Timbers announce preseason soccer tourney plans

Portland will showcase striker Jose Adolfo Valencia in February
Staff Report

 Portland Timbers fans won't have to wait for the regular season to see new acquisition Jose Adolfo Valencia play.

The Timbers announced Tuesday they will play host to a four-team, preseason tournament that will be held Feb. 27-March 4 at JELD-WEN Field. The host Timbers will be joined in the tournament by AIK from Sweden’s first-division Allsvenskan as well as MLS Western Conference rivals Chivas USA and San Jose Earthquakes.

The tournament will consist of three doubleheader sessions at JELD-WEN Field, with Chivas USA and AIK kicking off the round-robin format Monday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m. Portland’s match against AIK on Sunday, March 4, closes out the tournament and will serve as the Timbers’ final preseason tune-up before they open the 2012 season against the Philadelphia Union at JELD-WEN Field on Monday, March 12.

Individual tickets for the tournament, which start at $10 per doubleheader session, go on sale Monday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m.

Tournament Schedule
Monday, Feb. 27
Chivas USA vs. AIK – 5 p.m.
San Jose vs. Portland – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 1
AIK vs. San Jose – 5 p.m.
Chivas USA vs. Portland – 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 4
San Jose vs. Chivas USA – 2:30 p.m.
AIK vs. Portland – 5 p.m.

About AIK (Allmänna Idrottsklubben)
With over a century of history, Allmänna Idrottsklubben, also known as AIK, is considered one of the most successful football clubs in Sweden. The winner of 11 league championships, AIK has been a consistent member of Sweden’s first division, called the Allsvenskan, since its inception in 1924. AIK recently won the Allsvenskan title and the Svenska Cupen (Swedish Cup) in 2009. The club won its first Supercupen, a one-match competition contested annually among the country’s top clubs, in 2010. AIK has competed in Europe’s top club tournaments, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, on several occasions, most recently playing in the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League. In 2011, AIK finished as the runner-up in the Allsvenskan and qualified for the 2012-13 Europa League.

TIMBERS SIGN DESIGNATED PLAYER

The Portland Timbers announced Thursday they have signed Columbian striker Jose Adolfo Valencia as their Designated Player for the upcoming season.

Valencia, 19, is blossoming into one of Columbia's long-term building blocks for the national team. Earlier this year, he helped the U20 team win the Toulon Tournament, an eight-team international event that serves as a preview of the U20 World Cup.

“José is a young player we've been monitoring for the last 12 months,” Timbers head coach John Spencer said in a statement. “He is powerful and quick and should be a nice complement to the attacking players we have with the club already. It is important to give him time to settle into a new culture and country and not put too much pressure on him too soon; he has tremendous potential."

Valencia made his professional debut at 16 and has played for Bogotá-based club Santa Fe CD. In Portland, he will play alongside Columbians Jorge Perlaza and Diego Chara. Chara is Portland's first Designated Player. Valencia is Portland's Young Designated Player, a roster slot created for the upcoming season.

Portland plays its home opener March 12.

 

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