Reading a new schedule is always a harrowing experience, but the Timbers' 2013 schedule is surprisingly sane.
The Cascadia Cup will be a little more spread out in 2013 than it was in 2012 when the Timbers' first match didn't come until 5/26. Like last year, the Timbers will finish out the Cascadia Cup with back to back matches against Vancouver and Seattle. Worth noting: Seattle host Vancouver on 10/9, making that a full Cascadia round-robin over the course of eight days.
3/16 @ Seattle Sounders
5/18 @ Vancouver Whitecaps
8/3 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps
8/25 @ Seattle Sounders
10/6 @ Vancouver Whitecaps
10/13 vs. Seattle Sounders
Last season saw the Timbers run into several periods of extreme fixture congestion, particularly toward the end of the season. This year the Timbers still have several stretches with a large number of games crammed into only a few days, but overall the games are spaced much more evenly. In 2013 the average time between Timbers games deviates from seven days by 1.76 days. In comparison, in 2012 the average deviation from seven days between games was 2.09 days for the team.
4/27 - 5/12
6/15 - 6/23
Three games in nine days: vs. FC Dallas, @ Los Angeles Galaxy, vs. Colorado Rapids
8/17 - 8/30
Four games in fourteen days: vs. FC Dallas, vs. Real Salt Lake, @ Seattle Sounders, @ Real Salt Lake
Last season also saw the Timbers run into several long gaps between league games, particularly a 22 day gap in May (during which the Timbers played the infamous Cal FC game). This time around the Timbers only face three fourteen day breaks, one between 3/16 and 3/30, one between 6/23 and 7/7, and again between 8/3 and 8/17.
The Timbers longest run of road games in 2013 runs from 5/18 to 6/8 with games in Vancouver, D.C. and Chicago. There are few back to back games on the road which would make for good fan road trips like Timbers fans saw last year with away games in Toronto and New York.
East Coast Games
West Coast Games
Double Away Games: Seattle Sounders, San Jose Earthquakes, Chivas USA, Vancouver Whitecaps
Double Home Games: Colorado Rapids, Los Angeles Galaxy, FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake
- The Timbers do not face Real Salt Lake for the first time until August.
- The Timbers have four mid afternoon games on Saturday or Sunday and one Sunday game at 12:30. The 12:30 game is being broadcast on NBC.
- San Jose is the only opponent that the Timbers face in back to back weeks this season.