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Portland Timbers

May 1, 2011

The Portland Timbers are new to the league in 2011, but they have already made a sizable impression. Their first home match, which aired nationally, featured thousands of Portland’s supporters, known as the Timbers Army, singing the national anthem in unison. Despite a slow start, their first matches at home revived their fortunes, making them competitive again in the standings. Previously, Portland had played in the second division of American soccer, the USL.

KEY PLAYER:
Kenny Cooper has been a prolific MLS scorer in his stateside career. Cooper notched 40 goals in only 90 appearances with FC Dallas, before transferring to 1860 Munich in Germany. Expansion Portland was at the top of the league’s allocation order in 2011, when Cooper looked to return home following an injury-plagued European excursion. Despite his size, Cooper is known more for his feet and how he goes at players, rather than his aerial ability or heading prowess.

STADIUM SITUATION:
Formerly known as PGE Park, Jeld-Wen Field (capacity: 18,627) is the 2011 home of the Portland Timbers. One of three turf fields in MLS, the stadium was primarily a baseball stadium for the Portland Beavers (AAA-affiliate of the San Diego Padres) before the Timbers’ ascendency to MLS. The field was renovated for soccer, a new baseball stadium was never built, and the Beavers had to leave for Tucson.

MAJOR TROPHIES WON:
None.

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