MLS Schedule: Portland Timbers in for a Rough Cascadian Year

Steve Dykes

We knew going into the season that the Portland Timbers would be in for a rough year with regards to our Cascadian rivals, but now it's official.

Major League Soccer has released its schedule for the upcoming 2013 season. As previously known, this year sees the MLS season kick off at its earliest data ever of March 2nd. Additionally, many of you will notice that the 2013 schedule follows the same unbalanced schedule of 2012. This means three games played against Western Conference rivals and only one against Eastern Conference clubs.

Here's the full schedule:

March, 2013

Date Home Team Away Team
3/3 4:30PM PST

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
New York
ESPN2
2013 MLS First Kick
3/9 7:30PM PST

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
Montreal
3/16 TBD

MLS Regular Season
at CenturyLink Field
Seattle
Portland
NBC Sports
3/30 3:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Colorado
Portland

April, 2013

Date Home Team Away Team
4/6 7:30PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
Houston
4/14 5:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
San Jose
NBC Sports
4/21 8:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at Buck Shaw Stadium
San Jose
Portland
UniMas
4/27 5:30PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park
Sporting KC
Portland

May, 2013

Date Home Team Away Team
5/2 7:30PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
New England
5/8 6:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at FC Dallas Stadium
FC Dallas
Portland
5/12 3:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
UniMas
5/18 TBD

MLS Regular Season
at BC Place
Vancouver
Portland
5/25 4:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at RFK Stadium
Portland

June, 2013

Date Home Team Away Team
6/8 5:30PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at Toyota Park
Chicago
Portland
6/15 2:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
FC Dallas
ESPN
6/19 TBD

MLS Regular Season
at The Home Depot Center
Los Angeles
Portland
6/23 4:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
Colorado
NBC Sports

July, 2013

Date Home Team Away Team
7/7 2:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at Crew Stadium
Columbus
Portland
7/13 8:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
Los Angeles
NBC Sports
7/20 4:30PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at PPL Park
Philadelphia
Portland
7/27 7:30PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at Buck Shaw Stadium
San Jose
Portland

August, 2013

Date Home Team Away Team
8/3 8:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
Vancouver
8/17 8:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
FC Dallas
8/21 8:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
8/25 7:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at CenturyLink Field
Seattle
Portland
ESPN2
8/30 7:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at Rio Tinto Stadium
Real Salt Lake
Portland
NBC Sports

September, 2013

Date Home Team Away Team
9/7 8:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
9/14 7:30PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at The Home Depot Center
Chivas USA
Portland
9/20 7:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
Colorado
NBC Sports
9/29 12:30PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
Los Angeles
NBC

October, 2013

Date Home Team Away Team
8/6 TBD

MLS Regular Season
at BC Place
Vancouver
Portland
10/13 6:00PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
Seattle
ESPN
10/19 7:30PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at JELD-WEN Field
Portland
Real Salt Lake
10/26 7:30PM PDT

MLS Regular Season
at The Home Depot Center
Chivas USA
Portland

As you can see, retaining the Cascadian Cup trophy through 2013 is looking a bit more challenging than in 2012 with only two home games total for the series, one against the Seattle Sounders on October 11th and the other against the Vancouver Whitecaps on August 3rd.

The flip side of the coin is that teams the Portland Timbers often struggle against, like the LA Galaxy, and Colorado Rapids, are now reversed from 2012 where we'll host them each twice in Portland in 2013. It should make for an overall easier ride throughout the season, if nothing else.

Other notes:

  • The Portland Timbers have 13 nationally televised games this year, 11 if you don't include UniMas.
  • The Timbers will be aired on ESPN for home games against FC Dallas and the Seattle Sounders.
  • The Timbers will be aired on NBC for one of our home games against the LA Galaxy.

All in all it would appear to me that MLS and the television networks highly value the Portland Timbers and the atmosphere we create here.

Schedule Breakdown:

Home Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (1), Thursday (1), Friday (1), Saturday (8), Sunday (6)
Road Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (2), Friday (1), Saturday (10), Sunday (4)

Home Dates by Month:
March (2), April (2), May (2), June (2), July (1), August (3), September (3), October (2)
Road Dates by Month:
March (2), April (2), May (3), June (2), July (3), August (2), September (1), October (2)

Western Conference Opponents Played Twice at Home:
Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake

Western Conference Opponents Played Twice Away:
Chivas USA, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Eastern Conference Opponents at Home:
Houston Dynamo, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC

Eastern Conference Opponents Away:
Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Sporting Kansas City, Philadelphia Union – Timbers do not travel to an Eastern Conference opponent after July 20.

National TV Matches (13):
ESPN (2), ESPN2 (2), NBC (1), NBC Sports Network (6), UniMás (2)

Were there any surprises for you in the schedule?

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