Timbers coming to town

Portland players will host clinic at Santo Center, followed up by meet-and-greet on Jan. 12 at 4 Daughters

The Portland Timbers Major League Soccer team and some of its players and staff will make a visit to Medford as part of a month-long, six-community tour called Dribble Oregon on Jan. 12.

Similar events will also be held in Astoria, the Eugene/Springfield area, Klamath Falls, Pendleton and Vancouver, Wash.

Timbers defender David Horst and goalkeeper Jake Gleeson will meet with fans, sign autographs and conduct a series of free clinics for children ages 5-13 at Santo Community Center from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. To register, visit portlandtimbers.com.

The 6-foot-4 Horst, the ninth overall pick in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft, joined Portland after three seasons as a member of Real Salt Lake. He spent much of the 2010 season on loan with the United States Soccer Federation Division-2 Pro League's Puerto Rico Islanders and was an important piece of the Islanders' run to the league title in the 2010-11 CONCACAF Champions League.

This season — his second with the Timbers — Horst started in 20 of Portland's 21 games, logged 1,845 minutes and knocked in a goal, a game-winner against the Seattle Sounders FC on June 24.

The 6-foot-3 Gleeson, a New Zealand international, was signed by the MLS Timbers on Feb. 17, 2011 after a standout 2010 season with the club's development team, the Portland Timbers U-23s. He guided the Timbers U-23s to a perfect 20-0-0 record in the United Soccer Leagues' Premier Development League.

This year, Gleeson played in three matches and started in two with the Timbers Reserves in the MLS Reserve League. He did not make an MLS appearance during the regular season, but was on the match-day roster for four games.

The Timbers will also hold a meet-and-greet at 4 Daughters Irish Pub from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A community tree-planting event is set for 10 a.m.

The Timbers' preseason training camp is Jan. 19. Portland will host the New York Red Bulls in its season opener on March 3 at JELD-WEN Field.


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