Evening Ticker: Sounders to face Timbers, USSF D-2 schedule released and more

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If you were already counting down the days to the first Seattle Sounders-Portland Timbers MLS match in 2011, you won't have to wait that long. The fierce rivalry, one of the oldest and most important in American soccer, will resume next month when the Sounders and Timbers face off in the Seattle's inaugural "Community Shield" match at Qwest Field on March 11.

The exhibition match is being played to raise money for local charities Boys and Girls Club of Washington State, Save the Children, Seattle SCORES and Washington Youth Soccer. Following the match the teams will sign autographs from the field.

Tickets for the match go on sale on Wednesday, with prices ranging from $10 for adults to $5 for youths age 6-17. All children younger than six can attend for free.

The Seattle Community Shield will take place two weeks before the Sounders open the MLS campaign against the expansion Philadelphia Union. The Timbers also open their campaign against a new team, taking on AC St. Louis on April 22 in the USSF Division 2 opener for both teams.

Here are some other stories to help close out your Monday:

USSF DIVISION 2 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The schedule for the new USSF Division 2 League was released on Monday and will kickoff the new league on April 10 in Miami, when Miami FC plays host to the Rochester Rhinos.

The 12-team league is divided into two conferences – the USL Conference and the NASL Conference. The USL Conference includes Austin Aztex, NSC Minnesota, Portland Timbers, Puerto Rico Islanders, Rochester Rhinos and Tampa Bay Rowdies. The NASL Conference will consist of Crystal Palace Baltimore, Carolina RailHawks, Miami FC, Montreal Impact, AC St. Louis and Vancouver Whitecaps.

The 12 teams were divided into three geographical pods of four teams each to determine the schedule because of travel considerations. Here are the pods:

Pod 1- Vancouver, Portland, Minnesota and St. Louis

Pod 2- Montreal, Rochester, Baltimore and Carolina

Pod 3- Austin, Tampa Bay, Miami and Puerto Rico.

Within its pod, each team will play the other three teams twice at home and twice away for a total of 12 matches. Each team will also compete against the eight teams from the other two pods twice, one home and once away for a total of 16 matches. To get to a total of 30 matches for each team (15 home and 15 away), each team was paired with a team from a different pod for a final home-and-away series.

The Division 2 League playoffs begin on October, with eight teams qualifying for the post-season. The winners of each conference will qualify for the playoffs, along with the next top six teams in the rankings.

Here is the full schedule.

MATHIS SIDELINED AFTER SURGERY

Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Clint Mathis is set to be sidelined for four-to-six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his left knee. Mathis suffered the injury last week and underwent surgery on Friday.

Acquired in a draft-day trade from Real Salt Lake, Mathis is expected to be back in time for the Galaxy's March 27 season opener against the New England Revolution.

FIRE RE-SIGNED CARR

The Chicago Fire has re-signed forward Calen Carr, the team announced on Monday. Carr has struggled with injuries throughout the first four years of his MLS career, but the speedy forward is healthy heading into this pre-season and will be called on to provide some depth up top, especially if Chicago can't come to terms with trialist Collins John.

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Will you be attending the Sounders-Timbers match?  Do you see Clint Mathis contributing to the Galaxy in 2010? Plan on going to USSF Division 2 matches?

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79 Responses to Evening Ticker: Sounders to face Timbers, USSF D-2 schedule released and more

  1. Ian says:

    Sounds like a good deal all around. Timbers fans come up and donate money to some Washington charities and watch their team lose lol. Seriously though, should be an awesome game.

  2. bgix says:

    > Will you be attending the Sounders-Timbers match?

    Abso-freekin-lutely

  3. JJ says:

    Seattle wins, easily.

  4. JJ says:

    and yes, I’ll be there to watch it.

  5. The King of Norway says:

    Lots of squawking already about the Timbers-Sounders game being General Admission and how that could lead to trouble between the various supporters groups … and this is a pre-season match for charity! Gotta love it!

  6. Sam in Puyallup says:

    Timbers supporters should make the drive up. They need to watch & learn from the Sounders faithful after that pitiful display in the Open Cup match in Portland last year.

    Crybabies.

  7. Luis F says:

    I have a hard time believing that an exhibition match will lead to trouble between supporters groups, unless the TA decides to take up positions in the south end – which would just be rude. I think the game and atmosphere will be much less contentious than people think.

    I would be very surprised if the two fan groups celebrated raising money for charity by fighting in the stands. That would set an excellent example for the Boys & Girls Clubs and Save the Children.

  8. Mark says:

    What happened with Charleston? Did they have to fold that team? I’m clearly unfamiliar with the franchise, but I always read what a beautiful stadium they had. Blackbaud I believe, so it’d be a shame if that wasn’t being used for pro soccer.

  9. Erik says:

    Yes, I will be going all the way from here in Atlanta.

    Soccer in this town and region is worthless.

  10. Stick says:

    Which pitiful display are you talking about? The POD throwing smoke bombs on the pitch? One of your own being hog-tied and thrown into a police car? Or Timber Jim cutting down the Space needle? Please explain

  11. The King of Norway says:

    I’m a Sounder supporter, but even I had to give it up for Timber Jim cutting down the Sneedle. That was epic — well played, TA!

  12. Randall says:

    I’ll be there. I hope the TA are smart and stick to the north end and the ECS stick to the south end. All it takes is one or two idiots, and there are a few on each side. They are not necessairly members of the supporters groups either.

  13. J says:

    they moved down a level, I believe due to the uncertainty of USL-NASL, they decided to move to USL 2 which is equal to the third division. Here’s hoping they move up again next year.

  14. JJ says:

    The pitiful part was the entire hog-tie situation. Another example of Portscum residents (security/police) unable to keep their hands to themselves. Also, Timber Jim was a great grade school art project. Well done 3rd graders.

    Seattle, make sure you lock up all your ephedrine when Portscum comes to town.

  15. wookie says:

    Says the supporters who raised their tifo upside down. Are we going to have to explain tifo to the customers.

  16. TimberDuck says:

    I can’t wait to see the Timbers go up and smoke those yuppie !@#$ in Seattle. Can’t wait to beat the hell out of them in MLS.

  17. JJ says:

    Haha, you really are dense aren’t you? Way to live up to your dumb$hit reputation.

  18. Ian says:

    I have faith in both SG’s, that they’ll realize this game is for the kids first.

  19. peterjh says:

    Well, I’m not so sure the NES would appreciate the TA moving in to the north end…

  20. Stick says:

    Youre right. Portland Police have a hard time keeping their hands off people who are trying to physically abuse another. The shithead security that seattle employs is way better at violating ones first amendment rights.

  21. pugetsound_patrick says:

    think again…

    you have no idea the passion of animosity towards each other for the defense of their clubs. I think last year at the Open Cup, it was very controlled, because everything/everyone was seperated accordingly. They need to continue to do that.

    I am not trying to yell fire in a crowded hall, just saying this rivalry is a bubbling volcano with the potential for a riot.

  22. JJ says:

    You obviously didn’t watch the whole situation, it’s better for you if we drop it. Save some of that fire for the match, your girls will need it.

  23. Stick says:

    typical of losers of a debate. Avoid the facts and resort to name calling. Continue to listen to piped in chants of the stadium.

  24. benred says:

    Umm… yeah. Seattle will win. And I’m a Portland Timbers fan. Its common sense. Seattle is MLS. Portland is USL.

  25. rastafari says:

    Thanks TA!! you guys are great!

  26. JJ says:

    Haha, continue winning nothing like you have for years and I’ll keep this smile on my face. That’s really what it comes down to. What have you won? Ever?

  27. benred says:

    Although I’m hoping Portland will win. :)

  28. JJ says:

    You’re actually forgetting the biggest advantage Seattle has … THEY AREN’T PORTSCUM!!!!

  29. Salty Dog says:

    The Timbers Army will again come to Seattle and show their class.. I say at least 10 from Portland go to jail.

  30. Grand Ice Funk says:

    Are you guys bringing Section 8 with you this time?

  31. Edward says:

    Jail is a Timbers Army tradition. Why do you think they all walk so funny? You thought it was the meth? Well, yeah, maybe that’s why.

  32. DadRyan says:

    You gotta be crazy fronting like Washington State and Seattle don’t have their fair share of problems with meth. If the news doesn’t include a story about a meth lab explosion or another mass murderer on a rampage, it’s been a lovely weekend in Washington state.

  33. colin says:

    as an american soccer fan i think the instant rivalries within MLS created by adding portland and vancouver are amazing. finally bringing the passion and atmosphere that makes this sport special around the world. what we don’t need is to bring the violence associated with it as well.

    who could have seen the day when anonymous teens would be taunting one another on a soccer blog in this country?

  34. CSD says:

    Actually the Seattle and Portland fans commenting here kind of sound like childish morons to me.

  35. David says:

    Maybe its because I was a basketball fan first, but I don’t get the Seattle hate as a Portlander. Clearly the Northwest should be united in hatred of Los Angeles.

  36. Graeme says:

    I would say it’s more like 30-something anonymous balding men who have nothing better to do with their day then go back and forth on a blog pretending it’s their own. Get some class people.

  37. Luis F says:

    David,

    I think we all know where the rivalry comes from. The Gold Rush. That’s right, the Gold Rush. Seattle grew like crazy because it was the closest port to Alaska with a cross-country rail line. That was when Seattle began to overtake Portland in international significance. And it was only cemented when our deep-water port became the primary shipping center in the Northwest. Portland never recovered.

    But I agree with you David. We should all combine in a unified hatred of LA.

  38. Stick says:

    We won the league last year, what did you win? A open cup tournament where you beat a few division 2 teams and a couple of MLS teams who dont take the tournament seriously? C’mon go find a hell hole and jump (oh wait, youre already in one)

  39. Brian says:

    Aztex get to begin a rivalry with AC St. Louis, they’re the one outside of the pod we play twice at home and on the road. Pretty excited about that one.

  40. matt says:

    You didnt win the league. You lost in the first round of the playoffs.

  41. FIRE_Sunil! says:

    We’re Screwed!

    The west coast won’t see a meaningful US Nat’s game until Sunil is gone … ugh 4 more years.

    Only 1 out of the last 29 WCQs have been played on the west coast. Oh well, maybe we’ll get a game in 2016.

  42. ciscokid says:

    Wow, on behalf of rational Seattle fans everywhere, can I say how embarrassing that exchange above is to the real fans of the Northwest?

    By the way, Vancouver will be our rival, not Portland. I know I know, all you young snots think it’s on between Timbers and Sounders, but Portland is just the irritating baby brother.

    Vancouver is a large cosmopolitan city with a sophisticated and vociferous fan base. They are one of the few MLS cities that can give Seattle an inferiority complex In two years, we’ll hate them more.

  43. Dudeinho says:

    ha!!!!!!!lol

  44. Brian says:

    Suck it. And kiss our rings.

    Sincerley,
    A Lakers and Galaxy fan

  45. Stick says:

    1. It was the second round of the playoffs. 2. Being on the top of the table after a 30 game season is ten times the accomplishment of going on a 5 game win streak. No, we didnt win the championship but we definitely win the league.

  46. metroman says:

    RBNY!!!

  47. Niccollo says:

    i wish someone from DC would yell meth slurs at me :( hmmm. hopefully in a few months ya?

    cheers from philly

  48. Python6114 says:

    Actually to win the US Open Cup, we had to beat 5 MLS teams, we only beat one division 2 team, and I think you know who that was.

  49. Python6114 says:

    The Needle being cut down was nice, but not as nice as Levesque’s goal 1 minute into the match.

  50. Liverpool Hooligan says:

    Well you’re gonna have to mate, cause it won’t be anytime soon…

  51. Josh D says:

    Have to earn your strips first!

    Ives – How does all this affect USL’s division 2?

  52. Charles says:

    30 ? I wish I was that young. How did you know on the balding part ?

    GO SOUNDERS !!!!

  53. Charles says:

    I will enjoy both, but you are spot on. I don’t know why everyone is so gaga over Portland. Vancouver is the guarenteed success to me.

  54. Charles says:

    I think it will be very interesting to see how many fans this game draws. I have to think that most with season tickets go. Lets say just over half, that gives 20,000.

    Portland brings up 5,000.

    The X-Factor being how many that are not able to go to enough regular season games, or maybe can’t afford to bring their kids.

    Man, I would love to see a larger crowd for this than a “capped” regular season game. Make the Sounders think about using closer to the whole stadium.

    OPEN THE UPPER DECK !

  55. DC Josh says:

    USSF Division 2 right in line behind MLS, 8 teams out of 12 make the playoffs. Wow.

  56. colin says:

    question for anyone with some knowledge of the process that led to the creation of USSF D2…i know there was talk of MLS buying the USL, two D2 teams are joining next year (van, portland) and other cities that have shown interest are in the league as well (montreal, st louis). would it be possible for mls reserve teams (if they ever come back) to play in the D2 league?

  57. Scott says:

    From Collins John’s interview on MLSnet.com it looks like he is pretty much in… already talking about how much he is looking forward to this season, ALSO Brian Mcbride has nothing but good things to say about him… I CANT WAIT, LETS GO FIRE!!!!!

  58. anon says:

    you were throwing smoke on your own pitch, idiot

  59. Adam says:

    Love the animosity… Im a Crew fan but even Im excited about the Seattle/Vancouver/Portland rivalry possibilities. In Columbus the biggest thing we have going is with TFC, but even that seems a little forced…

  60. inkedAG says:

    I think the charity should be spread between the two states. Why not some money be donated to the Oregon Boys & Girls club or something?

  61. DadRyan says:

    Hey, I wont yell meth slurs at ya, if you just help me score some before the match on April 10th… ;)

  62. John says:

    Timbers aren’t bringing up 5,000 not because they can’t but because it’s an exhibition game on a work night.

  63. Luis F says:

    Touche

  64. Tyler Talk says:

    It’s great to have an event like this, where the Sounders could easily sell close to 35-40,000 seats for a charity against a potent rival like the Timbers. Seeing though as I live on the other side of the country, I will most likely be reading about it online or if possible watching it on TV. Seattle will probably cruise over Portland though. My prediction is 3-0 Sounders.

    I doubt Mathis will do anything to help the Galaxy. He’s aged a lot and way past his prime days in the late 90’s/early 00’s. Ever since he came back to MLS, he’s been flopping back and forth with clubs. He’s been silent.

    No USSF 2 matches for me. Don’t live close to any of the teams, maybe a Crystal Palace Baltimore game, but that’s a hike out of my way.

    I hope that the United and Union build a rivalry similar to the one between the Timbers and Sounders.

  65. bgix says:

    While a very little bit of the money will be coming in from Portland, I expect that at least 95% of it will be from Seattle fans. I don’t expect Seattle charities to get anything from the Colorado Charity Shield match this year.

    If Portland wants to host us next year in the same fashion, I will gladly come down and donate some green to Oregon charities.

  66. Sterlinho says:

    Agreed. NES (North End Supporters) won’t be too pleased to see the TA in the North End. There are going to be a lot of pissed off season tickets holders used to being in their own reserved seats. This could get ugly if the TA show up in large numbers.

  67. Sean McGraw says:

    JJ — I was 5 feet from the Flounder fan who was ‘hog tied’ and carried away. He was yelling obscenities at and in the direction of children and also trampled on childern who were trying to talk to Timber Joey while he was yelling his banter. So there are your facts.

    Anon — open your eyes or check youtube and you will see 2 smoke bombs being thrown from the Flounder fan base onto the pitch within a matter of minutes of the match starting. This was one of among the countless objects hitting those of us who were just trying to enjoy the match.

  68. JJ says:

    No,it’s because they can’t.

  69. Stick says:

    Youre an idiot. you only had to beat 3 MLS teams, and shittle got an automatic bid into the 3rd round

  70. Niccollo says:

    i am confused a person named “DADryan” would want such a drug lol but i will definitely NOT meet you behind a white van in parking zone C an hour before kick-off

  71. D5ve says:

    This entire thread of comments here is a great reason why the rivalry between Portland and Seattle will be as utterly cringeworthy on the internet as it will be exciting in the stadiums.

    Ohoho! Portscum! Sh*ttle! Meth! Customers! More means better!

    It’s supposed to be a rivalry, bot a frigging horse beating contest. 90% of these “witty” remarks were stale in 2004. Get some new material, all of you.

  72. D5ve says:

    Really? An MLS team heading into the regular season will probably beat a 2nd Division side where half the team has turned over and the other half will probably be trialists? Are you Jimmy the Greek in disguise?

    Yawn.

  73. D5ve says:

    The word from Seattle’s front office is that the game will be GA only. Season ticket holders have nothing to cry about.

  74. D5ve says:

    Travel costs were also killing them. Since the USL-2 is now basically the ACC North, they can bus it wherever they need to go.

  75. D5ve says:

    Crack open a book and get a life. Seriously.

  76. D5ve says:

    Here’s a good profile pic.

    link to 3.bp.blogspot.com

  77. JJ says:

    Yes, really.

  78. JJ says:

    What book should I start with sir?