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Medford transplants decided they wanted to carry on their support of the soccer team, so FOB Taproom obliged.

"When I root, I root for the Timbers."

That's a clarion call that Timbers Army, the raucous and passionate fandom that roars during Portland Timbers soccer games, likes to belt out multiple times during the matches.

It's also a call that Timbers fans who can't make it to Providence Park live by. And that fandom has taken an interesting turn in Canby.

"P-T…F-C. P-T…F-C."

A new social group has formed in Canby to support the Timbers. The Clackamas Count Frogmen meet game days at the FOB Taproom, 1109 S.W. First Ave. D, just across the street from Safeway.

COURTESY PHOTO: KATHERINE LEPPEK - A new Portland Timbers supporters group has formed in Canby and their headquarters is the FOB Taproom on game days thanks to the work of Katherine and Bruce Leppek.

"We are just getting started and are new in town," group organizer Katherine Leppek said.

Leppek and her husband moved to Canby in March. In Medford, they were part of a local Timbers supporter group and decided to start one in Canby.

Why "Frogmen?"

Leppek said that most supporters groups follow the Timbers "army" idea — rangers, volunteers, platoon, etc. — she and her husband wanted to address the U.S. Navy and the motto "protecting all inland waterways."

"So, Frogmen was born. My husband, Bruce, is a U.S. Navy veteran," she said.

The group will meet at FOB Taproom whenever there is a Timbers game.

"We are excited to have fun, meet new soccer fans and provide a safe environment to cheer on our beloved team," Leppek said. "You don't have to live in Clackamas County to join in. If you love soccer, we will love you."

To stay informed about the group, check them out on Facebook at Clackamas County Frogmen. Portland takes on the L.A. Galaxy Friday night at 7 p.m.

A reminder: the taproom is for ages 21 and older and features craft beer, wine and cider. There is no food on-site but patrons are welcome to order in. The Frogmen group provides free snacks and some Timbers swag is also promised.


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