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While the Timbers’ faithful eagerly await next month’s home opener against Minnesota United FC, you’ll want to tune in to the season before then, as Portland’s 2018 campaign-opening road trip might prove to be one of the most intriguing stretches in club history. This afternoon’s matchup against the New York Red Bulls pits newly minted Timbers’ head coach Giovanni Savarese against a foe he’s more than familiar with. Drafted in the ninth round of the MLS Inaugural Player Draft, Savarese became one of the league’s first breakout stars while playing for New York in the late ’90s, and would return to the organization a decade later to head up youth development. With a large mix of talented new arrivals and familiar faces eager to cement their place in the Timbers’ starting 11, Savarese will have no shortage of cards up his sleeve when he returns to face-off against the club he famously helped establish over two decades ago.
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