Portland Timbers

The Timbers Army. Terrific ads. Great atmosphere, great sense of humor. Team’s still a work in progress.

Trophies: Oddly enough, nothing from their NASL and USL days, though they took some regular-season honors and reached a couple of finals.

Fan personality: Fun and enthusiastic, with intense demand for season tickets. Of course, you can’t talk about Portland fans and the Timbers Army without this Portlandia clip.

“Please, please win. Meow meow meow” indeed.

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Stadium situation: JELD-WEN Field is your typical new-school venue. The Timbers and Merritt Paulson fought hard to get the longtime multipurpose stadium renovated for MLS use, and it paid off.


The Timbers’ tradition dates back to 1975, when they reached the NASL final in their first year. The gimmick of sawing a big slab of wood for every Timbers goal started then as well. The NASL team folded after the 1982 season.

The name was revived by a WSL team that played from 1985 to 1989 as FC Portland. That team, which featured a young Kasey Keller in goal at one point, played as the Timbers for two years before closing down.

The team came roaring back in the A-League in 2001, playing 10 solid seasons as a cornerstone of what would become the USL First Division. In 2009, they had a 24-game unbeaten streak (14 wins, 10 draws).

In their MLS debut, the Timbers started well, posting a 5-3-2 record through 10 games. But the goals dried up, and the Timbers won only one of their next 10. In 2012, the Timbers parted with coach John Spencer and then Designated Player Kris Boyd, turning the keys over to accomplished college coach Caleb Porter.

2013 previews: MLSSoccer.comESPNSoccer America, SB Nation

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