PORTLAND -- New players, new jerseys, new assistant coaches: This has been a busy couple of days for the Portland Timbers as they prepare to join Major League Soccer next season.
First the team rounded out its coaching staff, then they introduced a bunch of new players. On Thursday they unveiled their inaugural uniforms, and today the team's first retail store will open in downtown Portland.
And as if that weren't enough, the Timbers also started to pepper the airwaves with commercials and erect huge billboards around town.
Portland's team and the Vancouver Whitecaps both join the MLS for the 2011 season, which starts in March.
The Timbers revealed their new jerseys, with sponsor Alaska Airlines, at a gala "fashion show" at Portland International Airport on Thursday afternoon. Alaska provided a jet adorned with a Timbers' scarf and players disembarked wearing the new kits, designed by Adidas.