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February 7, 2011 - Major League Soccer (MLS) Portland Timbers

PORTLAND, Ore. â€" The Portland Timbers continued their training camp in Ventura, Calif., on Monday as the team began its third week of preseason training. The Timbers have three days remaining on their stay in Southern California before returning to Portland to finish off the week.

The Timbers used Monday's training session to prepare for the team's second exhibition of the preseason Tuesday afternoon against the LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center. Tuesday's exhibition against the Galaxy will serve as another building block towards developing camaraderie and improving fitness among the group.

"This is what these games are for," said Timbers head coach John Spencer. "You can only do so much in practice. The guys eventually want to get a game under their belt, and that's what we'll do. We will probably do a little two squads again tomorrow and play two separate halves. We will head back up to Portland in the next few days and will continue to work hard."

After eight days in California, the Timbers return to the Rose City on Wednesday and will be welcomed with a scheduled day off Thursday. The Timbers will train the balance of the week at Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation.

With the start of Week 3, the Timbers training group has changed slightly, as forwards Raymundo Reza and Andrés Flores are no longer training with the team. Forward Ryan Guy sustained an injury last week in training and is expected to return to preseason camp with the Timbers at a later date.

Upcoming Schedule: Feb. 7-13

Tuesday, Feb. 8 â€" Preseason match vs. LA Galaxy at The Home Depot Center â€" Track and Field Stadium at 3 p.m.; closed to the public.

Wednesday, Feb. 9 - Training at Oxnard College/Depart for Portland

Thursday, Feb. 10 - Day off

Friday, Feb. 11 - Training at Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation

Saturday, Feb. 12 - Training at Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation

Sunday, Feb. 13 â€" Day off

Update: Kickoff of Timbers, Whitecaps FC Cascadia Summit preseason match changed

The kickoff time for the preseason match between the Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps FC as part of the preseason Cascadia Summit on Saturday, March 5, has been changed to 4 p.m.

The Cascadia Summit is a preseason tournament between the Timbers, Whitecaps FC and Seattle Sounders FC held in Tukwila, Wash., from March 4-6. The event will feature a series of preseason exhibitions between the three Northwest rivals as well as activities for fans.

Talk Timbers airs Wednesday on Sportsradio 95.5 The Game

The Timbers' talk show, "Talk Timbers," airs this Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. on Sportsradio 95.5 The Game. Featuring interviews with coaches, players, club officials and special guests, Talk Timbers is a prime source for Timbers news and information.

Fans can tune in to Wednesday's show live on 95.5 The Game or listen online at www.955thegame.com.

Timbers' Rose City FC kits, apparel now available through pre-order

The Timbers' authentic and replica "Rose City FC" jerseys are now available as part of a special pre-sale at shop.portlandtimbers.com. Also, beginning Friday, Feb. 11, the secondary jerseys and the full line of Rose City FC apparel and accessories will be available exclusively at the Timbers Downtown Team Store, located at 519 SW 6th Ave. in Portland.

In addition to the red authentic and replica secondary jerseys, other Rose City FC items available for purchase beginning Feb. 11 include adult and youth t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, scarves, keychains, coffee mugs, pennants, decals, bumper stickers and temporary tattoos.

Calling all artists for "Paint the Plane" Contest

The Timbers and Alaska Airlines are inviting fans to create artwork which will adorn a Boeing 737-700 through the "Paint the Plane" contest. Featuring one artist's creation, a Timbers-branded plane will be revealed this spring during the club's debut MLS season.

Submissions are due in just over a week on Tuesday, Feb. 15. All entries will be judged by both Alaska Airlines and Timbers representatives based on originality, creativity and the ability to express the club's brand. Fans can download the plane's design template at www.portlandtimbers.com/paint-plane-art-contest and submit their unique Timbers-centric design by mail or electronically.

The person with the winning design will receive two first-class tickets to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines, two club seats to the Timbers' inaugural home match on April 14, as well as a team-autographed Timbers jersey.

Fewer than 1,000 season tickets remain for inaugural MLS season

Announced last week, the Timbers have surpassed 11,000 season tickets for their inaugural MLS season in 2011 and fewer than 1,000 season tickets remain available. With season tickets in 33 sections already sold out, the team will cap season tickets at 12,000.

Available season tickets start at $18 and can be purchased now by calling the Timbers ticket office at (503) 553-5555. Additional ticket information as well as an interactive Virtual Venue is available online at www.portlandtimbers.com.

Portland opens its debut MLS season on Saturday, March 19, on the road against the defending-MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids. On Thursday, April 14, the Timbers make their home debut in a newly renovated stadium as they play host to the Chicago Fire at 8 p.m. (Pacific).

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