Tag Archives: The 1975 Portland Timbers: The Birth of Soccer City USA

Soccer Shenanigans At Powell’s Books

March 8, 2012

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From the official set of headshots, the Timbers’ coaches, trainer and general manager for the inaugural 1975 season. Courtesy Chris Dangerfield personal collection.

“On March 8, 1975, the Portland Timbers were born.” The Timbers moniker won out over Pioneers, RainDrops, and Steelheads, to become the official name of the inaugural 1975 soccer team. With a hastily assembled squad of players, the freshest faces in the North American Soccer League were able to turn a slow start into a […]

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History Press Releases First Soccer Title

January 27, 2012

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The Portland Timbers at Civic Stadium, July 1975. Courtesy of Tony Betts (9th from left)

The History Press is delighted to announce The 1975 Portland Timbers: The Birth of Soccer City, USA by Michael Orr will be available from Oregon bookstores just in time to celebrate the start of the 2012 Major League Soccer season. Relive the magic of the Portland Timbers’ 1975 season and the birth of Soccer City, […]

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Interview with Michael Orr, Author of The 1975 Portland Timbers: The Birth of Soccer City, USA

December 14, 2011

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The Portland Timbers at Civic Stadium, July 1975. Courtesy of Tony Betts (9th from left)

AK: How did the Timbers’ Army get its start? What won the hearts of Portlanders in that first year? MO: In the Timbers’ inaugural season of 1975, there was no official supporters group. A booster club was founded before the 1976 season started, by a group of dedicated fans who fell in love with the […]

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