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Craig Mitchelldyer-Portland Timbers

International breaks, tournaments, and the rest of the dates to know for the Timbers (and MLS) in 2021

Champions League, Gold Cup, and a series of international breaks are already complicating the Portland Timbers' 2021 calendar, and the dates for more tournaments are still to come. U.S. Open Cup and a debuting Leagues Cup are the biggest of the competitions with dates yet to be finalized, but there's an MLS All-Star Game on the horizon, too. Under normal circumstances, remembering every break and tournament is a challenge, but with a major competition on the horizon this summer, the coming year is more complicated than most.

Here's our attempt to help. From February's start of preseason to December's MLS Cup, here are all dates to know across the Timbers' 2021 calendar:

(This page was last updated on March 10, 2021.)

Date Why

February 10

Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League draw

Each team in this year's tournament will find out their Round of 16 matchup as well as their place in the SCCL bracket.

February 24

Official date for players on SCCL teams to report for preseason

Official MLS report date to begin quarantine for players on teams involved in Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League. Players may voluntarily begin quarantine prior to February 24.

March 1

Players report for MLS preseason

For clubs not in Scotabank Concacaf Champions League (who will have an earlier report date), players will report for a seven-day quarantine period, medical exams, and testing ahead of the start of team training. Players may begin quarantine earlier on a voluntary basis

March 3

Official preseason training start date for teams in SCCL

Player for Atlanta, Columbus, Philadelphia and Portland begin group training for Champions League. Players who voluntarily reported prior to Feb. 24 may begin training before March 3, provided they have cleared appropriate protocols.

March 8

MLS preseason training begins

Players reporting early or teams involved in SCCL may begin earlier.

March 15-24

Timbers preseason shifts to Tucson, Arizona

Team will face the Colorado Rapids, Phoenix Rising FC (twice) and Sporting Kansas City in the Visit Tucson Sun Cup.

March 18

Concacaf Olympic qualifying begins

United States to face Costa Rica on March 18, the Dominican Republic on March 21 and Mexico on March 24 in group stage.

March 22-30

International break

April 6-8

SCCL Round of 16 - Leg one

Champions League participants play the first leg of their Round of 16 ties, with the return legs to take place two weeks later.

Timbers leg one date: April 6, at CD Marathón (in Honduras)

LINKS: Schedule announcement | Full SCCL Round of 16 schedule

April 13-15

SCCL Round of 16 - Leg two

Champions League field goes from 16 to eight as the Round of 16 concludes.

Timbers leg two date: April 6, vs. CD Marathón (at Providence Park)

April 17

MLS is Back opening weekend

Teams will play the first games of their 34-match regular seasons.

April 18

Timbers begin MLS regular season

Portland travels to Sandy, Utah, to face the Vancouver Whitecaps in round one of the 2021 Major League Soccer season.

April 24

Timbers' MLS home opener

Houston Dynamo FC visits Portland for the first MLS game of the season at Providence Park.

April 27-29

SCCL Quarterfinals - Leg one

The third of four spring SCCL days sees the tournament's eight surviving teams play log one of their quarterfinal rounds.

May 4-7

SCCL Quarterfinals - Leg two

Four teams advance to the Champions League semifinals after leg two of this year's quarterfinals.

May 4-5

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup begins

Five-round, 24-team competition marks the return of Open Cup after a one-year hiatus.

May 18-19

U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 begins

Eight Major League Soccer teams enter the competition, each facing a winner from the competition's opening round.

May 25-26

U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal round

May 31 - June 15

International break

The UEFA and CONMEBOL confederations break for international play through June 8, while FIFA's other confederations break until June 15.

June 15-16

U.S. Open Cup semifinals

June 29 or 30

U.S. Open Cup final

Shortened 2021 tournament finishes after two months and five rounds.

July 2 - August 1

Concacaf Gold Cup

Full competition begins on July 10, with a qualification tournament to determine Gold Cup's last three teams scheduled to for July 2-6.

August 10 - August 12

SCCL Semifinals - Leg one

Champions League returns from its three-month break with the first leg of this year's semifinals.

August 24 - August 26

SCCL Semifinals - Leg two

Finalists for this year's Champions League are determined after leg two of the semifinals.

August 30 - September 7

International break

Late August

MLS Heineken® Rivalry Week

Another iteration of MLS's annual tradition is being planned for the month after Gold Cup.

Late summer

MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, Leagues Cup, Campeones Cup

Three other prime events on MLS's annual calendar will get precise dates at a later time.

October 4-8

International break

October 26-28

SCCL final

One-leg final to take place before MLS turns toward the final part of its season.

November 7

Decision day

The final weekend of the regular season will help determine the league's playoff field.

November 8-16

International break

November 19

Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs begin

December 11

2021 MLS Cup

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