How to enjoy the MLS All-Star game, for free

Pioneer Courthouse Square adds mini-soccer field, host viewing party

An MLS All Star truck at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland (Twitter @PDXfoodcarts)
An MLS All Star truck at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland (Twitter @PDXfoodcarts)

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.

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