Remember those first couple of weeks he was on the team? It seemed like subbing him in was an automatic goal or two. He’s had some highs and lows since then. The last couple of years here have been a little spotty. For some it was hard to reconcile his public plea (through his agent) to be traded shortly after signing a contract extension. Last year he was briefly in the mix for Golden Boot in the beginning of the season but would exit with a nagging injury that ultimately forced him to miss the rest of the season. If you had a nickel for every time Caleb Porter said that Adi would be back to play in 2017, you could probably play a video game or two. The highs were there though, and you can relive all the goals at the Oregonian. When he wasn’t scoring he provided plenty of other highlights in his holdup play, dishing off to others. Grabbing the chainsaw after his brace against Seattle and his gam winning goal on his final match have definitely secured his legacy in Portland. I can’t think of a better way to leave on a high note. Strange how an obviously talented player with impressive stats can lose value to team because he doesn’t fit the way a team plays. The mechanics of managing an MLS squad are hard to comprehend.  And now he’s off to FC Cincinnati, who might even loan him out to Montreal. has a nice video tribute to Adi, who seems like he really appreciated his time here in Portland. So long, Adi. Thanks for all that you did for PTFC.

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LAFC: Los Angeles, Formerly Chivas

LAFC front office has banned the pictured tifo from being brought into this weekend’s Timber’s match. In case you don’t get it, Chivas USA was a Los Angeles (well, Carson) based MLS team that folded in 2014. We picked up Jorge Villafana from those guys! The Chivas mascot is a goat.

Usually, although not always, a tifo or 2 stick will be banned due to offensive language.  LAFC currently sits in 2nd place in the west, and 4th in the Suporter’s Shield race, yet their fragile self esteem can’t handle this.

[Photo : Aaron Emch]

Porter to Orlando FC?

I didn’t even get to properly address the bombshell of Caleb Porter resigning because it happened while the site was down for months. There has been speculation on whether he was asked to resign after our disastrous performance in the playoffs vs. Houston last year. Coincidentally, I finally got around to watching that game on the DVR for the first time. I make a habit of watching the broadcast of games that I attend. It’s an entirely different perspective. For one, a lot of the calls that we fervently boo when they don’t go our way, well sometimes they seem to be correct. That last match in Portland played out pretty much how I remembered. It was a bitter disappointment, but we bossed Houston around for the most part, and they got lucky on that last goal.

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View from the $50 million not-so-cheap seats

Do want to see what the Portland Timbers stadium addition will look like in 3D and get an idea of the view from the new seats?  Check it out on It may only be an approximation, but it beats waiting until 2020. Hopefully the seats will actually be painted to spell out SCUSA like they do in the renders. It’s a shame they don’t let you see what it looks like from the Mac Club! Archived views after the jump.

[Thanks to Jonathan Farrow for the tip.]

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Zelda record holder is a Timbers fan

It’s been a long time since there was a post of any substance, so I’m going to ease into it with a post lacking almost any real Timbers content. Brad Bourque was watching a video documenting a year long battle between a couple of guys trying to finish the game The Legend of Zelda in world record time and spotted a Timbers flag in the background. It turns out the gamer known as LackAttack24 is a Timbers supporter. The “documentary” video was published in 2017, but the Timbers flag footage dates back to 2015, which was a great year for Timbers supporters… Since then, LackAttack24 has beaten his own record several times.

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PTSC Rocky Martin Memorial Tournament

Yes, it’s true. There have essentially been no new updates since the recovery from the server crash, with the exception of the 2018 standings graph. Sooooo much has happened. I’m still trying to figure out the future of this site, and involved in a lot of other things like for example this upcoming Subbuteo table soccer tournament.

Portland Table Soccer Club

One of the things that happened since this site went down, there is now a thriving Subbuteo table soccer club in Portland. Check us out on Facebook, or come by one of our bi-onthly Monday night events at the Portland Game Store.  We’re listed on their (online) calendar as Subbuteo – Table Soccer. In fact, if you’re reading this on  the day the postwar published (3-19-18) we’re playing tonight. No experience necessary.  Expect a lot more Subbuteo-based content on this site, as soon as I get some time to work on a new theme. 

We’re back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just 3 days before the 2018 season and PTFZine is online again! So much has happened that I wasn’t able to post about since the site went down in October… but it’s finally online again!

TLDR: Web host had massive hard drive failure. Everything was lost. Now, several months later, they managed to recover the files, and I’ve managed to reinstate them. There might be some weirdness here and there that I haven’t discovered yet, and if there is, I will be fixing that in the coming week.

The full Story: My web host had a catastrophic RAID failure, and had no off-site backups. Apparently, that’s my job. They must have have done something wrong however, because after they tried to fleece their customers for a forensic hard drive recovery service and didn’t get enough takers, the eventually decided to pay for it themselves and only charge their users $20 a site to retrieve what they could. Fortunately, everything appears to have been recovered for this domain.