Must-See Anthem: Portland’s Jeld-Wen Field

In case you missed it last night, Portland Timbers fans sang one of the better renditions of the National Anthem you'll hear, celebrating their team's first MLS home match in grand fashion.


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102 Responses to Must-See Anthem: Portland’s Jeld-Wen Field

  1. Juan says:


  2. johnnycougar says:

    Pretty cool. A few people had trouble hitting the high notes though, cracked me up.

  3. seth says:

    as a member of an MLS supporters club, i have to say this is absolutely epic. great job portland. I hope i can make a road trip to this stadium.

  4. Chris says:

    I never understood why we have the sing the anthem before every game in every sport. Are we really here to play and watch football or to sing praise to the U.S. ? It gets really old and anoying.

  5. Will says:

    Come for the anthem, stay for the tifo at the end.

  6. Tres says:

    Yeah, you could tell from the opening bars that the crowd in general had started in too high a key.

    But what a phenomenal rendition, and what a phenomenal moment for MLS.

  7. RSLnPortland says:


  8. Marshall says:

    Congratulations to Portland and to the MLS. Fantastic.

  9. lprevolution says:

    I kind of agree. When I’m drunk its difficult being patriotic. But, I just gotta say, that when I see this I am still thinking, “America, F**k Yeah!”

  10. jcl says:

    Move to Canada and support TFC

  11. A Sounder says:

    Well done, Portland.

    Much love (for now),

    A Sounder

  12. Max says:

    Portland and the Timbers Army have raised the bar for MLS. There presence in the league will make Seattle, Vancouver and hopefully other teams and their supporters raise their game.

  13. Dantheblue says:

    There are no doubts in my mind from watching the lakers struggle over the years in the Rose city that Portland fans KNOW how to root for their teams and that’s cool. that was awesome last night and it makes me wish that our anthem was left for us to sing in every venue instead of some idiot thinking I need to have it sung to me by some entertainer. I know that in section 136 at hdc we are letting it fly so stop hiring lousy singers Bruce and let riot squad handle the anthem!!!

    Chris you sound like one of my punk high school students who refuses to say the pledge of allegiance everyday and I have to force to, at least, stand and be respectful of MY right to honor my country. America, love it or leave it, but shut the f up about in either case.

  14. John says:

    MLS in Pacific Northwest. Made possible by MLS originals who endured hockey style shootouts, stop clock, golden goals, goalie substitute loopholes, football lines, and empty football stadiums. But hey these guys invented soccer. Hold on tight to that bandwagon because it’s a bumpy ride.

  15. Primoone says:

    Supporter clubs around MLS:

    You have been put on notcie.

  16. Cameron says:

    + 1,000,000

  17. Clayton says:

    +1 this scene gave me chills. I know I would be pumped as hell if I was taking the field at JELD WEN.

    Great work Timbers fans. Proud of those guys and gals.

  18. mcm says:

    You left out empty stadiums.

  19. mcm says:

    And highschool basketball chanting.

    Lets go blah blah blah.

  20. fifawitz1313 says:

    I completely agree. It is way better if the entire crowd is belting it out. Plus, way more intimidating to opposing teams on the international level. Hopefully, this trend grows in US soccer.

  21. NotSoGreen says:

    Passion Play in Portland

    Amazing display Portland Fans, Players and Coaches. Gotta love an organization whose GM gets tossed in the home opener.

    Now the irony: chopping wood on artificial turf!

  22. StevenG says:

    lol, wut?

  23. Starks says:

    congrats to the Rose City and their wonderful fans putting all the rest of supporter groups in MLS on notice for sure but not only that, last night show that MLS and Soccer have the best fans in this country bar none. Put every other sports fandome to shame. I will say this though, an event like last night, how it does not get national recognition from the likes of CNNSI or ESPN is beyond me. MLS will never truly be where we all want it to be without more support from the media, and sadly I think we will have to wait another 5-10 years until the new media comes in, people that have played the sport and love the sport and will do their best in supporting it.

    +100000000000 infinity to Portland, Timbers Army and fans, The Timbers organization and MLS..

    -infinity to ESPN, sportscenter, CNNSI, all the radio sports shows across the country.

  24. Felix says:

    I wonder how much of the organic passionate support we are seeing in the Pacific NW comes from the fact that these are teams that have existed more or less since the ’70s. They have a whole generation on even the oldest MLS clubs.

  25. Starks says:

    I think it is a big factor! You look at new true expansion teams such as Toronto FC and they have had great fans but what Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver are doing, they are at a different level.

  26. socnow says:

    Much more fun to sing after many beers.

    That said, the Star Spangled Banner is a derivative of an old 18th century drinking song. Guys in taverns used to sing a similar tune to see if they were at their drinking limit.

    Also, remember it’s a song first. It became the U.S. national anthem later. So regardless of how you feel about the U.S. government – and yeah, I don’t always like the nationalism either – it’s really an American song that represents the American people well.

  27. socnow says:

    Cool thanks! Can’t wait for Cascadia Cup. Whatever the result of those are, it will be an epic environment at each venue.

    Not let’s get back to being snarky with each other.

  28. socnow says:

    Whoops… can we get a comment editor here after posting? Just a five minute window after posting or something?

    Anyway… “Now let’s get back to being snarky…”


  29. Gotta host a key WC qualifier in this venue. Maybe bring the Ticos back to relive the Tab Ramos strike. I think this singing of the anthem might even intimidate El Tri.

  30. NotSoGreen says:

    It’s the demographics and center city locations for those teams. Rest of MLS is still AYSO heavy – too many kids.

  31. socnow says:

    No mcm, he’s part right. The MLS originals and long time supporters going back to the early 2000’s and 90’s deserve some credit for this too. They kept the league going. That said, Pacific NW teams do have history going back to the old NASL days.

  32. EastBayGrease says:

    and uniforms that cause seizures…and “jock rock” that comes on after a goal is scored…and Andrew Shue.

  33. Eurosnob says:

    Chris, take another look at the video. I hope that you learn a few things from thousands of these great football fans. Great job Portland!

  34. EastBayGrease says:

    That Ramos goal was amazing. I think I might have done a backflip when he ripped that shot. Nike had just released the thunder sticks for that game too.

    The crowd participation at that match was on a par with what you find in England or Italy. All that’s missing are hilarious, mean spirited chants aimed at opposing players.

  35. Hopper says:

    The thing is this …

    Sounders fans have been doing this at Qwest since our first home game in 2009 — and it’s much loader because the whole stadium gets in on the act, not just the supporter’s group. So while I think it’s cool that Portland is following suit, you people need to know Seattle was doing this first. I guess it just never got on TV.

    I guess most MLS fans aren’t used to that level of participation their home games.

  36. EastBayGrease says:

    some juxtapositoin for perspective

    link to

  37. BBFANCLUB says:

    The anthem /atmosphere: spectacular

    The pitch size: huge disappointment

  38. Ken says:

    Shush. Having a guy with a microphone lead the crowd in singing the anthem is not the same thing as honoring the supporters group by designating them ahead of time as the anthem leaders. This was cool and unique, and had nothing to do with Seattle; let them have their moment.

  39. Dudeinho says:

    the USMNT needs to play in front of these fans ASAP

  40. RandomTimberFan says:

    Technically you’re right that Sounder fans sing the anthem, but who can hear them over all that piped-in music/noise? If only the Sounder FO would get out of their own way and let the fans do their thing… Quest Field (soon to be known as “The Clink”, thanks CenturyLink) would be a much better place to see a match.

  41. Chris says:

    I am in full aware of the atmosphere of the game. I thought it was really great and very happy those people showed support for thier team.

  42. Chris says:

    Not really. It dosent represents Southern People. We have Dixie. Which this song was written by a Northern person, and after that we have the Bonnie Blue Flag. So I would say the Star Spangled Banner only repsents the yanks.

  43. Chris says:

    no thank you lol. Thanks for the advice though

  44. McNulty says:

    Thanks for reminding me why the South really bugs me.

  45. Brian S. says:

    The great thing about this crowd is that none of these fans came out just to see some washed-up, international superstar. They came to support their team. This should go a long way in showing that MLS can draw plenty of support without bringing in injury prone players that are past their prime.

  46. socnow says:

    So I shouldn’t take all of those “God Bless America” U.S. flag waving yellow ribbon patriots from Dixie too seriously then?

    Dude, it’s 2011 not 1861. Not saying you gotta love the union, but come on, it’s soccer.

  47. Dan says:

    The atmosphere at Qwest doesn’t hold a candle to what I saw last night at Jeld-Wen. I’ve been to Sounders games, and was left impressed until last night. Seattle might have more fans, but I swear Jeld-Wen was louder last night. Blame it on Qwest?

  48. I was half expecting Portland to launch into the communist manifesto. Whew! My faith in the NW has been restored.

  49. solles says:

    yeah the field size was a surprising disappointment. It looks like there’s plenty of room to make it bigger, or at least I hope so as they can;t go redesign the stadium at this stage I’m sure.

  50. rizzla says:

    Stay at the tailgate til they blow off the fireworks..

  51. solles says:

    Delta’s ready when you are, traitor.

  52. swoopy says:

    Great job, Portland. Best atmosphere I’ve seen (and am likely to see) all season. As a Sounders fan, I love it and hate it. The intimate nature of JeldWen beats Qwest any day. Qwest will always feel like what it is, a venue for the Seahawks.

  53. scott47a says:

    Great congrats to Portland fans.

    This country needs more people that love the game.

    The game itself was a sloppy mess though. Neither team can hold the ball in midfield at all. Made for a lot of scoring, but it was not high-quality soccer.

    Still, atmosphere kind-of hid that fact.

  54. lprevolution says:

    words to the original?

  55. solles says:

    Yeah yeah yeah… as a former Revs and Fusion ST holder and now proud Timbers season ticket holder, I reserve the right to be stoked about the progress of the league as I was one of the 4000 on a Wednesday night in 1997, many times in two different stadiums. Take the snark and apply it to the obnoxious tools in Seattle and Toronto, Portland fans have been much more humble so far in my humble and absolutely not objective view.

  56. lassidawg says:

    I think it has come from more people being exposed to the game via playing or probably even bigger technology that allows us to see games all over the world.

    I also think it is that Portland and seattle aren’t thinking their target market is families. They have both done an excellent job of creating a family friendly environment, but at the same time allowing room for those that want to party at a game.

    I think ECS has done an excellent job of hitting on their target audience of people in their 20’s. If I was still in my 20’s I would be sitting with ECS. They and Timbers army do a great job of creating an environment.

  57. Ploobian says:

    What a pleasure to watch this game last night! True, at times things were sloppy, but the pace of the game and energy of the crowd made this game a triumph for the league (‘got the magic power…’…I’m so old). I wish more games in the MLS were played at this tempo and received this much oomph! from their supporters. GREAT fun to watch and I was cheering from my Southern California couch for Portland all the way.

    Not that anyone is reading this as I’m probably the zillionth person to respond, but I gotta say I prefer the pace of this game with all its slop to some other games I’ve seen this season. Not all games in the MLS are slow, I know. But there is something so much more immediate, passionate and stimulating about watching games at this tempo. I can’t friggin wait for more.

  58. lassidawg says:

    Field is too short and Narrow

  59. solles says:

    excuse to put in a real field! I like it.

  60. solles says:

    blah blah blah seattle seattle seattle blah blah blah

  61. lprevolution says:

    … Marcelo Balboa and those commentators from KC.

  62. solles says:

    thank you for your honesty!

  63. Ryan says:

    The anthem at any sporting event reminds me of our freedom. The fact that you can go to an event at any time you choose is something that is not available to everyone in the world. Whether you agree with the government, song, venue, tradition, etc., I think the anthem signifies to everyone some of the freedoms we enjoy and the sacrifices made by US citizens to keep us that way.

    If you don’t want to sing, then don’t. Just respect others ability to do so. And bravo to Portland, you guys put on one hell of a show last night. Too bad it came at the expense of my Fire. What an atmosphere!

  64. football fan says:

    I love this.

    I remember being in the stands on Seattle’s opening night; to see thousands of scarves held up as the players entered and then hear everyone singing out The Star-Spangled Banner was amazing. It’s been fun ever since, but opening night was unreal. I seriously almost had tears in my eyes. Easily one of the most memorable sports moments of my life.

    Cheers to fan passion, cheers to Portland, and cheers to the progression of MLS and soccer in this country, lets keep this thing going!

  65. r.benjamin says:

    Per twellman’s tweet and wikipedia it’s one yard longer than highbury but three yards narrower. (110 x 70 vs 109 x73) highbury being notoriously small.

    great atmosphere, welcome to the league.

    but next year add four yards each way, you have the space.

  66. Greg says:

    Not here to piss on the party, but Union supporters have been singing the Anthem before every home game since the first home match last season. I think there are other groups that do it too. I thought it was much cooler with Union and Red Bull supporters sang it together last weekend at PPL. Just saying. Still a cool atmosphere throughout the match in Portland though. Oh and fix the pitch size. too narrow.

  67. SeattleStan says:

    So how many of the Chicago fans in the stands were just Portland fans in Chicago jerseys? For some reason I remember that happening in the past. All joking aside, its great to see the support.

  68. abc says:

    ESPN SportsCenter actually showed highlights from the game after their Top 10 Plays segment last night… unfortunately by “highlights” I mean the Sean Johnson screw-up goal and nothing else. At least they mentioned it was the first ever home game for the expansion Timbers….

  69. abc says:

    +1 to every response

  70. CA says:

    Not bad Timbers fans. Despite only being about half the people we pack in Qwest Field, you still put on a nice quaint little show:) Keep it up and welcome to the league!

  71. mcm says:

    Fully agree.

  72. KevDC says:

    Dude, the South lost. The war’s over. Let it go.

    Besides, this is not a “Yankee” song. Francis Scott Key wrote the words during the War of 1812 (not the Civil War) about the UNITED States flag continuing to fly after British bombardment. Key was born (and wrote it) in Maryland, south of the Mason-Dixon line.

    National anthems at sporting events are common around the world. I’m no “America love it or leave” guy but certain traditions are just fine. This is one of them.

    And I’m not just whistling Dixie. 😉

    Well done, Portland!

  73. inkedAG says:

    See Christina Aguilera…if 20,000+ drunken people can get the anthmen right, you have no excuse!!!


    This vid was awesome, BTW

  74. joel says:

    super cool!!!!

    i must admit that the pitch size was a bit small…

  75. Nick says:

    It was written by a lawyer from Maryland during the war of 1812 which was Great Britain vs. the U.S.A.

    And most of that war was fought in the south. Ever heard of the Battle of New Orleans? SSB represents the whole nation.

  76. Seriously says:

    Chris you are an idiot. The Star Spangled banner was written when the US and Great Britain were at war, not during the Civil War. It does represent the entire nation, not the north. I’m in the South too and for you to say what you just did is absolutely ridiculous.

    The Civil War and all that stuff is a whole other thing entirely.

  77. brian says:

    please someone tell me they also just heard bob ryan run this down on around the horn just now

  78. DaveInSLO says:

    I just watched Bob Ryan miss the mark by about 500 miles on Around the Horn. He felt the singing of the anthem was “a civic joke” which is about as stupid as you can get. I don’t know why he felt it was a joke and I’m not sure what he was watching to make him feel that the anthem was sung in jest but one thing is for sure: Bob Ryan is a dope.

  79. Roach says:

    That. Was. Awesome.

    Way to go Timber Army and the club’s owners/ organization for a great home opener in the rain!

    So glad I dvr’d that match. Really makes me wish and hope for a MLS team in the southeast though.

  80. CH says:

    No disrespect to the national anthem but, i thought it was really cool when they sang you are my sunshine. and after learning why the do it, it really made it chilling.

  81. r.benjamin says:

    Pardon the Interuption went with A+ and A+.

    How could they not. Even the rain was perfect.

  82. Juan from L.A. says:

    Freaking Amazing! It brought chills to me seeing it last night and again with this video. Truly Amazing. I hope they do this everytime and I can’t wait to see the USMNT play there and for it to be done for them.

    This is what I’m talking about and thank you Portland!

  83. Mug says:

    Thanks guys for turning a great moment into a meaningless argument.

  84. Hush says:

    This stadium and atmosphere would be great for a USA vs Mexico match! This would certainly be intimidating to any opponent!

    National anthem is one of the best things about Futbol! I can’t believe that Mr.Chris guy and sone of his buddies thing it’s a bothered. Simply wow!

    Viva USA hijos de put&!!!!;

  85. Jeremy says:

    It’s a huge factor. The Timbers Army was built over the past 10 years in the back water of Div 2 American professional soccer. What you saw last night was a amplified version of what we have been doing for years. This MLS club is built for the long haul.

  86. Jeremy says:

    The pitch width is consrtained by the curve on Timbers Army North End. They have the room to widen the pitch everywhere else but in the North East and West corners there is only like a 5 yard space between the corner flag and the wall.

    For them to widen the pitch would require doing something to the curve.

  87. Crunch Crunch says:

    It’s because the tune used was a British drinking song.

    link to

  88. Crunch Crunch says:

    Cool story, bro. I’m glad you invented it.

  89. Kejsare says:

    The TA sold Little Beirut scarves before. :)

  90. sammysounder says:

    Not in the north, not in the south . . . proud to be CASCADIAN!

  91. sammysounder says:

    Sounders, Timbers, Whitecaps . . . here before MLS, here in spite of MLS, here AFTER MLS.

  92. John in FL says:

    That gave me chills, props to the Timbers!!!

  93. El Bandito says:

    Amazing! Our Dynamo supporters can’t even stand on the same side of the stadium let alone sing the same song. Great job Portland! And that stadium has what no other stadium in MLS has – history. Ligit history. I know that the NW exaggerates their history. I see Sounders fans with banners of 35 years, etc. Well, 24 of those 35 years the teams that played in Seattle were ignored by the public just like in every other city. 2,500 fans in Memorial Stadium and Renton High School Stadium is the reality of Seattle’s history. Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver don’t have to lie and exaggerate to convince the rest of the country that you are doing a great job though. We see it. As for Jeld Wen, great place and great crowd. The team has a ways to go but that is to be expected. How can you not be ecstatic about the future of MLS?

  94. El Bandito says:

    I realize now that my comments seemed to disrespect the late 70s and early 80s which also is the reality of their soccer history. Just saying, the dark ages of the mid 80s was brutal. Thank God we’ve entered the soccer renaissance!

  95. A wise man once says:

    Oh go join a Nazi camp!

  96. Matt says:

    Oh, we have those too. They’re just all mocking Sounders players…

  97. Matt says:

    I so want one of those…

  98. Matt says:

    Apology accepted. 😉

    I don’t remember what has happening in Seattle and Vancouver, but Portland the Timbers have always played on the same field they do now. The stadium has been remodeled and renamed a couple times, but it’s the same place and a lot of the same fans.

  99. Louis Z says:

    How I hope the fans can pull this off at our next NATS game.