After being rumored for a few weeks now, and just two days from making Vancouver the league's 17th team, MLS made things official on Friday by announcing that Portland will become the second of two expansion teams set to begin play in 2011.
Portland becomes the third team (including Seattle) from the United Soccer Leagues to make the jump up to MLS, allowing for long-standing
Northwest rivalries to grow as the Timbers will continue to face the Whitecaps and Sounders.
With the Timbers continuing to compete in the USL-1 in 2009 and 2010, loyal followers from
season-ticket holders to suite holders will be rewarded for commitments across the next two years with first priority pick of the renovated PGE Park in 2011.