Timbers & Thorns: Soccer City, USA

My favorite sporting event to attend at night would have to be a Timbers or a Thorns game, and it’s not even close! I would love to see these two teams every night if it were possible.

The Portland Timbers and their army represent everything you could want in a team. The Timbers Army and the Rose City Riveters can be seen standing the entire match, as well as singing and moving—all done according to their chants. They have been known as the loudest, most passionate and best supporting groups in their respective leagues.

The reason I love attending these games at night is the fact that there is no better place to watch a soccer game. Providence Park is electric when the Timbers play. This team has an entire city behind them.

They are led by one of the best players in the MLS today, Diego Valeri. His nickname is The Maestro for a reason. His vision, passing and scoring make him a dangerous play waiting to happen at any moment. His fellow Timbers are all similarly relentless in their approach.

Another team that does this is the inaugural 2013 National Women’s Soccer League Champions, the Portland Thorns. They have the best forward tandem in former University of Portland player Christine Sinclair and U.S. Women’s National Team star Alex Morgan. Sinclair will go down as the best player in Canadian soccer history while Morgan could possibly break the goals record that Abby Wambach continues to pad. The Thorns have top shelf talent like Spain’s Vero Boquette who, like Valeri, is a player who you always want to keep your eye on due to her dribbling ability, scoring and creativity.