Welcome to this week in Timbers Army Football Club news. Because of the various leagues and limited amounts of fields within the area, many TAFC teams will have a bit of a break in their spring seasons before resuming play in early June. The gap within the fixtures should give teams plenty of time to practice and hone their skills before the June flourish, and some are taking advantage of the break to schedule friendlies. Here is a look at each team’s most recent news listed by club:
We are awaiting updates from 101st FC and Coat? FC after each team finished their first spring sessions in their respective futsal leagues and second session matches were scheduled to begin soon. While 101st FC has been dealing with some unfortunate injuries, their competitive streak allowed them to finish the first term strong, while Coat? FC was finding their stride after some rough matches to start their session. We wish them both luck and hope we get some reports about how their next sessions are going.
AC Loco Moco also hasn’t submitted a match report since their loss to Team America, but they’ve been busy with their matches at Portland Indoor. After a match this coming weekend, they will have one fixture left on June 1 to finish out their current schedule and look towards playing in either the summer or fall terms.
There hasn’t been an official report submitted for Cascade Rangers FC since their loss to Rose City Athletic in mid month, but since then they’ve played two teams we’ve talked about in our weekly recaps, the very quick South VN and the oddly named Electric Dream Machine. While we await reports from these matches, our crack reporters can indicate that Cascade Rangers did indeed secure a win in a friendly versus Old Growth FC on May 12 at Willamette Park. Under gorgeous conditions, CRFC found their scoring touch in securing a 6 to 0 win that was extremely competitive and well played.
After achieving results to get them into a first place tie in GPSD Division 1, FC Dynamo met up with Team Awesome at Gladstone HS. Unfortunately, the lads fell behind by three goals before Perry Broderick scored from a corner kick from Scott McDowell to get them on the board. Unfortunately, the scoreline stayed at 3 to 1 for Team Awesome to give them the win. FC Dynamo did have a match this past weekend against County Cork FC before the highly anticipated derby match versus FC Portlandia.
I’m not used to the FC Portlandia being so quiet, as we haven’t had an official match report submitted in some time from them. In checking the GPSD website, FC Portlandia has lost their last three matches: a 5 to 2 defeat to Portland Internationals on April 28, a 1 to 0 loss to SDFC Eastburn on May 6 and a heartbreaking 3 to 2 loss to Concordia Ale House on May 12. We hope to have a report from both sides as the TAFC Division 1 derby takes place this weekend on May 19 at 6 PM out at Gladstone High School.
North End United had another TAFC derby match on May 6 when they battled the boys in red, Rose City Athletic. We have perspectives from both sides as North End United won the battle 4 to 2. From the NEU perspective, it was an exceptional effort from Joel Weakland who scored two goals and avoided receiving a caution during this week’s match, while Ed Ramirez and Casey McLaughlin scored the two goals for RCA in manager Rob Jerand’s match report that was a tribute to a former Portland Trailblazer who had a way with words.
Northern Alliance FC got us caught up with their two last matches, a 9 to 0 loss at the hands of Mayday on April 29 and a 4 to 1 loss to Broken Arrow on May 6. The long break should give the Vancouver team some time to rebound from their rash of injuries before they battle North End United on June 6 when Division 4 resumes matches. In the Mayday match, NAFC had only 8 dressed players until reinforcements from CRFC showed up later in the first half to assist, but Mayday was too strong for the team on this day. The numbers were slightly better for the Broken Arrow match as they had 11 players dressed, which actually was the same as Broken Arrow, but Broken Arrow were able to put up three goals before responding with their own goal before a rather chaotic finish. NAFC hopes to use the time to regroup and rest up, while also playing a friendly against a new TAFC club joining in Fall 2012, Guerreros Verde FC on May 19.
Old Growth FC played a midweek match on May 9 against Nor’East FC, who seemed to delight in seeing the plight of their opponent when they absorbed a significant defeat earlier in the season. While they were a nice enough team, Nor’East FC seemed overly confident especially with OGFC only fielding 15 healthy players. It was a rather inspired effort, however, as OGFC held them to just three goals and limited chances in the first half before succumbing 6 to 0 in their best effort all year. While they didn’t score, they certainly had chances abound and played a tough defense that made Nor’East FC work for everything they had. OGFC gets a long break before resuming their schedule on June 3, but have a friendly against Pelada PDX on May 20 and hope to schedule a few more dates later this summer before their fall campaign.