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Andrew Wheeler

  • joined Aug 22, 2011
  • last login Jul 09, 2014
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I'm a lifelong soccer fan and a passionate Timbers fanatic since the 2007 campaign, having been a more casual fan since 2002. Portland has been my home for over a decade now, and in addition to its unmatched soccer culture, the area's incredible food, beer and natural beauty have contributed to my happiness.

Ball ist rund, Spiel dauert neunzig Minuten. Soviel ist schon mal klar. Alles andere ist Theorie.

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  • MLB Minnesota Twins
  • MLS Portland Timbers
  • EPL Arsenal
User Blog

Women's Soccer: Piecing Together the Details

Details about the new professional women's soccer league, which for so long were so hard to come by, are finally starting to pour in.

Portland Timbers Player Rankings #21: Richards

The Timbers' first -- and as yet only -- home grown player, Brent Richards has dazzled fans with his long throw-ins, high vertical leap, and strong soccer IQ.

Paulson Reveals More Women's Soccer Details

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I think we’ve pretty much decided on the name, and we’re working with one of the Timbers Army members who is a quality designer on a team mark and logo.

Merritt Paulson, during the halftime of the USWNT match on 11/28. Read more at The Equalizer.

Postmortem: The Kenny Cooper Trade

Looking back on Cooper's 2012 campaign, it's hard to like the deal that sent him to New York.

Merritt Confirms Women's Team Plans

"Soccer fans can look forward to many exciting announcements in the coming weeks and months."

Portland Timbers Player Rankings #26: Kawulok

A former Portland Pilot and member of the perfect 2010 Portland Timbers U23s, Kawulok hasn't quite cracked the regular 18 yet.

Postmortem: The Perlaza-Mwanga Deal

One of Piotr Nowak's final acts as Head Coach of the Philadelphia Union sent Danny Mwanga to the Portland Timbers in exchange for Jorge Perlaza.

Peter Lowry talks trades

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In his latest fascinating blog post Peter Lowry laments not having asked to be traded.

Postmortem: Firing John Spencer

All the various ripple effects aside, how do you assess both the decision to sack Spencer, as well as the timing of that decision?

Portland Timbers Player Rankings #32: Braun

Number 32 in our player rankings is Freddie Braun, an exceedingly likeable guy, but one who didn't even have a spot with the reserves toward the end of the season.

Postmortem: The Boyd Legacy

He led the Timbers in goals, shots on goal, and goals+assists. He dazzled at times with his ability to turn a bad pass into a shot on target. But was Kris Boyd a good investment?

Postmortem: Non-Soccer-Related Edition

From ticket prices to TicketMaster, food carts to 'Off the Pitch with Hermes' -- how did the front office do this year, from a purely non-soccer-related perspective?

Sounders Look to Avoid Another Choke

The Seattle Sounders have qualified for the playoffs in each of their three years in the MLS era -- they have choked in the first round every time. Will 2012 be any different?

Cameroon Calls Up Franck Songo'o

Songo'o will join the Indomitable Lions in their friendly against Albania on November 14.

Does Vancouver Have a Chance vs LA?

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Two teams heading in opposite season trajectories will face off in the Western Conference play-in round of the MLS Playoffs.

Young Timbers Impress in Season Finale

A significantly younger Portland Timbers lineup faced the San Jose Earthquakes' usual starting XI and finished the 2012 campaign with a 1-1 draw against the Supporters Shield winners.

Goonies Never Say Dive

Someday Steven Lenhart will confess to everything. "In third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max's toupee... In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog..."

Who's Your Player of the Year?

Voting ends at midnight tonight, October 24.

Western Conference Update: Playoff Positions

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The five playoff teams are set, thanks to FC Dallas bowing out against Seattle. The one thing left to determine is second place, which, really, is a pretty meaningless formality in a two-leg contest.

The Cascadia Cup Belongs to the Portland Timbers

Consternation among the Portland Timbers faithful was given a few days' deferral, as the Boys in Green finally got a win on the road in the most satisfying of circumstances and brought the Cascadia Cup back to the Rose City.

Vancouver Whitecaps Limping into Playoffs

The Vancouver Whitecaps have had an up and down year, starting the season with four straight clean sheets and taking just four losses into the month of July, but some mid-season changes to key personnel seemed to take the wind out of their sails.

We're Gonna Win the Cascadia Cup

We're gonna win the Cup; we're gonna win the Cup. I don't know how; I don't know when. We're gonna win the Cup.

Postmortem: Grade the Perkins/Ricketts Trade

It is difficult to pick out what exactly Gavin Wilkinson was referring to when he called Ricketts an upgrade.

Western Conference Update: Shields, Cups, & Spoons

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With just two games now remaining, the end-of-season hardware is quickly falling into place.

Timbers hang their heads

The most meaningful match of a lost 2012 season started off with some bizarre personnel choices and ended with the Portland Timbers self-destructing in front of a paid attendance of 66,452.

A Sarcastic Look at Sunday's Opponent

A quick overview of everything we've learned about the Seattle Sounders over the year, in preparation for the final exam.

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