Blair Thomas is back with another Northwest Athlete Profile, this time it’s Portland born Darwin Barney of the MLB’s Chicago Cubs. Darwin was counted out by most pundits but was MLB Rookie of the Month in his first month up. Flashback to 2006, Barney was a part of history as Oregon State went on an improbable run and became the first team in College World Series history to lose twice and still win the title.
NWSB Inside and Timbers FC Blogger Matt Martz weighs in with a Portland Timbers Player Profile: Jack Jewsbury. Captain Jack started his MLS career with the then named Kansas City Wizards, playing his whole career there before being dealt to the Timbers. A native of Missouri, Jack Jewsbury still holds the single season state high school goal record of 59.
NWSB Inside and Timbers FC Blogger Matt Martz weighs in with a Portland Timbers Player Profile: Eric Alexander. Alexander was drafted in the third round (44th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by FC Dallas. He spent a year with the Kalamazoo Kingdom where he appeared eight times, scoring two goals. His strong work ethic and consistency has made him a popular player with the Timbers Army.
NWSB Inside and Timbers FC Blogger Matt Martz weighs in with a Portland Timbers Player Profile: Kris Boyd. Scotish native Kris Boyd started his pro carrer at the age of 12 with Rangers developemental team. After years at Kilmarnock, he returned to Rangers before going on to Englad and Turkey. The highest paid Timbers’ player, Boyd scored in his very first MLS match.
NWSB Insider and Timbers FC Blogger Matt Martz weighs in with a Portland Timbers Player Profile: Darlington Nagbe. Nagbe was born in Liberia and after moving from country to country, he finally came to America at age of 12. After going pro after his junior year, and a national championship with the University of Akron, Nagbe was selected second overall by the expansion Portland Timbers.
NWSB Inside and Timbers FC Blogger Matt Martz weighs in with a Portland Timbers Player Profile: Troy Perkins. Perkins moved up the ranks in US soccer through developmental leagues and college before landing a gig with DC United. Serving several years in America, and a few in Norway before finally landing a spot as the number one keeper with the Timbers.
NWSB Insider brings us the newest Northwest Athlete Profile, a guy who landed on his hometown Seattle Seahawks. DB Donny Lisowski is living out his dream of playing for the Seahawks after growing up in Seattle and playing at O’Dea High School. He attended The University of Montana before being undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. This didn’t deter him, though, as he controlled 2 key factors and competed hard to earn a contract with the Seahawks.
Dave B. profiles one of the Northwests own, former NFL, and Seattle Seahawk quarterback Jon Kitna. Born in Tacoma, Washington, Kitna has come full circle in his playing career. From high school and college ball in the northwest, to the Seattle Seahawks, and now as a math teacher and football coach at Lincoln High, and everywhere in between, Kitna has definitely been a world class QB.
NWSB Insider Dave B brings us another Northwest Athlete Profile of a hometown hero in Seattle. Marques Tuiasosopo was a leader and a champion as a Washington Huskies quarterback before entering the NFL with the Oakland Raiders. While his NFL career didn’t pan out, Tui immediately went to work to give back with his alma mater Washington. Soon after, he landed at UCLA as a specialty coach.
NWSB Insider Dave B brings us another Northwest Athlete Profile today. Dave highlights Ryan Longwell, the top scorer in Green Bay Packers history. Longwell was born in Seattle and grew up in Oregon before ending up in Berkley, California to play for the Golden Bears. He was kicker, punter, and backup QB until he got his calling to the NFL via the 49ers.
NWSB Insider Dave B brings us another Northwest Athlete Profile. This one is a legend from the University of Washington hailing from Spokane. His name? Steve Emtman. Although labeled a bust after he entered the pro ranks with Indianapolis, Emtman will always be a hometown legend for the years he spent anchoring the Washington Huskies defensive line.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Sounders writer Clinton Bell brings us a Seattle Sounders FC Player Profile: Michael Gspurning. The native of Austria was brought in to replace the legend Kasey Keller. After stops with several teams in Austria, Greece, and Spain, Gspurning is now at home in Seattle playing in the MLS. With playing time in the UEFA Cup, Gspuring brings the attitude and aggressiveness of a top flight European keeper to America.