"Walk for the Gold" - October 27th
PGE Park hosts Fundraiser for Special Olympics.
The walk starts and ends at the Park >>>

Portland Tribune Football Fridays sponsored by U.S. Bank begins this Friday!
More info and game schedule >>>

YOUR TICKET TO
RIDE TRI-MET. FREE.

Show your PGE Park event ticket when you board and ride free on Tri-Met's buses and MAX to and from PGE Park. Valid on event days only.
 Find out more >>>

Tri-Met Trip Planner >>>
Community Clubhouse

Portland Family Entertainment (PFE), the Portland Beavers, and the Portland Timbers are committed to being active leaders in our community.

That's why we've created the PGE Park Community Clubhouse. The Clubhouse encompasses all of PFE's, the Beavers', and the Timbers' planned 2001 community programs involving youth, education, community outreach, fan interaction, and charitable donations. more >>>

Discount Parking Passes...$1.25
In partnership with City Center Parking
Advance purchase discount parking >>>

For immediate release:           

For more information please contact:

May 4, 2001      

Jen Davis, (503) 553-5437

 

Brian Berger, (503) 228-7843


Timbers sign Scottish Premier League midfielder, Michael O'Neill, and U.S. Olympic defender, Matt Chulis, to multi-year deals

Portland, OR - The Portland Timbers announced today that they have signed Scottish Premier League midfielder, Michael O'Neill, and U.S. Olympian, Matt Chulis, to multi-year agreements. 

O'Neill, 32, joins the Timbers from St, Johnstone of the Scottish Premier League.  He has 31 caps (international appearances) for Northern Ireland.  The hard-working midfielder has enjoyed a great deal of success playing in the United Kingdom for teams like Newcastle United and Coventry City of the English Premier League; Reading, and Wigan Athletic, currently in the English 2nd Division; and Dundee United, Hibernian, and Aberdeen in the Scottish Premier League.  

"We're delighted that Michael is finally here and eligible to play this weekend's U.S. Open Cup qualifying matches," said Bobby Howe, Timbers head coach.  "Michael possesses excellent skill and is a great passer of the ball in midfield.  His vast playing experience will be a great value to the team."

Chulis joins the Timbers after playing for the Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer (MLS).  Chulis, 23, was a member of the U.S. Men's Olympic (U-23) soccer team, which had it's best Olympic showing ever placing fourth in the 2000 Sydney Games. 

"What a great defender Matt Chulis is," said Howe.  "Despite his young age, Matt has great experience playing for the U.S. Men's National Under-20 and Under-23 teams as well as Major League Soccer."

One of the premier defenders in college soccer in the 1998 season for the University of Virginia, Chulis was a finalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Award and Hermann Trophy - as well as every other player-of-the-year award.  He chose to return for his fourth year at University of Virginia, turning down offers to join Pro-40.  Chulis was a first-round college draft choice of the Columbus Crew and was the first defender chosen, the ninth overall selection.  He was a three-time All-American at Virginia starting every game of his four-year career at one of the top college programs in the country.

Both O'Neill and Chulis have been cleared by the United States Soccer Federation to play in this weekend's U.S. Open Cup qualifying matches on the road against the Utah Blitzz on Saturday and the Nevada Aces on Sunday.  Saturday's game can be heard live beginning at 6:30 p.m. on "The Buzz" 620 AM.  Sunday's broadcast will be carried on the Timbers flagship station, AM 970 "Cruisin' Oldies", beginning at 4:30 p.m.  Timbers broadcasts can also be heard live online at Oregonlive.com. 

Portland Timbers Football Club
920 SW Sixth Ave 
Mezzanine Level
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 553-5400
www.portlandtimbers.com
Fax: (503) 553-5445
www.pgepark.com