To continue our grand Tour de Portland, I thought it would be appropriate for Andrew and me to experience the recent Portland phenomenon that is the Portland Timbers. Because of their status bump to Major League Soccer, they’ve taken over the city. I’ve seen the billboards around town showing real Timbers fans, and I like the personal touch it gives the team. They’ve really connected to Portland, and it seems Portland loves them in return. Andrew’s birthday is in 2 weeks so I really wanted to get him tickets.
When I found the awesome deal on Groupon.com for two tickets, two sodas, two hot dogs, and two souvenirs at yesterday’s reserves game, I couldn’t resist. Happy early birthday, Andrew!
We got to the beautiful, newly re-vamped Jeld-Wen Stadium and were pleased to find out it was General Admission and we could sit anywhere. We had gotten there early enough that we ended up about 5 rows from the field and comfortably in the shade.
Even though it was the reserve team (the back-ups to the actual Timbers team – they’re still pros, they just don’t get to start in official games), that didn’t stop us from being excited to see a professional soccer match. We got to see the players up close!
Since my mom’s side of the family is Canadian, I felt a momentary twinge of betrayal because the opposing team was the Vancouver Whitecaps and we were there supporting the Timbers. But, after all, my mom’s from Quebec, so it’s fine.
It was a great game. In the first half, they tied 1-1. In the second half, the Whitecaps scored another goal and it was looking bad for the Timbers, but at the very moment the refs called for 4 minutes stoppage time, they scored another goal. And, in those blessed last few minutes of stoppage time, the TImbers scored yet another miraculous goal and ended up winning 3-2!
To go along with the tickets, I had gotten Andrew a Timbers scarf because I knew if you go to a Timbers game, you need a scarf. The fans swing them above their heads after a goal, and proudly toss them in the air after every line of the national anthem. Andrew and I had fun joining in the scarf revelry.
So, all in all, we had a wonderful time and it was a fun way to experience more of Portland life and culture. And I’m proud to say I gained a few Awesome Wife points with this birthday surprise!