AIK in USA: Portland Timbers 1 – AIK 0

AIK wrapped up its week-long American excursion with a 1-0 defeat to tournaments host Portland Timbers. It was a Kris Boyd header in the seventh minute that did in the Swedish visitors, a goal that jolted AIK and ultimately provided Portland with the winning margin. Despite finishing third in the final tournament table, AIK allowed … Continue reading


When AIK stepped foot onto Jeld-Wen Field on Monday to play Chivas USA, it is unlikely that they expected to see a single person in the ground wearing their black and yellow colors. Yet Mattias Örth, Fredrik Wolff and Linus Wilhelmsson were doing just that – standing together in the front row of the North … Continue reading

Portland Timbers in Talks with AIK and Hammarby Over 2013 Pre-Season

Though the tournament is not yet complete, the success of the Portland Timbers’ 2012 pre-season tournament is undeniable. Though the non-Timbers games have not been as heavily attended, the two Portland matches to this point have drawn 16,118 and 15,195, respectively. With conference rivals in San Jose Earthquakes and Chivas USA in town, Portland has … Continue reading

AIK in USA: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

We hope. We’re discussing. We agreed. These are the words of front office members of AIK and Portland Timbers building what seem to be the early stages of a mutually beneficial, multi-continental relationship. The pre-season tournament currently in play at Portland’s Jeld-Wen Field is the first step in establishing a connection between the two clubs, … Continue reading

AIK in USA: AIK 0 – San Jose Earthquakes 0

A scoreless draw kept AIK atop the tournament in Portland though the Gnaget will surely rue two great chances to defeat San Jose Earthquakes. Neither side could quite capitalize on mistakes though AIK created more chances than the Earthquakes. That was in part due to the man advantage the Swedish side carried for the final … Continue reading

AIK in USA: Familiar Face of Khari Stephenson

While AIK have been the least familiar of the four clubs in this week’s Portland Timbers Tournament, the Gnaget will see one familiar face in Thursday’s match against San Jose Earthquakes. Khari Stephenson, the Jamaican international midfielder, spent two seasons in Sweden with AIK in 2007 and 2008, appearing twenty-five times and scoring twice. Though it … Continue reading

AIK in USA: AIK 2 – Chivas USA 0

In the first of three pre-season matches in Portland, AIK defeated Chivas USA 2-0. A great goal from Viktor Lundberg opened scoring in the 41st minute from a Lalawelé Atakora assist. The 21-year old midfielder then scored a fine goal of his own in the 52nd minute to provide the final scoreline and give the … Continue reading

AIK in USA – Day 2

AIK’s second training session in Portland was more involved than its initial practice. Despite lasting just about ninety minutes, after yesterday’s nearly two-hour long session, Andreas Alm had his side playing much more aggressive possession games, 10v10 full-field work outs, 4v4 half-field games and finally an extended set of corner kicks. Alm was again missing … Continue reading

AIK in USA – Day 1

AIK have reached American soil for the first time in modern history and trained at Portland’s Jeld-Wen Field for the first time today. With matches coming next week against Chivas USA, San Jose Earthquakes and hosts Portland Timbers, the Gnaget have a busy seven days ahead. Having flown to Portland, via Amsterdam, just yesterday, jet … Continue reading

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