For the second consecutive year, the Earthquakes will travel to Portland to face two MLS teams and Swedish outfit AIK in Portland’s Preseason tournament. The tournament will conclude the Quakes’ preseason schedule after stops in Tucson and Oxnard.
Portland’s preseason tournament will be open to the public and will provide one of the few first glimpses of the 2013 Quakes as they set their sights on the MLS Cup and a second consecutive Supporters’ Shield. Details regarding individual and group tickets for the tournament will be announced at a later date.
2013 Portland Preseason Tournament Schedule (All times Pacific)
Sunday, Feb. 17
AIK vs. FC Dallas – 2:30 p.m.
Portland vs. San Jose – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 20
AIK vs. San Jose – 5 p.m.
Portland vs. FC Dallas – 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23
San Jose vs. FC Dallas – 2:30 p.m.
Portland vs. AIK - 5 p.m.
About AIK (Allmänna Idrottsklubben)
With over a century of history, Allmänna Idrottsklubben, also known as AIK, is considered one of the most successful soccer clubs in Sweden. The winner of 11 league championships, AIK has been a consistent member of Sweden’s first division, called the Allsvenskan, since its inception in 1924. AIK recently won the Allsvenskan title and the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) in 2009. The club won its first Supercupen, a one-match competition contested annually among the country’s top clubs, in 2010. AIK has competed in Europe’s top club tournaments, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, on several occasions. AIK finished the 2012 Allsvenskan season fourth in the table and are currently competing in the 2012-13 Europa League.
JELD-WEN Field, located 13 miles from Portland International Airport (PDX), will host all the matches. With a vibrant downtown renowned for its tranquility, robust art scene, great shopping, and a wide-selection of restaurants, Portland may just be the mid-February vacation needed to explore the City of Roses and to root for your Quakes.
Flights: Alaska Airlines offers flights to Portland from San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK), and San Jose International Airport (SJC). Flights are as low as $98.80. More information can be found here.
Hotels: The Timbers Army has comprised a detailed list of hotels and accommodations for traveling fans. A pedestrian-friendly city, Portland is easily toured by foot or bicycle. Click here to see available accommodations.
Transportation: While cars can be rented, most Portlanders prefer biking, walking, or the transit system. Buses, light rails, and trams operate throughout the day and day passes for TriMet are available from $4.75.
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Food and Dining: With a bevy of seasonal ingredients available at its disposal, Portland has developed a well-earned reputation for fine dining. From high-end to diner-goers, the city can accommodate nearly all your food-craving needs. Portland is also home to many micro-breweries, many of which serve food and host tours.
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Art: Performance, visual, and film have all characterized the prominent art scene in Portland. Galleries of local artists are scattered across the city such as the 23 Sandy Gallery (pictured above). Check out a movie festival or a film premiere or drop in for a concert at one of many venues or hotels during your stay.
Click here to learn more about Portland’s thriving art scene.