Scoresheet: Timbers learn CCL opponent; MLS to open April 17
Timbers schedule update — Major League Soccer on Wednesday, Feb. 10, announced that its 2021 season will begin on April 17.
The new start date is two weeks later than initially announced and comes after league owners and the MLS Players Association last week agreed on an updated collective bargaining agreement.
The start of the MLS season will happen after the Portland Timbers play Honduran side CD Marathon in the opening round of the Concacaf Champions League. The first leg games in the regional tournament's round-of-16 will take place April 6-8 with the return leg April 13-15.
The winner advances to a two-leg quarterfinal with games between April 27 and May 6. The two-leg semifinals will be played between Aug. 10 and Aug. 26 with a single-game final set for late October.
The Timbers qualified for the CCL by winning the MLS is Back Tournament in summer of 2020.
• U.S. Soccer has announced a scaled-down version of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Eight United States based MLS teams — to be determined — will enter the tournament in the Round of 16, scheduled to happen May 18-19 followed by quarterfinals May 25-26, semifinals June 15-16 and the final on June 29 or June 30.
All 24 American MLS clubs would normally participate in the U.S. Open Cup, but U.S. soccer streamlined the tournament in the hope that it can be played in 2021 after not happening in 2020 because of the pandemic.
U.S. Soccer has set March 29 as the date to confirm that the tournament will start May 4-5 with 16 teams from divisions below MLS.
College women's soccer — The Portland Pilots shook off an early two-goal deficit and scored the winner in the 86th minute to beat Oregon State 4-3 in a non-conference match at Merlo Field. Taryn Ries had her second three-goal game in as many 2021 matches and Jamie Rita broke a 3-3 tie with just under five minutes remaining.
In their first counting match of the spring, the Pilots dominated the second half after trailing 3-2 at halftime.
Brianna McReynolds scored twice in the first 14 minutes for the Beavers (1-1-0), and a Sydney Studer goal in the 32nd minute made it 3-1 OSU.
Rasheed honored by Big Sky — Former Grant High standout Khiarica Rasheed was named Big Sky Conference women's basketball player of the week for the week ending Feb. 7. A senior forward at Northern Arizona, Rasheed averaged 18.5 points and 12.5 rebounds in a pair of wins over Sacramento State. On Feb. 6, she hit the winning shot with 0.2 seconds on the clock.
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