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The making of the Copa Verde Cup

Portland woodturner Alain Baily creates unique, sustainable trophy for winner of Timbers-Morelia soccer exhibition


Next week, one soccer team will claim the Copa Verde Cup.

But noow and forever, one man can rightfully claim the cup was his.

Alain Baily, a Portland woodturner, made the unique trophy that will go to the winner of Wednesday's exhibition at Jeld-Wen Field between the Portland Timbers and Monarcas Morelia of Mexico.

The Timbers hired Baily for the job, which he says took about 50 hours of work, much of it at ADX, a community workshop in Southeast Portland.

Baily says it took a good chunk of that time to locate material that fit the Timbers' sustainability specifications — the cup is made from salvaged Douglas fir and Oregon made.

by: COURTESY OF ALAIN BAILY - The Copa Verde Cup will go to the winning team in Wednesday's soccer match between the Portland Timbers and Monarcas Morelia of Mexico.This weekend, Baily will finish making a duplicate cup, as well.

"One will be presented at the game next week," he says. One cup will go in the Timbers' trophy case. If Morelia wins, "they get to take one home with them."

Baily, a former hospitality industry lobbyist who retired and moved to Northeast Portland, says making the cup "turned out to be a lot more complicated than I thought."

That's in part because of the requested materials and in part due to the goal of crafting a cup that draws inspiration from the Las Yacatas pyramids near the city of Morelia.

"So this cup is much more architectural than was my original thinking for it," Baily says.

Baily created a base with four square pieces that step up. The comes a rectangular column, and on top of that are six discs of increasing diameter.

"The intent was to represent the 11 members of a soccer team," he says.

Baily, who has volunteered for the Timbers' Stand Together Week and is active in other community work, used salvaged fir beams from a 1920-built Southeast Portland warehouse that was the victim of a fire and then demolished.

The Copa Verde, or "Green Cup," is a nod to sustainability, but Baily added the artistic touch of making the top disc in Timbers green.