Portland Timbers (1975–1982)
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The Portland Timbers were an American professional soccer club based in Portland, Oregon, that competed in the original North American Soccer League (NASL) from 1975 to 1982. The name has been used by three other soccer franchises: the Timbers of the WSA/APSL, Portland Timbers of the USL and the current team which began play as part of Major League Soccer in 2011.
|Full name||Portland Timbers|
Memorial Coliseum (indoor)
In January 1975, the NASL awarded an expansion franchise to Portland, Oregon. The name was selected on March 8 from more than 3,000 entries in an open contest. They began play in the 1975 season and finished with the league's best record. The Timbers marched through the playoffs all the way to the championship game, Soccer Bowl '75. There, they lost to another expansion team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies 2–0. It was during this season that the Timbers endeared themselves to the City and Portland became known as "Soccer City USA."
While the Timbers boasted some of the league's best fan support, they sometimes struggled on the field. After such a strong start, they missed the playoffs in 1976 and 1977. In 1978, they went to the Conference Finals before falling to the eventual champion New York Cosmos. The team folded at the end of the 1982 season, as player salaries outpaced team revenue.
These Timbers established soccer as a sport in the greater Portland area. Their legacy lives on in the current Timbers following and the many thousands who continue to play and follow the game. Many of these Timbers continued to live in the area after their playing careers and helped establish the soccer as a vital local sport.
List of seasonsEdit
|1979||NASL||30||11||19||0||50||75||–25||122||4.07||12th||19th||DNQ||13,018|| John Bain
^ 1. Avg. Attendance include statistics from league matches only.
^ 2. Top Goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in League, League Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and other competitive continental matches.
NASL Regular Season Premierships
U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame
Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame
Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame
All-Star First Team Selections
All-Star Second Team Selections
All-Star Honorable Mentions
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- "Timbers, Tea Men fold". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). UPI. August 24, 1982. p. 4C.
- Westervelt, Ted (May 13, 2013). "U.S. Open Cup 1958-1987". Goal, The New York Times Soccer Blog. The New York Times Newspaper. Retrieved April 29, 2014.
- Note: In the NASL years of 1974–1984, the NASL did not compete in the CONCACAF Champions Cup. CONCACAF awarded spots to the U.S. Open Cup winner. The NASL adopted an isolationist perspective, viewing the separate cup competition as not American enough and as commercially competitive with its own playoff cup, the Soccerbowl.
- Peter Withe (1975): includes 2 playoff goals.
- Clyde Best (1978): includes 2 playoff goals.
- John Bain (1981): includes 1 playoff goal.
- Litterer, David (August 15, 2012). "The Year in American Soccer - 1982". Archived from the original on 2015-11-28. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
- "Kasey Keller, Sigi Schmid and Glenn "Mooch" Myernick Elected to National Soccer Hall of Fame".
- "Home - Indoor Soccer Hall of Fame". www.indoorsoccerhall.com.
- Henderson, Jim (April 21, 1981). "For Keith Bailey, The Long Wait Is Finally Over". The Tampa Tribune. p. 5-C. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
- Clive Charles on FC Portland Academy
- Orr, Michael; Young, Morgen (2011). "Soccer in the Seventies: Chris Dangerfield and the Original Portland Timbers" (PDF). Oregon Historical Quarterly. 112 (2).