The Mighty Mighty Timbers recently returned from a successful road trip to South Florida, where they not only drew with and then beat Miami FC in two matches in three days, but also tied and then surpassed the USL division 1 record for consecutive matches in a season without a loss – that’s 16 matches in a row for the Timbers; their only USL 1 loss this season was to Vancouver in the season opener on the road.
Thursday’s match is big: the visitors are the Puerto Rico Islanders, who currently sit tied with the Timbers at the top of the standings. The Timbers play Thursday not only to defend the home field, but also to extend their unbeaten streak to 17 games. With a win they can stake claim to sole possession of first place.
Saturday the Timbers return to the PGE pitch to take on Burnley FC, who are on a preseason US tour. One of the founding members of the Football League, Burnley have been absent from the top echelon of English football for 33 years, but next season they play in the English Premiere League, having earned promotion last season.