PORTLAND — The Portland Thorns and the Portland Timbers announced Wednesday that the clubs will host PTFC For Peace — a mixed teams, U.S. first division charity match to raise funds for Ukrainian children and families affected by the war.
The match will kick off at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 27, at Providence Park.
Admission is free with an encouraged donation.
“Soccer is a universal and unifying sport, and as professionals, it’s important for us to use our platform for those in need and right now that’s Ukraine,” Thorns forward Christine Sinclair said in a statement. “This is something we’ve wanted to do as a club for years, and I couldn’t think of a better reason to pull it off now than to raise money for an important cause.”
All donations, which will be matched by the club up to $100,000, and proceeds surrounding the event will support UNICEF’s relief efforts in Ukraine and bordering countries.
All seating for the event will be general admission and redeemable through SeatGeek (https://seatgeek.com/ptfc-for-peace-tickets) with an option to donate to UNICEF USA while acquiring a ticket.
“I always believe we are stronger together, and I’m excited to be able to play in a match that means so much more than soccer,” Timbers midfielder Diego Chara said in a statement. “This is an opportunity for us as players, as a club and as a city to help the people of Ukraine in an incredibly difficult time.”
Chara and Thorns defender Kelli Hubly will co-captain one team and Sinclair and Timbers midfielder Sebastián Blanco will co-captain the other team.
The yellow Nike team and the blue Adidas team will square off in a 60-minute full-field match. If tied after regulation, the match will move to a shootout to determine a winner.
Fans in attendance and those watching remotely will have various opportunities to contribute to their efforts and can visit www.unicefusa.org/PTFC to make donations.
There will also be an online auction for fans to bid on game-worn shirts from the event and other items, including flags and the game ball at www.PTFC.givesmart.com.