After playing their first twelve matches on the road in 2019, we now can rest assured that the Portland Timbers will start 2020 in a much more standard style. With no road trips longer than three games and no home-stands longer than two, the Timbers have returned to a much more normal schedule this year.
The Timbers will start the season with matches against Minnesota United and Western Conference newcomers Nashville SC at Providence Park before heading on the road to take on the New England Revolution and 2019 Supporters’ Shield winning side Los Angeles FC.
And, as they generally do, the Timbers will finish the season as they have in three of the last four years: with a match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on October 4th. This time the Timbers will be on the road, closing out the year at BC Place, their home away from home.
The Timbers’ other 2020 Cascadia Cup matches will kick off at home against the Whitecaps on Saturday, April 25th, continue at home on Sunday, May 17th against the Seattle Sounders, and then head on the road for the Seattle away leg on Saturday, August 22nd.
Notably, with the league’s further unbalanced schedule, the Timbers will not face Eastern Conference sides New York City FC, D.C. United, or Montreal Impact in 2020.
The Timbers press release:
TIMBERS ANNOUNCE SCHEDULE FOR 2020 SEASON
Club opens 10th season in MLS with nationally televised home match against Minnesota United FC
PORTLAND, Ore. – Major League Soccer today unveiled the full 34-game, 2020 regular-season schedule for the Portland Timbers. Portland will open its 10th season in MLS at Providence Park, squaring off against Minnesota United FC on Sunday, March 1; kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. (Pacific) on FS1.
In 2020, the Timbers will have at least 13 matches featured on national television. Along with the nationally televised home opener on March 1, seven Portland home games will be broadcast nationally, including matches against expansion sides Nashville SC (March 8) and Inter Miami CF (Aug. 16) and Western Conference clubs LA Galaxy (May 2), Sporting Kansas City (June 13) and Los Angeles FC (Aug. 30).
Both matches between Portland and Seattle Sounders FC will feature a national television broadcast with a home match on May 17 (FS1) and a road contest on Aug. 22 (ESPN). The Timbers open Cascadia Cup play at Providence Park on April 25 against Vancouver Whitecaps FC and conclude the regular season on the road against Whitecaps FC on Oct. 4.
Additionally, Portland will face five Eastern Conference opponents at Providence Park this season. The Timbers will play host to Eastern Conference teams the Philadelphia Union (March 28), Columbus Crew SC (July 1), FC Cincinnati (Aug. 8), Inter Miami CF (Aug. 16) and Toronto FC (Sept. 19). Squaring off against Eastern Conference foes on the road, Portland will travel to face the New England Revolution (March 14), Atlanta United FC (April 19), Chicago Fire FC (May 27), Orlando City SC (May 30) and the New York Red Bulls (June 21). Fans can check the Timbers schedule page to see flight options available through Alaska Airlines.
Starting on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 10 a.m. (Pacific), fans can purchase single-game tickets for the first half of the season (through June 17) online at www.timbers.com, www.seatgeek.com or by calling (888) 983-1783. A special presale for Timbers Annual Members and members of the Timbers Annual Member Waiting List, Thorns FC Annual Members and corporate partners will take place on Monday, Jan. 13, and Tuesday, Jan. 14. Single-game tickets for the second half of the season will go on sale on May 13. Group opportunities for Timbers home matches are available by contacting the Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5555 or email@example.com. Additional group information can be found at www.timbers.com/tickets.
The full television and radio broadcast schedule for the 2020 season will be announced at a later date.
Home Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (2), Saturday (10), Sunday (5)
Road Dates by Day of the Week:
Wednesday (1), Saturday (8), Sunday (8)
Home Dates by Month:
March (3), April (2), May (2), June (2), July (3), August (3), September (2), October (0)
Road Dates by Month:
March (2), April (2), May (4), June (2), July (2), August (2), September (2), October (1)
Eastern Conference Opponents at Home:
Columbus Crew SC, FC Cincinnati, Inter Miami CF, Philadelphia Union, Toronto FC
Eastern Conference Opponents Away:
Atlanta United FC, Chicago Fire FC, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC