Timbers to host Chivas on Tuesday

by Melanie Davis
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Portland Timbers
Portland, OR — The Timbers will play host to Chivas USA for their U.S. Open Cup play-in game on Tuesday, March 29, at the University of Portland’s Merlo Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets for the match are general admission and will be available for purchase through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or by phoning 800-745-3000. The Timbers were awarded the opportunity to host their first U.S. Open Cup play-in match through a coin toss conducted by Major League Soccer on Feb. 28. The winner of the Timbers-Chivas USA matchup will travel to face the San Jose Earthquakes in a second-round play-in game in April. Should the Timbers advance to the third round of play-in games, they will play the victor of the second-round play-in game between the Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids in May for the opportunity to compete in the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournament proper. The Timbers, along with nine other clubs, are competing for the two remaining spots in MLS’s eight-team field in the U.S. Open Cup; six MLS teams have earned automatic berths by way of their overall regular-season finishes in 2010.