Villa Park

Aston Villa is a friend Timbers need

The EPL side hits Portland in a game of confidence - for both teams
July 23, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

If fortune smiles on the Aston Villa Football Club Tuesday night, their match with the Portland Timbers will end with a victory.

If fortune smiles on the club's fans, it'll be by a score of 2-1 or better.

So, AVFC will win, but the Timbers will score. It's got to do with sawdust.

Most of the traveling party that have supported Villa on its three-city tour of the U.S. that concludes Tuesday, had little to say about the season the Portland Timbers are having, but they did have a few things to say about the game.

First, it's part of the confidence-building process for a club that narrowly missed relegation, said new manager Paul Lambert. Second, it's part of the enjoyment the club might get from their tour of the U.S., a member of the travelling party said.

"They have a guy who walks through the crowd with a chainsaw?" he asked Monday as the team trained at Jeld-Wen Field. "And he saws the log, too? That would be something to see.

"All trip long, everyone told us this was the place to play at. We're all looking forward to it."

Of course, for the chainsaw to break off a slice, the Timbers would need to score, something the team has struggled to do lately. At least on the road.

Portland has scored at home, and against strong competition.

As much as Tuesday's game is part of the confidence-building process for AVFC, it's even more valuable for the Timbers in the confidence department. The Timbers at least need to score. But, a win would be absolutely amazing for a team that hasn't won since coach John Spencer was removed two weeks ago.

A 2-1 win for Portland would be fantastic on an international level.

Fans in England will be watching for the results, and loving the broadcast.

The Timbers will stream the game live on, about 90 minutes ahead of the AVFC webcast begins. Fans in England already know this and will be tuning into the Timbers stream - with comments aplenty.

"We delayed the web stream by 90 minutes in Chicago, but they did it live, which our fans found out pretty quickly," the member of the traveling party said. "They did a lot of commenting on social media because of the American broadcasters. The soccer language is different from England and pretty funny for our fans."

The language of victory will be the key for both teams Tuesday, especially for the Timbers in front of their home fans. A month ago, Portland lost to an amateur club from California. Imagine a win over an EPL team Tuesday.


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