Former OSU Standout Alan Gordon Making Impact At Professional Level
June 14, 2004
CORVALLIS, Ore. - -
Former Oregon State men's soccer All-American forward Alan Gordon has blazed his way to the top of the A-League's scoring charts, leading the league with 21 points and 10 goals after just nine games with the Portland Timbers.
Gordon, who was selected ninth overall by Portland in the first round of the A-League draft this winter before being chosen in the sixth round of the MLS Draft by Los Angeles, was named the A-League's Player of the Week twice this year in back-to-back weeks.
Gordon's most notable performance of the year was scoring a hat trick on May 29 in a home match against the Milwaukee Wave United. He netted all three Timber goals in a 3-2 come-from-behind overtime victory to earn his second Player of the Week nod.
The Gilbert, Ariz., native has led Portland to a 7-2-0 record (21 points), which knots the Timbers with the Minnesota Thunder in a tie for first place in the Western Division with 19 games remaining.
The Timbers, who lead the A-League in scoring thanks in large part to Gordon, suffered their first shutout of the year on June 12 at the hands of Vancouver. Gordon and the Timbers play at home in PGE Park on Thursday, June 17 against the Rochester Raging Rhinos.
In just two years at OSU after transferring from Yavapai Junior College, Gordon shot up the scoring charts to finish his career third in points (59) and goals (26).
As a senior in 2004, he became the first Beaver to earn All-America honors when he was tabbed for the third team by College Soccer News.
Gordon helped the Beavers record a school-record 13 wins and reach NCAA postseason action in each of his two years in the Orange and Black, earning first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors twice.