Timbers chip in during week off

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Associated Press

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 3:05 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Sal Zizzo shrugged when he was chided about his lack of gardening skills. The Portland Timbers' midfielder is from sunny San Diego, after all.

Zizzo suggested maybe it's because he's focused on soccer, but on Saturday he joined about 30 others in a community garden in Beaverton, where he got his hands dirty transplanting cabbage. The effort was part of the Timbers' Stand Together Week, an all-out volunteering effort by the team, front office staff, sponsors, former players and fans.

Despite a disappointing second season in Major League Soccer, the wildly popular Timbers are not letting a commitment to the community slide. Because the MLS had a break in play for World Cup qualifying, the Timbers decided it would be a good time to help out more than 30 nonprofit organizations.

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