Timbers and Thorns reunite for charity game

The Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer and the Portland Thorns of the National Women’s Soccer League join forces for a charity match to benefit relief efforts in Ukraine.

Proceeds from the April 27 match, dubbed PTFC For Peace, will go to UNICEF and clubs will match donations up to $100,000. Tickets will be free with a suggested donation.

Timbers veteran Diego Chara and Thorns defender Kelli Hubly will lead one team, while Thorns captain Christine Sinclair and Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco will lead the other.

Both teams will hold a draft next week which will be broadcast live.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do as a club for years, and I couldn’t think of a better reason to do it now than to raise money for an important cause,” Sinclair said in a statement. like this is one of a kind and while this game is entertaining no doubt, the goal is to relieve Ukraine.

As for the match, it will be a 60-minute open field match. In the event of a tie at the end of the regulations, the match goes to penalties. Teams will auction their jerseys and other items after the game.

“It’s an opportunity for us as players, as a club and as a city to help the people of Ukraine in an incredibly difficult time,” Chara said.

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