Featured on Sunday July 13th, 2014 during an away match in front 64,207 at Century Link field in the second meeting of the regular season between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders.
It's no easy feat to pull off a tifo. Between the planning and execution of the tifo there was a smattering of injuries, a celebration of our nation's freedom to work around and probably a couple babies born in Del Boca Vista.
There were many different motifs considered for the tifo before inspiration struck in the form of a poem by the 'Lumberman's Poet,' Douglas Malloch called, "Good Timber." The third stanza reads;
Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.
The poem reflected the trials of Timbers supporters in 2014 and really, over the years. A reminder that our love of the club is born of disappointment, our resolve often tested, and when we suffer together as a family it makes our victories all the more sweeter.
Putting it together presented challenges including finding a warehouse big enough to fit 3,600 square feet of canvas and finding the time to realize this vision. There were many volunteers that put in full 8 hour shifts while juggling their normal lives and the 4th of July holiday weekend. Yet the challenges didn't end there as the tifo crew, tasked with not only creating the display but making sure the unveiling came off without a hitch or risk ending up becoming the next, "Bule." Their effort was commendable and soon became a shining moment in an otherwise dismal night for the Timbers.
Tifo is a collective effort that taps into the consciousness of the Timbers Army. For one moment we get to share with the world and with the players, our message. Originally the tifo was to be painted in Cascadia colors but as the tifo developed it made sense to show that as supporters we bleed 'green & gold.'