—by John Nyen
We stand together perched on the precipice of the yawning void that is the playoffs. Every possibility is before this team, with glory and failure looking at each other in equal measure.
One game left.
This is a call for bedlam.
Let’s be honest with each other. It’s been a long season. At times it didn’t appear that the Timbers would bring us here. We’ve been through the warm summer days, the doldrums of June and July, and the midweek games that seemed to play out without much pomp and circumstance.
We’ve blooded our friends and family in the Timbers way. We’ve brought our neighbors, friends, and relatives to games over the past 8 months. We’ve spread the love from coast to coast with the Timbers diaspora scattered across the nation.
Now we must transform, all of us. We must become louder. We must become more engaged. We must become more passionate. We must become, again, the heaving, pulsating, breathing pulse of this club.
There is nothing for you to hold in reserve anymore. Every game from here on out should be given your all.
Vancouver doesn’t come here after knocking the Timbers out of the playoffs and the contention for them in 2016, 2010, and 2009 with the Cascadia Cup on the line and get a free pass. It’s time to make it difficult for them to play. It’s time to make it difficult for them to hear, to talk, and to simply exist on our field.
This isn’t 11 v 11 when they come into our city to play.
This is 11 v 21,144 in the stadium.
This is 11 v 639,244 in the city.
This is 11 v 2.4 million in the metroplex.
We outnumber them, and they will know this by the sound of our voices lifted as one. They will know this by our solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters in the North End that extends beyond the curve of the stadium. We will stand united and become more than ourselves to give our team everything that we can.
If you can’t stand, then sing.
If you can’t sing, then clap.
If you can’t clap, then believe.
Talk to your neighbors. Talk to your friends. Talk to strangers around you. No free rides this Sunday. This is the time of year everyone contributes. Get your neighbors louder, help them with chants, help them with songs, and get them a chant sheet if they need one. Wave flags, make banners, make two-sticks, listen to the drums, and listen to the capos. We are all in this together.
Grab an oar and row.
You are the capo of your seat, you are the leader of your row. It’s time to get everyone around you chanting, singing, and participating.
This thing belongs to all of us. Believe those words and live them.
This beautiful thing that we share belongs to each and every one of us and it is up to us to show our love for our city and our club.
Let’s get it.
Audio inspiration for this piece provided by Popcast_41_Dallas
—by Patch Perryman
It’s been quite a season for all of us in the Timbers Army. The capos, drummers and trumpeters thank everyone who joined us in the North End, on the road, and across the globe.But before the season ends, we have one more request of you (AKA #BYCAP).You may take it for granted that you’ll be at the next match, singing and chanting yourself hoarse. You’re from the North End and you’re there to make some noise, right?
Photo by Jody Taylor
But what if you couldn’t?
What if the joyful soundtrack of the Timbers Army was off limits to you?
You wouldn’t be alone.
Since 1964, Camp Meadowood Springs in Pendleton, Oregon has helped over 3,000 kids and young adults aged 6 to 16 overcome their unique social and learning challenges. Every summer, they offer a variety of instructive activities intermixed with intensive hearing and speech therapy for their 60-plus campers with communication challenges.
Photo by Ray Terrill
Here’s how you can help:
Instead of buying a pint, consider taking that spare change, that small bill, whatever you would consider to be the value of a “thank you beverage” and put that money into our pickle buckets, which you’ll see hanging off each nest along with one on the main stage.
We will turn that money into tuition breaks for those campers, because even though grants are essential to run Camp Meadowood Springs, the costs campers face are often the initial obstacle for them to overcome. Since the first BYCAP ask back in 2011, the Timbers Army has raised enough to pay outright for over a dozen campers—and we cannot be stopped from doing more.
Photo by Darren Lloyd
If you cannot be at the match on Sunday the 15th, you can donate via this link (select "TA BYCAP"). Every bit helps—no matter if it’s on the pitch, in the stands, or in our community. Thank you.
See you in the stands.
—The Timbers Army Capos, Drums and Trumpets Corps
By Coley Lehman
This is Daisy. Every year on her birthday her great-grandfather sends her a crisp $100 bill. Usually this money goes right into her college savings account.
This year Daisy had an idea for how to spend the money. She told her parents she wanted to buy presents for kids who didn’t get birthday presents. Her parents agreed to match her money 1:1, so after discussing a few options, Daisy decided to buy gifts for kids in foster care. Daisy and her family are big supporters of the Thorns and Timbers. Her parents were already familiar with Keith Palau’s work with 107ist to improve the waiting rooms for kids receiving DHS services. Keith was able to use his DHS contacts to get a wishlist. With a list in hand, Daisy and her family made a trip to Target and loaded up $200 of art supplies, jammies, and toys.
Even though she’s only 8 years old, Daisy was able to take something that would have only made a small difference in her life, and make a much bigger impact in the lives of people who need it a lot more.
—by Matthew Lindley
With this group, one thing has always remained true. As stated by then-Board President Jeremy Wright at the Cascadia Summit in 2011: “We only have one supporters group, and it’s called the Timbers Army.”
Let’s be honest: with a few shining exceptions, the last season and a half have been a struggle. More than half of the 10 seasons I’ve been watching this team have been a struggle. The ups are as obvious as the downs have been devastating. That said, one thing has always been true, and that is the Timbers Army. One collected singing voice, match after match, sending power pitchward and attempting to lift our boys in even the lowest of circumstances and celebrating with them our greatest triumphs.
Bearing that philosophy in mind, a few of us started to kick around the idea of one match where the entire North End could make a united statement, a show of force that we all are still one big Army. And there are no two better symbols to make that statement than the No Pity scarf and a sunflower.
I’ve always been a sucker for the concept of “homecoming” in college football being one of the more important days of any season. So this Sunday, August 6th, our next home match and the closest to "full strength" we will have been since damn near April, it’s a Day of Timbers Army Unity!
Basically, an old tradition and a new tradition melded into one.
The first being “Sunflower Day”, a tradition started by Eric Yinger to bring sunflowers to the match closest to the anniversary of the death of Timber Jim Serrill’s daughter Hannah. An annual showing of support and awareness in tribute to the TA's and the team’s spiritual leader since the days of the NASL. The idea is to bring sunflowers to the match and hold them up in the 80th minute when “Sunshine” is sung. Eric and his crew have amassed minimal donations to try and provide sunflowers for the match, but “BYOS” is HIGHLY encouraged.
Secondly, with full respect to the robust and creative merch culture that surrounds PTFC, there has always been one widely recognized symbol of the TA: the No Pity scarf. The origin story has been told many times, but nothing immediately represents a member of this community faster than those green and white bars and black letters around the neck of a supporter. So what we propose is bring your favorite NP, regardless of fringe color, and at the end of the National Anthem, raise them all high until the first kick—a sea of green and white flooding the North End as we all sing “Hey Portland Timbers, we salute you”. WE ARE THE TIFO.
So there it is, simple really. Bring your No Pity, bring a sunflower, hold ‘em up. Show the world who we are!
by Keith Palau
Dedication of Timbers Army-themed room, July 12th, 2017
It was joyful but also bittersweet to be part of the dedication of two family visitation rooms for foster children and families at Beaverton’s Department of Human Services offices this afternoon.
Core team members in the Timbers Army-themed Room
Furniture in the Thorns/Riveters-themed room; time to chill for a minute
The rooms have been in use for the past month, and are a big hit with foster kids and their families as they spend time together. THANK YOU to the hundreds of you who’ve been involved! You gave your money, your time, your energy, passion, creativity, talent and enthusiasm. You are making a difference not only in the lives of children in great need of extra love and support, but also showing the hard-working DHS staff that the Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters care about them and support them in their efforts to serve and protect these often vulnerable members of our community. I am greatly honored to be part of your 107IST Community Outreach Team! I encourage you to continue finding ways to volunteer with your fellow Rose City Riveters and Timbers Army, or to dip your toe in the water if you’ve not yet done so. I’ve made amazing friends and been blessed beyond what I could have imagined by doing so myself. Thanks again!
C'mon, this photo HAD to get in here. ;-)
EDITOR'S NOTE: MLS announced today that Keith Palau is in the running for MLS Community MVP of the Year. If he wins, MLS will donate $25,000 to Embrace Oregon to support more projects like this one.
Read more about MLS Community MVP and vote for Keith here.
The GPSD O30 D2 and TAFC Division Championships were postponed last weekend for player safety due to the incredibly warm temperatures. We’ve rescheduled both matches for 7/6 at Providence Park, with the O30 D2 Championship kicking off at 6:30PM, and the TAFC Division Championship kicking off at 8:30PM.
Gates are at 6:15PM for fans, who should enter through Gate 1. No tickets are required for entry as this will not be a ticketed match. Limited concessions (beer, water, snacks) will be available for purchase, so no food/drink will be allowed to enter the stadium, but fans may leave/re-enter as needed.
Please plan to attend and cheer on your TAFC mates as they play for their respective championships!
Dear Friends of Jimmy Conway:
It has been 8 years now since Jimmy was first diagnosed with "Trauma Induced Dementia". Since that time, Jimmy’s path has been similar to others with dementia. While his physical condition has unfortunately gradually deteriorated, he remains strong in spirit. He always finds a smile for Noeleen and those who visit with him, and you can still catch a glimpse of that indomitable spirit and his infectious smile.
Jimmy’s legacy in soccer lives on. In the Pacific Northwest here in the US, his name is synonymous with the growth of soccer at every level of the game. He worked—tirelessly and oftentimes without great fanfare or compensation—playing, coaching and teaching the game he loved. I think it would be fair to say that most persons involved with soccer in the state of Oregon are 1-3 degrees removed from his influence.
Seeing how successful every level of the sport is today here in Oregon is a testament to Jimmy and many other 'pioneers’ in the modern era of the game (1970-present). Youth (boys and girls), high school, college, and amateur (adult) soccer have all greatly benefitted from Jimmy’s passion, commitment to, and knowledge of the game. He delivered his message with a fiery passion and an infectious smile. He enjoyed a joke with his players, pupils, friends, teammates and associates. He demanded the most out of everyone because he only knew one way of participating, and that was with every sinew of his being.
Over the past 8 years, our "Friends of Jimmy Conway" team has raised more than $80,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association to help with their research and support programs. We want to help bring about a "World without Alzheimer’s".
We hope, therefore, that you will support us by joining our "Friends of Jimmy Conway" walk team at Portland International Raceway on Sunday, September 10th to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual "Walk to End Alzheimer’s", and/or making a donation to our team.
You can sign up to walk at the event (free of charge) and/or make a donation at the following address:
You can donate in my name, or fundraise by encouraging family/friends/associates to donate in your name. Or, you can make donations directly to our team "Friends of Jimmy Conway" (button on page - under "My team - Friends of Jimmy Conway"). Whichever way you choose to donate, your donation will be included as part of our team’s efforts.
Thank you so much for your consideration of this request. We appreciate your support over the years and hope that, like us, you feel it is appropriate to show our respect and gratitude for the incredible body of work that Jimmy invested in the Pacific Northwest, in England, and in his native Ireland.
Friends of Jimmy Conway
As many of you may have heard, the staff of the multicultural festival in Northeast Portland, Good in the Hood (GITH), were recently the recipient of a very serious threat. Through our relationship with Portland United Against Hate (PUAH) — a coalition of local community organizations — the 107IST has been playing an active role in the response and have been working with the staffs of the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) and GITH to help assess their needs.
First and foremost, we are all invited to this three-day party to help make our presence known and show support for what we stand for. Even if you are unable to volunteer, help us get the word out about this really fun festival that celebrates so many great things about our community. We’re also donating Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters baskets to their silent auction, which benefits local youth pursuing secondary education. More info can be found on their website.
How can you help? The outpouring of support has resulted in many volunteers coming out to help, but they are still in need of road-closure monitors along the parade route on Saturday. Volunteers would need to check in around 9:30 at King School and go through the early afternoon. Volunteers will receive food vouchers — and it sounds like the eats will be really good. If you are able to volunteer, contact Stephan Lewis so we have a head count and can make sure you get the right size shirt.
With the recent growth of incidents involving hate in our community, one thing is growingly evident: This city will not stand for it, and we are coming together to Spread the Love in response. Come on out and join the fun! Let’s do this, Portland.
DONUT miss this! TAFC is proud to present Donut Derby Day on Saturday, August 12. This tournament is an all-day (8am-6pm) outdoor party with a beer garden and food cart and—yes, of course, DONUTS!—and you’re all invited to join us as we take over Buckman Field Park for the day! It’s a 7v7 half-field tourney with a three-game guarantee. We’ll have Men’s, Women’s, and Coed divisions. Only $250 per team registration, or $30 individual player fee.
Men’s – For men players only. If enough interest, we’ll split into Advanced and Recreational.
Coed – Each team MUST have a minimum of 4 men and 4 women on the roster and minimum of 3 men and 3 women on the field at all times.
Women’s – For women players only.
The winners of each division will have their team’s name placed on the epic DONUT DERBY DAY TROPHY.
Come on out and enjoy a day in the sun. Play some fast-paced, no-slide-tackle, no-offside-rule footy or just relax in the beer garden.
—by Ben Stern
I know why I stand here.
It was just last week, whilst watching highlights from Mexico and Germany, that I thought my biggest concern going into this Friday night’s game was whether or not I would listen to those behind me yelling “FLAG DOWN!!!” Don’t we all show up hours upon hours early so that we have the right to jump and clap and sing for the entire match? Isn’t that the point of being a supporter? I found myself feeling quite angsty and entitled that I should be able to support my soccer team as boisterously as possible.
...and then the tragic MAX incident occurred.
And I remembered all the times, whether on SCUSA or on Twitter or in the terraces, when people demanded that the 107IST and Timbers Army stand for soccer support, and NOTHING more. I think of the arguments over who is offended by which chants and who stood where first and why we don’t sing for players.
None of these things matter right now. The soccer doesn’t matter right now. I’m not even sure that it ever really did?
I stand with the Timbers Army because I know there are thousands of people who would do the exact same thing as Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, Rick Best, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher. I stand with the TA because we agree on love and the quality of human life. I stand with the TA because I know that this Friday night is not simply a chance for the Timbers to get revenge on San Jose… or gain 3 points in the table… or solve our depth issues or discipline or defense… all I can think about is getting into that stadium Friday night and telling complete strangers and vaguely familiar faces that I love them. All I can think about is being with those thousands of Portlanders who will also want to weep and break down and build each other back up. All I can think of is how WE need this experience of rooting on a soccer club so that we can somehow express our cries for compassion and equality and humanity and the loss of our local heroes.
Friday night’s game should be the loudest of the season. Regardless of how the Timbers play, we all need this healing experience with the thousands of friends who are also standing for the same things. From the capo stands through the 100s and into the upper 2’s, don’t settle by holding anything in. Use this amazing outlet that we’ve been given and let it all out.
What act of love will you bring to Friday night? Respect the refs a little more by NOT screaming “F-U-REF?” Buy someone a beer? Make a donation? Speak to and treat strangers with dignity and respect?
What if we all committed to one act of love for the man who loves us back? Diego Valeri envelops all the ideals of love and respect and equality that our club and supporters stand for. What if we ALL sang for the man who wishes he could sing for us? I’m not suggesting any one Valeri chant… but I am demanding that when you hear one, you pick it up and scream it at the top of your lungs. Remember why you stand in the Timbers Army. Valeri stands here too.
I’d encourage you to also consider signing up for and attending Saturday’s “Booked! Club” discussion on Nick Davidson’s FC St. Pauli book “Pirates, Punks & Politics: Falling in Love with a Radical Football Club,” as it will be relevant to what you’ve just read.
Nie Wieder Faschismus!
I really do love you all.