Timbers to host Atlanta in semifinals Sunday

PORTLAND, Ore.The Portland Timbers will host the Atlanta Silverbacks in their home semifinal playoff match on Sunday at PGE Park at 5 p.m. presented by OHSU. The two-game, total-goals semifinal series against the Silverbacks begins on Friday in Atlanta.  
 
For the second consecutive week, Sunday’s playoff match at PGE Park will be featured live on Fox Soccer Channel. Friday’s match at Re/Max Greater Atlanta Stadium is scheduled for 4:55 p.m. (Pacific). Both matches of the Timbers’ semifinals series will be broadcast live on www.portlandtimbers.com.
 
Starting at $12, Timbers playoff tickets are on sale at the PGE Park box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (503) 224-4400.
 
Click here to purchase Timbers' semifinal-round playoff tickets.
 
Portland advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2001 season with a 3-1 aggregate-series win over the defending-champion Vancouver Whitecaps in the first round. After a 1-0 loss in the first game of the series, the Timbers responded with a 3-0 win over Vancouver at PGE Park on Sept. 16. Defender Justin Thompson, midfielder Andrew Gregor and forward Jaime Ambriz all scored to help the Timbers win just the second playoff series in modern-franchise history.
 
Atlanta (12-9-7, 43pts) advanced to the semifinals after defeating the Rochester Raging Rhinos on an aggregate score of 3-2 in the first round. Its win in the first round marked the first time in team history Atlanta had won a playoff series or had advanced past the first round. The Silverbacks finished the 2007 regular season in fourth place in the USL First Division.
 
Timbers season ticket holders should contact ticket representative Dan Zusman at (503) 553-5452 to take advantage of exclusive discounts on playoff tickets.
 
Convenient and affordable packages for groups of 15 or more people are available through the Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5555.