Matchday: Portland Timbers begin 2014 MLS campaign against the Philadelphia Union

Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union | Mar. 8, 2014, 7:30pm PT | ROOT SPORTS

The Portland Timbers open their 2014 MLS campaign at Providence Park against the Philadelphia Union at 7:30pm on ROOT SPORTS, presented by Alaska Airlines. Keith Bleyer and Ross Smith will be on the call on ROOT SPORTS (channels 34 & 734 on Comcast, 687 on DirecTV and 426 on Dish Network) with Jake Zivin and Andrew Gregor on 750 The Game. Alaska Airlines will be handing out special #TimbersAway luggage tags to the first 5,000 fans in the park.

At halftime of tonight's match, the Timbers will induct NASL legend and community paragon Mick Hoban into the club's Ring of Honor. Be sure to watch the festivities.

Wear your Timbers gear into any Portland-area Chipotle today for a buy one, get one free deal.

The Timbers will be wearing their Retro Third Green kits this evening. Buy yours now!

Providence Park Notes

Providence Park
Check out with a full Timbers MatchDay Guide.

1. Get To The Stadium
2. Buy Tickets
3. Choose Your Entrance - KeyBank Club seats open two hours prior to kickoff. Gate 3 (Timbers Army Gate) opens two hours prior to kickoff for people with wristbands (see below) and then 90 minutes prior without wristbands along with Gates 1, 2, 4, & 5 - SEE SPECIAL ENTRY PROCEDURE FOR GATE 3 BELOW
4. Find Your Seat
5. Enjoy The Match
6. After The Match

Also read our guides on TriMetParking, and Guest Guide.

Timbers Army Gate 3 Procedures
Due to the high demand for the best seats in the Timbers Army and our desire to provide a fair and consistent early entry procedure, we will be once again using a system of wristbands to help facilitate early entry at Gate 3 for Timbers Army fans at Providence Park. This has been done after consultation with the 107ist Board who will assist with additional volunteers to help with education and execution. For more details, please visit the Timbers Army Gate Wristband FAQ.


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KEYBANK SCOUTING REPORT MATCHDAY PREVIEW:  Timbers kickoff MLS season against the Union
READ:  2014 Portland Timbers season previews
READ:  Timbers Argentine contingent right at home
READ:  Timbers and Porter focused on mental game
WATCH:  Caleb Porter has the team focused heading into the opener

WATCH:  Will Johnson & Michael Harrington talk team's prep for the Union
WATCH:  The Sideline: Players discuss 2014 expectations
PHI:  Union preview their season
PHI:  Philly keyed up for opening match against the Timbers

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