If the rest of the world thinks Major League Soccer is a Mickey Mouse league, what would they make of the level below that, the United Soccer Leagues First Division? Well, if they saw the crowd from the Portland Timbers final regular season home game of their USL season, they might think it’s a level above MLS. OK, maybe that’s stretching it, but 15,833 is a mighty impressive number, and Lynda at a Pretty Move certainly had a great time.
Buoyed by a thunderous North End that stretched across at least four sections, the Timbers brought the most soporific reaches of the stadium to their feet. When yet another goal–S-C-O-T-with-one-T-Thompson late in the first half–was waved off, the lads didn’t let it discourage them, and the drought finally ended in the 81st minute, thanks to Justin Thompson. The crowd went wild! The flag was unfurled again at last! Owner Merritt Paulson came racing down the steps between 106 and 107, and racing back up, high-fived fans all the way! Timbers-colored smoke rose into the air!
And, reproduced with permission from Allison Andrews, after the jump there are a few photos of a great day for soccer in Portland, Oregon.