A little rain never stopped a true Timbers fan, especially for the season opener! Over 20,000 excited fans flooded Jeld-Wen Field, wrapped up in green and gold gear, ready for the kickoff game against Philadelphia Union.
As the Timbers Army (Portland’s infamously passionate fan base) sang the national anthem, fireworks and confetti erupted over the field, lighting up the sky.
The game was still 0-0 at the halftime, but early in the second half Philadelphia scored a goal. The score was soon evened out by newbie Andrew Jean-Baptiste, whose header just barely made it past Philly’s goalkeeper.
The crowd erupted, chanting “We are the Timbers, you can’t stop us!” and “PT-SC (Portland Timbers Soccer Club)” while clapping, screaming and high-fiving friends and neighbors. Green smoke filled the stadium, Timbers flags were waved, and more songs broke out (see video below).
The second goal was scored by Kris Boyd, formerly of the Scottish Premier League, who joined the Timbers during the off-season. The third goal was by Kalif Alhassan from Ghana, finishing the game with a score of 3-1—Timbers victory!
No doubt this season will be an exciting one, especially with the new players and endless entertaining support from the Timbers Army! Check out Portland Timbers website for more info on the Rose City soccer team!