Major League Soccer has unveiled its 2014 regular season schedule. The Portland Timbers kick off their fourth season in the MLS on March 8 hosting the Philadelphia Union.
Next year, nearly half the Timbers’ matches will be featured on national television. Ten out of the fourteen nationally televised games will be played at JELD-WEN Field, in Portland.
The MLS will take a two-week break in mid June for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Michael Orr is a soccer analyst with the Sports Blog Nation. He believes next year’s World Cup will affect teams differently.
“That won’t affect the Timbers as much as it could other teams, in particular Seattle and L.A. — Portland rivals who have multiple players who play for the U.S. and other national teams,” Orr says.
The MLS’s nineteenth season begins in March and Portland closes out the regular season on the road against Dallas in October.