The Portland Timbers finally get to play in front of their hometown fans as a Major League Soccer team tonight when they play host to the Chicago Fire.
While they’re obviously excited about the gala opener at their newly refurbished stadium, the expansion Timbers are also anxious to get their first victory. After three games, Portland is 0-2-1.
“At the end of the day, the fans can’t kick the ball into the net for us,” said team captain Jack Jewsbury. “We know we’ve got to get it done.”
This week the Timbers practiced for the first time at Jeld-Wen Field as workers added finishing touches. The stadium, until recently called PGE Park, underwent $31 million in changes for the move to MLS.
Toronto FC extended its unbeaten streak to four games by holding midfielder David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy to a scoreless draw. In the 70th minute, Beckham curled a free kick around the Toronto wall but off the post. … Fabian Espindola scored in the 93rd minute and Real Salt Lake beat the Colorado Rapids, 1-0, to remain unbeaten (4-0-0). Nick Rimando earned his 76th shutout.