The big Portland Timbers news since last Friday’s roundup was the trade: Steve Cronin for D.C. United’s Troy Perkins. This event led to much gnashing and gnawing of teeth by supporters, but at the end of the day all parties know it’s a business, yo?
And then more big news arrived yesterday: the 2011 MLS home openers were announced. The Portland Timbers travel to Colorado to face the defending MLS champion Rapids on Saturday, March 19. On March 26 the Timbers take part in another home opener, at Toronto FC. And then finally, on Thursday, April 14 2011 at 8pm the Portland Timbers face the Chicago Fire at PGE Park [or whatever the park will be called then]. Here’s the rest of the First Kick schedule for you weirdos that watch other teams besides the Mighty Portland Timbers (though I’ve highlighted the important ones. Home team listed first):
Tuesday, March 15
Seattle Sounders FC vs. LA Galaxy, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday, March 19
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC, time TBD
D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew, 4:30 p.m.
New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 4:30 p.m.
FC Dallas vs. Chicago Fire, 5:30 p.m.
Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union, 5:30pm
Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers, 6 p.m.
Chivas USA vs. Sporting Kansas City, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 20
LA Galaxy vs. New England Revolution, 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 26
Chicago Fire vs. Sporting Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Columbus Crew vs. New York Red Bulls, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 1 p.m.
Toronto FC vs. Portland Timbers, time TBD
New England Revolution vs. D.C. United, time TBD
Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy, 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 14
Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire, 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 9
Sporting Kansas City vs. Chicago Fire, time TBD
And finally, Portland Timbers assistant coach Amos Magee got hitched – congrats!