Playoffs for Timbers
Fourth-seeded Portland Timbers now turn towards the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs this week when they host fifth seed Minnesota United FC on Sunday, Nov. 21 (2:30pm PT, ESPN). Single-game tickets go on sale Tuesday at 10am PT so be sure to get yours.
Portland will aim to take the momentum of their three-game win streak that closed out the regular-season against a Loons team that was 3-7-7 on the road in 2021.
VOTE | Dairon Asprilla for MLS Goal of the Year
Major League Soccer announced the finalists for the MLS Goal of the Year on Monday and Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla's majestic bicycle-kick wondergoal is among them. The fan vote is open through this Friday, Nov. 19 at 9:59pm PT so get voting!
And while you're over at MLSsoccer.com, check out their Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge. Make your picks and you could win up to $10,000. Get your picks in here.
An emotional loss
The Thorns lost 2-0 to the Chicago Red Stars this past weekend in an emotional match. It marked the final game for head coach Mark Parsons as he is set to move on to become the head coach for The Netherlands national women's team. If you haven't seen it, watch Parsons' final press conference where he talks about his time in Portland and what he'll remember most.
"We want to be something bigger than ourselves...this team has been that," he said.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for kids at Providence Park on Nov. 18
In partnership with Providence Health & Services, the Portland Timbers and Thorns FC will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 at Providence Park on Thursday, Nov. 18.
The pop-up clinic will run from 4 to 8 p.m., offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines while supplies last. Those attending should enter through Gate F on 20th and Morrison St. This is a walk-in clinic; no registration is required. Timber Joey will be on hand welcoming kids and families from 4 to 6 p.m.
Children will receive an age-appropriate dose that is one-third of the adult dose while containing the same active ingredients. Smaller needles designed specifically for children are also used for this group.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free, safe, and over 90% effective at preventing the virus in younger children. In addition, the vaccine protects kids from some of the most damaging long-term consequences of the virus.