Since their first year of MLS play in 2011, the MLS has been banking on the huge success of the Timbers. They’re also partially responsible for by far the league’s best rivalry--the Timbers against the Seattle Sounders, a fierce rivalry that embodies the soccer spirit in the Pacific Northwest. They’ve sold out every home game in franchise history, that number passing 50 this March. A key to their success is that they’ve become a fabric of the downtown culture in Portland. The city’s only other professional sports franchise, the Trailblazers, play in through the winter, meaning the Timbers have a monopoly on the summer sports market there.
Their archrival Seattle Sounders got a two year head start on them in the MLS, so the Timbers fell behind them in the standings initially. But last season they were tops in the Western Conference, making it to the Conference Finals. Will Johnson is the team captain; he also plays for Team Canada in international competition. The Timbers fan base is known as the raucous Timbers Army. They celebrate goals with smoke bombs in the crowd and also have a rivalry with Vancouver Whitecaps FC--the three Pac Northwest teams compete for the Cascadia Cup. The teams have each won one cup in the MLS era. Bringing in the Timbers was a controversial move in 2009 as it required kicking out popular minor league baseball team Portland Beavers. But it’s worked out tremendously; the Timbers are one of the most popular teams in the league. Get your Timbers tickets from Gold Coast Tickets!