Reflecting on the best moments during the JELD-WEN Field era in Portland
Portland promised a major announcement on Monday night. It delivered on the promise in somewhat surprising fashion: JELD-WEN Field is no more.
The stadium itself remains firmly intact (thank goodness), but its name will change for the fifth time since the facility opened back in 1893. Providence Health agreed to terms on a 15-year deal to transform JELD-WEN Field into Providence Park. The agreement means the Timbers will have a new name on their stadium for the 2014 season and beyond.
JELD-WEN isn't going away entirely – the Klamath Falls, Ore.-headquartered purveyor of windows and doors remains a key sponsor for the club – in the wake of this deal, but the shift marks the end of a vibrant three-year period for the Timbers.
Caleb Porter and his players will expect to make a host of new memories in their renamed stadium. They will have some work to do to match these highlights from the House of Pane:
America receives its introduction to the Timbers Army
Portland announced itself to the country with a moment that perfectly captured the passion of its supporters. The entire congregation belted out the Star-Spangled Banner to herald the Timbers' first home match in MLS. The entire night – including the 4-2 victory over Chicago to secure the club's first MLS victory – offered a deserving cap to the Timbers' long-awaited ascent to the top level and the first league match at the newly christened venue.
That Darlington Nagbe goal
Forget about words. Just watch the 2011 MLS Goal of the Year and marvel at its execution.
Green Machine 10, Timbers 9
More than 3,000 fans showed up to watch the Timbers play against a youth team last May. The reason behind the outpouring of support: one of the youth players, eight-year-old Atticus Lane-Dupre, missed a portion of the previous season while undergoing cancer treatment. His beloved Timbers and the Timbers Army – in partnership with the Make-A-Wish foundation – offered him a respite. Atticus collected the winning goal, traded jerseys with captain Will Johnson and took home a slice of the victory log.
Signature win confirms the Timbers' top-tier credentials
Portland stormed through the first half of the campaign, but the Timbers faced nagging questions about their suitability over the long haul. This dramatic affair – complete with a stoppage-time winner from the now-departed Andrew Jean-Baptiste – handed Porter's side the cornerstone victory it craved over the MLS Cup holders in July and sustained the successful push for the club's first MLS playoff berth.
Timbers vanquish Sounders to book Western Conference final berth
Fate threw Portland and Seattle together in the Western Conference semifinals last season. Portland returned home from the first leg at CenturyLink Field with a 2-1 advantage on aggregate, but the Timbers took no liberties with the return leg. The home side overran Sounders FC from the outset and reaped the benefits when Will Johnson and Diego Valeri scored before halftime. Futty Danso increased the lead after the break to ensure Seattle's late surge did not alter the Timbers' place in the Western Conference final or hinder the post-match celebrations.