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Tensions Between Major League Soccer and Antifa are Playing Out in Portland




Portland Timbers fans wave flags before the team's match against the Seattle Sounders on Friday, August 23, in Portland, Oregon.
Portland Timbers fans wave flags before the team's match against the Seattle Sounders on Friday, August 23, in Portland, Oregon.
(Serena Morones / The Oregonian via AP)

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The Washington Post reported that Timbers fans, known as the Timber Army, have been flying flags emblazoned with anti-communist, anti-fascist icons since 2017.

But earlier this year, MLS informed attendees that those political banners would no longer be allowed in the stadium. At a match last month, fans of the Timbers and the Seattle Sounders—regional rivals—teamed up in silent protest for the first half hour of play. 33 minutes in, attendees broke their silence and revealed hidden Antifa flags in disruption of the league’s new rules.

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Guest:

Jamie Goldberg, soccer reporter with The Oregonian; she tweets @Jamiebgoldberg