PORTLAND -- The Oregon Historical Society and FC Media have collaborated to create an exhibit of items from the original Portland Timbers years of 1975 to 1982.

The Timbers played in what was called the North American Soccer League.

The Soccer City, USA exhibit opens Friday, a day after the Major League Soccer Timbers open their home season.

Photos from the exhibit

Anyone who lived in Oregon in the era knows that the original Timbers were embraced with intense enthusiasm, leading to Portland being named Soccer City USA.

A year ago, FC Media's Michael Orr, a writer, and historian Morgen Young started compiling oral histories and memorabilia of that era. Other founders are photographer Steve Lenhart and designer Matthew Speakman.

The exhibit will have the 1975 Western Conference trophy, which has been stored in the home of an original Timbers owner.

As Young points out, 1975 still remains the best season ever for the Timbers.

A plaque honors the Portland version of a Robert Doisneau moment, a smothering kiss shared by Graham Day of the Timbers and city councilor Mildred Schwab.

Not a part of that is an actual photograph of the two with locked lips, which Young said is a key reason for starting the exhibit. FC Media wants to photograph such images and create an expanding archive.

The exhibit will also have the slice of a log from 1980 cut by Timber Jim after John Bain's hat trick in a match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Timber Jim carved Bain's name and date into the slice, which had been stored in Bain's office for the last 30 years.

There's lots to see.

Check out the first Timbers contract, for $900 a month, with Michael 'Mick Hoban', striking, as it is typewritten and names are penned in blue ink, with beautiful cursive writing.

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber plans a visit while in town for the Timbers home opener.

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