Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Timbers Lose To Lower League Side

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At lunchtime today the Timbers faced local side Green Machine and lost 10-9!

Green Machine being the club of 8-year old Atticus Lane-Dupre, who missed the end of the fall season with his team while fighting cancer. Through the Make-A-Wish foundation what he wanted to do was play the Portland Timbers with his Green Machine teammates, and the Timbers organization along with the Timbers Army went all out to make his wish come true.  About 3000 members of the Timbers Army showed up at Jeld-Wen Field at lunchtime today to root for the Green Machine and boo the Timbers, and Timbers players Will Johnson,  Jack Jewsbury, Darlington Nagbe, and Mikael Silvestre started against them.  The power of the Green Machine, led by Atticus' 4 goals (including the game winner), was too much for the Timbers though.

The Timbers Army made sure each of the kids had their own tifo, and Timber Joey cut a slice of the log for Atticus that he made sure the rest of his teammates got to hold.  In his man of the match post-game interview Atticus said he wanted to choose something that lots of people could do for his wish, instead of just going to Disneyland or something, and he said his favorite goal was when he nutmegged Will Johnson (his favorite player).  Johnson later got red carded in the match. ;)

This has nothing to do with the Rapids, but I've never seen a sports organization go this all out for something like this (not to downplay the great things other organizations have done for kids) and I wanted to call attention to it.

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