THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/First of two Timbers 2 games will give renovated stadium dress rehearsal


Portland Timbers 2 will provide a dress rehearsal of sorts for the renovated Providence Park.

Portland's USL Championship team will play home games at the stadium at 7 p.m. May 25 and May 29 ahead of the home debut for the MLS Portland Timbers on June 1.

Only the west and north stands will be open for the T2 matches as finishing work is done on the east-side expansion, which added two decks and 4,000 seats to the stadium.

Tickets for the May 25 match against El Paso and the May 29 match against Real Monarchs SLC are available through, by calling 888-736-6849 or at the Providence Park box office.

For those games, the stadium opens at 6:30 p.m. with entrance only through Gate F (formerly Gate 4) on the northwest plaza (Morrison and Southwest 20th).

T2 leads the Western Conference of the USL championship, the second division of professional soccer in the United States.


Portland Thorns midfielder Andressinha has been named to Brazil's roster for the FIFA Women's World Cup, June 7 through July 7 in France.

Andressinha will depart after Saturday's Thorns match at Washington.

This will be the second World Cup for the 24-year-old. Andressinha played in all four matches for Brazil at the 2015 Women's World Cup. She has scored 10 goals in 42 appearances with Brazil's national team.

Andressinha scored her first goal for the Thorns in last week's win at Orlando. It was her first National Women's Soccer League goal since the 2017 season with Houston.


Portland Thorns forward Tobin Heath scored a goal and midfielder Lindsey Horan had an assist as the U.S. beat New Zealand 5-0 at St. Louis.

Heath scored the first goal of the game at Busch Stadium in the 35th minute off a cross from former Portland Pilot Megan Rapinoe. Five minutes later, Horan delivered the pass for a beautiful finish by Rose Lavelle.

Carli Lloyd scored twice in the second half and Sam Mewis also scored for the United States.

Heath played 72 minutes and Horan played the first half of the next-to-last tune-up game for the USA ahead of the Women's World Cup. Thorns players Emily Sonnett and Adrianna Franch did not play.


Former Oregon Ducks star Aaron Wise carded a par 70 in the first round of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. He was tied for 18th.

Brooks Koepka's 63 gave him the lead by one stroke over Danny Lee.

Tiger Woods shot 72 and was tied for 53rd.


Scott Harrington, a tour veteran who once played for Jesuit High, opened with a 2-under 69 in the Knoxville (Tennessee) Open. He was tied for 29th and five shots behind the leader, Ryan Brehm.

Rookie Norman Xiong out of the University of Oregon shot 70 and was tied for 52nd.

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