PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Portland Timbers and Major League Soccer announced a time-change to this Sunday’s match.
Due to excessive heat expected, the Timbers game against the L.A. Galaxy will kick off at 11 a.m. instead of 1 p.m.
Team and league officials expect the on-field temperatures to be lower late in the morning and want to make it as comfortable as possible for fans and players.
Head Coach Caleb Porter said the team is used to extreme heat after play in Houston last week, where it was at least 100 degrees.
“Well the good thing is we just played in the hottest game imaginable in Houston and we managed it really well,” Porter said. “And we’ve had some other hot games here on this turf. So we’ve dealt with it.”
“If you guys could have felt how hot it was there, it’s like a heavy blanket that just smothers you,” he said.
The forecast for Sunday shows a high of 93 degrees. At 11 a.m. it will be about 80 degrees and by 1 p.m. it will rise to 88-90 degrees. Starting earlier will ensure the game ends before the hottest part of the day.