Portland Timbers 2014 MLS Schedule Unveiled

USA TODAY Sports

Barely 12 hours after finishing the 2013 season, the Timbers' 2014 fixture list was released by MLS, highlighted by the season opener at home against the Philadelphia Union.

While the fans of the Portland Timbers are still reeling from last night's 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake, they have occasion to look forward to next year after Major League Soccer released the 2014 schedule this morning.

The Timbers will kick off the year at home on Saturday, March 8th with a game against the Philadelphia Union. The team's first rivalry matches of the year will come in April when the Timbers take on the Seattle Sounders on the 5th and have their first chance at redemption against RSL on the 19th.

Twelve of the Timbers' 34 matches will be nationally televised this year on NBC, NBC Sports, and ESPN2 (sorry, MLS Live viewers), while another two will be "nationally televised" on Unimas (sorry, everybody).

With the exception of three 4-day turnarounds, the new schedule does not seem to be very congested for the Timbers, with only one stretch of three games in eight days to be played in late May.

There will be a league-wide two week break during the World Cup, which will be for the duration of group play but not for the pre-World Cup camps or elimination rounds.

TIMBERS ANNOUNCE 2014 MLS SCHEDULE
Club opens fourth MLS campaign March 8 at JELD-WEN Field against Philadelphia

PORTLAND, Ore. – Major League Soccer today unveiled the full 34-game, 2014 regular-season schedule for the Portland Timbers. The Timbers kick off their fourth season in MLS on Saturday, March 8, as they play host to the Philadelphia Union at JELD-WEN Field at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific).

In 2014, the Timbers will have 14 matches featured on national television, highlighted by a matchup at the LA Galaxy on NBC on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 11:30 a.m. (Pacific). In total, the Timbers play four matches on ESPN/ESPN2, eight on NBC/NBC Sports Network and two on UniMás (Spanish). Ten of the club’s 14 nationally televised matches will originate from JELD-WEN Field. 

With a conference-based schedule, the Timbers will take on each of their eight Western Conference opponents three times and each Eastern Conference club once during the 2014 regular season. 

Similar to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, MLS will take a two-week break during the group phase of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The last matches before the break are on June 11, one day before the start of the World Cup.

Additionally, the Timbers and JELD-WEN Field will play host to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game; match and broadcast details will be announced at a later date. 

In conference play, the Timbers will play host to Chivas USA, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC twice at JELD-WEN Field, and visit each of those four clubs once. Conversely, the Timbers travel to face the Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake twice, with each of those sides making one appearance in Portland during the regular season.

The Timbers open play for the Cascadia Cup on Saturday, April 5, against Sounders FC at JELD-WEN Field, and will play four of their six regular-season meetings against rivals Seattle and Vancouver in the Rose City. The Timbers play host to Sounders FC on April 5 and Sunday, Aug. 24, while Whitecaps FC visit JELD-WEN Field on Sunday, June 1, and Saturday, Sept. 20. Portland will take to the roadSunday, July 13, against Seattle and Saturday, Aug. 30, against Vancouver. Four of Portland’s six Cascadia Cup matches will be featured on national television.

Including the season opener against Philadelphia, the Timbers play Eastern Conference clubs in six of their first 12 matches of the 2014 regular season, with the Chicago Fire (March 16), D.C. United (May 3) and Columbus Crew (May 17) also visiting JELD-WEN Field in that span. Portland plays host to 2013 Eastern Conference champion Sporting Kansas City in a national TV matchup on Friday, June 27, at JELD-WEN Field on NBC Sports Network. 

Of the Timbers’ five away fixtures against the Eastern Conference, four will come against clubs that qualified for the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs in the Houston Dynamo (April 27), Montreal Impact (July 27), New England Revolution (Aug. 16) and New York Red Bulls (May 24). Portland will also visit Toronto FC (Sept. 27).

The Timbers play home matches on four different days of the week this season, including 15 weekend contests. In addition to playing sevenSaturday home games, the Timbers play host to three Friday and five Sunday fixtures at JELD-WEN Field. 

Portland closes out the 2014 regular season with three of its final six games at home and finishes the campaign on the road Saturday, Oct. 25, at FC Dallas.

The Timbers’ full television and radio broadcast schedule for 2014 will be announced at a later date. 

Schedule Breakdown:

Home Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (2), Friday (3), Saturday (7), Sunday (5)

Road Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (1), Friday (1), Saturday (12), Sunday (3)

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

Road Dates by Month:

March (2), April (2), May (2), June (1), July (3), August (3), September (2), October (2)

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

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

Eastern Conference Opponents at Home: 
Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, D.C. United, Philadelphia Union, Sporting Kansas City

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

2014 Portland Timbers Schedule (home matches in bold, CAPS)

Date

Opponent

Kickoff (Pacific)

Television

Saturday, March 8

PHILADELPHIA UNION

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 16

CHICAGO FIRE

12 noon

UniMás

Saturday, March 22

@Colorado Rapids

3 p.m.

Saturday, March 29

@FC Dallas

5:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 5

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

12 noon

NBC Sports Network

Saturday, April 12

CHIVAS USA

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 19

@Real Salt Lake

6:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 27

@Houston Dynamo

12 noon

UniMás

Saturday, May 3

D.C. UNITED

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 11

LA GALAXY

11:30 a.m.

NBC Sports Network

Saturday, May 17

COLUMBUS CREW

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 24

@New York Red Bulls

4 p.m.

Wednesday, May 28

@Chivas USA

7:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 1

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

6 p.m.

Saturday, June 7

@Real Salt Lake

7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 11

FC DALLAS

7 p.m.

ESPN2

Friday, June 27

SPORTING KANSAS CITY

8 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Friday, July 4

@LA Galaxy

8 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Sunday, July 13

@Seattle Sounders FC

7 p.m.

ESPN2

FridayJuly 18

COLORADO RAPIDS

8 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Sunday, July 27

@Montreal Impact

TBA

Saturday, Aug. 2

@LA Galaxy

11:30 a.m.

NBC

Saturday, Aug. 9

CHIVAS USA

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 16

@New England Revolution

4:30 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC

2 p.m.

ESPN2

Saturday, Aug. 30

@Vancouver Whitecaps FC

TBA

Sunday, Sept. 7

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

2 p.m.

ESPN2

SaturdaySept. 13

@Colorado Rapids

6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 20

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC

2 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Saturday, Sept. 27

@Toronto FC

TBA

Saturday, Oct. 4

@San Jose Earthquakes

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES

7:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17

REAL SALT LAKE

7 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Saturday, Oct. 25

@FC Dallas

5:30 p.m.

H/T to Michael Orr for getting this article started.

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