Portland, Oregon, Soccer City USA
Portland Timbers give Portlanders a team to get fired up about!
Portland has a very passionate and vibrant soccer fan base earning it’s moniker as Soccer City, USA. The Timbers have sold out every MLS league match to date at JELD-WEN Field since their league debut in 2011, currently a string of 42 consecutive sellouts.
Providence Park/ Jeld-Wen Field is an iconic sports and entertainment facility and the beloved home of The Portland Timbers Soccer team. Located in the heart of downtown Portland, easily accessible Portland’s public transit MAX and surrounded by restaurants and bars that enthusiastically welcome ticket and non-ticket holders every game day. Check out the list of Portland Timbers Pub Partners for a selection of restaurants that show both home and aways games.
If you have a chance to attend a Timbers game or just want to be a part of the camaraderie of the enthusiastic fans at a local bar, here are some fun facts about the Timbers that every good Timbers fan should know.The Timbers Army
The “Army” is the fan base of ticket holders that are known for their loud, enthusiastic support and the raucous atmosphere they create at the games. The Timbers Army was founded in 2001. The group began congregating in section 107 (“The Woodshed”) of PGE Park (“The Piggy”) to create a European-style rooting section for the club, complete with drumming, flags, waving scarves, constant chanting and cheering lead by cheer captains, called Capos. The Capos have been voted into position by the Army ticket holders.Green smoke bombs are ignited to celebrate every Portland goal scored. The Army stands and cheers and chants the entire game. By 2012, the Timbers Army numbered more than 4,000 people in the north-end on game day.Timbers Logo Crest:The crest
The crest is made up a circle representing unity, wholeness and the pursuit of perfection. The Ax represents the logging industry of the Pacific Northwest. The three chevrons are arranged to resemble a pine tree that refers to the Timbers membership in three leagues: the North American, United Soccer and the Major Soccer League.Mascot
Timber Jim was the original lumberjack mascot and retired in 2008 . Having served as the unofficial mascot leading up to Jim’s retirement,Timber Joey was inaugurated as the new official mascot during the June 14, 2008 exhibition game. He’s a real-life bearded man that is dressed as. you guessed it— a lumberjack, complete with suspenders, plaid shirt, jeans and rugged boots.
Every time the Timbers score, Timber Joey’s trademark ritual is to fire up his chainsaw in front of the exuberant crowd and cut a “round” from a large log stationed at the base of the Army section. The round is presented to the goal-scoring player after the game. The whirring of the chainsaw, and cutting of the log feeds the already exuberant Timbers fans. Imagine a sea of green, white and yellow scarf-waving, chanting fans with the air shrouded by a low hanging green smoke that lingers from the smoke-bombs and a chainsaw wheeling lumberjack, it’s quite a sight to behold.Rivalries
Portland’s long standing rivalry, in just about every way imaginable, is Seattle— so why should our soccer rivalry be any different? The Seattle Sounders along with the Vancouver Whitecaps are the Timbers two long-standing rivalries.Chants
There are lots of them! Click on the link above for lyrics to them all. Here are just three chants that are sung at every game— and short, so I choose to highlight these!
WHEN I ROOT, I ROOT FOR THE TIMBERS
When I root,
I root for the Timbers…
When I root,
I root for the Timbers..
YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
At the 80th minute
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear, how much I love you
So please don’t take my sunshine away
CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE
At the 85th minute
Wise men say – Only fools rush in
But I can’t help falling in love with you
Take my hand – Take my whole life too
‘Cause I can’t help falling in love with you
This summer Portland will host The 2014 MLS All-Star game on August 4th, it will be the first time the Pacific Northwest has ever hosted this event. The All-Star game is an annual show-case that will be broadcast to an international audience and will highlight and spotlight the enthusiasm Portlanders have for soccer. The event will feature several days of festivities culminating in a match between The Leagues top players and a renown international soccer club. For schedule and latest news check out the Timbers home page.
When I Root, I Root for the TIMBERS!