Timbers set for final preseason match Friday

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers face the University of Portland Pilots in their final preseason match Friday at the Clive Charles Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. The Timbers begin the 2008 USL First Division regular season April 17 at PGE Park.
 
Tickets for Portland’s third and final preseason match are $7 for adults and $5 for children 18 and under. Tickets are available at the University of Portland box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (503) 224-4400. For group discounts, contact Beth Connell at (503) 943-7245.
 
Friday’s match marks the end of the Timbers’ five-week, preseason training camp which began March 10.
 
The Timbers’ 2008 roster features three University of Portland alumni in midfielders Andrew Gregor (1994-97) and Miguel Guante (2002-05) and forward Chris Brown (1995-98). All three players earned All-West Coast Conference honors during their time at UP. Gregor, who led the Timbers in scoring with eight goals and five assists in 2007, was named the WCC’s Freshman of the Year in 1994.
 
The Timbers are 1-1-0 in the preseason, including a 1-0 win over Gonzaga University on March 30. The Timbers suffered a 2-1 loss to Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes on March 28 in their first preseason game.
 
The Timbers begin the 2008 USL First Division season at PGE Park against the Puerto Rico Islanders on April 17. Tickets, starting at $11, are available through the PGE Park box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (503) 224-4400. For group discounts or party suites, contact the Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5555.