Episode 22 – Portland Timbers: Soccer City USA

Portland has been known as Soccer City USA. The Timbers have a season ticket holder wait list that is well north of 10,000 people. Add that to the 21k average attendance and you’re Immediately in the 31-34k range without factoring in non-season ticket holders who would attend games if tickets were easier to get. Compare that to the reduced population size and you can easily argue Portland and Seattle would be even on attendance figures if the stadium situations were equal.  On average, Seattle fills its stadium about 65% “full” for a Sounders home game. The Timbers fill Providence Park at about 96% capacity based on average numbers with an average capacity of 22,000.

Timbers fans fan always been passionate and supportive. The supporters group gained national exposure in 2009 when they were featured in a two-page photo spread in the July 13–20 issue of Sports Illustrated which showed army members celebrating after the Timbers scored against Seattle Sounders FC of MLS in the third round of the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a game they lost 2-1.

Is Portland, Soccer City USA? What makes them so special to be supported the way they are? Why Hasn’t Soccer Found Success like this In Other Locations?


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