MERIDIAN -- Soccer fans are in for a treat: The chance to see a professional soccer match right here in the Treasure Valley.
The Idaho Youth Soccer Association announced Thursday Major League Soccer champions the Portland Timbers are headed to Meridian this summer to square off in an exhibition match against the Swope Park Rangers of Kansas City.
The game is set for Saturday, June 4 at Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
Gavin Wilkinson, general manager of the Portland Timbers and T2, said the match is meant to appeal to fans in the Gem State, which lacks a professional soccer team of its own.
"With Idaho being an important part of the Timbers Homegrown territory, playing this T2 game in Boise is a great opportunity for the club to further develop and broaden its partnerships in the state and to showcase the Timbers brand to an ever-increasing, regional fan base," he said in a statement.
General admission tickets will cost $20 apiece and go on sale Friday, April 1, at 10 a.m. Parking is free.
A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to Idaho Youth Soccer Association's member clubs if buyers purchase using affiliate codes. Soccer clubs that want to sign up for an affiliate code should contact email@example.com before March 25, 2016 to receive a code.
Bill Taylor, president of the Idaho Youth Soccer Association, said he is excited about the match-up coming to Meridian.
"This relatively new partnership between the Timbers and the Idaho Youth Soccer Association is one that is already making a big impact on the development of youth soccer in Idaho," Taylor said in a release. "The leadership and joint coaching efforts of the Timbers have enhanced our Olympic Development Program and stimulated involvement of the game at all levels here in the state. We are especially excited to continue this relationship as we partner in bringing T2 to Boise and see this as a way of further putting the stamp of the Timbers on our growing soccer state."