Timbers FC Matchups
The Portland Timbers did not make the playoffs last season, but with the young talent they have that may not be the case this season.
The MLS recently revealed the schedule for the upcoming season and the Timbers begin with a bang hosting the Philadelphia Union at JELD-WEN Field on Monday March 12th in a match that will be televised on ESPN2.
With the new MLS schedule format Western Conference match ups are key this season, as they face teams from their conference 3 times while only facing teams from the Eastern Conference once.
One of the biggest matches of the season has to be in mid-September when the Timbers play host to Cascadia-rival Seattle in a match that will be on NBC.
In terms of TV matches Portland will play 3 matches on ESPN/ESPN2, 6 of the new NBC Sports Network, as well as 2 on Spanish Galavisión. The Timbers have a chance to add to their solid fan base, as 8 of their 12 matches on national TV this season will be held at home.
While 12 matches will be on national TV the 20 others will be on regional TV stations.
With the new schedule in the MLS Portland will host 2 games against Western Conference foes and play 1 away against the teams of Chivas USA, San Jose, Seattle, and Vancouver.
On the other side of the coin they will face Colorado, FC Dallas, defending MLS champion L.A., and Real Salt Lake twice on their pitch and once back in Portland.
Another big match for the Timbers this season is their nationally televised one facing the L.A Galaxy in Portland on July 14th. This match will be aired on the brand new NBC Sports Network.
The Timbers will play the Eastern Conference clubs of Philadelphia, Kansas City, D.C. United, Chicago, and Columbus at home and New England, Montreal, Houston, New York, and Toronto on the road.
The Timbers will face Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle and Vancouver twice at home this season and only once away, so there is a good chance they can come out on top and have bragging rights for the Great Northwest.
While the Timbers have a lot of big matches on their pitch they will face 3 of their 5 away matches against the Eastern Conference in their first 10 matches of the season.
Portland’s season finale will be at home facing the San Jose Earthquakes on October 27th in a match that will be aired on the NBC Sports Network.
This season the MLS season lasts 267 days and the regular season lasts 232 days, which are both the longest in the history of the league.
2012 Portland Timbers Schedule (home matches in CAPS; all times Pacific)
Monday, March 12 PHILADELPHIA UNION, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2
Saturday, March 17, @FC Dallas, 5:30 p.m. ROOT SPORTS
Saturday, March 24, @New England Revolution, 1 p.m. ROOT SPORTS
Saturday, March 31, REAL SALT LAKE, 7 p.m. ROOT SPORTS
Saturday, April 7, CHIVAS USA, 7:30 p.m. KPTV
Saturday, April 14, @LA Galaxy, 7:30 p.m. KPDX
Saturday, April 21, SPORTING KANSAS CITY, 7:30 p.m. ROOT SPORTS
Saturday, April 28, @Montreal Impact, 11 a.m., KPDX
Saturday, May 5, COLUMBUS CREW, 7:30 p.m. KPTV
Tuesday, May 15, @Houston Dynamo, 5:30 p.m. ROOT SPORTS
Sunday, May 20, CHICAGO FIRE, 4 p.m. ROOT SPORTS, Galavisión
Saturday, May 26, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC, 7 p.m., ROOT SPORTS
Sunday, June 17, @LA Galaxy, 4 p.m. KPTV
Sunday, June 2, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC, 2 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, June 30, @Colorado Rapids, 6 p.m., ROOT SPORTS
Tuesday, July 3, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES, 7:30 p.m. KPTV
Saturday, July 7, @Real Salt Lake, 6 p.m. KPDX
Saturday, July 14, LA GALAXY, 8 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Wednesday, July 18, @Chivas USA, 1 p.m. ROOT SPORTS
Saturday, July 21, @FC Dallas, 6 p.m. KPTV
Saturday, July 28, CHIVAS USA, 8 p.m. ROOT SPORTS
Sunday, Aug. 5, FC DALLAS, 4 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Wednesday, Aug. 15, @Toronto FC, 4 p.m. ROOT SPORTS
Sunday, Aug. 19, @New York Red Bulls, 4 p.m. KPTV, Galavisión
Saturday, Aug. 25, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC, 7:30 p.m. ROOT SPORTS
Friday, Aug. 31, COLORADO RAPIDS, 7:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Wednesday, Sept. 5, @Colorado Rapids, 6 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Saturday, Sept. 15, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC, 12:30 p.m. NBC
Wednesday, Sept. 19, @San Jose Earthquakes, 7:30 p.m. KPDX
Saturday, Sept. 22, @Real Salt Lake, 5 p.m., NBC Sports Network
Saturday, Sept. 29, D.C. UNITED, 7:30 p.m. ROOT SPORTS
Sunday, Oct. 7, @Seattle Sounders FC, 6 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, Oct. 20, @Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 1 p.m., ROOT SPORTS
Saturday, Oct. 27, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES, 3:30 p.m.