Ax Season

The Team

Some of the players to look out for in the Timbers' first MLS season. There are eight returning players from the Timbers minor league team and a plethora of rookies, vets, and foreign imports.

By Zach Dundas and Martin Patail February 15, 2011 Published in the March 2011 issue of Portland Monthly

THE TIMBERSNEW ROSTER combines hot rookie prospects, MLS veterans, and foreign imports in a potentially potent—but completely untested—squad. Here are some players to watch for, and a look at challenges they’ll face as the team’s demanding nine-month debut season unfolds. 

The 2006 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, Troy Perkins hopes to prove he’s still got it after a less-than-stellar year with woeful DC United.

Arguably the most experienced part of the roster. Jeremy Hall joins Kerrea Gilbert, formerly of London’s famed Arsenal; other MLS vets; and promising college players.

Creativity and toughness here will be critical to success. Highly touted Darlington Nagbe can play here, but it’s unclear who the go-to man in the middle will be.

Kenny Cooper, the Timbers’ most-heralded off-season signing, scored 40 MLS goals earlier in his career, but suffered an injury-riddled stint in Germany. The club’s chasing more strikers. Nagbe and other midfielders pose attacking threats.

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