It’s pandemonium for soccer fans in the Northwest! The two newest expansion teams in Major League Soccer hail from that region – including the Portland Timbers.
Established 1975 (NASL)
Again in 2009
Play in Jeld-Wen Field
Sponsor: Alaska Airlines
1844 SW Morrison Street
Zip code: 97205
City: Portland, Oregon
Previous names: Multnomah Stadium, Civic Stadium – 2011
Renovated 1956, 1982, 2001, 2011
Popular Players Thru The Years
Peregrine Sports, LLC – Merritt Paulson
Portland Timbers Thru the Years
The Portland Timbers are the 18th franchise in MLS history but shouldn’t be mistaken for soccer newbies. This team’s legacy dates back to 1975, when the Timbers were born in the North American Soccer League.
The Timbers are credited with making soccer relevant in the city of Portland. They reached the Soccer Bowl during their inaugural season in 1975. Though they lost to Tampa Bay, they made soccer’s popularity explode to the point that Portland was dubbed “Soccer City USA.”
Portland toiled in obscurity as Portland FC before returning to the Timber name during its 10-year run in the USL. It had some memorable battles with their arch-rivals, the Seattle Sounders, over that span. Their final season in the USL was their most memorable; they went unbeaten for 24 matches in 2009, setting a league record, and finished at the top of the table.
The Timbers came to be after a two-year battle that culminated in former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson leading an ownership group to glory. The team was officially founded in 2009 and began play in March of 2011.
By expansion team standards, Portland has been surprisingly competitive in the MLS.
Here’s hoping that bodes well for their future in major pro soccer!
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JELD-WEN FIELD PHOTO