PTFC Podcasts

After a giving time of year, host Brian Costello catches up with former Timbers goalkeeper and current Alumni Ambassador/radio analyst Adin Brown to hear about how his post-playing career now revolves around giving back with Big Brothers Big Sisters Northwest.

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:20am PST

Fletcher Johnson talks with Akron Beacon Journal writer Marla Ridenour about new Timbers head coach Caleb Porter as well as the Sporting News' Brian Straus. It's the last Talk Timbers of 2012, see you in 2013!

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_12-18-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 2:41pm PST

Host Fletcher Johnson talks with new Timbers defender Michael Harrington about joining the team as well as with soccer journalist Ives Galarcep from the eponymous soccer news site,

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_12-11-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 3:13pm PST

Host Fletcher Johnson talks with new Timbers midfielder Will Johnson. General Manager Gavin Wilkinson is also a guest as he talks about the flurry of trades that occured earlier this week.

Direct download: TT_12-4-MP3_128.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 8:44am PST

Fletcher Johnson hosts U.S. Women's National Team veteran Abby Wambach to talk about this week's friendly at JELD-WEN Field and the newly announced U.S. Women's league.  He also checks in with Gareth Maher of the Irish Daily Mail.  And John Strong discusses Wednesday's USWNT broadcast on Fox Soccer Channel.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_11-27-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:57am PST

Fletcher Johnson hosts U.S. Women's National Team legend Megan Rapinoe to talk about next week's friendly with Ireland at JELD-WEN Field. He also checks in with former Timbers midfidler Adam Moffat--now with Houston Dynamo--as he prepares for the MLS Cup on Dec. 1.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_11-20-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:03am PST

Host Fletcher Johnson talks with former Timbers goalkeeper and Alumni Ambassador Adin Brown as well as breaking down the MLS postseason with Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_11-13-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 11:15am PST

Brian Costello talks with soccer analyst Brian Dunseth about how broadcasts can educate both new and longtime fans, the unique soccer environment of Portland, and an emotional discussion about the impact Timbers legend Clive Charles had on Dunseth and American soccer beginning with the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 4:06pm PST

Fletcher Johnson gets an update on the Timbers Academy season from co-director Adam Smith and then breaks down the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs with play-by-play maestro Glenn Davis

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_11-6-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:40am PST

Host Fletcher Johnson takes a look back at the 2012 season with Timbers general manager Gavin Wilkinson, forward Bright Dike, Timbers broadcaster John Strong, along with postseason talk with soccer writer Kyle McCarthy and Whitecaps FC voice Peter Schaad.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_10-30-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 12:13pm PST

Fletcher Johnson talks with Timbers GM/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson, captain Jack Jewsbury, San Jose GK Jon Busch, Earthquakes beat writer ( Geoff Lepper and Timbers radio announcer Keith Bleyer. 

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_10-23-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 8:58am PST

Host Fletcher Johnson talks with Timbers assistant coach Sean McAuley and midfielder Sal Zizzo; Vancouver defender Jay DeMerit; Whitecaps FC radio voice Peter Schaad and Timbers radio analyst Adin Brown.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_10-16-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:01pm PST

The Backcut goes on location as host Brian Costello sits down with ESPN analyst, U.S. Soccer Hall of Famer, co-host of Big Head Red Head Podcast, lover of Slurpees and numerous other superlatives, Alexi Lalas. We learn about the differences between being a GM and being a soccer analyst, how soccer is like performance, and much more.

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:40am PST

Fletcher Johnson talks with Eric Alexander and goalkeeping coach Mike Toshack, Timbers Academy co-director Mike Smith talks about the U-16s and U-18s, while John Strong stops by and Brian Straus talks about the USMNT.

Direct download: 10-9-12_Talk_Timbers.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 1:55pm PST

In the midst of an intense Cascadia Cup rivalry week, host Brian Costello talks with a Timbers Army fan stuck behind enemy lines in Seattle. Agreeing to his request to remain incognito, Costello asks Mr. Pine--so named as it is the name of a street that runs through both downtown Portland & Seattle--about the difficulties of rooting from afar, how often he gets down to Portland for games, and what it's like when the Timbers Army comes north to the Emerald City.

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:31pm PST

Host Fletcher Johnson talks with Timbers defender Steven Smith, assist. coach Cameron Knowles and analyst Adin Brown. COO Mike Golub chats about importance of Stand Together Week while Johnson also talks Cascadia Cup with ESPN's Taylor Twellman and Sounders 'keeper Michael Gspurning. Another packed Cascadia Cup espisode.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_10-2-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 11:13am PST

In the inaugural edition of The Backcut, host Brian Costello talks with retired MLS veteran, former US international, and man about town Jimmy Conrad to learn about what exactly the new YouTube soccer channel KICKTV is, why it matters to soccer fans, and how Jimmy got involved with it. The Backcut Podcast sits at the intersection of Timbers, soccer & culture to explore the unique elements of the beautiful game.

Direct download: Backcut.092712.JimmyConrad.FINAL_2.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:45am PST

Host Fletcher Johnson chats with Timbers goalkeeping coach Mike Toshack, talks soccer and summer movies with midfielder Franck Songo'o, and listens to what D.C. United's Bill Hamid learned from Everton 'keeper Tim Howard.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_9-25-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:01pm PST

Fletcher Johnson hosts Timbers assistant coach Sean McAuley and goalkeeper Joe Bendik. He also chats with San Jose Earthquakes' Sam Cronin, Salt Lake Tribune's Michael C. Lewis, and Timbers radio analyst Adin Brown.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_9-18-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 11:02pm PST

Fletcher Johnson hosts the latest edition with Timbers GM/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson and defender David Horst on the show. Johnson also looks north to Seattle with midfielder Steve Zakuani and play-by-play man Ross Fletcher. Finally,'s Greg Lalas talks about the Portland edition of the Kicking + Screening Film Festival. It's a packed Cascadia Cup episode.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_9-11-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 8:38am PST

Fletcher Johnson hosts the show with guests Gavin Wilkinson, Jack Jewsbury and more talking about the "second leg" of the Timbers home-and-home series against Colorado.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_9-4-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 1:32pm PST

Dan Sheldon again guest hosts and chats with GM/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson, froward Bright Dike, and Colorado's Drew Moor. In a unique twist, Sheldon also chats with longtime Talk Timbers host John Strong as well.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_8-28-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 3:35pm PST

KPTV's Dan Sheldon guest hosts this edition of Talk Timbers where he chats with Timbers midfielder Sal Zizzo and assistant coach Amos Magee. We also get a look at Vancouver with Whitecaps assistant coach Carl Robinson and Vancouver play-by-play man Pete Schaad.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_8-21-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:31am PST

John Strong talks with Timbers GM/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson, new goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts, and Toronto FC's Jeremy Hall.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_8-14-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 12:11am PST

John Strong talks with Timbers GM/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson about the Ricketts trade, captain Jack Jewsbury, midfielder Diego Chara, Jake Gleeson chats about his time at London 2012 and we hear from Timbers U-23s Mark Sherrod. It's a packed episode.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_8-7-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 11:26pm PST

Host John Strong talks with Timbers midfielder Brent Richards, forward Bright Dike, and assistant coach Cameron Knowles. He also takes a look ahead with FC Dallas beat writer Daniel Robertson as well as checks in with Boston Herald soccer writer Kyle McCarthy.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_7-31-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:00am PST

In a special Wednesday edition, John Strong talks with Timbers GM/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson, new assistant coach Sean McAuley, Chivas USA's Ben Zemanski and a chat with Academy Award winner Tom Hanks who attended the Timbers-Aston Villa friendly

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_7-25-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:14am PST

Fletcher Johnson pitch hits for John Strong as Strong heads south to call the Chivas USA-Portland match. Joining Fletcher in this episode is Timbers GM/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson and forward Kris Boyd plus a look into upcoming matches against Chivas USA and FC Dallas.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_7-17-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:54pm PST

John Strong talks with Timbers GM/interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson and goalkeeper Troy Perkins. Plus, he checks in with LA Galaxy defender--and former USL Timbers player--Bryan Jordan.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_7-10-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:50am PST

A packed episode as John Strong talks with Timbers head coach John Spencer, midfielder/forward Darlington Nagbe, and comments from new defender Kosuke Kimura. Plus, Timbers soccer analyst Robbie Earle stops by along with RSL soccer analyst Brian Dunseth.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_7-5-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:12am PST

John Strong talks with defenders David Horst and Steven Smith about the big win over Seattle and how the team is preparing for Colorado. Plus a chat with Rapids defender Drew Moor and the Sporting News' Brian Straus drops in to talk about his Cascadia adventure.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_6-26-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:22am PST

John Strong talks Cascadia rivalry with Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins, assistant coach Cameron Knowles, forward Mike Fucito, plus Seattle play-by-play man Ross Fletcher. It's a Cascadia Cup special!

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_6-19-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:41pm PST

As the Timbers' two week league break winds down, John Strong visits with head coach John Spencer and midfielder Diego Chara. Strong also checks in with LA Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders and ESPN LA's Scott French

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_6-12-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:08am PST

John Strong talks with Timbers assistant coach Cameron Knowles, goalkeeper Joe Bendik, U-23s' Andrew Ribeiro, & ESPN's Taylor Twellman

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_06-05-12.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08pm PST

U.S. Open Cup Edition! Host John Strong talks with Timbers head coach John Spencer, captain Jack Jewsbury, Fox Soccer's Mark Rogondino, and coach of Cal FC/ex-USMNT striker Eric Wynalda

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_5-29-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:10pm PST

Timbers forwards Mike Fucito and Brent Richards chat with John Strong. Vancouver Whitecaps play-by-play man Pete Schaad also visits.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_5-22-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:32pm PST

Darlington Nagbe, Sal Zizzo, goalkeeper coach Mike Toshack, Chicago defender Jalil Anibaba, Fire TV voice Dan Kelly, updates from John Spencer, U.S. Open Cup and more are all in this packed Talk Timbers with John Strong

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_05-17-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:55am PST

Timbers defenders Steven Smith, Futty Danso, head coach John Spencer, Houston play-by-play man Glenn Davis and Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl are all guests on this packed edition with John Strong.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_5-8-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:56pm PST

John Strong talks with goalkeeper Troy Perkins about the nose incident against Montreal, Jim Rilatt discusses the Timbers U-23s, plus Columbus Crew analyst Duncan Oughton and's Greg Lalas.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_05-01-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:16am PST

John Strong chats with Timbers assistant coach Amos Magee, new forward Mike Fucito, assistant coach Cameron Knowles on the Portland-Montreal rivalry, and TSN's Luke Wileman

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_4-25-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:39am PST

John Strong welcomes Timbers General Manager Gavin Wilkinson to talk trialists and roster, new forward Sebastian Rincon, voice of Sporting Kansas City Cal Williams, and SKC midfielder Bobby Convey

Direct download: TALK_TIMBERS_04-19-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:41pm PST

John Strong talks with Timbers head coach John Spencer, defender Ryan Kawulok, Sporting News' Brian Straus,US U-20s coach Tab Ramos and more.

Direct download: TALK_TIMBERS_04-12-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:15am PST

Might Franck Songo'o start Saturday? Why did Dan Kennedy spurn the Timbers? What can Jack Jewsbury be doing better? How's Zizzo's food cart? Those answers and more in this edition of Talk Timbers

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 5:50pm PST

John Strong speaks with Timbers assistant coach Amos Magee, goalkeeper and future NZ Olympian Jake Gleeson, and forward Bright Dike. He also checks in with RSL's Kyle Beckerman and soccer analyst Brian Dunseth.

Direct download: 3-28_Talk_Timbers.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:39am PST

Timbers defender Hanyer Mosquera and assistant coach Cameron Knowles chat with John Strong while he also takes a look at NE with goalkeeper Matt Reis and beat writer Kyle J. McCarthy.

Direct download: TALK_TIMBERS_03-21-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 2:29pm PST

John Strong welcomes guests including Timbers head coach John Spencer, defender Eric Brunner, FC Dallas captain Ugo Ihemelu, and's Simon Borg

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_03-15-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:41am PST

Season opening show includes guests John Spencer, Troy Perkins, Philly Union captain Danny Califf, NBC's Arlo White, and ESPN's Taylor Twellman.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_3-8.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:50am PST

Guests include Timbers president and owner Merritt Paulson, along with Timbers defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste.  Also on the program, Chivas USA defender Heath Pearce discusses Chivas' upcoming preaseason match against the Timbers.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_2-28.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 1:01pm PST

John Strong welcomes ew Timbers striker and DP Kris Boyd, general manager Gavin Wilkinson, along with a look ahead at next week's preseason tournament with San Jose Earhquakes writer Robert Jonas, Chivas USA's Scott French, and the Oregonian's Geoffrey C. Arnold.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_2-23-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:49am PST

John Strong welcomes new Timbers midfielder Franck Songo'o, head coach John Spencer, Oregonian's Geoffrey C. Arnold, and writer Michael Orr talking about his new NASL-era Timbers book. It's a packed Talk Timbers from top to bottom

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_2-17-12_Friday_.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 10:40pm PST

Host John Strong welcomes Timbers midfielder Eric Alexander as well as new signee Charles Renken to talk about how preseason has been going. Strong also checks in with head coach John Spencer to get his take on the preseason win over the Galaxy.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_2-9-12_Thursday.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 8:52am PST

Host John Strong talks with Timbers head coach John Spencer about the recent announcement of forward Jose Adolfo Valencia's surgery as well as the teams ongoing preseason preparations. Forward Eddie Johnson talks about his recovery from last year's concussions and defender Rodney Wallace checks in.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_2-3-12_Friday.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 11:31pm PST

Preseason 2012 opens for Portland. John Strong talks with head coach John Spencer as well as defenders Eric Brunner and Lovel Palmer to get their thoughts on training and looking ahead to the 2012 season.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_1-26-12_Thursday.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 8:38am PST

Host Fletcher Johnson talks with Timbers captain Jack Jewsbury and Oregonian writer Geoffrey C. Arnold.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_1-17-12.m4a
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 2:57pm PST

Draft day edition.  Guests include John Spencer, Timbers first round draft pick Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Darlington Nagbe, and Simon Borg from

Direct download: TT_1-12-12_Thursday.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 9:18am PST

Michael Orr, Timbers blogger and managing writer and editor for FC Media joins John Strong on 750 AM The Game to talk about the new Timbers 2012 MLS Schedule.

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Category:Soccer -- posted at: 11:14am PST

Guests include Timbers first "Homegrown" signee Brent Richards, SI soccer writer Grant Wahl, and NW native/Generation adidas player Kelyn Rowe.

Direct download: Talk_Timbers_1-4-12.mp3
Category:Soccer -- posted at: 11:57pm PST