The sound of construction crews at Providence Park will be replaced with the roar of Timbers and Thorns fans this weekend as the two teams that call the park home finally make their home debuts.
The Thorns started their NWSL season with six straight matches on the road, while the Timbers played their first 12 away from home. Now, it's time to get back in some friendlier confines.
Fans have been waiting for months to see their home teams and the new digs. The wait is finally over!
RCTID: The Timbers (4-6-2) are 12 games into their season and every single one has been on the road, making it the longest road trip in MLS history. However, starting the season on the road isn't all that bad. According to Forbes, since 2006 11 teams have started the season with at least a five-game road trip or eight of their first 10 on the road. 10 of those teams went on to make the playoffs. History aside, it will be nice to be home for the Timbers. Unfortunately, the task that awaits them is a matchup with the best team in MLS, LAFC (10-1-4). LAFC has a league-leading 34 points, six more than anyone else, and an incredible goal differential of +25. The next best goal differential in the league is +9 for the Philadelphia Union. This is the second match of the season between these two clubs, with LAFC beating the Timbers 4-1 back on March 10th. Portland is currently in 10th place in the Western Conference and in desperate need of points.
BAONPDX: The Thorns managed to go 3-1-2 on the road to start the season and their 11 points have them currently in third place in the NWSL standings. Portland welcomes the Chicago Red Star (3-2-2) to town on Sunday. Like Portland, Chicago has 11 points on the season and is tied with Portland in the standings. This is a pivotal game for both teams. The winner could sit alone in second place or even be in a tie for first place depending on the outcome of the Utah-Washington match. This is the second match between these two teams, with April 20th's match in Illinois ending in a 4-4 draw. The house should be packed on Sunday and the Thorns will be ready to defend the home pitch.
Timbers vs LAFC - Saturday, June 1st. Kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
Thorns vs Red Stars - Sunday, June 2nd. Kickoff set for 3:00 p.m.