If you like soccer, you’re going to love this weekend. Multiple soccer related events take place Friday through Sunday in Soccer City USA . . .
Pelada, a film about soccer away from the bright light and manicured field, will be screening in Portland at the Hollywood Theater (4122 NE Sandy) from Friday, July 9th, through the 16th. This documentary follows two former college soccer standouts, Luke (Notre Dame) and Gwendolyn (Duke), as they travel the world chasing the game.
From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, Pelada is the story of the people who play.
Both screenings (7pm and 9:15pm) on Friday, July 9th feature a post-film Q&A session with film director and subject Gwendolyn Oxenham, and for all screenings $1 of each ticket will be donated to the sports initiatives of Mercy Corps, a Portland based organization dedicated to alleviating suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
The World Cup Final takes place Sunday, July 11th. Kick off is at 11:30am. You can watch it at Pioneer Courthouse Square, free, with thousands of other Portlanders on a huge (17′ x 23′!) LED screen – and there’s a beer garden! If you’d rather watch the match in a more intimate (and cooler!) environ, visit Portland Soccer Bars to find the perfect cafe, restaurant, pub, or bar. (And don’t forget, the 3rd place match takes place Saturday, July 10th).
Your home team! Timbers Soccer at PGE Park
The Portland Timbers play two matches this weekend, at PGE Park. The first is July 10th, Saturday, when Miami FC visit. Kickoff is at 7pm, but come early to the Timbers Army Beer, Bachelors, and History Tailgate! Then Sunday, after cheering on Spain or the Netherlands, as the case may be, in the World Cup Final, head up to PGE Park again as the Portland Timbers host Mexican side Club Deportivo Atlas in a friendly – kickoff at 6pm.