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Poor start to season dispelled by win in front of loyal fans, who welcome new coach with rain-themed tifo.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - The tifo welcomed coach Savarese to his first home game.

The Portland Timbers kicked off their first 2018 home game with another grand "tifo" or display in the North Stand.

As the National anthem ended - led as is traditional on the first home game, by the Timbers Army – a large olive-green banner was unfurled to the roof showing the stadium's signature arches and the slogan "I'm laughing at the clouds and we're…"

This was followed by the image of a bandana-clad Timbers fan up a vintage Portland lamppost and the legend "Singin' in the rain."

(The Minnesota United fan group is called the Dark Clouds.)

The Timbers beat Minnesota 3-2, their first win of the season.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Timbers Army first tifo of the season referenced the rain.

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Timbers Army first tifo of the season

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