Timbers to host first-round playoff match October 10

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced they will host their USSF Division-2 Pro League first-round, home playoff match on Sunday, Oct. 10, at Merlo Field on the University of Portland campus; kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

Timbers 2010 playoff tickets are currently available in three-game strips for $65; all playoff tickets are general admission. To purchase a playoff ticket strip, contact the Timbers ticket office by phoning (503) 553-5555. A select number of single-game playoff tickets will be made available on match day.

Playoff strips at a discounted rate of $37 are available to season ticket holders for the Timbers’ inaugural Major League Soccer season in 2011. To purchase 2011 MLS season tickets, call the Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5555.

Due to renovation work at PGE Park in preparation for the 2011 MLS season, the Timbers are playing their playoff matches at alternate venues in the greater-Portland area.

With a playoff berth already in hand, the Timbers secured a position in the USSF D-2 Pro League’s top four with a 3-1 win against Crystal Palace Baltimore over the weekend.

The USSF D-2 Pro League playoffs begin the week of Oct. 4, and feature a two-game, aggregate-goals series in the first, semifinal and championship rounds. The top eight clubs in the league advance to the postseason, with the two conference leaders occupying the top two seeds; all eight clubs will compete in the first round.

In addition to Portland, the playoff field includes the Austin Aztex, Carolina RailHawks, NSC Minnesota Stars, Montreal Impact, Puerto Rico Islanders, Rochester Rhinos and Vancouver Whitecaps. The Timbers’ opponent for the first round will be determined during the final week of the regular season.

The Timbers conclude the regular season Saturday on the road against Northwest-rival and fellow MLS expansion side Vancouver at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, B.C.; kickoff is set for 4 p.m.