On March 20, 2009 the Portland Timbers became the 18th franchise in MLS, moving the team up for the USL leagues and keeping their original name which dates back as far as 1974 with the NASL.
The clubs badge includes an axe to represent the Northwest’s logging industry, the three chevrons represent a pine tree and also stand for the three leagues the Timbers have been part of the NASL, USL and MLS.
Portland’s colors are moss and ponderosa green and were chosen to signify Oregon’s vast forests. The team’s vast fan group are known as the “Timbers Army” and rose to prominence for singing the star spangled banner unassisted before their MLS home opener with Chicago. The official team mascot is Timber Joey, and after every Timbers goal he fires up the chainsaw and saws a piece off a log to celebrate.
JELD-WEN field was redeveloped for the start of the Timbers inaugural 2011 season, and it fast became one of the most exciting venues to watch MLS in the country.
In their first year in the league John Spencer’s side came close to sealing a playoff spot, but it wasn’t to be but off the field the Timbers first MLS season was a huge success.
- Jack Jewsbury
- Troy Perkins
- Kris Boyd
- Darlington Nagbe
- Diego Valeri
- John Spencer, 2011-2012
- Gavin Wilkinson, 2012 (interim)
- Caleb Porter, 2012-present