Feb 9, 2024 - Sports

It's almost Timbers time

A wite man in sportswear with his chin in his hands looks on at a soccer stadium in Arizona with blurry fans on the  bleachers behind him.

New Portland Timbers soccer coach Phil Neville ponders play at a recent friendly in Arizona. Photo: Courtesy of Craig Mitchelldyer/Portland Timbers

The Portland Timbers kick off their preseason at 1pm Saturday against New York City FC at the 2024 Coachella Valley Invitational in Indio, California.

  • The tournament features 12 Major League Soccer teams. Four NWSL teams will play each other including the Portland Thorns FC.

Why it matters: Fans will see new Timbers coach Phil Neville's style and look for signs of improvement on last year's disappointing season.

  • In a recent interview, the coach said a new designated player could be joining the team within weeks.

What we're watching: How the Timbers Army receives the new coach, having already issued a salty statement on Instagram in November before his hiring.

What's next: The Timbers' MLS season opens at home against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30pm.

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