Newcastle complete their pre season tour of America with a friendly against Portland Timbers.

The match kicking off at 7.30pm local time on Tuesday night, which is 3.30am on Wednesday morning in the UK.

Whilst Portland Timbers do play in the MLS, the game is actually billed as being against their second team (T2) who play in the third tier of football in America, alongside Sacramento Republic, who United were very fortunate to beat at the weekend.

When the game was first announced, Portland Timbers said that they would probably play a few players from the first team on top of their usual second team.

However, it now looks it could be a truer test for Newcastle as the Timbers’ coach Caleb Porter has now indicated that there will be stronger first team representation than first thought.

This is partly to give some players game time who didn’t feature in the first team at the weekend, whilst also providing a better spectacle for their fans against Premier League opposition.

Oregon Live reported:

Porter said some first team players could play 45 minutes or 90 minutes in the match. He said that Timbers players , George Fochive, Nick Besler, Andy Thoma, Taylor Peay and Anthony Manning will likely play a full 90 minutes in Tuesday’s game.

While Portland players Maximiliano Urruti, Gaston Fernandez and Rodney Wallace will likely play 45 minutes in the match. Other first team players could see minutes as well.

“We’ll want a mixture of some first team guys in that game. They are a good team, so to give ourselves a chance and also to give the fans a little bit of an exciting game, we want to put some guys in that game.”

Hopefully Newcastle can step up on the three very average at best displays so far in pre season, with Newcastle fans hoping Wijnaldum plays from the start and helps to energise those around him, whilst also playing his own game.

  • kuromori

    Portland won’t be pushovers. I have rello’s over there and have seen the Timbers play. It’s a tight ground with an artificial pitch. If they play a strong team, with their match-fitness, I’d expect a tough test.

  • SteveSmith16

    We should have been setting up better opposition to begin with.
    Lesser teams tend to go out putting in hard tackles because they know they can’t compete. Dog fights don’t warm you up before the season starts and they only serve to risk injury.
    Hopefully this game is cleaner and gives the team a chance to actually play football.


    I’ve watched the Timbers first team many times as they are a derby match with my home team Vancouver Whitecaps. It will be a decent team. Caleb Porter is the first team coach so he must be taking over for the match tonight. Urruti is a great player. The stadium is an awesome place to see a match. The fans are passionate.

  • Wallwalker

    Let’s just get everyone out healthy.  I was at the MLS all star game in Portland last year when two crunching tackles, one from Porter’s own Will Johnson, hobbled a couple Bayern Munich players in the run up to their season.  It’s too bad we didn’t schedule a top flight MLS team that would field its best 11.