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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

East Portland's budding soccer stars get a new field

Yesterday, Nick was proud to join Commissioner Fritz, Mayor Hales, and the Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star players to celebrate the grand opening of Montavilla Park’s new futsal field.

Our MLS All-Stars have taken the city by storm this week, and they wanted to get together and give back to their host, the city of Portland.

With the help of Portland Parks & Recreation, MLS organizers secured a site: an old tennis court in East Portland. MLS then partnered with the Portland Timbers, Adidas, and Wells Fargo to build the generous, $200,000 outdoor futsal court in Montavilla Park.  Futsal is a variation of soccer played on a smaller field.

The futsal court is a much-needed, state-of-the art soccer field, built with re-purposed turf from Providence Park.  That means that our future soccer stars in East Portland now get to play on turf once graced by the Timbers!

Monday’s celebration was a hit. Young East Portland soccer fans and players got to meet (and take selfies with!) America’s best soccer players – and bend it like Beckham on their brand new turf field.

MLS All-Star Game players help celebrate new futsal field at Montavilla Park

Melissa Binder in The Oregonian

Portland Timbers fill seats, help boost success of $12 million city bet on stadium renovations

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian