The Portland Timbers have had a lot of great firsts this season. There was the first game in the MLS in Colorado in March. The Timbers also enjoyed their first home field advantage courtesy of the Timbers Army in April. But nothing was like that first game against their regional rivals back in May. It's possible nothing will compare to what the scene will be like this Sunday when the Seattle Sounders make their first trip to Portland.
The Timbers were on the practice field Wednesday morning in Beaverton getting ready for their rivals. They hope to end their winless streak and to be good hosts, just like the Sounders were.
"I must admit the pre-game ceremony where they dropped the flags, I thought it was amazing to be honest with you," said Timbers Head Coach John Spencer. "It was the second best time I saw that after the flags we unveiled on our opening night and I thought it was really kind they would put on that kind of a show for us coming up. So hopefully we won't disappoint them coming down here."
First kick is Sunday at 1pm. The Timbers are currently tied for seventh place in the Western Conference with 18 points after 16 games played. Seattle is third with 32 points after 20 games played. Both teams played to a 1-1 tie May 14 at Qwest Field.