Do You Want to Play for the Portland Timbers?


You could become the thanking rather than the thanked.

If it has always been your dream to play for the Portland Timbers and don’t know where to begin, here’s the answer.

The club are holding their annual tryouts on Jan. 19-20, 2013, at their Jeld-Wen Field stadium. The tryouts are open to players 18 years of age and older and carry a fee of $150.

The path to green and white glory forks at this stage dependent on your previous level of experience.

Interested players with previous college or professional experience are invited to register for the tryout online at

Players without college or professional experience must submit a playing resume via email to

The trials will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, at JELD-WEN Field. Members of the Timbers technical staff will be on hand to assess players.

Additional information regarding the tryout is available online at:

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Steve is the founder and owner of Prost Amerika. He covered the expansion of MLS soccer in Cascadia at first hand. As Editor in Chief of, he was accredited at the 2014 World Cup Final. He is the former President of the North American Soccer Reporters Association/ Originally from Glasgow, he is a supporter of the Great Glasgow Alternative, Partick Thistle.


    • HT,

      I just received a great response from Rick Lawes at MLS:

      “I believe the only one was Pari Pantazopoulos, who made the roster of the Chicago Fire for 2011 after coming through an open tryout.

      There are also the winners of Sueno MLS, if you wish to count them – the first there being Jorge (Flores) Villafaña with Chivas USA. That is pretty much an open tryout, though more controlled.”

      San Jose Earthquakes inform me:

      “In 1996 Ramiro Corrales had been playing in a semi pro league in the area so he was seen there. He was originally drafted by Columbus and then traded back to the Clash.”