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April 4, 2001


Jim Taylor (503) 553-5440

Timbers sign four more to multi-year deals
Timbers sign Trinidad & Tobago National Team player; San Diego Flash MVP; New Zealand National Team defender and upstart rookie from Ireland

Portland, Ore. - The Portland Timbers have signed four new players to their 2001 A-League roster as the team enters the third day of training camp at Delta Park. Brent Sancho, Kevin Legg, Gavin Wilkinson, and Keith Costigan have all signed multi-year deals with Portland's expansion soccer team, which will begin play next month at PGE Park. With a total of 10 players under contract, nineteen players are now vying for the final eight spots on the roster.
    "Our goal was to assemble a team that could compete for a championship right out of the gate," said Timbers general manager, Jim Taylor. "I think with the players we've acquired that we have positioned ourselves to do just that. Just as important though, is the quality of people that we've signed on. They're all first-class kids and they work extremely hard. They are all very polite and respectful, and I have a feeling they'll win the hearts of our fans. These are guys who are out there pursuing a dream and we can all relate to and cheer for that."

Brent Sancho: Trinidad National Team defender and former co-captain of the U23 National Team
    Sancho, a defender, joins the Timbers from Trinidad's famed Joe Public Football Club. Last year he played for the A-League's Charleston Battery. Sancho, 24, has 13 appearances (also know as "caps") for the Trinidad & Tobago National Team. He was also co-captain of the U23 National Team. Sancho played collegiate soccer for St. John's University.
    "Brent is an outstanding central defender," said Timbers head coach, Bobby Howe. "He is strong, fast and excellent in the tackle. Despite his young age he has a wealth of experience having played for Trinidad's national team and captaining their Olympic squad."

Kevin Legg: 2000 MVP of the San Diego Flash and member of the LA Galaxy team that won the recent Football Confederation Champions Cup
    An All West Coast Conference player at the University of San Diego in 1993 and 1994, 27-year old Kevin Legg has excelled at the outdoor game in recent years. Last year he was selected as MVP of the A-League's San Diego Flash (A-League) and the year previous he was voted the fan's favorite player. Legg was also recently selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer to play on their team, which won the Football Confederation Champions Cup Final and will compete in the FIFA Club World Championships in Spain later this summer.
    "Leggy is a dynamo in midfield," said Howe. "His energy and work ethic are infectious. He will be a great asset to this team both offensively and defensively. His experience makes him a real leader on this team. We eagerly await his return."
    Legg recently broke the little toe on his right foot. He is undergoing treatment and is expected to return to action next month. Legg is a name familiar to Portland-area soccer fans after playing indoors for the Portland Pride in 1997 and the Portland Pythons in 1999.

Gavin Wilkinson: New Zealand National Team defender
    Wilkinson, a New Zealand native, brings a wealth of international playing experience to the Timbers. Currently playing for Kilkenny City in the Eircom League in Ireland, Wilkinson has seen extensive international action with 33 caps for the New Zealand National Team.
    "Wilkinson has great experience and leadership qualities," said Timbers assistant coach, Jimmy Conway, who scouted Wilkinson during a trip to Ireland earlier this year. "As a defender he is strong in the air, he reads the game well and has excellent passing ability."
    In addition to Kilkenny, the 28-year old Wilkinson has played professionally for Geyang United (Singapore), Instant Dict (Hong Kong) and Perth Glory (Australia), where he was twice named player of the year in 1997 and 1998.

Kevin Costigan: Ireland native and Honorable Mention All-American
    The Timbers discovered Costigan in their open tryouts earlier this winter. Costigan, a native of Ireland, recently completed his college career at Cal State Bakersfield where he was named to the all conference team four years in a row, all-region two years and was an honorable mention all American.
    "Keith's story of how he came to be a Timber is a great one, but the reality is that he is a very promising young defender," said Howe. "He has a great deal of natural soccer talent and an 'educated' left foot. He could emerge into being one of the best left backs in the league this season. He's fun to watch and it's going to be interesting to see how he develops."
    The Timbers also have several faces familiar to Portland soccer fans in camp with Roger Gantz, Joey Leonetti, Scott Benedetti and Rob Baarts, all competing for positions on the 18-man roster. All four played professional indoor soccer for the Portland Pride and/or Portland Pythons.
    Some of the hottest competition for spots in training camp will come at goalkeeper. The Timbers have invited six goalkeepers into camp including Peter Van de Ven, formerly of the LA Galaxy and Johann Noetzel, who last year saw action with the Dallas Burn.
The Timbers will continue Training Camp at Delta Park through April 26, and additional conditioning runs for the players will be conducted at Washington Park and other Portland-area running trails. The training camp schedule will be distributed in a separate release each week.

About Portland Timbers
    The Portland Timbers are an expansion franchise of the United Soccer Leagues' A-League. The return of the Portland Timbers marks the first time in nearly 10 years that men's professional soccer will be played at PGE Park. The Timbers 30-game regular season will kick-off in late April and run through early September. The season culminates with the A-League championship game the first weekend in October.
    The Timbers open regular season play on the road against the El Paso Patriots on April 28. Their PGE Park home opener is set for Friday, May 11 against archrival Seattle Sounders.
    Other A-League opponents include the Vancouver Whitecaps, Rochester Raging Rhinos, Atlanta Silverbacks, Minnesota Thunder, Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Toronto Lynx, Milwaukee Rampage and San Diego Flash among others. For season tickets, groups, mini plans and other ticket information, call 503-553-5555.