Father's Day home game great for Timbers dads, except the finish
- Stephen Alexander
- Portland Tribune - Sports
Four Portland Timbers players celebrated Father's Day as dads on Sunday.
Goalkeeper Troy Perkins has a 2-year-old son, Jackson Gregory Perkins.
Midfielder Jack Jewsbury has a daughter, Amber Lynn Jewsbury, who turned two on May 5.
Midfielder Diego Chara has a daughter, Mariajose Chara Lenis, who is about to turn 2.
For midfielder Ryan Pore, Sunday was his first Father's Day as a dad. Pore's wife, Ashley, gave birth to Luca Eugene Pore on June 2.
Pore said he looks at the holiday in a new way.
'You have a kid now that you have to be responsible for for the next 18 years of your life,' he said. 'So there's definitely something weighing on you. But it's good pressure. It's pressure I've wanted for a while, and you're glad it's here. And yeah, just nothing but positives.'
Because he had to prepare for Sunday's night's home match against the New York Red Bulls, Pore didn't do anything out of the ordinary for Father's Day. Just being with his new child was enough.
'There was nothing special,' Pore said. 'Just waking up, spending time with your kid, is pretty special in itself. I prepared for today just like every other game day with the added bonus of being able to play with my kid.'
• Timbers midfielder Jack Jewsbury scored a goal and recorded an assist at Jeld-Wen Field, but he may long look at this as the Father's Day on which he missed a late penalty kick that could have given the Timbers three points instead of a 3-3 draw.
After the match, Jewsbury apologized to his teammates in the locker room.
Timbers coach John Spencer said the apology wasn't necessary.
'I can't criticize Jack Jewsbury,' Spencer said. 'He's been magnificent since the day he stepped foot inside this place. But he's gutted. In the locker room, he's apologized to everybody, which he didn't have to do because there's no apology needed here.'
Jewsbury, usually talkative during post-match interviews, was quiet, and he still seemed distraught half an hour after the match.
'It's unfortunate, hitting the post and not getting that one to go,' he said, 'but I wish we still could've closed the game off. For the most part, we deserved better than what we got tonight.'
•• Spencer saw the match the same way.
From the 46th minute to the 90th minute, we ran them ragged,' said Spencer, who couldn't coach because he was suspended for one game by MLS for criticizing the officiating in Portland's previous game. 'We outplayed them, we outran them, we were better than them. We were better than them in every department. We destroyed the best team in the country tonight by a country mile.'
Spencer said there were good things for the Timbers to take from the tie.
'We can take great heart and great confidence and a lot of positive notes from tonight,' Spencer said. 'For a number of minutes on the field, they were struggling to cope with us.'
••• Spencer was unable to have any contact with his club during the match.
'I was told I couldn't be in the locker room a couple hours before the kickoff, and I stood by the rules,' he said. 'I didn't want to break any rules, just in case I got myself in trouble.'
Spencer said it was difficult watching the match from a box, rather than being out with the players.
It's tough when you're standing in the coaches' area, trying to coach the game, but obviously the guys can hear you a little bit better,' he said.
•••• Assistant coach Trevor James, who took the helm, said he had a blast.
'It was a lot of fun,' James said. 'I enjoyed it all, probably until one second from the end (when Dwayne De Rosario's PK tied the match 3-3). I work with the boys daily and with John, and it's great. The response from the staff and all the players has been fantastic today. The staff has helped me. So I enjoyed it thoroughly today.'