PORTLAND, Ore. -- The complete schedule for the Portland Timbers' inaugural Major League Soccer season was announced Thursday. The schedule includes 34 games, starting with the season opener March 19 at Colorado.
The Timbers' home opener is Thursday, April 14 against Chicago. The game will also be telecast no ESPN2.
Schedule highlights include a visit by the Los Angeles Galaxy on August 3. The Galaxy feature MLS Superstars Landon Donovan and David Beckham.
The Timbers will also have two games with their arch-rival, the Seattle Sounders. The first is Saturday May 15 in Seattle and the second Sunday, July 10 at PGE Park on ESPN.
Timbers head coach John Spencer said the question he gets asked most is how many times they will beat Seattle.
“I’m very aware of old firm rivalries and the history of the game,” says Spencer, “we’ll try our very best, but the main thing is we end the season with more wins than losses and hopefully sitting in the playoffs.”
Meanwhile, the renovations at PGE Park continue. Mike Golub, the Timbers’ Chief Operating officer says they are right on track.
“We’ll be ready for a home opener on April 14,” says Golub, "so if people have peaked in recently, or watched our web cam, they’ll see seats going in. You can actually see ‘Portland’ spelled out in the new stands. The turf will be going in in a couple of weeks and the scoreboard shortly thereafter. The stadium is really taking shape.”