For the third year in a row the Portland Timbers are hosting a preseason tournament. For the first time the tournament has an official name: the Rose City Invitational. The Timbers will be joined by the San Jose Earthquakes, Vancouver Whitecaps, and Jamaican side Portmore FC.
The tournament, which will again be included in season ticket packages, will run from February 3rd to March 1st in a round-robin format. The Timbers will open the tournament against the Earthquakes on Sunday the 23rd before taking Portmore on Wednesday the 26th and closing out their preseason against Vancouver on Saturday the 1st.
Portmore, following in the footsteps of AIK in 2012 and 2013, will this year's foreign entrant to the Invitational. Portmore is the former club of Donovan Ricketts and currently holds the contract to Alvas Powell while he is on loan to the Timbers. Five time winners of the Jamaican Premier League, currently the Red Strip Premier League, Portmore most recently won the league in the 2011/12 season. Portmore have struggled in the 2013/14 season so far and are currently sitting in last place.
Oddly, Portmore have a fixture scheduled for February 23rd (against the awesomely named Humble Lions). The match is Portmore's final fixture of the season and, with them currently sitting the relegation zone, could be a vital one, leaving a big question as to how they will proceed.
The Vancouver Whitecaps will be the first Cascadian team to take part in the Invitational since its inception as the Portland Timbers Preseason Tournament. The Timbers will also have a chance to play a friendly against the Seattle Sounders during their preseason trip to Arizona, giving fans a chance to preview both match-ups.
The final team in the Invitational, San Jose, are now familiar preseason foes, having been to all three editions of the tournament. In 2012 the Timbers tied San Jose 1-1, then in 2013 the two teams tied again, but this time it was a 3-3 shootout.
The Timbers press release:
TIMBERS TO HOST ROSE CITY INVITATIONAL AS PART OF 2014 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Club to host third-annual preseason tournament at JELD-WEN Field Feb. 23-March 1
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers today announced their 2014 preseason schedule, including details of the club’s annual Rose City Invitational tournament at JELD-WEN Field. The club’s preseason schedule also includes a 15-day camp in Tucson, Ariz., as it prepares for its fourth season in Major League Soccer.
The Timbers will play host to the Rose City Invitational at JELD-WEN Field from Feb. 23 to March 1. Portland will be joined by the San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps FC of MLS, as well as Jamaican club Portmore United FC for the annual preseason event.
The invitational will consist of three doubleheaders at JELD-WEN Field, with Vancouver and Portmore United FC kicking off the round-robin format on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2:30 p.m. (Pacific). The Timbers’ matchup against Whitecaps FC on Saturday, March 1, at 5 p.m. (Pacific) will conclude the event’s six-match slate.
Tickets for the Rose City Invitational are included in 2014 full-season ticket packages. Timbers season ticket holders, Season Ticket Waiting List members and Portland Thorns FC season ticket holders will have access to an exclusive presale for individual tickets on Thursday, Dec. 12.
Individual tickets, which allow entry into both matches each day, start at $13 and go on sale to the public starting Friday, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. (Pacific) online at www.portlandtimbers.com or by calling (888) 736-6849; the JELD-WEN Field box office will be closed. Three-game ticket packages for the Rose City Invitational, starting at $33, also will be available for purchase online. Group tickets are available by contacting the Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5555.
Portland once again will conduct a 15-day camp in Tucson, Ariz., from Jan. 30 to Feb. 13, during which the club will play a series of preseason matches at the Kino Sports Complex. The Timbers will play preseason games against the Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City, Seattle Sounders FC and new North American Soccer League (NASL) side Indy Eleven. The preseason fixtures against Sporting KC and Sounders FC are part of the Desert Friendly series hosted by FC Tucson; click here for ticket information for those two games.
2014 Timbers Preseason Schedule
Saturday, Feb. 1 – Preseason match vs. Sporting Kansas City at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.; 5 p.m. (Pacific)
Wednesday, Feb. 5 – Preseason match vs. Houston Dynamo at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.; 1 p.m. (Pacific)
Saturday, Feb. 8 – Preseason match vs. Seattle Sounders FC at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.; 5 p.m. (Pacific)
Wednesday, Feb. 12 – Preseason match vs. Indy Eleven (NASL) at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.; 5 p.m. (Pacific)
Sunday, Feb. 23 – Rose City Invitational: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portmore United FC at 2:30 p.m.; Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes at 5 p.m. (Pacific) at JELD-WEN Field
Wednesday, Feb. 26 – Rose City Invitational: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 5 p.m.; Timbers vs. Portmore United FC at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) at JELD-WEN Field
Saturday, March 1 – Rose City Invitational: Portmore United FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes at 2:30 p.m.; Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 5 p.m. (Pacific) at JELD-WEN Field
Saturday, March 8 – 2014 MLS season opener vs. Philadelphia Union at JELD-WEN Field; 7:30 p.m. (Pacific)
About Portmore United FC
Portmore United FC competes in Jamaica’s top domestic league, the Red Stripe Premier League. A club with more than 20 years of history, Portmore United FC is a five-time National Premier League champion, most recently winning a title in 2012; a four-time winner of the Jamaica Football Federation Champions Cup and winner of the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship in 2005. The club plays its home matches at the Ferdi Neita Sports Complex in Portmore, Jamaica. Timbers defender Alvas Powell is currently on loan from Portmore United FC, where he played previously for two seasons from 2011-13.