Timbers Legends Diego Valeri and Jack Jewsbury will play in the Green Is Gold Charity Match on June 26

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June 5, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
Portland Timbers news item

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers announced today that club legends Diego Valeri and Jack Jewsbury will play in the mixed-team Green is Gold Charity Match with Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday, June 26 at Providence Park. As part of the Timbers’ Green is Gold environmental platform launched in 2024, the contest will raise funds and awareness for the nonprofits The Nature Conservancy and Keep Oregon Green.

Valeri, a Ring of Honor member affectionately known as “El Maestro,” returns to the field at Providence Park for the first time since his 2021 MLS Cup appearance with the Timbers. The most decorated player in club history, Valeri’s league accolades include the Landon Donovan MLS MVP (2017), MLS Cup MVP (2015) and MLS Newcomer of the Year (2013). A three-time MLS Best ) and assists (91) in nine great seasons (2013-2021) at the club, making 262 appearances for the Timbers.

“Captain Jack” Jewishbury joined the Timbers ahead of their inaugural 2011 MLS season as the club’s first-ever captain. The midfielder was later named a 2011 MLS All Star, becoming the first Portland player to earn this honor in club history. As a member of the 2015 MLS Cup Champions Timbers squad, Jewishbury played 157 games, tallying 14 goals and 17 assists for Portland over the course of six seasons before retiring at the end of 2016 as one of the most experienced players in MLS.

The Timbers and Thorns FC also announced Diego Chara and Meaghan Nally as Green Team Co-Captains and Eric Miller and Gabby Provenzano as Gold Team Co-Captains. Both sides will participate in a draft on June 12 at 6:00 PM (Pacific) to determine the mixed team rosters for the Green is Gold Charity Match. KGW’s Orlando Sanchez will host the special occasion, with a stream available on the Timbers’ website and YouTube channel. The co-captains select players for each team, alternating between Timbers and Thorns FC players. A full list of the selections for the 60-minute cross-country competition will be shared on Timbers.com after the event.

Supported by Daimler Truck North America, Intel, KeyBank, SeatGeek and TikTok, the Green is Gold Charity Match is free to the public with an encouraged donation to nonprofits The Nature Conservancy and Keep Oregon Green. The June 26 kickoff is at 7:00 PM (Pacific) and will be streamed live on Timbers.com. All seats for the event are general admission and can be redeemed through SeatGeek with the option to donate while purchasing a ticket. All donations made through the ticketing process support The Nature Conservancy and Keep Oregon Green initiatives. Tickets are available HERE.

Fans in attendance and those watching remotely will have several opportunities to contribute to the efforts of The Nature Conservancy and Keep Oregon Green and can make donations online.

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