The 2017 Portland Timbers schedule has arrived!
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In 2017, the Timbers will have at least 14 matches featured on national television. Along with the nationally televised home opener on March 3, seven Timbers home games will be broadcast nationally, including matches at Providence Park against expansion side Atlanta United FC (May 14), LA Galaxy (Aug. 6), New York Red Bulls (Aug. 20) and Orlando City SC (Sept. 24).
Here is how the schedule breaks down in terms of difficulty based on 2016 numbers. Obviously, games against Minnesota and Atlanta can’t be counted since those are expansion terms joining MLS this year.
- Average PPG from Opponents = 1.34
- Average PPG from Home Opponents = 1.29
- Average PPG from Road Opponents = 1.41
- Average Points Needed for Western Conf Playoffs since 2011 = 48.3
- Average PPG Needed by PTFC to reach that # = 1.42
- PTFC Average PPG Since Joining MLS in 2011 = 1.39
- PTFC PPG 2016 = 1.29
- PTFC PPG 2015 = 1.56
- PTFC PPG 2014 = 1.44
- PTFC PPG 2013 = 1.68
- PTFC PPG 2012 = 1
- PTFC PPG 2011 = 1.24
The schedule bookends nicely for the Timbers who host Minnesota United in the club’s MLS debut in March. After a road date with LA, PTFC returns to the friendly confines for 3 straight home games against teams that failed to make the 2016 playoffs (Houston, Columbus, New England). The Timbers close with 2017 season with 4 straight home games, and 3 of those opponents failed to make the postseason (Orlando, SJ, Vancouver). DC United is the other, and they had 11 wins in 2016, one fewer than PTFC but in the weaker Eastern Conference DC United finished 4th. The hardest stretch might just precede that 4-game home stand to conclude the regular season. PTFC is on the road for 3, playing @Seattle @NYFC, and @RSL, all of whom made the 2016 playoffs.