"Soccer City isn’t afraid of a little thunder." The Portland Timbers welcome Bobby Moore and the San Antonio Thunder in 1976.
Pele takes the field in Portland under yet more awesome tifo, Soccer Bowl 1977 (F. Beckenbauer in tunnel) #rctid
Portland Timbers forward Danny Mwanga chasing a ball earlier this season against the LA Galaxy. Born in Kinshasa, Mwanga moved to the United States after the death of his father in the Congolese civil war. In issue one of XI Quarterly, Andrew Guest talks to Mwanga as part of his larger analysis of why immigrants tend to succeed in American soccer - and in society as a whole.
Photo: Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers
PORTLAND, OR - JULY 14: Timber Joey and the Timbers Army at JELD-WEN Field on July 14, 2012. (Ethan Erickson/Portland Timbers)
Another superb graphic by Brent Diskin.
Read an interview with Danny in XI issue one.
In issue one of XI, Andrew Guest looks at the “immigrant’s game” in the U.S. He begins by discussing the day long ago that he saw “a lanky midfielder with sleepy eyes who ghosted around the patchy mud with a grace and precision more suited to La Liga than an American high school game. I lost track of how many goals he scored that day, and when I asked Jean-Marie about him after the game he told me: “He’s from Africa or Congo or somewhere—and his name is Jean-Marie too! But he goes by Danny.”
Danny’s last name was Mwanga, and Andrew talks to the Portland Timbers forward as he explores the reasons for the continued success of immigrants in American soccer.
Photo credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers
The history of soccer in Portland dates back to the late nineteenth century, as Michael Orr explores in his XI issue one article titled “The Scotch and English Game: The Founders of Soccer City USA.” Here, Orr discusses some chapters of Pacific Northwest soccer history that few even know exists.
A lovely shot of the Timbers Army tifo display last night before the Portland-Seattle game, taken by XI photographer Steven Lenhart.
Prehistoric Timbers Army banner discovered. Found on tour in San Jose, August 25th 1975, in the North American Soccer League championship game between the Portland Timbers and the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Rowdies won 2-0.