the signing of midfielder Blake Bodily as a MLS Homegrown Player for the 2020 season.

From Eagle, Idaho, Bodily played three collegiate seasons at the University of Washington (2017-19), where he tallied 17 goals and 18 assists in 56 games played (39 starts). He registered 12 goals and six assists in 19 appearances (16 starts) en route to being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year as a junior and earned United Soccer Coaches First-Team All-American honors. 

Bodily becomes the third prospect of the Timbers Academy program to sign a Homegrown Player contract since the club’s inaugural season in 2011. 

“We are excited to add a talented Homegrown player to the club in Blake,” said Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers. “He already has experience playing with T2 during his time with the academy, and has excelled in his development at the collegiate level. Blake will start with T2 with an opportunity to earn first-team minutes. We’re happy for Blake and his family and look forward to his continued growth as he begins his professional career.”

The Tigard High School graduate played three years for T2 (2015-17) while with the Timbers Academy, tallying four goals and two assists in 35 matches played (21 starts). 

From the archives: Thorns, Timbers to broadcast classic games

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From the archives: Thorns, Timbers to broadcast classic games

Major League Soccer and the National Women's Soccer League have both suspended play as a measure to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Even the NHL, MLB, and NBA have suspended play. 

The sports world has come to a standstill and fans have no games to watch while many of them self quarantine to contain the spread of the virus.

However, that is about to change. 

Both the Thorns and Timbers announced that starting this weekend they will be opening up the vault and broadcasting classic games from the archives. 

FOX 12 (KPTV) will broadcast a classic Thorns game on Saturday, followed by a Timbers game on Sunday.

Once the games have broadcast on KPTV, they will available on-demand on each team's respective websites. 

Said the Timbers/Thorns in a prepared press release:

In this difficult time we will continue to strive to bring our supporters together as we find new and unique ways to connect with our fan base,” said Mike Golub, Timbers and Thorns FC president of business. "We are excited to be able to share some of the most exciting and important matches in the history of the Timbers and Thorns FC with the help of our tremendous broadcast partner FOX 12.

To encourage fan engagement, the fans will be able to vote on future matches to be broadcast each week. 

In these tough times we can thank the Thorns and Timbers for giving soccer fans in the Rose City something to look forward to this weekend and beyond. 

Portland Timbers release statement after MLS postpones season amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Portland Timbers release statement after MLS postpones season amid COVID-19 pandemic

After a member of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the postponement of the NBA season, the MLS has done the same. 

The full statement from the league:

Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.

At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events.

“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season – based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”

Following the announcement, the Portland Timbers released the following statement:

The Portland Timbers are in full support of Major League Soccer’s decision to postpone the 2020 season for 30 days. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our fans. Throughout the process, we have worked in tandem with local health authorities to help keep our fans, staff, players and community safe from the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, in accordance with today’s mandate by the State of Oregon to cancel public gatherings of more than 250 people, we have canceled the Portland Thorns FC preseason tournament, scheduled to take place from March 29-April 4.

The status of future matches for both clubs will be determined at a later date in conjunction with Major League Soccer, the National Women’s Soccer League, public health authorities and government agencies.

Tickets purchased for postponed events are good for the new date of the match. With regard to canceled games, the Timbers and Thorns FC will reach out to fans with next steps.

 

BREAKING: MLS suspends season due to coronavirus

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BREAKING: MLS suspends season due to coronavirus

First the NBA, and now Major League Soccer. 

MLS announced on Thursday that the league would be suspending its season due to fears surrounding the Coronavirus

The suspension will last at least 30 days. 

The full statement from the league:

Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.

At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events.

“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season – based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”

Prior to the announcement two MLS matches had already been postponed: A match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City, and one between the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas. Both matches were to take place on March 21st in San Jose and Seattle respectively. 

Locally, the Portland Timbers had five matches scheduled over the next 30 days, two of which were to be played at Providence. Park. 

While the Seattle Sounders had four matches scheduled, with only one to be played at home. 

There is no word yet as to how the league plans to make up these missed dates. 

We will update will more information as it comes in. 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announces cancellation of large gatherings

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announces cancellation of large gatherings

A news release was sent out Wednesday night from Oregon governor's office with the state taking its precautions in preventing the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

In the release, it states that all gatherings of 250 people or more are canceled across the state effective immediately. This will be in effect for the next four weeks and will be lifted on April 8.

A gathering is defined as any event in a space in which appropriate social distancing of a minimum of three feet cannot be maintained.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will hold a news conference Thursday to explain new steps the state is taking.

Governor Brown also mapped out the recommendations put in place for schools, long-term and assisted living facilities, and at the workplace as well. 

Here are a few events on the upcoming schedule at the Rose Quarter in Portland:

Portland Winterhawks vs. Everett Silvertips

2020 OSAA Dance and Drill State

Brantely Gilbert concert

2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Regionals

2020 Nike Hoop Summit

And, that’s just the events scheduled at Moda Center and the Memorial Coliseum.

The Portland Timbers have one home game scheduled within the next four weeks. The Timbers are scheduled to host the Philadelphia Union on Mar. 28.

The OSAA basketball playoffs will be played without spectators at Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus.

It was announced earlier Wednesday night that the NBA has suspended the 2019-20 season until further notice. The Portland Trail Blazers were scheduled to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday. 

Portland Timbers take down Nashville SC, grab first win in March since 2017

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Portland Timbers take down Nashville SC, grab first win in March since 2017

The Portland Timbers picked up their first win of the season and got it in front of their home crowd Sunday afternoon.

Midfielder Diego Valeri scored in the 12th minute to give the Timbers their first goal of the game. 

The Timbers were unable to mount any additional attacks as the game progressed. They had just three shots in the whole game and didn't take a shot after the 24th minute .But, Nashville didn't have any better luck. 

Valeri's goal turned out to be the only score of the game, as the Timbers went on to defeat expansion team Nashville SC, 1-0. It is the Timbers’ first win in March since 2017.

“Sometimes these types of games, they are not pretty,” Giovanni Savarese said. “But, the important thing is that we got the three points that we needed.”

Goalkeeper Steve Clark made four saves and the Portland defense faced 14 shots to earn the first Timbers clean sheet of the year.

Next up, the Timbers will head east to play the New England Revolution on Sunday March 15th.

Portland Timbers regular season home opener spoiled by Minnesota United

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Portland Timbers regular season home opener spoiled by Minnesota United

The Portland Timbers are back! With the bright lights shining on Providence Park once again for the 2020 campaign, the Timbers fell to the Minnesota United 3-1 in front of 25,218 fans Sunday night. 

Coming out of a scoreless first half, Minnesota went up 1-0 in the 51st minute when Ethan Finlay found Robin Lod streaking down the middle. Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark came off his line to deny Lod's initial shot, but Loons midfielder Kevin Molino collected the loose ball and knocked it in.

Just five minutes later, Felipe Mora was pulled down in the box by Minnesota defender Ike Opara. Diego Valeri's penalty kick was true into the lower right corner to even the score at 1-1.

In the 76th minute, though, things fell apart for the Timbers. 

The Loons went up 2-1 when Ethan Finlay's cross found Luis Amarilla on the back post for a header.

In the 78th minute, Molino scored his second goal of the game when he knocked in a looping ball on the volley to make it 3-1. 

“It’s not the way we wanted to start the season," Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said postgame. "We didn’t take advantage of playing at home."

"To allow two goals in the second half after we were 1-1, that’s not what we want,”  “Especially after what we showed in the first half, which we were completely dominant.”

The Portland Timbers continue their homestand when they host Nashville SC on March 8th at Providence Park. Kickoff is slated for 4pm. 

Here's the latest food offerings for Timbers & Thorns matches at Providence Park

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Here's the latest food offerings for Timbers & Thorns matches at Providence Park

For those of you who like the peanut butter pickle bacon burger at Killer burger and like watching either the Portland Timbers or Portland Thorns, you’re in luck!

Now you can do both!

Announced on Monday, The Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns FC and Park Provisions have partnered together for the 2020 season to further cultivate a hospitality program that is unique to Providence Park, including the continuation of “Park Pricing” games and the addition of Killer Burger to the venue’s dining roster.



“Park Pricing” returns in 2020:

- $2.50 hot dogs

- $2.50 nachos

- $6 “Beer of the Match” provided by sponsors Widmer, Modelo and Coors Light, for midweek Timbers and Thorns FC matches during the 2020 season.

Killer Burger (in section 93) joins returning favorites Podnah’s Pit and HOTLIPS Pizza and will feature with a classic burger, peanut butter pickle bacon burger and a Park exclusive, Striker burger with bacon, grilled jalapeños, Sriracha ketchup, Havarti cheese, mayonnaise and grilled onion.

Featuring 34 draft handles and 14 varieties of beer, including Widmer Brothers, Breakside Brewery and Pelican Brewing, “Crest & Craft” is a new beer and cider stand. Located at the top of section 99 on the eastside of the stadium, this new stand has a similar concept to the Double Post (North End) and Axe & Rose (westside) stands.

New Executive Chef Garrett Boisture, who previously served fans at the Houston Rockets’ Toyota Center and in Portland at the Rose Quarter. Boisture trained in the culinary arts at the New England Culinary Institute and has worked at some of the top establishments in Charleston, Chicago, Atlanta and Houston, according to the announcement.

Afraid that the stadium will get rid of your favorite food or beverage? Fear not. It is only expanding for more options at your favorite spots:

- Tillamook Grill: A variety of Tillamook signatures dishes, including bacon queso nachos, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, mac ‘n cheese and quesadillas. The main stand is located at sec. 105 and the carts are located at 113 and 99.

- HOTLIPS Pizza: Cheese, pepperoni, sausage and rotating specialty pizzas by the slice (Main Concourse sec. 119, Duracell Deck).

- La Hacha Cocina: A collection of Latin American-inspired dishes, including Tanner Ridge loaded nachos, taquitos dorados and rotating seasonal favorites (Tanner Ridge).

- Double Post: With over 48 draft beer taps available this is the spot to grab an ice cold local craft beer (Main Concourse sec. 109).

- House of 75: Coastal-inspired dishes such as Tillamook cheddar & broccoli soup, coastal clam chowder; all served in a locally-sourced sourdough bread bowl. We also have our new Pacific shrimp roll served with housemade Old Bay chips (Tanner Ridge).

- Soccer City Classics: Game day favorites and ice cold beverages (Main Concourse sec. 121, 96)

- Podnah’s BBQ: Brisket and pulled pork sandwiches from the acclaimed Portland BBQ favorite (Main Concourse sec. 103, Toyota Terrace).

- Vista Nachos: Loaded nachos smothered in fan-favorite toppings (Duracell Deck).

- East Vista Melts: Grilled cheeses and ice cold craft beer (Duracell Deck).

In 2020, Providence Park will also offer several new and returning signature dishes and spotlight new craft beer, cider and wine:

- Tillamook bacon queso nachos: Providence Park Executive Chef Garrett Boisture worked with Tillamook to develop this recipe, putting a local spin on a stadium classic (Main Concourse sec. 105).

- Rooster tots: A Providence Park icon, featuring Tillamook cheeses and locally-inspired toppings that Timbers and Thorns FC fans know and love (Main Concourse sec. 107).

- Tamale Boy: Bean and cheese tamales topped with chicken tinga, cabbage slaw, pico de gallo and queso fresco (Main Concourse sec. 117).

- Uncle Tony’s Pork Rinds: House-made chicharrones with Tajin seasoning and Tapatio sauce (Duracell Deck – Vista Nachos, Tanner Ridge – La Hacha Cocina).

BEVERAGE SPOTLIGHT

- Oregon craft beer and cider: A wide selection of craft beers from Widmer, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Breakside Brewery, Pelican Brewing, pFriem, Away Days Brewery, Von Ebert Brewing, Double Mountain Brewing, Laurelwood Brewing Company and many others.

- Oregon wine: Local wines from Westmount Wine Co., Erath Winery, Underwood Wine Co., Eola Hills Wine Cellars, Sweet Cheeks Winery, Argyle Winery and Kings Ridge.
ABOUT PARK PROVISIONS

Park Provisions, powered by Levy, delivers dynamic, authentic hospitality to devoted Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC supporters. Our goal is to provide exceptional service, delectable food and unrivaled experiences on game day and beyond, showcasing fresh, local ingredients and the best flavors Portland has to offer.

Timbers to welcome Liga MX team to Providence Park in 2020

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Timbers to welcome Liga MX team to Providence Park in 2020

The Portland Timbers will host a Leagues Cup match this July.

According to the Timbers, Portland will welcome a Liga MX team to Providence Park on either July 21 or July 22 as a part of the 2020 Leagues Cup. Major League Soccer (MLS) and Liga MX released the competition’s full schedule on Thursday.

“This is a very important tournament for the Timbers and MLS and we look forward to playing host to what will be one of the better sides in Liga MX,” Timbers general manager and president of soccer said in a release. “It gives us a tremendous opportunity to play a meaningful match against top-end competition in front of our fans and is the first step towards a deepening MLS relationship with Liga MX.”

The 2020 Leagues Cup will feature eight clubs from each league in a single-elimination tournament with three rounds: quarterfinals, semifinals and final. Like the 2019 edition, all matches between the MLS and Liga MX team are played in home market of the MLS team.

This is Portland’s first appearance in the Leagues Cup. The Timbers qualified to be in the tournament after finishing top-four in the Western Conference and thus not participating in either the 2020 CONCAF Champions League or 2020 Campeones Cup.

Goals from Diego Valeri, Andy Polo edge Timbers over Whitecaps

Goals from Diego Valeri, Andy Polo edge Timbers over Whitecaps

It’s just the preseason, but every win the Portland Timbers can get over their Cascadia foes, the Vancouver Whitecaps, is a confidence builder. 

Portland, playing the first of three preseason matches in the Timbers Preseason Tournament, emerged victorious in a rivalry match against Vancouver on Sunday in front of a crowd of 13,882 at Providence Park. Diego Valeri and Andy Polo notched goals in the 2-1 victory to help the Timbers improve to 4-0 leading up to their March 1 season opener.

In the 34th minute, Felipe Mora was was pulled down on the edge of the six-yard box. Valeri stepped to the box, hammering in a shot to the upper left corner and converted the penalty kick for the Timbers first goal at Providence Park this season. All Hail Valeri, who now has the most preseason goals of any Timbers player with 10 goals. 

Less than 20 seconds into the second half, Polo, via a pass from Valeri, had the go-ahead goal from the near right edge of the box to give Portland its second goal of the match and 2-1 lead over Vancouver.

This was Polo’s first goal of the 2020 preseason and third in three-consecutive preseason matchups.  

The Timbers are now 4-0-0 in the 2020 preseason with a game against Minnesota United FC up next Wednesday, Feb. 19. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Providence Park.