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Timbers Learn CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage Opponents

Portland will play twice against CD Olimpia of Honduras and Alpha United FC of Guyana.


The Portland Timbers were today drawn into Group 5 of the CONCACAF Champions League. They'll join Club Deportivo Olimpia of Honduras and Alpha United Football Club of Guyana. Olimpia qualified as the Honduran Clasura champions while Alpha United qualified through the Caribbean Football Union Championship. The 2014/15 tournament will be Olimpia's seventh appearance in the Champions League while this campaign will be the second for Alpha United.

In the 2013/14 competition, Olimpia was grouped with Sporting Kansas City, to whom they lost 2-0 in Honduras thanks to a Soony Saad brace. Olimpia later held Sporting to a 0-0 draw at Sporting Park but it was not enough to leapfrog into the group's top position. In 2012/13, Olimpia finished second in its group to Houston Dynamo after twice drawing 1-1. Alpha United has previously appeared in the Champions League once and that came only in the Preliminary Round of 2011/12 where they were defeated 10-2 on aggregate against Costa Rican side C.S. Herediano.

Though the schedule has not yet been released, the Group Stage is likely to begin in early-mid August with games played midweek through October. The trip from Portland to Providence, Guyana is the longest possible away trip in this year's competition and will very likely come between two MLS weekend matches. The Timbers already have five matches in August and will be hosting the MLS All-Star Game at Providence Park on Wednesday August 6. Four more league games follow in both September and October. Portland does have away games at New England Revolution on Saturday August 16 and at Toronto FC on Saturday September 27. Otherwise, most games at that point in the season are in the Pacific Time Zone.