The Portland Timbers start the 2012 season at home, hosting the Philadelphia Union in the season debut for both teams tonight at Jeld-Wen Field.
The match will be broadcast live at 6:30 p.m. (kickoff is actually at 6:55 p.m.) on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, 750 AM The Game, and La Pantera 940 AM.
The Union made the playoffs in 2011, finishing third in the Eastern Conference, and ultimately bowing out to the Houston Dynamo in the semifinals. Portland, as you no doubt remember, came up just short of making the playoffs, but had a good showing at home through much of the season. Last May the Timbers defeated the Union 1-0 in Portland, drawing at Philadelphia 0-0. Tonight’s match will be only regular season meeting of these two teams this season.
I’ll be at the game, dressed very warmly and water resistant. It just wouldn’t be a Portland Timbers home opener without cold pouring rain!
Match previews and intrigue
- Preview: For Portland, Philly, playoff push begins now at MLSSoccer.com
- Pre-Match Time Killers: Timbers vs. Philly by Dan at Dropping Timber
- Timbers Versus Union: A New Son Rises by Brenaldo at Timberlandia
- Timbers-Eve by ╭∩╮（︶︿︶）╭∩╮ at Mental And Green
- a slice or two or three… at The Axe
- MLS First Kick: Portland Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union Preview Interview with the Brotherly Game by Geoff Gibson at Stumptown Footy
- Portland Timbers talking championship as regular season begins by Geoffrey Arnold at The Oregonian
- PBPP: Philadelphia begin third season in Portland by JP Dellacamera at PhiladelphiaUnion.com
- Scouting Report: Union open ’12 season in Portland by Kevin Kinkead at PhiladelphiaUnion.com
- Union v Portland quick reference at The Philly Soccer Page
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