Portland entered the soccer world in 1975, when the Timbers took to the field at Civic Stadium for the first time — and the city fell in love. 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of the Timbers joining Major League Soccer (MLS), and Portland’s love continues to grow. The two-time National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) champion Portland Thorns played their first season in 2013. The Thorns boast an impressive history, sending multiple players to represent the U.S. in the Olympics and the World Cup.
One of the most iconic aspects of Portland’s soccer culture are the fans — the Timbers Army and the Riveters — that fill Providence Park with a deafening roar on match days. This is an exhibit about soccer, but it is also one about community — the community of Portland and its love of the world’s game. While we may not be able to cheer on our home teams in person, We are the Rose City! will give fans the opportunity to celebrate the many milestones Portland soccer has marked both on and off the pitch.