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Timbers host Fire vs. Police showcase

Firefighters score winning goal in the final minute of the charity match

Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: PORTLAND TIMBERS - Jason Hubert, middle, of the police side battles for possession in the midfield during last weeks charity game.Barlow High girls soccer coach Jason Hubert is used to being on the field at Providence Park. A member of the Portland Police Bureau, he is often on hand to provide security during Portland Timbers home games.

But last Thursday was different — he got a chance to step between the lines.

Hubert played a pivotal role in the first annual Rose City United match, which brought together a team of firefighters in red and police officers in blue to square off for bragging rites and to remember 9/11.

“We had a moment of silence before the national anthem, and you could hear a pin drop,” Hubert said. “After the anthem played, we picked our heads up and you could see that we were all choked up. That’s a day we will never forget in our profession.”

The Timbers honored their local servicemen by pulling out all the stops to give the night a big-match feel — complete with Timbers coaches on the sideline, pre-game introductions on the Jumbo-Tron and locker-room speeches at halftime.

“A lot of people grow up playing soccer dreaming on making the pros. I got a chance to act like one for an hour. I got to check something off my bucket list,” Hubert said. “The Timbers did it up for us, and we got to see what the pros do for a day.”

The match remained close throughout, knotted 1-1 before Jacob Brown beat the clock with the winning shot in the final minute. The firefighters were awarded with a Timbers slab as their trophy.

“The intensity grew as the game went on. It was like Timbers-Sounders — both sides wanted to come away with the win,” Hubert said. “There mutual respect and we’re doing similar jobs, but it’s like two brothers trying to show dad who’s the bigger guy.”

The event also raised $2,000 in donations for the Sunshine Division and Toy N Joy charities.

View a video highlight from the night on the timbers website at …


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