Timbers announce inaugural MLS season schedule

Timbers televised nationally three times in 2011

Timbers Soccer Ball at 2011 SuperDraft

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Major League Soccer (MLS) today unveiled the full 34-game schedule for the Portland Timbers as the team kicks off its inaugural season in MLS. After their season-opening, three-game road trip, the Timbers, who play one home and one away match against each of the other 17 teams in the league, return to Portland to open up a renovated PGE Park on ESPN2 against the Chicago Fire on Thursday, April 14, at 8 p.m. (Pacific).

The Timbers play the first game in the history of the MLS franchise on Saturday, March 19, on the road against the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids at 6 p.m. (Pacific). The match is also a homecoming for head coach John Spencer, who was inducted into the Rapids’ Gallery of Honor in 2009 after four years as a player (2001-04).

The home opener against the Fire is one of three nationally televised matches currently scheduled for the Timbers in 2011. The Timbers will play host to Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. (Pacific), live on ESPN. The two rivals will also be featured on ESPN2 on Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. (Pacific) when they square off in Seattle.

The LA Galaxy come to Portland in early August for a midweek visit on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 8 p.m. (Pacific). Featuring international icons like Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Juan Pablo Ángel, the Galaxy look to defend their 2010 MLS Supporters’ Shield, given to the team with the best regular-season record.

The New York Red Bulls visit the Rose City for a midseason showdown with the Timbers on Sunday, June 19, at 4 p.m. (Pacific). The afternoon match is Timbers fans’ only chance to catch Thierry Henry, Rafa Marquez, and rising U.S. star Juan Agudelo in Portland during the regular season.

The May schedule kicks off with a homecoming of sorts, as former Oregon State University and Jefferson High School standout Danny Mwanga and the Philadelphia Union make their lone regular-season appearance in Portland on Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific). Mwanga, the No. 1 overall draft pick by the Union in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, was one of three finalists for MLS Rookie of the Year last season.

Three days after the Timbers re-open PGE Park against the Fire, 2010 MLS Cup finalist FC Dallas and reigning MLS MVP David Ferreira visit Portland for a 3 p.m. (Pacific) match on Sunday, April 17. Timbers forward Kenny Cooper spent four seasons with FC Dallas from 2006-09, scoring 40 goals in his time with the club.

The Timbers continue their rivalry with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, who also make their MLS debut in 2011, on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. (Pacific) at PGE Park. On Sunday, Oct. 2, the Timbers head north to visit the Whitecaps in Vancouver, B.C. for a rematch.

The 2011 season will also see the Timbers rekindle a decades-old rivalry when they visit the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) and host the Earthquakes on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific). The Timbers’ rivalry with San Jose dates back to 1975.

In 2011, Spencer will lead his squad against plenty of familiar foes, but perhaps none will be more familiar than when the Timbers head to Texas on Sunday, Aug. 14, for a 6 p.m. (Pacific) match against the Houston Dynamo. Spencer spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach for the Dynamo. Two months later, Houston closes the Timbers’ 2011 regular-season home slate on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific).

The Timbers will play home matches on five different days of the week this season, including 13 weekend contests. In addition to seven Saturday home games and four Sunday matches, the Timbers play also host to a pair of Friday night contests over the last month of the season.

Following the season-opening, three-game road trip, the Timbers play 10 of the following 14 matches at PGE Park, a timeframe that stretches from mid-April to mid-July. During that run, the Timbers have five sets of back-to-back home games, including April 14 and 17 (Chicago and FC Dallas), April 30 and May 7 (Real Salt Lake and Philadelphia), May 21 and 29 (Columbus and D.C. United), June 11 and 19 (Colorado and New York), and July 2 and 10 (Sporting Kansas City and Seattle).

After welcoming the New England Revolution and San Jose to Portland on Sept. 16 and 21, respectively, the Timbers close the 2011 regular season with three-of-four on the road, including the home finale on Friday, Oct. 14, against Houston, and the regular-season finale at Real Salt Lake on Saturday, Oct. 22.

Additional television and radio broadcast information will be released at a later date.

Schedule Breakdown:

Home Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (3), Thursday (1), Friday (2), Saturday (7), Sunday (4)
Road Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (1), Thursday (0), Friday (0), Saturday (13), Sunday (3)

Home Dates by Month:
March (0), April (3), May (3), June (2), July (3), August (3), September (2), October (1)
Road Dates by Month:
March (2), April (2), May (1), June (2), July (2), August (4), September (2), October (2)

2011 Portland Timbers Schedule (home matches in bold, CAPS)

Date

Opponent

Time (PT)

TV

Notes

Sat., Mar 19

at Colorado

6 p.m.

Local TV

Inaugural MLS game for Timbers against reigning MLS Cup champs

Sat., Mar 26

at Toronto FC

11 a.m.

Local TV

First MLS match at BMO Field since 2010 MLS Cup final

Sat., Apr 2

at New England

4:30 p.m.

Local TV

First game against Revolution

Thu., Apr 14

CHICAGO

8 p.m.

ESPN2

Timbers make MLS home debut in renovated PGE Park on national TV

Sun., Apr 17

FC DALLAS

3 p.m.

Local TV

2010 MLS MVP Ferreira brings Cooper’s former team to Portland

Sat., Apr 23

at LA Galaxy

7:30 p.m.

Local TV

Timbers head south for early-season meeting with Donovan, Beckham, Angel

Sat., Apr 30

REAL SALT LAKE

7:30 p.m.

Local TV

Homecoming for former Timbers U-23s and UP stars Warner, vanSchaik

Sat., May 7

PHILADELPHIA

7:30 p.m.

Local TV

Former Oregon State, Jefferson High star Mwanga returns to Portland

Sat., May 14

at Seattle

8 p.m.

ESPN2

Northwest rivals resume their decades-long rivalry on national television

Sat., May 21

COLUMBUS

7:30 p.m.

Local TV

Brunner, Moffat square off against former team

Sun., May 29

D.C. UNITED

2 p.m.

Local TV

2010 MLS Rookie of the Year Najar's lone visit to Rose City

Sun., Jun 5

at Chivas USA

5 p.m.

Local TV

First game against Chivas USA

Sat., Jun 11

COLORADO

7:30 p.m.

Gala, Local TV

Spencer faces former team, defending champions in Portland

Sun., Jun 19

NEW YORK

4 p.m.

Gala, Local TV

International stars Henry, Marquez make Portland debuts

Sat., Jun 25

at FC Dallas

5:30 p.m.

Local TV

Timbers’ Cooper returns to Dallas, where he starred for four seasons

Sat., Jul 2

SPORTING KANSAS CITY

8 p.m.

Local TV

Newly renamed club features trio of dangerous strikers

Sun., Jul 10

SEATTLE

2 p.m.

ESPN

Northwest rivals square off in Sunday matinee on ESPN

Sat., Jul 16

at Chicago

5:30 p.m.

Local TV

Return trip against home-opening opponent

Sat., Jul 23

at Columbus

5 p.m.

Local TV

Timbers visit MLS’s first soccer-specific venue

Sat., Jul 30

TORONTO FC

8 p.m.

Local TV

TFC’s first visit to PGE Park since 2007

Wed., Aug 3

LA GALAXY

8 p.m.

Local TV

Donovan, Beckham, Angel bring 2010 Supporters’ Shield winners to Portland

Sat., Aug 6

at San Jose

7:30 p.m.

Local TV

Timbers start road trip by rekindling rivalry that dates to 1975

Sun., Aug 14

at Houston

6 p.m.

Gala, Local TV

Timbers face Spencer’s former team

Wed., Aug 17

at Sporting Kansas City

5:30 p.m.

Local TV

Timbers get their first look at Sporting Kansas City’s new stadium

Sat., Aug 20

VANCOUVER

7 p.m.

Local TV

2011 expansion rivals meet for first time as MLS foes

Wed., Aug 24

CHIVAS USA

8 p.m.

Local TV

Former USL Timber Gordon returns to PGE Park

Sat., Aug 27

at D.C. United

4:30 p.m.

Local TV

Timbers face one of league's most storied clubs

Sat., Sep 10

at Philadelphia

4:30 p.m.

Local TV

Timbers get first look at 2010-built PPL Park

Fri., Sep 16

NEW ENGLAND

7:30 p.m.

Local TV

Portland-native Cochrane, Revs make only trip to Portland

Wed., Sep 21

SAN JOSE

7:30 p.m.

Local TV

2010 Golden Boot winner Wondolowski brings ’Quakes to PGE Park

Sat., Sep 24

at New York

4:30 p.m.

Local TV

Timbers visit new Red Bull Arena

Sun., Oct 2

at Vancouver

1:30 p.m.

Local TV

Northwest rivals square off in Vancouver rematch

Fri., Oct 14

HOUSTON

7:30 p.m.

Local TV

Timbers finish 2011 home slate against Spencer’s former team

Sat., Oct 22

at Real Salt Lake

6 p.m.

Local TV

Timbers wrap up inaugural season at 2009 MLS Cup champions


(dates and times subject to change)

Information on exhibition matches will be released at a later date.

Individual tickets for Timbers regular-season games will go on sale mid-March, with further details to come.