For seven years, Darlington Nagbe was a fixture on the field for the Portland Timbers .
But Nagbe won't be wearing green and gold on Sunday. Instead, he will be on the other side of the pitch in red and black trying to lead his new club, Atlanta United, to a victory over the Timbers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Earlier this month, the Sounders launched an impressively passive-aggressive campaign declaring their love for Portland—the one in Maine. The Other Portland didn't seem to appreciate being used as a pawn in a game of snark—at least as far as the town's paper of record is concerned. As a token of appreciation for rejecting the Sounders' fake flattery, the Timbers sent the Press-Herald a jersey signed by every member of the team, which the paper was proud to show off on its Twitter account today.
Will this latest tete-a-tete make the next Timbers-Sounders game even more intense? Guess we'll find out June 30, when the two teams square off yet again up north at CenturyLink Field.
By Matthew Singer @willametteweek
“The Portland Timbers beat the LA Galaxy 1-0 in Friday night’s U.S. Open Cup match, advancing to the quarterfinals on the strength of a Sebastian Blanco goal and a well-earned clean sheet. “. *******************************
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The Timbers Army, the supporters' group for the Portland Timbers , unveiled a tifo designed to look like the movie cover from The Endless Summer ahead of the Timbers-Galaxy U.S. Open Cup match Friday.
The Timbers Army's tifo featured a replica of the poster for the movie with pictures of Timbers players Diego Chara, Vytas and Jeremy Ebobisse.
The winner of Friday's game will advance to the quarterfinals of the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Me and my little soccer ultra (along with cameos from Harry Brown and Will Johnson) at the Timbers game Friday night. He loves to clap and tries to learn the words to all the songs. And he did really well considering the kickoff was at 8pm 😎⚽️🎶🌅 #timbersarmy#littletimbers#otp