It can be tough to be a member of a Timbers Army football team when GPSD puts out their schedules, especially because there’s always a conflict within it and the Timbers schedule. Every TAFC manager has been faced with the reality that one of their dates will coincide with a big road trip game for the Timbers, and so they scramble to find players or possibly reschedule dates if possible. While playing for Cascade Rangers FC, I’ve not only witnessed a reschedule to put a fixture on an early Sunday morning before a Timbers – Whitecraps match back in 2009 but I’ve also seen what happens when a reschedule can’t happen and so you play with whatever numbers you can find. A Cascade Rangers – North End United match in 2011 saw both sides decimated by traveling supporters to the point that both sides started with less than 11 available players. Ok, NEU got a few more reinforcements to help their cause, but it was a fun, spirited match none the less.
Before we worry about week 4 in GPSD, though, I wanted to report a few updates from week 3 that have been posted on the TAFC Facebook page or reported to me directly by email. The website updates to get the fall schedules and match reports is still being worked upon, so there are no official reports to link to for another week. Once that occurs, this should be a great way to keep track of what’s going on with your favorite club in terms of who are the leading scorers, which keeper is setting the mark for TAFC teams, or who might have the misfortune of being the subject of a weird or wacky play during a match. For those of you keeping track at home, visit the Timbers Army FC main page for a complete list of club happenings and news for 101st FC, Cascade Rangers FC, FC Dynamo, FC Portlandia, North End United, Northern Alliance FC, Old Growth FC and Rose City Athletic plus new pages for Guerreros Verde, Multnomah Forest FC once they are added to the site. Consider this a week 3 and week 4 update for those that I’ve been lucky to get reports from.
In the land of GPSD Division 1, FC Dynamo and FC Portlandia didn’t submit a match report from their derby match on September 23, but according to the GPSD site, the Portlandia crew beat FC Dynamo 2 to 0. In their subsequent matches, FC Portlandia played to a scoreless draw versus FC PDX International in a rescheduled match at Buckman Field on October 2. FC Portlandia also plays on October 9 in another rescheduled versus SDFC. FC Dynamo held off Salsa Azul 4 to 3 on September 30 as Mike Kochendorfer scored a brace and Nick Irwin filled in at goalkeeper as their regular keeper was out with an injury. At last check, FC Dynamo is still playing on October 7 versus Abysinnia Soccer out in Sherwood at 12 noon.
In GPSD Division 4 action, there’s been some talk about trying to move their fixtures about for this upcoming weekend, but nothing has been officially announced. We did get an official report from Owen of the 101st FC on the 101st FC – Multnomah Forest AFC match back on September 17, which ended in a 3 to 2 win for 101st FC behind goals from Crossett Frylinger, Paul Dahlman, and Micah Bridges. GPSD is also reporting a 7 to 1 win for Rose City Athletic over 101st FC 7 to 1, but we didn’t receive any updates from either side about any high or low lights. Guerreros Verde FC did report an 8 to 1 loss to RCA on September 16 as Brenden Luworo registered his first goal for GVFC, while they lost a tough match to Clinton City Wanderers 4 to 3 on September 23 as Luworo registered another goal while Tam Nguyen scored a brace in the defeat. As of press time, Guerreros Verde FC is playing Montavilla FC on October 7 out atDeltaPark. Mutnomah Forest AFC did post a short report on a match with Cascade Rangers FC on the TAFC HQ Facebook page where the sides played to a 2 all draw as Ang Pemba and Bill Condry tallied for MFAFC.
Otherwise, there were no other official reports submitted, and at latest report, the teams will be playing at various locations this weekend or scrambling to get dates moved before this weekend’s epicness. I wished I had more news to report, but I promise that once the overall website updates are done, tracking this should be a ton easier for everyone especially the author!
Finally over in the Over 40 Division 2 action, Old Growth FC played twice out at Devereaux Field in Vancouver and are still looking for their first win of the 2012 Fall season. With three of their regular keepers out, the team turned to Josh Barrett in goal on September 16, but they lost 6 to 0 to Fat Tuesday’s FC in a match that was closer than the final line appeared. OGFC had just three subs available for that match, in their September 23 date, the subs returned big time as they had 25 players show up for their date with Rovers O/50. Despite taking the early lead behind a Lane Scheideman goal in the first half, the defense couldn’t hold the lead as Rovers won 6 to 1. Apparently, OGFC likes the number 6 for some reason. OGFC is playing a fixture on October 6 at Buckman Field versus Rogues on Saturday night before making the trip up north.
That’s all we have for this week, we’ll chat with you all next time and we hope to have all the fixtures and updates sorted out for your perusal! I promise to have more fun information to help you keep track of your favorite TAFC team!