Left to right: City Commissioner Randy Leonard, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, Timbers Owner Merritt Paulson, Mayor Sam Adams ... picture courtesy: BE Director of Soccer Photography Yu Miyagawa
Can't say I had much faith that I would ever see this day. But it happened. Portland has been awarded its second professional team: the Portland Timbers are slated to begin play in Major League Soccer in 2011. Now that it's here, I'll admit that I'm geeking out a little bit. Big, big, big day for Portland.
How the Blazers and the Timbers (and their respective fanbases) coexist will be interesting to follow.
Look no further than this interview on LoadedOrygun with City Commissioner Randy Leonard, who was instrumental in putting together the MLS deal, to feel the friction between the Vulcans and the Timbers ownership group.
-- Ben (firstname.lastname@example.org)