The Timbers stay extra busy this week as they’ll travel to the Lone Star State Wednesday to take on the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Stadium (5:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS) before returning Saturday to host Minnesota United FC Saturday at Providence Park (7:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS).
Something to keep an eye on: Timbers captain Diego Valeri is currently one goal away from the century mark for goals scored across all competitions.
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For the Thorns, while they don’t have midweek action, they will be traveling east to play the North Carolina Courage on Saturday, June 26. Though NC may not be a regional rival like OL Reign, Thorns-Courage matches are always a heated affair. Kickoff is 4pm PT on FOX 12 PLUS and Paramount+.
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Both Rose City teams each defeated teams from KC over this past weekend with the club also celebrating Juneteenth. To honor the holiday, club donated $100 for each corner kick won by Portland teams during Saturday's Timbers 2-1 win against Sporting Kansas City and Sunday's 1-0 Thorns victory over KC NWSL to the Maurice Lucas Foundation. The foundation is a Portland-based organization which, named for the former Portland Trail Blazers' power forward, "[creates] opportunities for inner city middle school students by providing a combination of education and activity-based after-school programs" in Portland.
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World Cup Memories
Twenty-two years ago this week, Providence Park – then known as Civic Stadium – played host to soccer on a global stage as Portland welcomed the 1999 Women’s World Cup.
June 23, 1999 saw two matches played at the stadium with Russia beating Japan 5-0 and China defeating Ghana 7-0.
Portland then saw North Korea defeat Denmark 3-1 on June 24, 1999 but the eagle-eyed fans also witnessed a future Thorns FC player in attendance. A 20-year old Nadine Angerer was on the bench for Germany’s 6-0 walloping of Mexico that day.
Angerer would go on to have a glittering international career with two Women’s World Cup titles and a FIFA Player of the Year Award all prior to playing two seasons with Portland before retiring. She is now the team’s director of goalkeeping.