Soccer City USA

2014 All Stars in Portland

2014 All Stars in Portland

Portland put on a show for the past week leading up to the first-ever MLS All Star match against Bayern Munich. Best of all the MLS won 2-1. The only bad moment came after the match when the Bayern coach refused to shake the hand of MLS coach Caleb Porter. I guess Pep thought the MLS players were too rough. I don’t think I have seen a soccer match that wasn’t rough. Sadly, this has made all of today’s headlines instead of the great party that took place in sunny Portland.

Reports are that there were 44 States and 10 countries represented at Providence Park. I was hoping to get photos of all the represented States and countries but everywhere I looked I saw Bayern shirts. I spent the day and evening downtown taking in several venues resulting in 200 photos. Here is a sampling of the day:

early morning at Pioneer Courthouse Square before the festivities got started

early morning at Pioneer Courthouse Square before the festivities got started

scavengers clean the park of garbage

scavengers clean the park of garbage

Bayern Munich coach

Bayern Munich coach/bus

matches took place for days

matches took place here during the week

Bayern shirts

seeing too much red

home of the Portland Timbers

home of the Portland Timbers

quit showing off

quit showing off

the big cup

the big cup

Kells Pub bag pipers lead the parade from Pioneer Courthouse Square up to the stadium.

Kells Pub bag pipers led the parade from Pioneer Courthouse Square up to the stadium.

fans watching matches at the square

fans watching matches at the square

Timber Joey

Timber Joey, our mascot

Soccer City

Soccer City

several bands lined the parade route. this one dressed as Batman and played the theme song. hilarious

several bands lined the parade route. this one dressed as Batman and played the theme song. hilarious

what the heck? he can be found all over Portland playing his pipes and riding his cycle

what the heck? he can be found all over Portland playing his pipes and riding his cycle

the Timbers Army was well represented

the Timbers Army was well represented

carrying the ball

carrying the ball

parade route

parade route

Soccer City colors

Soccer City colors

NO PITY from the Rose City

NO PITY from the Rose City

the city decorates

the city decorates

opening ceremonies

opening ceremonies

singing the National Anthem

singing the National Anthem

And then the game began.

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About gretchen

I love living in the Pacific Northwest being close to the mountains and the ocean. My hobbies include photography, travel, reading, biking, walking and gardening. I am an Anglophile at heart and try to visit the UK often. My camera goes everywhere with me.
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One Response to Soccer City USA

  1. Absolutelly wonderful photos capturing the energy and love Portland has for soccer. Great job!

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