Ukraine gets Soccer City, USA's best

Timbers, Thorns team up for Ukraine relief efforts

Cliff Pfenning
May 13, 2022

The Portland Thorns and Timbers combined for one of the most unique soccer matches to support one of the most needy causes Wednesday and Soccer City, USA, showed up in a fantastic way.

More than 18,000 fans filled Providence Park to view the event billed as PTFC For Peace, a match that combined players from both teams in an exhibition match to raise funds for relief efforts in Ukraine.

And, the match was a hit. As the second half wound down, all the players suited up and were on the field. Even Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese wandered out and then launched a strike into the penalty box that Bill Tuiloma turned into a goal - and assist for Savarese.

The match, per the PTFC website, raised more than $500,000 through donations collected by UNICEF.

The Yellow team prevailed 4-3.

Cliff Pfenning

Cliff is the publisher of, and has decades of experience in writing, photography, videography and graphic design. He's been a sportswriter in Oregon for more than three decades and has even taught sports broadcasting in Portland. He lives in North Portland in a house built in 1912 that has a backyard deck easily turned into a 'Top Golf' set-up for wiffle golf balls ... and cornhole.