The Portland Timbers are heading to Atlanta, Georgia to face Atlanta United for the 2018 MLS Cup final. Per tradition, they’re bringing their 2018 Victory Log with them.
The Timbers’ Victory Log is a unique way the club celebrates a goal. Timber Joey uses a chainsaw to cut a log slab off the ceremonial log for every Timbers’ goal and clean sheet. These log slabs are then presented to the goal scorers – and goalkeepers who earn a clean sheet – after the games in Providence Park.
Since 2017, the Victory Log has been provided by Hampton Lumber, a multi-generation family run business that has operated in Oregon since 1942. This year Timber Joey and Timber Jim went to Hampton’s forestland to find the perfect tree. After cutting down the tree, fans gathered at Camp 18 outside of Elsie, OR to bless the Victory Log and the coming season.
Three different types of trees were then planted at Camp 18 to replace what was cut down. David Hampton was on hand to teach Timbers fans how to properly plant the seedlings.
Timbers fans were also present at Providence Park last week to wish the Victory Log well as it makes its way on the back of a Daimler truck to Atlanta for the December 8 match.
2018 is the second time the Victory Log will make an appearance at the MLS Cup after the Timbers faced off against the Columbus Crew in 2015 and won their first championship.