MatchDay: Timbers vs. Philadelphia Union

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter

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Philadelphia at Timbers

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Providence Park.

TV: Root Sports, cable Channel 34.

Radio: 750 AM.

Tickets: www.timbers.com.

Timbers: Finished 2013 with the best record in the Western Conference (14 wins, 5 losses and 15 ties). Portland kicks off its fourth MLS season considered a championship contender. Argentines Gaston Fernandez and Norberto Papratto make their MLS debuts in a lineup that includes will include eight regular contributors from last season.

Union: In 2013, Philadelphia (12-12-10) finished seventh in the Eastern Conference. The Union hopes become the Timbers of 2014, a young team with a young coach that surprises. The season opener should be the unveling of a new midfield, highlighted by the key offseason acquisitions of U.S. international Maurice Edu and Vincint Nogueira, a veteran of France’s top league.