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Portland Timbers to meet Ajax Amsterdam

MLS expansion franchise Portland Timbers have announced that they will host Dutch Eredivisie giantsAjax Amsterdam in an international friendly in May.

The Timbers will meet Ajax on Wednesday, May 25, at JELD-WEN Field - kick-off is set for 7pm.

Tickets for the exhibition against Ajax are included in full-season ticket packages as Exhibition A. The friendly is also included as part of half-season plan B and five-game package F. Details regarding single-game tickets and an on-sale date will be announced at a later time.

Based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Ajax is one of the most storied clubs in European soccer. It is one of only five clubs to repeat as European champions, winning the European Champions Cup three consecutive years from 1971-73. Ajax, founded in 1900, won three major European titles in 1972, taking home the national championship, Dutch Cup and European Champions Cup. The club won its last European Champions Cup, now known as Champions League, in 1995. Ajax has won the Eredivisie (first division) title 29 times.

The Ajax roster features Dutch National Team goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and defender Gregory van der Wiel, who both played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Its squad also includes Danish international Christian Eriksen and Belgium National Team members Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld.

Ajax currently ranks third in the Eredivisie and sits three points back of table leader PSV Eindhoven. During the 2010-11 season, Ajax competed in the Champions League against Europe's best clubs, squaring off against both AC Milan and Real Madrid in group play.

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