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US Tour: Timber Felling Next Aim for Clarets

The Clarets take on the Portland Timbers on Saturday night in the second and final game of their US Tour but what do we know about them?



Portland Timbers are an American professional soccer team based in Portland, Oregon on the US West Coast. Founded in 2001, the team plays in the USL First Division and will be admitted to the MLS (Major League Soccer) division in 2011. They play their home games at PGE Park, and have done so since 2003. The ground is shared with the baseball team, the Portland Beavers and is an Astroturf pitch.



The team's colors are green and white and their current general manager and head coach is New Zealander Gavin Wilkinson.

The Timbers have taken their league by storm this season and have now set a club record of going 17 games undefeated. They sit proudly at the top of the First Division table and will certainly be a more difficult challenge than PDL side, VC Fusion. The Clarets of course convincingly beat the Fusion 5-0 in Ventura last Tueday night.

In Timbers last match earlier in the week against second-place team Puerto Rico Islanders a crowd of 14,000 watched a goalless draw. The game on Saturday is billed as an 'International Exhibition Match' and should therefore attract quite a large audience.

Owen Coyle is likely to rest a number of his players and we could see a number of the players that missed out against VC Fusion feature against Timbers.

I would suspect therefore we could see the return of Steven Caldwell, Tyrone Mears, Clarke Carlisle, Graham Alexander and Christian Kalvenes at some point in the game. All these defenders sat out the last match against VC Fusion.

Martin Paterson could also return after sitting out the Fusion game with a tight hamstring. He could in fact replace our new record signing, Steven Fletcher who although starting against Fusion also suffered from a tight hamstring being replaced in our last match on the hour mark.

The Man of the Match against Fusion was arguably the lively, impressive trialist, Ecuador International and former Real Madrid Reserves midfielder, Fernando Guerrero. Owen Coyle could be prepared to sign the 19 year old soon according to media reports this week but might just be tempted to see him play once more, this time against the Timbers before making a final decision.

Our cute mascot, Bertie Bee must be wondering if a sting is going to be enough tonight after no doubt hearing back home that the Timbers mascot is someone called 'Timber Joey'

The chap dresses up like a lumberjack and Chainsaw massacre- style wields the buzzing blade up and down the pitch! Ouch, maybe our own Timber Joey, Joey Gudjonsson can fell the Timbers with some of his long-distance shots.

Oh well another night for bleary eyed Clarets back home to listen to the game at 3am in the morning (7pm kick-off local time). There will be an audio broadcast on the portlandtimbers.com website (see our earlier article for details)




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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday July 24 2009

Time: 12:25PM

Your Comments

Timberssssssssssssssssssssss!!
turfmanphil
Since it's in a baseball stadium, I'll say that I hope we step up to the plate. And, if we do, I will predict a 2-1 Clarets win.
Couch Potato
Go to www.PortlandTimbers.com, as the audio link should appear there about 15 minutes before the start of the match (2:45 AM in the UK).
turfmanphil
Audio link now working but start put back 15 minutes to 7:15 pm KO local time, folk trying to get in ground still!!
turfmanphil
Starting eleven: Jensen, Mears, Caldwell, Carlisle, Kalvenes, Alexander, Elliott, McCann, Guerrero, Fletcher, Blake [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
1-0 down, Carlisle caught cold
turfmanphil
1-1 Caldwell header, 40 minutes
turfmanphil
Half-time 1-1. We had a shaky start with Portland having most of possession. Beast made a couple of spectacular saves after we equalised
turfmanphil
Good Lord,no changes for second-half?
turfmanphil
Turns out Eagles wasn't on but Elliott. However on 60 minutes on come: Eagles Gudjonsson McDonald Eckersley Duff and Jordan Mears,Carlisle,Alexander, Elliott, McCann and Blake come off. Thompson comes on for Fletcher after 66 minutes and scores within 30 secs. [Edited by turfmanphil]
turfmanphil
Drat 2-2!
turfmanphil
They are down to ten men after a sending off (Weird game this)Duff limps off injured(ankle),Edgar on. 2-2 final score but they are having a penalty shoot out now
turfmanphil
We win 4-2 on penalties, Caldwell missed but Eagles,Gudjonsson, McDonald and Elliott do the business and its goodnight from me at 5:25 am on Sunday morning.Match report to follow in like eight hours!!
turfmanphil
Nice one tmp. Bet you were really pleased it went to penalties!!! I wimped out again, but feel well rested this morning. According to the Bfc site Duffman injured his ankle in the baseball plate area. That apart, the Bfc report and your comments made it sound like a proper game, but will our defence be ready for opening day? It took them a long gime to wake up last season.
Couch Potato
I will take same start as last season, to finish in 5th.
sheclaret
 

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