Homeward bound for more glory

Portland's wins have all been at Jeld-Wen Field, where they play Saturday
Sept. 25, 2012

After a promising road trip, the Portland Timbers get another chance to show off the power of Jeld-Wen Field when they play host to DC United Saturday night.

The Timbers have beaten two of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference - Sporting KC and the Chicago Fire, at Jeld-Wen Field, where they are 7-4-4, 25 points.

DC United (15-10-5, 50 points) has won three consecutive games and is battling with the Fire and New York Red Bulls for second place in the East with three games left on their schedule.

Following Saturday's game, the Timbers have eight days to prepare for a road game at Seattle, where the Cascadia Cup may be decided. Portland leads the series with Seattle and Vancouver, who play Saturday in Vancouver.



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How much does Timbers Army affect MLS games?

NO PITY CITY: Ryan Gates of Stumptown Footy steps in as guest co-host
April 16, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

Maybe it is the players on the field, but the Timbers Army seems to be having quite an affect on games this season at Jeld-Wen Field.

In three games, the Portland Timbers have scored six goals, with all of them into the North goal - the net directy in front of the Timbers Army.

It's not a situation for coach John Spencer or other older players such as team captain Jack Jewsbury, who view it as a coincidence, but younger players such as Darlington Nagbe, who's scored twice in that direction, and Jean Andrew-Baptiste, who's scored once, have noticed it.

"Yes, some of us have noticed it," Nagbe said after the Timbers lost 2-1 to Chivas USA Saturday. "It seems like there's more energy going that way and that plays a role in the game.'

The Army seems to have had an affect on opposing teams, too, as both goals Chivas USA scored were into the North net.

Of the 12 goals scored this season in three games at Jeld-Wen, nine have been to the North.

How much impact will the Army have on this weekend's game with Sporting KC at Jeld-Wen? Will it be enough to impact the outcome against the top team in MLS?

The Army will be a key point of discussion during the weekly episode of No Pity City, which begins live on at 8:30 p.m. from the Bulldog Tavern in Southwest Portland. The episode can be viewed on this page with viewers able to chat live with hosts Cliff Pfenning and Mike Donovan.


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No Pity for Revolution, RSL and Aston Villa

Stumptown Footy's Ryan Gates joins the cast of No Pity City tonight at 8:30

The exciting start to the 2012 Major League Soccer season took a big header into reality Saturday with a loss at New England, but there's always a plan for the faithful and the cast of "No Pity City" will delve into that tonight at 8:30 from the Bulldog Tavern in Southwest Portland.

Stumptown Footy columnist Ryan Gates will join hosts Cliff Pfenning and Mike Donovan to talk over what happened outside Boston on Saturday as well as what's upcoming Saturday at Jeld-Wen as the Portland Timbers prep for Real Salt Lake, widely viewed as one of the contenders for the Western Conference title - except for its loss to conference doormat Chivas USA Saturday.

The news that can't be debated is today's announcement the Timbers, on July 24, will play host to Aston Villa of the English Premier League, a club nearly 140 years old with a roster of international stars.

Portland, of course, is also developing a roster of international stars. Who's got the edge? Tonight's show will debate how much of an edge Villa has.

It's all live from the Bulldog Tavern, located at 1650 W. Burnside St. in Portland. View the show on this page, and join the chat room to talk with the cast or Gates, who's work can be viewed at


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Timbers close in on preseason tourney

Portland fans get a chance to see new line-up Monday
Feb. 25, 2012 / by Cliff Pfenning,

Portland Timbers fans get their first look at the team's new line-up Monday when the team's four-team preseason tournament begins at Jeld-Wen Field.

Portland plays host to San Jose, with Chivas USA and Sweden's AIK also involved in a doubleheader.

AIK and Chivas USA begin at 5 p.m. with Portland and San Jose following.

The tournament continues Thursday when the Timbers, who went 3-0-1 in a series of exhibition games in Los Angeles, play Chivas USA and concludes Sunday with the Portland-AIK match.

Portland opens the regular season March 12 at home against the Philadelphia Independence.


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