As you've likely heard, the Timbers' young MLS season came to a screeching halt last week. The Thorns had yet to even play a single game of their 2020 season. Both teams suspended their scheduled games for at least 30 days, joining the rest of the sports universe in coronavirus shutdowns. Much has happened since that announcement, and it seems likely the original 30-day marker will be extended even further.
While the world huddles in home offices and converts kitchen tables to makeshift schools, the Timbers have kept busy. Last Sunday, during their scheduled away match against the New England Revolution, the two teams battled it out digitally in an EA FIFA 2020 simulation instead. The game ended with a very Timbers-y 4-4 draw, with the Revolution equalizing in the 4th minute(!) of stoppage time. Please, please let this become a thing.
Today, in a win for its part-time stadium workers who are directly affected by the postponement of games, the teams announced a new program to "assist fan experience staff and merchandise staff, among others, by paying them for games missed due to cancelation."
Finally, starting the weekend, the Timbers and Thorns will air classic matches in their entirety on KPTV/Fox 12. Up first: the first-ever MLS and NWSL home openers for the Timbers and Thorns, from 2011 and 2013, respectively. The team's press release gave away the final scores of the matches, but in the interest of preserving some tension for new fans, we'll just say they are indeed classic matches with plenty of goals.
After the first weekend, fans will have a chance to vote on the which classic games air next. We'll have our finger on the legendary 2015 Double Post game.