PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers wrapped up their second week of preseason training camp at PGE Park Friday. On a brisk, early spring morning, 14 signed players and a handful of remaining trialists participated in drills focused around fitness. The team will train on off site on Saturday to finish Week 2.
View pictures of Week 2 in the Photo Gallery.
Now two weeks into preseason training camp, the Timbers’ preparation for the upcoming 2008 season has consisted primarily of training. The Timbers will participate in three preseason matches over the next three weeks leading up to the season. Portland faces Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes on March 28, Gonzaga University on March 30 and University of Portland on April 11.
Final pieces of the FieldTurf puzzle: Following the Timbers training Friday, work crews spent time fitting and preparing portions of the customized FieldTurf trays that will fill the baseball cutouts for soccer and football games at PGE Park. Designed to independently hold its own layers of the specialized infill, each tray will be assembled and filled by hand. Each cutout will consist of about eight trays weighing 800 pounds each. A customized machine will be used to place and remove each tray during field conversions at PGE Park.
Click here to view pictures of the tray installation at PGE Park in the Photo Gallery.
Individual-game tickets now on sale: Tickets for each of the Timbers’ 15 regular-season home matches are now available. Don’t miss out on opportunities to see the final matches against Northwest rival the Seattle Sounders, a playoff rematch against the Atlanta Silverbacks or the Timbers’ season opener against Puerto Rico at PGE Park. Individual-game tickets, starting at $11, can be purchased through the PGE Park box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (503) 224-4400.
On the agenda: Week 3 of training camp begins Monday, March 24 at PGE Park and features preseason exhibition matches against the Earthquakes at the University of Portland’s Clive Charles Soccer Complex on March 28 and Gonzaga at Lincoln Park Stadium in Forest Grove, Ore., on March 30.