Here it is boys and girls, a real actual episode of “5 Minutes To Kickoff”
Roberto and Nevets talk the draw with Cascadian rival Vancouver Whitecaps and then dive into a preview of, Real Salt Lake v Portland Timbers, for a birth into the US Open Cup Final.
1. Live by the tie, die by the tie
After leaving the stadium on Saturday night I walked past a gentleman who was three sheets to the wind and standing outside one of the lesser establishments on Burnside. He asked me who won the Timbers game. I said it was a tie. He then asked, “What does that mean?” To which I replied, “You haven’t watched many Timbers games this season, have you?” For the 11th time in 22 games, the Timbers came away with a draw. Unlike the draw that they gained against the same Cascadia Cup rival a couple months ago north of the border, this one did not leave the faithful dancing in the aisles and talking about the team’s amazing resolve. This one felt different. In a game that was a rugby match interspersed with the occasional moments of soccer, there was a victory at home that was there for the taking and it was an injury- and suspension-depleted opponent that responded when it faced adversity. It was not a game that leads one in search of a panic button to hit, but it does raise some questions about the trajectory the Portland Timbers have taken over the past month. Continue reading
1. Adversity, you are owned
They were on the road against a Casacadian rival that hadn’t lost at home in ages. They were struggling to find their game. Their designated player from Argentina couldn’t string together a pass. They fell behind twice. The referee seemed like a twelfth opponent. They went down a man just at the moment when a dramatic comeback would have been in order. The lineup was scrambled with players out of position and an end to the unbeaten run looking eminent. And then, like has been the case on more than one occasion this season, the Portland Timbers overcame the adversity and got a result when a result wasn’t expected. It wasn’t a beautiful performance on Saturday against Vancouver but it was a beautiful result. It was a draw that felt like a victory for the Timbers and a defeat for the Whitecaps. It was another sign that the 2013 Timbers are a tough bunch. Continue reading
This is the third and final interview looking at the origins of the Cascadia Cup.
In this installment Nevets talks with John Knox [aka Johnniemonster], a founding member of the Vancouver Southsiders. Johnnie was a great person to interview as he was one of the original Vancouver fans to sign on to the fan created Cascadia Cup. This interview runs just over 16 minutes.
[Listen to Part 1 that appears on Episode 39 of 5mTKO. Interview with David Falk of the ECS]
[Listen to Part 2. Interview with Drumman from the Timbers Army]
This third and final interview in this series will also appear at the end of Episode 40 on “5 Minutes To Kickoff” please visit CSRN or subscribe via [iTunes] http://bit.ly/wB0hCH [RSS] http://bit.ly/z7gkMo
The Cascadia Cup from the start has always been a Supporter’s Cup, conceived and financed by the supporters of the three Cascadia clubs. Each year, members of the three clubs, in the spirit of fair play, decide how the cup is to be contested that current year. Decisions regarding the competition have traditionally been made with a 2/3 thirds majority vote.
That’s why The Soccer Don’s statements are a joke:
“We’re very confident that by communicating with [Cascadia supporters] better and just talking about what our plans are that they’ll be pleased that we’ve got their interest and the interest of the league in mind.” – Don Garber [MLS Commissioner]
The original members of the Cascadia Cup Founder’s Circles:
NOTE: Screen names may be outdated
NOTE: We can’t seem to find the name MLS or The Soccer Don anywhere on this list…..
- Portland Founder’s Circle
Kurt Schubothe (“Drumman”)
Chris Salter (NB)
Dave Upper 90
In Memory of
- Vancouver Founder’s Circle
Kieron Warner (“Krammerhead”)
Ardito M. (“r2″)
Max Fornasier (“Footy99″)
Claudio Arato (“Puskas”)
John Knox (“Johnnie Monster”)
Devon Rowcliffe (“Blue and White Army”)
Carlos Aquino (“Nolberto S.”)
Tom Agosti (“TGos”)
David Falk (“sounderfan”)
Eric Gilbertson (“EricGi”)
Greg & Mary Stensrud
Scott Kieffer (“scooterville.org”)
Ron Stickney (“RonS”)
Edward Simpson (“Blue Lightning”)
To learn more about the folks who had a hand in creating the Cascadia Cup, have a listen to our three part interview series:
“Origins Of The Cascadia Cup: Part 3 of 3″ will be out Friday on Episode 40 of “5 Minutes To Kickoff”. To hear that interview please visit CSRN or subscribe via [iTunes] http://bit.ly/wB0hCH [RSS] http://bit.ly/z7gkMo