2010. Year before MLS. Remember how the stadium looked?
For the first time since 2010, I am not a Timbers season ticket holder.
A friend of ticket partner said, “What happened? You guys were obsessed.”
Team launch in the pouring rain at an airline hanger at the airport. Link to Post. It was a fashion show with the players debuting the team jerseys.
Opening day was my Christmas. Our big rivalry match with Seattle was my other Christmas. I didn’t mind rain. I didn’t mind heat. We went to the second team matches. For awhile they were called Timbers Reserves but now they are called T2. We went to pre-season matches. We went to friendly matches. We went to U.S. Open Cup matches. We were loyal even when they were terrible..
We had a plane painted with our logo and I went to the airport just to see it roll in.
We went to fan appreciation days.
I loved this team so hard.
First home MLS match in 2011.
I had this event built up in my mind and it was one of the rare occasions where the event exceeded all my expectations. (We won.)
Ticket partner and I flew to Vancouver BC (2011) for the day, to watch a rivalry match. It was awesome. We left on the same flight as the team. They came into the boarding area where we were waiting for our flight. We talked about it for years.
In 2014 we hosted the all star between MLS and Bayern Munich — right after Germany won the World Cup and Bayern had a bunch of World Champions on the team.
Another event that exceeded all my expectations. We had the match on our DVR until we had to turn it in. I re-watched it twice.
You can still watch the match on YouTube. That Valeri to Donavan pass in the 69th minute. Swoon!