Categories for Soccer – Pro

JELD-WEN Field to host U.S. Men’s Soccer Team in 2013 Gold Cup

JELD-WEN Field will play host to a 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage doubleheader, featuring the United States, Belize, Costa Rica and Cuba men’s national teams, on Tuesday, July 9, it was announced today by CONCACAF as the confederation unveiled the groups and complete schedule for the upcoming tournament. The Group C matchups at JELD-WEN Field will pit Costa Rica and Cuba at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific), and Belize against the…

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Portland to host 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) announced today the 13 venues and host cities that will welcome the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup from July 7-28, 2013. “We would like to thank all cities and venues in the United States for their interest in our Confederation’s Gold Cup and congratulate the ones that have been selected to host its 2013 edition.” said CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb.…

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Timbers single-game tickets go on sale March 21

The Portland Timbers announced today that single-game tickets for their inaugural Major League Soccer season will go on sale Monday, March 21. Additionally, the club has released a series of five-game ticket plans featuring premium matches throughout the 2011 campaign. The Timbers today also announced that the team’s half-season ticket packages are sold out. Single-game tickets for each regular-season home match, starting at $8, will be available for purchase on…

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Portland Timbers announce inaugural MLS season schedule

Major League Soccer (MLS) today unveiled the full 34-game schedule for the Portland Timbers as the team kicks off its inaugural season in MLS. After their season-opening, three-game road trip, the Timbers, who play one home and one away match against each of the other 17 teams in the league, return to Portland to open up a renovated PGE Park on ESPN2 against the Chicago Fire on Thursday, April 14,…

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Timbers introduce season ticket information, virtual venue for MLS

The Portland Timbers have introduced season ticket information and an online “virtual venue” feature that gives fans architecturally accurate views of every seating section available at PGE Park when the team begins play in Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2011. The virtual venue feature at www.PortlandMLS2011.com offers fans the ability to simultaneously compare 360-degree views from various seating sections and the opportunity to explore the exciting changes that will take…

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World Cup viewing party for USA-England set for Saturday

This Saturday the Oregon Sports Authority, Portland Timbers, TAOW Modern Marketing and Alpha Broadcasting will host “Soccer City Celebration” presented by McDonald’s, featuring the USA-England World Cup match broadcast live on a 12′ x 17′ LED screen at Director Park in downtown Portland. The event is free to attend; a beer garden will add to the festivities and the current weather forecast for Saturday is sunny with a high of…

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Design goal for Major League Soccer: Old school is cool

It won’t have the sparkle of 4-year-old Toyota Park outside Chicago or brand-new Red Bull Arena outside New York City. But the people remodeling PGE Park hope to send a message to the city and beyond when the stadium becomes a Major League Soccer venue next year: Old school is cool. As a result, the park will not have the hyperabundance of modern conveniences in new parks, such as more…

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Portland Timbers officially launch MLS work

As Merritt Paulson faced 50 PGE Park employees Thursday morning in the first official staff meeting of the Major League Soccer Portland Timbers, he spoke in grand terms of the franchise that begins play in 2011. “This is bigger than the Pacific Northwest being the hub of soccer in North America,” Paulson said. “This is about soccer finally taking hold in the country. You know, for years people have asked,…

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Finally, MLS comes to Portland

In big Timbers news, the Portland City Council provided their official approval of the operating deal between the city and Peregine Sports to bring MLS to the Rose City. The resolution passed by a four to one vote, with Commissioner Amanda Fritz providing the single no vote. She cited concerns about the deal’s effect on the spectator fund and using the funds for other uses, although Commissioner Randy Leonard later…

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MLS in Portland a go, but Beavers baseball still stymied

Soccer: 4. Baseball: 0. A deal to renovate PGE Park for Major League Soccer will have at least four “yeas” when it comes up for a vote next week, with all Portland city commissioners except Amanda Fritz saying Wednesday they would support it. Left unresolved is what will happen to the Portland Beavers Triple-A baseball team, which will play in the ballpark this year but must find a new home…

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MLS deal expected next week

Mayor Sam Adams said Wednesday negotiators are pushing through months of delay and by next week will finish the final $31 million deal to refurbish PGE Park in time for an April 2011 season opener for Major League Soccer. “I feel like we’re in the zone,” Adams said. The proximity of a deal was enough for the council, on a 3-2 vote, to allow franchise owner Merritt Paulson to start…

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Portland Timbers reveal design plans for PGE Park

PGE Park’s field will slide toward home plate, snug in the crook of the stadium’s grandstand. A larger video screen will appear against the Multnomah Athletic Club, along with a standing-room/stage area. Most notably, covered seats and a club level will mushroom from the stadium’s nearly empty east side, ushering scarf-snapping fans to within a throw-in of the sideline. Details of the stadium’s $31 million retrofit for the Portland Timbers’…

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Talks continue on converting PGE Park for soccer play

Nearly two months after an initial deal expired, negotiators for the city and Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson are still pounding out details for a final agreement to reconfigure PGE Park for Major League Soccer in 2011. The final contract with Paulson will probably be ready “sometime after the first of the year. It just takes a lot of time and back and forth to sort out some of these…

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Vision for PGE Park: A place that says ‘soccer’

In 2011, soccer fans coming to PGE Park will be able to step off the MAX train and step through an expanded park entry. As they head to the new seats on the stadium’s east side, they’ll see the raucous Timbers Army partying on a new platform at the north end and other fans sitting in premium seats as close as 30 feet from the field. And when they’re hungry…

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Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps meet on the way to MLS

The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps game Thursday night marks the final meeting between the two teams during the 2009 regular season. However, off the pitch, the two teams will share many concerns over the next two years. Portland and Vancouver were awarded Major League Soccer expansion teams in March and both franchises are scheduled to join the league in 2011. Both franchises are racing to meet myriad deadlines, develop…

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Video: Portland and Paulson make Major League Soccer deal

Portland’s City Council signed on to a $31 million deal with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, taking PGE Park from the minor leagues to Major League Soccer. “Today, the city council scored a big victory for Portland, for soccer and for our economy,” Paulson said in a statement. Click here to watch the entire story on KATU.com.

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City, Paulson strike deal to revamp PGE Park

Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard emerged from their final negotiating session just before 2 p.m. today after finalizing a $31 million deal to renovate PGE Park for the team’s 2011 Major League Soccer debut. And just in time.  The City Council’s 2 p.m. meeting includes measures that would exempt the project from the city’s competitive bidding requirements and give Paulson and his company…

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Video: Soccer’s future looks bright

It was a big night over at PGE Park — the Timbers hosted the Seattle Sounders, a Major League Soccer team.  It’s been advertised as a preview of what’s to come when our very own Major League Soccer team begins playing in 2011.  There wasn’t a seat to be had. Click here to watch the entire story.

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MLS plan still alive as Portland council endorses latest plan

Consider it a little necessary breathing room. That doesn’t mean the race to negotiate a complex set of agreements to remodel PGE Park for Major League Soccer while finding a new home for the Triple A Portland Beavers baseball team has the luxury of time. Merritt Paulson, who owns the Beavers and the Portland Timbers soccer team, must have a signed finance and construction deal with the city to renovate…

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Video: Soccer fans find inspiration in Seattle

Portland is working hard to bring Major League Soccer to the city in 2011.  The Timbers and their fans have great role models and a pretty tough act to follow already in the Northwest.  KGW’s Joe Becker traveled north to Seattle where MLS is already a pretty big hit. Click here to watch the entire story on KGW.com.

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Major League Soccer sets its sights on the Northwest

While Women’s Professional Soccer its first season in seven years across the country, Major League Soccer has its eyes set firmly north and west. In March, MLS announced that its next two teams will play in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning in 2011. — Excerpt from SportsTravel Magazine, May/June 2009

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Soccer decisions coming up fast

The City Council must sign its first agreement on the Major League Soccer deal in less than three weeks, according to new franchise owner Merritt Paulson. The council must by April 15 approve the pre-development agreement to renovate PGE Park for the incoming MLS team and build a new Triple-A baseball stadium in the Rose Quarter, Paulson said. After that, Paulson said, the council must approve the designs for the…

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Timbers announce MLS 2011 ticket details

The Portland Timbers today announced additional details regarding the priority system and the deadline for the first round of 2011 Major League Soccer (MLS) season-ticket procurement. The Timbers, who were awarded the MLS’ 18th team Friday, are offering fans a number of options to secure season tickets for the team’s inaugural MLS season in 2011. Fans are encouraged to secure their 2011 MLS season tickets as soon as possible, as…

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Timbers go big time in 2011

You can reserve tickets to the Portland Timbers’ first Major League Soccer season in 2011 by putting down a $50 deposit. If you buy tickets for the 2009 minor-league season, you are in the front of the line for 2011. And, yes, the team will still be called the Timbers when it goes big time. But let’s back it up. As expected, Timbers owner Merritt Paulson was awarded Major League…

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New MLS team coming to Portland

Major League Soccer will award an expansion franchise to Portland on Friday, sources close to the deal said Wednesday. Although the league would not confirm an announcement was scheduled, owner Merritt Paulson, the sources said, will be granted a team in the top tier of U.S. professional soccer to begin play in 2011 in a renovated PGE Park. Friday’s announcement will come two days after Vancouver, B.C., won a team…

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Soccer deal passes council with one major change

Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman voted this afternoon in favor of bring Major League Soccer to Portland to loud cheers, giving a 3-2 edge to the city’s involvement in a complicated financial deal after a six hour hearing. Saltzman’s deciding vote came after he proposed an amendment to the original agreement that took money from a new urban renewal district off the table. That amendment, agreed to by all five…

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MLS deal reached

Timbers and Beavers owner Merritt Paulson reached a tentative agreement Monday with Portland leaders that would give him access to more than $60 million in city-backed loans to build a new Triple A baseball stadium in the Rose Quarter and renovate PGE Park for a new Major League Soccer franchise. To get the money, Paulson and his family have agreed to hold the city virtually harmless for paying most of…

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Time to bend it, like Portland

A decade ago, the city of Portland sealed a public-private partnership to renovate a rat (and feral-cat-infested) trap, then known as Civic Stadium. In the process, the city did three things wrong. It swaddled its negotiations in too much secrecy. It bragged about the profits it expected from PGE Park, before they hatched. And, ultimately, it placed too much confidence in its private partner. What the city did right, however,…

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Yes to MLS

This past Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a rally at City Hall with over 300 Portlanders of all ages, ethnicities and political persuasions who were united in sending a common message to our City Council: Bring Major League Soccer to Portland. It was inspiring to see so many people united as a community looking to the future despite these uncertain times. Yet too often throughout this debate, hysteria…

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Soccer task force says: Play ball!

Portland’s Major League Soccer Task Force today backed a proposal to use city money to renovate PGE Park for the Portland Timbers and build a new baseball stadium for the Portland Beavers. The group voted to forward a 13-page recommendation to the City Council backing the idea, but outlining a detailed list of concerns and conditions that members hope the council will consider. Merritt Paulson, who owns the Timbers and…

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Seeking the green for MLS

We didn’t actually count the kelly-green high-tops, jerseys, scarves, etc., at the Portland Building on Tuesday. Which is too bad. Clearly, though, the Portland Timbers-infused crowd was going for an understated look — flashes and touches of green rather than full-on, head-to-toe immersion. Still, you knew a coup d’etat had taken place. A bedraggled platoon, the Timbers Army, had pretty much taken over the hearing room. The fans were there…

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Portland soccer fans turn out to support stadium

The Portland Timbers Army, clad in green soccer jerseys and telltale wool scarves, invaded the Tuesday night meeting of the city’s Major League Soccer Task Force to show support for a bid to bring another major league sports team to town. “This is an opportunity to go through a door that will close shortly,” said soccer fan Ean Todd. “We need to do this now.” Todd was right on target…

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An investment in more than sports

Very soon, Portland will make a once-in-a-generation decision. We have an opportunity to create more than 600 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs, an opportunity to leverage at least $40 million in private investment, an opportunity to revitalize our city with millions in private investment and new sustainability-focused development, an opportunity to showcase Portland and Oregon to the nation and world by adding another major league team poised to flourish,…

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Task force takes its shot at goal

A citizen task force studying whether to bring a Major League Soccer team to Portland will consider recommending the move Tuesday afternoon. The proposed recommendation notes that the plan is $20 million to $40 million short of its required budget, and urges the City Council to identify a source for the money that does not require higher taxes or cuts in existing agency budgets. The task force will take public…

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Portland sets goals for MLS deal

When the city and the Portland Trail Blazers worked out a 750-page deal to build the Rose Garden, the team took most of the risk and the city got some of the reward when the arena opened in 1995. The city wants to follow that model as it works toward a deal with Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Timbers soccer team, who’s bidding for one of two Major League…

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Citizen task force likes the idea of MLS, loathes the risk

The soccer ball is getting kicked back and forth a bit. A task force looking at a proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Portland said it likes the idea of bringing another major league team here, but has serious concerns about the financial risk to the city’s general fund, which pays for basic services including police and fire protection, parks and public housing. And several members of the Portland…

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MLS debate remains a matter of money, and more

Pro soccer in Portland, featuring the Portland Timbers, would move up a notch if team owner Merritt Paulson gets the city to agree on terms for remodeling PGE Park and building a new baseball stadium for the Beavers. Portland’s Major League Soccer/minor-league baseball park issue is a complicated one, and one that will play out over the next month as the city faces a March 15 deadline to tell MLS…

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Portland’s shot at the MLS

In the editorial board meeting yesterday, the subject of Merritt Paulson’s effort to win a Major League Soccer franchise for Portland came up. It was mostly a conversation about taxpayer protection, the pros and cons of a baseball park in the Rose Quarter and the proposed upgrades to PGE Park. But along the way, one among us — collegial decorum forbids me to say whom — voiced the opinion that…

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A fresh idea for the Rose Quarter

Could a new minor league baseball stadium help resuscitate Portland’s ailing Rose Quarter? Portland’s Rose Quarter with the Rose Garden arena at left and Memorial Coliseum at right, as seen in 2004.  It’s an intriguing idea that deserves serious consideration by the city task force that’s exploring a proposal to bring a Major League Soccer franchise to Portland. Questions abound, but if construction of a baseball stadium were part of…

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The best football city in America

Portland, Oregon is a different type of city. It’s a national and international model for urban planning, public transit and sustainability. City leaders have never shied away from making visionary choices that have created Portland’s much vaunted liveability, and now they face another such transformational opportunity: do they want to help bring a second major league sports franchise to Portland in the form of Major League Soccer? The answer should…

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Plan to bring MLS to Portland wouldn’t turn a profit until 2015, analysts predict

The company seeking the city’s financial help to renovate PGE Park to bring major league soccer to Portland and to relocate the Beavers minor league baseball team to a new stadium, released financial projections Tuesday that show the combined operation wouldn’t turn a profit until 2015. Greg Peden and Don Mazziotti, consultants representing owner Merritt Paulson, presented the figures to a city task force analyzing the proposal. The balance sheet…

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Stoking the hopes of MLS

It’s hard to think big in a contracting economy, but it would be unwise for Portland to do anything else Portlanders have a bad habit of thinking small even when times are terrific. And right now, the dismal economy is a perfect backdrop for a particularly Portland brand of pessimism. Thinking small, at the moment, seems like the only game in town. But that’s shortsighted. The city can’t afford to…

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MLS commissioner likes Portland’s franchise chances

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber on Tuesday pumped up Portland’s chances of landing an expansion team in 2011. In one interview after another — more than a dozen in all during a one-hour swing through PGE Park — Garber called the city as a potential favorite to win one of two expansion slots MLS plans to award early next year. The other five cities seeking a franchise are Atlanta,…

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PGE Park plans for soccer, baseball go ‘through the wringer’

A new task force will evaluate a controversial proposal to remodel PGE Park and build a new Portland baseball stadium, slowing the process and opening it to greater public scrutiny. The task force has been charged with taking a hard look at financing and is looking at sites beyond Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood, the preferred place in the original proposal. Other possibilities include the site of Memorial Coliseum and the…

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Beavers co-owner sees Portland as a two-sport star

To recruit Major League Soccer, Merritt Paulson says he needs taxpayers to put up $85 million to upgrade PGE Park and move Triple-A baseball to a new stadium in Southeast Portland. But Paulson faces a city and state skeptical of digging into general tax revenues to subsidize professional sports, especially in an economic downturn. The city is still saddled with debt from its last PGE Park remodel. Portland officials say…

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It’s a bull market for soccer

When Bill Manning joined the front office of Major League Soccer’s fledgling Tampa Bay Mutiny in 2000, the question he said he recalled fielding the most was: “Is this league going to make it?” Two years later, the league contracted to 10 teams when the Mutiny and their intrastate rival, the Miami Fusion, folded. In April, Manning quit his job as an executive with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles to rejoin…

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Sports fans, neighborhood leaders, PSU and city officials kick off campaign for MLS, ballpark

Merritt Paulson, owner of the Portland Timbers and Portland Beavers, along with Portland City Commissioner Randy Leonard and Portland State University Athletic Director Torre Chisholm, joined eastside neighborhood leaders and local soccer and baseball fans at a news conference at PGE Park today to urge public and government support for plans to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) team to Portland and to create a new home for the Triple-A…

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Portland talks $75 million deal to draw Major League Soccer

Merritt Paulson, a newcomer to Oregon and sports ownership, took a gamble last year when he bet he could turn around the Portland Beavers and build on the success of the Portland Timbers. Now the 35-year-old son of U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson wants Portland taxpayers to ante up and help him bring Major League Soccer to town — perhaps by borrowing $75 million on the city’s credit card. The…

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Portland could know Major League Soccer fate by fall

Portland might know as early as this fall if it will join Major League Soccer in 2011. The league on Thursday announced the timeline for awarding its next two expansion franchises. Interested parties must apply by Oct. 15. Selections will be made either this year or in the first quarter of 2009, the league said. The response by Merritt Paulson, who is leading the effort to bring top-tier soccer to…

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MLS in Portland in holding pattern

Merritt Paulson has a favorite city in the race to land a Major League Soccer franchise. Understandably, it’s Portland. After all, he’s owner and president of the Timbers, who play in the United Soccer Leagues First Division. Paulson would love to see Portland chosen for one of two new MLS franchises that will be selected to begin play in 2011. — Excerpt from The Oregonian, July 26, 2008

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Plans afoot at PGE Park

By 2011, the landscape of Portland’s outdoor sports facilities could have an entirely different look. PGE Park could be the home of the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer, and a new 8,000- to 10,000-seat arena for the Triple-A baseball Portland Beavers could be the centerpiece of a Lents Park revitalization project. That is the fervent hope of Randy Leonard, the city commissioner who admits he is picking sides when…

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Price for MLS team going up

The cost to land a Major League Soccer expansion team in Portland is quickly climbing. The new entry fee: at least $40 million. That’s up from the $30 million MLS is charging ownership groups in Seattle and Philadelphia to bring their cities franchises in the next two years. The league’s increased buy-in price is putting pressure on potential franchise owner Merritt Paulson to secure a deal before costs escalate further.…

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Timbers to face MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes in exhibition

The Portland Timbers announced today that the club will face Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes as part of a preseason doubleheader March 28 at the University of Portland’s Clive Charles Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tickets, starting at $10, go on sale to the public March 3 and are available through the UP box office, area Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (503)…

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PGE Park to install new playing surface for 2008

The city of Portland and Merritt Paulson, owner and president of the Portland Beavers and Portland Timbers, today announced that a new, state-of-the-art playing surface will be installed at PGE Park for the 2008 season. Officials have chosen FieldTurf, recognized as the world leader in artificial turf, for PGE Park, a 19,566-seat stadium located in the heart of downtown Portland. Initial stages of the project began today, and the new…

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MLS boss impressed with Portland’s passion

Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said he felt Portland’s passion for the sport Wednesday. From his chauffeur, who plays in an adult league, to the buzz at City Hall about Wednesday night’s exhibition at PGE Park between the U.S. and Mexico women’s national teams. “You get the feeling this is a passionate soccer community, which is very positive for Portland’s chances for MLS expansion,” Garber said.  — Excerpt from…

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MLS sets second Portland visit

Major League Soccer’s top brass plans to revisit Portland today to analyze more closely the possibility of fielding an expansion team at PGE Park, officials said Tuesday. MLS commissioner Don Garber and league president Mark Abbott are scheduled to meet this afternoon with Merritt Paulson, who is negotiating to bring the highest level of U.S. soccer to Portland. In May, Paulson became owner of the Portland Timbers soccer franchise, which…

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Seattle, Portland play MLS-franchise game

Portland still has a shot to land a Major League Soccer expansion team within five years even if the league awards a new franchise to Seattle first, league officials said Tuesday. Commissioner Don Garber said in March, when scouting PGE Park as a possible venue for a new franchise, that the MLS most likely would consider adding a team in just one of the two cities by 2010. Portland has…

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Field expands to court MLS

Got $30 million to spare? And want to own a Major League Soccer team in the Northwest? Get in line. The exclusive negotiating period a California family had to land a potential MLS franchise in the Portland or Seattle area has expired.  — Excerpt from The Oregonian, July 19, 2007

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MLS site search shifts to suburbs

The city of Hillsboro has vaulted into a viable option for the owners of a potential Major League Soccer expansion franchise in the Pacific Northwest. James Keston, a member of the California family that said it holds the exclusive rights to add an MLS franchise in the Portland or Seattle area, described Hillsboro as “by far, the most interesting development right now.” The idea of converting the 7,000-seat Hillsboro Stadium…

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California dreamer eyes MLS

The owner of a potential Major League Soccer franchise in Portland is a California real estate developer with ties to former Trail Blazers owner Larry Weinberg. Michael Keston said this week he retains the exclusive rights to discuss with MLS the possibility of bringing an expansion team to either the Portland or Seattle area. MLS commissioner Don Garber has touted both areas as viable candidates for one of three expansion…

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Investors plan bid for MLS

A group of investors, led by a local real estate developer, is pulling together a proposal aimed at bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to Portland by 2010. Ben Stutz, of JB Equities of Portland, said Thursday about five to 10 local investors have committed to a potential ownership group of an MLS franchise. He declined to name the investors but said they have the financial means to make a…

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MLS takes a look at Portland

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber touched down Tuesday in Portland to see for himself: Could the city support an MLS club? “Here we are in ‘Soccer City USA’ and we don’t have Major League Soccer. There’s irony there,” Garber mused Tuesday morning after a 45-minute tour of PGE Park under drizzly skies. Garber’s visit spoke to the preliminary stages of an effort to bring a new MLS franchise to…

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