As always, to join the Timbers Army, all you have to do is show up at matches and bleed green and yellow.
But you now have a new opportunity to participate: join the 107 – an Independent Supporters’ Trust.
The 107 Independent Supporters’ Trust is the machinery behind the Timbers Army. It supports soccer in and around Portland, Oregon, from the grass roots to the highest professional level. It fuels the Army and supports soccer charities and soccer events in Soccer City USA.
This new group, conjured up by the fans and established by a core group of hard working Timbers fans, will be involved in planning tifo, bus trips to away matches, and charitable work. The trust is currently pursuing tax-exempt 501(c)(6) status with the IRS.
Much as the atmosphere of a soccer match resembles a college football game, an IST is kind of like an alumni boosters club: hard-core fans who want to have a stake in the team they love.
The second question: Why should I join?
The Timbers won’t be the only ones going to a whole new level in 2011. The Army will have its own sections set aside in the newly remodeled PGE Park. There will be a Timbers Army season ticket that puts you in the center of the bedlam.
In 2011, “the greatest football supporters the world has ever seen” are only going to get stronger, louder and prouder.
A 107ist membership is just $20 a year, with the money going to fund the Timbers Army’s effort in supporting the team and in contributing to soccer-related events and charities. And there’s more, of course!
I’m already a member!