Congratulating the Portland, Oregon, Timbers on Their Major League Soccer Cup Victoryby Representative Earl Blumenauer
Posted on 2015-12-08
BLUMENAUER. Mr. Speaker, I come to the floor this morning barely
able to talk. But not having much of a voice is common in Portland,
Oregon, these days, as fans shouted themselves hoarse after the
Portland Timbers' stunning victory over the Columbus Crew on Sunday,
winning the Major League Soccer Cup.
There is no doubt that my hometown of Portland, Oregon, is Soccer City, USA. Fans continue to prove the point with a huge celebration today.
I want to congratulate the Timbers for an amazing season and for being such a huge part, indeed, of Portland, and all of Oregon.
This season had it all: injuries and bumps along the way that made Sunday's result seem highly unlikely. But under the leadership and direction of Coach Caleb Porter, the Timbers stayed focused and made course corrections that led them to a national championship, finishing with a flourish.
This team has so many heroes that it is impossible, in the time I have, to give them their due recognition. But I want to give special mention to new U.S. citizen Darlington Nagbee; Diego Chara; Rodney Wallace; Jake Gleason; and the old, salty dog, Jack Jewsbury, all of whom have been with the Timbers since our inaugural season.
I also want to highlight the Maestro, Diego Valeri; defenders Liam Ridgewell and Nat Borchers, he of the beard; as well as goalkeeper Adam Kwarasay for their heroic efforts this season.
Merritt Paulson and his management team deserve recognition for their passion for the support and their love for our city.
[[Page H9028]] Of course, you can't mention the Portland Timbers without talking about, as the song goes, the greatest football supporters the world has ever seen, the Timbers Army. Your dedication to team, town, and country is an inspiration and very much in evidence in Columbus this weekend.
Mr. Speaker, let me conclude by reminding all of America and several places in Canada that, in case you didn't get the hint with Timber Joey and his chain saw, there is no pity in the Rose City.