We Salute you Captain Jack
Whoever says that America doesn’t crank out top notch soccer studs has obviously never seen the Portland Timbers’ Jack Jewsbury. Known as Captain Jack, he is beloved by all his teammates as well as the Timbers Army, and is a rock in the midfield.
Name: Jack Jewsbury
Team: Portland Timbers
DOB: April 13th, 1981
POB: Joplin, Missouri
Height: 6 Ft
MLS Seasons: 10
Pro Seasons: 11
He is also the first Portland Timbers’ player to be selected as a Major League Soccer All-Star and is notching his spot in the MLS Hall of Fame. That is, if and when they have one.
Where it all started
Jewsbury did not have the good fortune of coming up through the system that is in place today. He was basically the all-everything player at his high school in Springfield, Missouri. He amassed 124 goals in his high school career. Including an astounding, and still state record, 59 in just his senior season alone.
Of course, this was long before the MLS, and the state of soccer in general in the United States today.
After high school, Jewsbury attended Saint Louis University where he played soccer for the Billikens. He tallied 101 total points in his career there.
During his time in Saint Louis, he also played with the Kansas City Brass, who at the time happened to be the development team of the MLS club he would spend the bulk of his career with.
His MLS Career
After his very successful four-year campaign in college, Jewsbury had one more move to make. It was time to put his name into the MLS draft. He would fall all the way to the number 43 pick in the 2003 Superdraft, and boy did Kansas City get a steal there.
After not playing much in his debut season, his career really took off in year number two. He had become a super sub for the Wizards, helping Kansas City to a U.S. Cup title, and the Western Conference crown.
While he would never prove to be a prolific scorer during his years in KC, in eight seasons with the club he appeared 195 times in league play, while scoring 14 goals in the process.
How he got to Portland
It was one of the Timbers first moves as an MLS club. They agreed to give Kansas City allocation money in exchange for their gifted acquisition on March 1, 2011.
Then to show how important they figured Jewsbury to be in their plans, he was given the armband representing captaincy for the club just days after his arrival.
Jewsbury has worn the captain’s armband every match with the Timbers since, and we salute you –Captain Jack.