I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from a bit of a soccer hangover. I was feeling pretty good through Saturday – the World Cup Final third place match was a delight, and then the Portland Timbers put together a nice match in the evening, a 2-0 victory over Miami.
Then Sunday, the Timbers U-23s clinched the Northwest Division title, and the Timbers friendly against Atlas looks like it might have been fun. But there was no way I could make it up to PGE Park – the World Cup Final, earlier in the day, was hard to stomach (oh yeah, and I also had attended my buddy Brent’s bachelor party Saturday night).
The Portland Timbers don’t return to PGE Park until August 11th, when they host Minnesota. They play four league matches on the road before then, starting with Vancouver on July 22nd.
But there’s one more home match before the road trip commences. It’s not at PGE Park though; the Portland Timbers face Manchester City at Merlo field Saturday, July 17th. Preview soon . . .