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Sports Culture in PDX

“A huge part of our comeback had to do with attacking the north end with the Timbers Army sparking us on. They were behind us 100 percent, and they were like a vacuum sucking the ball into the back of the net in the second half.”

-Caleb Porter, Head Coach

“This city is a natural city for MLS…the appetite for soccer here is unbelievable.” -Merritt Paulson, Owner

The Portland Timbers are Portland’s first major league soccer experience. They took a minor league franchise, received an MLS expansion team, and built a whole new stadium and culture around the team. The Timbers have a dedicated fan base in the Timbers Army that attend every home game and are an integral part of the Timbers game-day experience. With constant support, fan interaction, and experiences, the Timbers have become one of the elite franchises in Major League Soccer. Success followed the Timbers from their transition from the USL to the MLS and was highlighted when they reached the Western Conference Finals in 2013.

“It’s One of the most exciting places to play in the country.”

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