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Here's the latest food offerings for Timbers & Thorns matches at Providence Park

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Here's the latest food offerings for Timbers & Thorns matches at Providence Park

For those of you who like the peanut butter pickle bacon burger at Killer burger and like watching either the Portland Timbers or Portland Thorns, you’re in luck!

Now you can do both!

Announced on Monday, The Portland Timbers, Portland Thorns FC and Park Provisions have partnered together for the 2020 season to further cultivate a hospitality program that is unique to Providence Park, including the continuation of “Park Pricing” games and the addition of Killer Burger to the venue’s dining roster.



“Park Pricing” returns in 2020:

- $2.50 hot dogs

- $2.50 nachos

- $6 “Beer of the Match” provided by sponsors Widmer, Modelo and Coors Light, for midweek Timbers and Thorns FC matches during the 2020 season.

Killer Burger (in section 93) joins returning favorites Podnah’s Pit and HOTLIPS Pizza and will feature with a classic burger, peanut butter pickle bacon burger and a Park exclusive, Striker burger with bacon, grilled jalapeños, Sriracha ketchup, Havarti cheese, mayonnaise and grilled onion.

Featuring 34 draft handles and 14 varieties of beer, including Widmer Brothers, Breakside Brewery and Pelican Brewing, “Crest & Craft” is a new beer and cider stand. Located at the top of section 99 on the eastside of the stadium, this new stand has a similar concept to the Double Post (North End) and Axe & Rose (westside) stands.

New Executive Chef Garrett Boisture, who previously served fans at the Houston Rockets’ Toyota Center and in Portland at the Rose Quarter. Boisture trained in the culinary arts at the New England Culinary Institute and has worked at some of the top establishments in Charleston, Chicago, Atlanta and Houston, according to the announcement.

Afraid that the stadium will get rid of your favorite food or beverage? Fear not. It is only expanding for more options at your favorite spots:

- Tillamook Grill: A variety of Tillamook signatures dishes, including bacon queso nachos, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, mac ‘n cheese and quesadillas. The main stand is located at sec. 105 and the carts are located at 113 and 99.

- HOTLIPS Pizza: Cheese, pepperoni, sausage and rotating specialty pizzas by the slice (Main Concourse sec. 119, Duracell Deck).

- La Hacha Cocina: A collection of Latin American-inspired dishes, including Tanner Ridge loaded nachos, taquitos dorados and rotating seasonal favorites (Tanner Ridge).

- Double Post: With over 48 draft beer taps available this is the spot to grab an ice cold local craft beer (Main Concourse sec. 109).

- House of 75: Coastal-inspired dishes such as Tillamook cheddar & broccoli soup, coastal clam chowder; all served in a locally-sourced sourdough bread bowl. We also have our new Pacific shrimp roll served with housemade Old Bay chips (Tanner Ridge).

- Soccer City Classics: Game day favorites and ice cold beverages (Main Concourse sec. 121, 96)

- Podnah’s BBQ: Brisket and pulled pork sandwiches from the acclaimed Portland BBQ favorite (Main Concourse sec. 103, Toyota Terrace).

- Vista Nachos: Loaded nachos smothered in fan-favorite toppings (Duracell Deck).

- East Vista Melts: Grilled cheeses and ice cold craft beer (Duracell Deck).

In 2020, Providence Park will also offer several new and returning signature dishes and spotlight new craft beer, cider and wine:

- Tillamook bacon queso nachos: Providence Park Executive Chef Garrett Boisture worked with Tillamook to develop this recipe, putting a local spin on a stadium classic (Main Concourse sec. 105).

- Rooster tots: A Providence Park icon, featuring Tillamook cheeses and locally-inspired toppings that Timbers and Thorns FC fans know and love (Main Concourse sec. 107).

- Tamale Boy: Bean and cheese tamales topped with chicken tinga, cabbage slaw, pico de gallo and queso fresco (Main Concourse sec. 117).

- Uncle Tony’s Pork Rinds: House-made chicharrones with Tajin seasoning and Tapatio sauce (Duracell Deck – Vista Nachos, Tanner Ridge – La Hacha Cocina).

BEVERAGE SPOTLIGHT

- Oregon craft beer and cider: A wide selection of craft beers from Widmer, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, Breakside Brewery, Pelican Brewing, pFriem, Away Days Brewery, Von Ebert Brewing, Double Mountain Brewing, Laurelwood Brewing Company and many others.

- Oregon wine: Local wines from Westmount Wine Co., Erath Winery, Underwood Wine Co., Eola Hills Wine Cellars, Sweet Cheeks Winery, Argyle Winery and Kings Ridge.
ABOUT PARK PROVISIONS

Park Provisions, powered by Levy, delivers dynamic, authentic hospitality to devoted Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns FC supporters. Our goal is to provide exceptional service, delectable food and unrivaled experiences on game day and beyond, showcasing fresh, local ingredients and the best flavors Portland has to offer.

Diego Valeri calls games without Timbers Army 'a challenge' for players

Diego Valeri calls games without Timbers Army 'a challenge' for players

When Diego Valeri arrived in Portland in 2013 from Andalusia, Spain, he started from zero.

The Portland Timbers midfielder, who is from Argentina, didn’t know a single soul, the language and the habits of the City of Roses. But luckily his teammates and new friends along the way helped him adjust to Portland, the city he proudly calls his home after seven seasons with the Timbers. 

In a recent episode of the Talkin’ Blazers podcast with NBA champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award-winning co-host Dan Sheldon, Valeri talked about how he’s been dealing with quarantine, soccer’s popularity in Argentina and his thoughts on soccer returning without the Timbers Army. 

Yeah that’s gonna be horrible for one side. That’s going to be a challenge for a lot of guys, for everybody actually. The energy, all the feelings you have, the changes of states with the noise, with the rhythm of the game. It’s gonna be something new almost, so we have to be very focused on it.

Valeri’s not new to change. Many aspects, including his growing knowledge of the game of soccer, have come in his time with the Timbers. 

In just his first season, Valeri took home the coveted MLS Newcomer of the Year Award. Two years later, the Timbers won the 2015 Western Conference Final and 2015 MLS Cup, while Valeri earned the MLS Cup Most Valuable Player award. 

He was crucial in helping Portland reach first-place in the 2017 Western Conference title race and once again took home some hardware. This time, the Landon Donovan MLS MVP Award for the league’s Most Valuable Player. 

Valeri, who has 78 goals and 81 assists in 213 regular-season matches, is on the verge of reaching the 80-goal, 80-assist club. But for Valeri, it’s about more than reaching career milestones. He wants to help his team accomplish big things as well. 

I’m 34 and it’s not easy. I try to take care of everything to be on that level, obviously for the team, for me and for all the confidence the team puts in me …I always try to say, for me it makes me happy, personally, but the whole team, whole club still growing, is way more happy for me.

While Valeri and the rest of MLS await their date to return to play, Valeri is spending a lot working out, reading, playing the guitar and enjoying extra time with wife Florencia and daughter Connie.

He’s also looking forward to the NBA getting back in action as well and said he enjoys watching the Portland Trail Blazers. 

“Actually, I live very close to the Moda Center and I went a lot of times to watch them play,” Valeri said. “I love it, I love it. A very couple of good games against Golden State.”

Be sure to check out the full Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with host NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon, and Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri. 

Portland Timbers offer quite the ALL IN auction package

Portland Timbers offer quite the ALL IN auction package

The Portland Timbers are all in on fighting hunger!

The Rose City's MLS Franchise has joined the ALL IN Challenge offering up quite the package for auction to help raise money for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

One Timbers fan and a friend will have the opportunity to join Timber Joey for a match which involves dressing up like the mascot, joining Joey for log celebrations following goals, and the end-of-match celebrations with the players. 

Additionally, the winner of the auction will receive a slice of the 2015 MLS Cup victory log (the log that traveled to Columbus) signed by Timbers goal-scorers Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace.

The two Timbers scored goals in Portland's 2-1 2015 MLS Cup victory to win the franchise's first league championship.

The Timbers also include two annual memberships to the Timbers Army along with early-entry wristbands to each match. 

Bidding began at $2,500 and at the time of publishing eight bids have pushed the price to $4,100.

The ALL IN Challenge is a digital fundraiser created by Fanatics which aims to alleviate food insecurity for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Portland Timbers among four MLS teams to allow individual workouts

Portland Timbers among four MLS teams to allow individual workouts

The MLS is taking small steps to get things back to normal.

The Portland Timbers are among the teams that plan to get back to work Thursday.

Along with the Timbers returning, Nashville, Real Salt Lake, LAFC and Houston plan on starting some form of individual workout plans that use team facilities.. 

More teams in the MLS are will start next week.

In a statement released by the Timbers, these voluntary individual workouts will have sessions at the Timbers Training Center Thursday and Friday.

Teams were required to get league approval before being able to open up. The Timbers have been in constant contact with county and state health officials, as well as the MLS.

Here are the rules in place during training sessions:

  • Restricting training facility access to essential staff only, with specific staff listed in the plan.
  • Sanitization and disinfection plans for all training equipment and spaces, including disinfection of any equipment used by players (balls, cones, goals) between every session.
  • Completion of a Standard Screening Assessment survey by each player prior to every arrival at the training site, and temperature checks upon arrival at the facility.
  • Staggered player and staff arrivals and departures, with designated parking spaces to maintain maximum distance between vehicles.
  • Player use of personal protective equipment from the parking lot to the field, and again on return to the parking lot.
  • Staff use of the appropriate personal protective equipment throughout training, while also maintaining a minimum distance of 10 feet from players at all times.
  • Hand washing and disinfectant stations for required use before and after individual workouts.
  • Clubs will have the use of the outdoor fields at their training facility, divided into a maximum of four quadrants per field. A maximum of one player per quadrant may participate per training session with no equipment sharing or playing (passing, shooting) between players.  
  • An Emergency Action Plan for all COVID-19 related issues.

This is just one small step to finally seeing things get slow back to normal. Full team workouts are still on lockdown until Friday, May 15th. Matches are still suspended until June 8th.

You can read the full Portland Timbers statement here.

MLS to begin individual player workouts, but with extra precaution

MLS to begin individual player workouts, but with extra precaution

Starting next Wednesday, Major League Soccer will become the first North American sports league to allow its players to return to team facilities for individual workouts. 

According to an official release from MLS, players can conduct voluntary workouts beginning on May 6 based on state government and local guidelines. All clubs will be required to adhere to safety protocols for all voluntary workouts at team training sites. 

Some of the safety protocols include restricting training facility to essential staff only, sanitization and disinfection plans for all training equipment and spaces, and staff will be required to maintain a minimum distance of 10 feet from players at all times. 

Every team will also be responsible for designating a member of the staff to oversee adherence to MLS-recommended protocols, as well as a specific implementation plan. All plans must be reviewed and approved by the club’s medical staff and local infection disease expert. 

As of now, the league-wide moratorium set forth by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, remains in place through Friday, May 15. MLS paused after two weeks into the 2020 season and matches through June 8 remain postponed.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced on Friday the state will be expanding COVID-19 testing and that certain regions of the state could open as soon as May 15. 

Portland Timbers owner and CEO Merritt Paulson shared his optimism in a post on Twitter. 

"Let's get going," he said. 

 

From the archives: Thorns, Timbers to broadcast classic games

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From the archives: Thorns, Timbers to broadcast classic games

Major League Soccer and the National Women's Soccer League have both suspended play as a measure to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Even the NHL, MLB, and NBA have suspended play. 

The sports world has come to a standstill and fans have no games to watch while many of them self quarantine to contain the spread of the virus.

However, that is about to change. 

Both the Thorns and Timbers announced that starting this weekend they will be opening up the vault and broadcasting classic games from the archives. 

FOX 12 (KPTV) will broadcast a classic Thorns game on Saturday, followed by a Timbers game on Sunday.

Once the games have broadcast on KPTV, they will available on-demand on each team's respective websites. 

Said the Timbers/Thorns in a prepared press release:

In this difficult time we will continue to strive to bring our supporters together as we find new and unique ways to connect with our fan base,” said Mike Golub, Timbers and Thorns FC president of business. "We are excited to be able to share some of the most exciting and important matches in the history of the Timbers and Thorns FC with the help of our tremendous broadcast partner FOX 12.

To encourage fan engagement, the fans will be able to vote on future matches to be broadcast each week. 

In these tough times we can thank the Thorns and Timbers for giving soccer fans in the Rose City something to look forward to this weekend and beyond. 

Portland Timbers release statement after MLS postpones season amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Portland Timbers release statement after MLS postpones season amid COVID-19 pandemic

After a member of the Utah Jazz tested positive for COVID-19 prompting the postponement of the NBA season, the MLS has done the same. 

The full statement from the league:

Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.

At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events.

“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season – based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”

Following the announcement, the Portland Timbers released the following statement:

The Portland Timbers are in full support of Major League Soccer’s decision to postpone the 2020 season for 30 days. Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our fans. Throughout the process, we have worked in tandem with local health authorities to help keep our fans, staff, players and community safe from the spread of COVID-19.

Additionally, in accordance with today’s mandate by the State of Oregon to cancel public gatherings of more than 250 people, we have canceled the Portland Thorns FC preseason tournament, scheduled to take place from March 29-April 4.

The status of future matches for both clubs will be determined at a later date in conjunction with Major League Soccer, the National Women’s Soccer League, public health authorities and government agencies.

Tickets purchased for postponed events are good for the new date of the match. With regard to canceled games, the Timbers and Thorns FC will reach out to fans with next steps.

 

BREAKING: MLS suspends season due to coronavirus

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BREAKING: MLS suspends season due to coronavirus

First the NBA, and now Major League Soccer. 

MLS announced on Thursday that the league would be suspending its season due to fears surrounding the Coronavirus

The suspension will last at least 30 days. 

The full statement from the league:

Major League Soccer has suspended match play for 30 days, effective immediately, as the league continues to assess the impact of COVID-19 with its medical task force and public health officials.

At the appropriate time, the league and clubs will communicate plans for the continuation of the 2020 season and update the status of league events.

“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season – based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” said MLS Commissioner Don Garber. “We’d like to thank our fans for their continued support during this challenging time.”

Prior to the announcement two MLS matches had already been postponed: A match between the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City, and one between the Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas. Both matches were to take place on March 21st in San Jose and Seattle respectively. 

Locally, the Portland Timbers had five matches scheduled over the next 30 days, two of which were to be played at Providence. Park. 

While the Seattle Sounders had four matches scheduled, with only one to be played at home. 

There is no word yet as to how the league plans to make up these missed dates. 

We will update will more information as it comes in. 

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announces cancellation of large gatherings

Oregon Governor Kate Brown announces cancellation of large gatherings

A news release was sent out Wednesday night from Oregon governor's office with the state taking its precautions in preventing the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19.

In the release, it states that all gatherings of 250 people or more are canceled across the state effective immediately. This will be in effect for the next four weeks and will be lifted on April 8.

A gathering is defined as any event in a space in which appropriate social distancing of a minimum of three feet cannot be maintained.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will hold a news conference Thursday to explain new steps the state is taking.

Governor Brown also mapped out the recommendations put in place for schools, long-term and assisted living facilities, and at the workplace as well. 

Here are a few events on the upcoming schedule at the Rose Quarter in Portland:

Portland Winterhawks vs. Everett Silvertips

2020 OSAA Dance and Drill State

Brantely Gilbert concert

2020 NCAA Division I Women’s Regionals

2020 Nike Hoop Summit

And, that’s just the events scheduled at Moda Center and the Memorial Coliseum.

The Portland Timbers have one home game scheduled within the next four weeks. The Timbers are scheduled to host the Philadelphia Union on Mar. 28.

The OSAA basketball playoffs will be played without spectators at Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus.

It was announced earlier Wednesday night that the NBA has suspended the 2019-20 season until further notice. The Portland Trail Blazers were scheduled to play the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday. 

Portland Timbers take down Nashville SC, grab first win in March since 2017

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Portland Timbers take down Nashville SC, grab first win in March since 2017

The Portland Timbers picked up their first win of the season and got it in front of their home crowd Sunday afternoon.

Midfielder Diego Valeri scored in the 12th minute to give the Timbers their first goal of the game. 

The Timbers were unable to mount any additional attacks as the game progressed. They had just three shots in the whole game and didn't take a shot after the 24th minute .But, Nashville didn't have any better luck. 

Valeri's goal turned out to be the only score of the game, as the Timbers went on to defeat expansion team Nashville SC, 1-0. It is the Timbers’ first win in March since 2017.

“Sometimes these types of games, they are not pretty,” Giovanni Savarese said. “But, the important thing is that we got the three points that we needed.”

Goalkeeper Steve Clark made four saves and the Portland defense faced 14 shots to earn the first Timbers clean sheet of the year.

Next up, the Timbers will head east to play the New England Revolution on Sunday March 15th.