By Ben GolliverÃƒÂ¯»¿
Timbers Aim To Keep Rolling Thursday Night Against Austin
The last time the Portland Timbers were in town, they looked to build off some positive off-the-pitch momentum. Just a few weeks (and two wins and a draw in three matches) later: mission accomplished.
Indeed, the addition of new head coach John Spencer (pictured) is starting to look like a turning point for the season. Portland looks to remain unbeaten since Spencer's hiring as they host the Austin Aztex tonight at PGE Park.
The Aztex mean business, boasting a 13-3-5 season record, good enough to have already locked down a playoff seed.Ãƒâ€š Portland has had perfectly mixed results against Austin this year: one win one draw and a loss in three meetings. The Timbers managed just two goals in those three meetings, though, and won each of their past two games 1-0. Nothing wrong with winning by the narrowest of margins — nothing at all — but surely Portland's coach Gavin Wilkinson is hoping for a more comfortable result this time around.
If you're looking for an extra incentive to attend tonight — besides the weather, which should be sunny and clear — the Timbers are honoring local legend Jimmy Conway with a testimonial match. Conway enjoyed a lengthy, high-profile playing career overseas and has been a coaching mainstay in Portland for three decades. Look for the Timbers to deliver big on what should be a special night for both Conway and the local soccer scene he has helped build.
Event information: Austin Aztex @ Portland Timbers | PGE Park | Kickoff @ 7PM | Tickets are available on Ticketmaster or at the box office.
Ben Golliver is a freelance writer, native Oregonian and avid follower of the Timbers.Ãƒâ€š He edits Blazersedge, co-hosts The Dontonio Wingcast and regularly contributes to SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter.