Portland Timbers captain Jack Jewsbury put himself in elite company on Sunday night when he got his usual starting cap for the Timbers in a match against the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo in Montreal. The veteran earned his 300th league cap, becoming one of 25 players to reach the historic number in their careers in the young league.
While Jewsbury missed out on an opportunity to play his historic 300th match in front of the Timbers supporters, he did get to enjoy a come from behind 3-2 victory thanks to an 82nd minute goal from Diego Valeri that kept the Timbers playoff hopes alive in a packed Western Conference table.
Joining the likes of Major League Soccer legends Landon Donovan, Kyle Beckerman, Jamie Moreno, Dwayne De Rosario and many other big names in the league, Jewsbury seemed happier with the three points in Montreal than the historic accomplishment during his post-match interviews.
“It’s a nice accomplishment to have under your belt,” he said following the game to the Timbers official website. “It feels a lot better with a win so I’ll remember this one.”
“It doesn’t feel too long ago when I played that first one,” said Jewsbury. “It goes by quick.”
Timbers head coach Caleb Porter also spoke of his captains milestone to the Timbers website following the match, saying that Jewsbury is no in an elite group of guys while also mentioning that he was happy that the club got the win to give him a positive memory of his historic moment that he will hopefully remember from his accomplished career.
“He’s in an elite group of guys,” said Porter. “There’s not many.”
“What’s nice is, it’s a win. When you make it a win, then now it’s become more memorable and he can store that in the memory bank. He’ll remember the 300th game because we won the game on the road.”
Jewsbury also thanked his fans on Twitter after the match as while the club was on the road, Timbers supporters had to settle for social media to congratulate their captain on his big moment.
Thanks to everyone for the kind messages on 300th game! So much sweeter with a big road win!
— Jack Jewsbury (@JewsburyJ) July 28, 2014
Portland currently sit in 7th in the Western Conference following recent wins at home as well as their big 3-2 victory of bottom feeders Montreal. If the Timbers are to climb the table and get into the playoffs following their slow start they will need leadership from Jewsbury, who has made 105 of his career appearances with the club. Expect plenty of chants from the Timbers Army when Portland return to their home ground as the passionate PTFC supporters will surely make up for Jewsbury playing his 300th cap in the league on the road.