Garber Wants Portland

Garber Wants Portland

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 10, 2008
  • 10 Comments
  • Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Portland Expansion

Maybe some people in the league front office are smart after all. Yesterday MLS Commissioner Don Garber was in the city of Portland hearing about the plan for stadium improvements for PGE Park. Thing is according to some reports out of Portland, its more of a plea for the city to sign off on some money for the upgrades than actually saying the city would be one of the two expansion sites in 2011.

“We need to make a decision by March,” Garber said. “We want one of the teams to be in Portland.

Some more back story on Portland and their bid. Merritt Paulson, son of U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson,  will cover the $40 million expansion fee but he’s asking the city to fund $40 million in renovations needed for PGE Park and a new $35 million baseball stadium for the Triple-A Beavers with city bonds. He proposes repaying the bonds through revenue generated by rentals and ticket fees.

I’ve said before that I’d really like to see Portland in MLS along with Seattle when it is all said and done. Getting Portland in MLS is really a no brainer in my mind as we all know what they will bring to the table. Its a Toronto-like situation and I would imagine they will find a way to put down a lot of season tickets, much like Toronto and Seattle.

You think Garber’s plea will be enough to get the city of Portland to pass the bonds? Plus if they do will that mean Portland is as good as in for 2011?

  • Geoff

    Garber realizes that Portland is a must, especially with the Sounders starting next season MLS will have one of the most fiercest if not the fiercest and best rivalry in American football/soccer. Portland is more of a must then Miami. Not only will the rivalry with Seattle be their, but also something interesting could develop between the Timbers and Earthquakes and then maybe the Galaxy and Chivas who knows. Lets all hope Portland gets the help from the local government of what they need.

  • Geoff

    Garber realizes that Portland is a must, especially with the Sounders starting next season MLS will have one of the most fiercest if not the fiercest and best rivalry in American football/soccer. Portland is more of a must then Miami. Not only will the rivalry with Seattle be their, but also something interesting could develop between the Timbers and Earthquakes and then maybe the Galaxy and Chivas who knows. Lets all hope Portland gets the help from the local government of what they need.

  • JesseMT

    One of the interesting things about the Portland/Seattle rivalry is that it's really organic and fan-driven. When the Timbers and Sounders have played, yes the matches have been good and intense, but its not like there's a pure unadulterated hatred between the sides. The same can't be said of the fan groups though – ECS and TA really hate each other. <br />
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    So a hypothetical Sounders fan might have mixed feelings. The rivalry with Portland would be great, he'd think, but I could really do without the wannabe hooligan junior aggro TA faux-thuggery shitshow stinking up Pioneer Square and Qwest once a year. Hypothetically, anyway. <br />
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    Vancouver's a heck of a city to visit too. I really hope either Portland or Vancouver get in.

  • JesseMT

    One of the interesting things about the Portland/Seattle rivalry is that it’s really organic and fan-driven. When the Timbers and Sounders have played, yes the matches have been good and intense, but its not like there’s a pure unadulterated hatred between the sides. The same can’t be said of the fan groups though – ECS and TA really hate each other.

    So a hypothetical Sounders fan might have mixed feelings. The rivalry with Portland would be great, he’d think, but I could really do without the wannabe hooligan junior aggro TA faux-thuggery shitshow stinking up Pioneer Square and Qwest once a year. Hypothetically, anyway.

    Vancouver’s a heck of a city to visit too. I really hope either Portland or Vancouver get in.

  • jpc

    Garber is smart enough to see a large, loyal fan base when he see's one (if only my red bulls had fans like this). Portland generally is a great sports town, and its the kind of place where there is almost no competition… Portland is an absolute must, as is I think St. Louis. The league certainly needs to start creeping down into the southeast (i know st. louis is the midwest, but its closer than any other team to the southeast, other than houston maybe)

  • Joseph D'hippol

    Whatever Donny wants, Donny gets. Just as Joey Saputo. πŸ˜‰

  • jpc

    Garber is smart enough to see a large, loyal fan base when he see’s one (if only my red bulls had fans like this). Portland generally is a great sports town, and its the kind of place where there is almost no competition… Portland is an absolute must, as is I think St. Louis. The league certainly needs to start creeping down into the southeast (i know st. louis is the midwest, but its closer than any other team to the southeast, other than houston maybe)

  • Joseph D’hippolito

    Whatever Donny wants, Donny gets. Just as Joey Saputo. πŸ˜‰

  • dj voter

    portland over miami any day of the week.

  • dj voter

    portland over miami any day of the week.