PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Even on balmy summer nights, a green Portland Timbers scarf is a ubiquitous accessory in a place known as Soccer City USA.
Visitors as well as and television viewers in 150 countries will get a look at Portland’s enthusiasm for the sport at Wednesday’s Major League Soccer All-Star Game. The contest pits the American professional league’s best players against German powerhouse Bayern Munich.
Though the game is the major draw, the league has turned the week into a celebration of soccer. Portland’s downtown square has added a mini-soccer field and it’s serving as the hub for activities, including a free viewing party for those who can’t get a ticket for the match.