That was the question getting Timbers fans thinking. Why? Last week started off at our lowest point in our season with our loss to the LA Galaxy making a 4 game losing streak and last place in the West. By the end of the week, we defeated the only undefeated team in Major League Soccer, Sporting Kansas City, through no fault of our own of course. We also defeated the Whitecaps reserve team and its always good to beat a Cascadian rival.
But the story of the week that got people asking “WTF” was former Seattle Sounders player and former Montreal Impact player Mike Fucito joining the Portland Timbers. Now do not get me wrong Mike Fucito is a great player and has a really nice features (his butt), but a person that was once a part of the dark side is now a Timber. This could go either good or bad as the last time this happened was with the one and only Roger Levesque and that did not end well at all. So hopefully the Timbers fans can hopefully see that he truly wants to be a part of our organization and make a way here in Portland. Let us hope that he kicks butt and shows off his butt to all of us out in the Portland area.
Onward to Montreal this weekend!
In support of his current bid for LLS Man of the Year Geoff Cameron has been busy at work. He is hosting a slew of events to raise money for the charity. Cameron’s $20k for #20 campaign supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society which raises money for cancer research.
The charity has a personal connection for Geoff who recently had a close friend diagnosed with stage two Hodgkins Lymphoma. Dynamo fans will remember Danny Cruz’s work for the charity last season with his Cruzin’ for a Cure campaign. The first of Geoff’s events was held on the 18th at Bar Münich in Houston. The Celebrity Pour featured a silent auction and tons of free giveaways including team posters and MLS Pub pint glasses.
Local radio station Hot 95.7 provided free Bud Light which the players served up with tons of enthusiasm. I even got tricked into drinking Bud Light (the official beer of colleges the country over) because as soon as Geoff spotted us at the bar he got so excited about serving us that we couldn’t turn him down.
Cameron was joined by teammates Bobby Boswell, Colin Clark and Brian Ching. If every bartender was as cute I’d go out every night. The guys capitalized on this and all tips went to the charity. Midway through the event Dynamo staff announced that the tips already totaled approximately $1200. The event seemed to be a raging success and the bar was packed throughout the event. The next $20k for #20 event will be a FIFA Street tournament in the Houston Galleria on Thursday, April 26th.
Sporting Kansas City has partnered with Show-Me Pride to help kick off Pride Week in Kansas City with their match against San Jose on May 27th!
We’ll continue to bring you the latest as the date approaches! We’re very proud of Sporting KC for taking this great step!
KCKRS brought us this in their morning roundup of links but this woman fascinated me so much because her reaction to David Beckham tossing her his jersey after Los Angeles’ win over the Rapids this weekend because six years in it really shows how much of a draw Becks is for some fans, especially in a year with a schedule that keeps him out of a bunch of East Coast cities.
It is pretty cool, though, that not every female Rapids fan went to the game with Goldenballs in their eyes. In the long run, which kind of fan is better for the game, or are both kinds welcome?
So I haven’t written anything lately because I’ve had some tech problems that past couple weeks but I needed to talk about Dax and Marquez
So he became the first RBNY player to become a soccer ally last week. It might be a lucky thing for others to follow suit as he then went on to score his first goal for NY and was man of the match against San Jose. He is becoming a very good player in our midfield and that trade last summer doesn’t look so bad.
Suspended for 3 games for something completely and utterly stupid. I was giving him props for starting out well for us this season but he can’t do us any good getting suspended. Out of the first 9 games of the season he will have been suspended for 5 of them. He needs to figure out how to cut out all of this crap or we need a DP in place of him that will not be such a situation.
[Editor's note: You can catch Kevin on the next Red Bull Rant]
When Cosmopolitan Magazine did a list of “Hot Soccer Players We Can’t Resist” we asked you where they got it right and where they got it (terribly) wrong. Let’s round out our countdown of the players on their list that you agreed with the most:
5. Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City)
4. Heath Pearce (Chivas USA)
3. Chris Pontius (DC United)
2. David Beckham (LA Galaxy)
1. Benny Feilhaber (New England Revolution)
Cosmopolitan Magazine did a list of “Hot Soccer Players We Can’t Resist” and we polled you all last week as to where they got it right and wrong and the poll garnered more votes than any poll we’ve ever done. So here is the first half of the top ten you said they got it right.
10. Alain Rochat, Vancouver Whitecaps
9. Andrew Wenger, Montreal Impact
8. Bobby Boswell, Houston Dynamo
7. Zach Loyd (FC Dallas)
6. Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)
Chivas USA hit two records this weekend. First, with a 1-0 win against Toronto FC, the team went 3-0 in road matches, which equals their total road wins from the entire 2011 season.
A 31st minute header from Ecuadorian midfielder Oswaldo Minda was the difference, which is also striking considering their poor set piece performance last season. The team continued to press, and saw great chances from Ben Zemanski and Ryan Smith. One of the major players in this match for both sides was the wind: it seemed that whichever team played against the wind sat back more, and had very little control of the ball. Chivas USA controlled the game for the entire first half; yet they found themselves on the defensive for basically the entire second half.
The defense may not have always been composed, but they got the job done. From Heath Pearce’s stunning body block clearance on the line to Dan Kennedy’s repeated magical saves, they got another three points on the road. While the team is 3-0 on the road, they have yet to secure a win at home. They face the Philadelphia Union this weekend at the Home Depot Center, and hopefully, they can finally find their bearings and get three points. With this win, they sit at fifth in the Western conference.
Ah Houston fans. You already know you’re in the Major League Soccer doghouse for your behavior on the road. So instead of being on top notch behavior as you travel to Chicago, one of you decides to attach this to a public Facebook page:
How nice! Giving a tifo done by Section 8 celebrating diversity the bird. Classy. I wasn’t feeling much sympathy for the restrictions placed on you as you travel as supporters before, and now even less so.
If that doesn’t cheese you off, check out the even more offensive version after the jump. (Warning, highly inappropriate language)
Los Angeles Galaxy racked up their second win of the season last evening in a come-from-behind victory over the visiting Portland Timbers off of strong performances from its core veterans – and a central defender three days new to the team.
Game summary and match impressions after the jump.