Commissioner Dan Saltzman said this afternoon that he still plans to vote for the Major League Soccer deal going forward in a revamped PGE Park, despite Beavers/Timbers owner Merritt Paulson's announcement that he's pulling out of the deal's other piece — moving the minor-league baseball Beavers to a proposed stadium in Lents.
Saltzman says he's not a soccer fan but thinks there's a buzz around Major League Soccer that makes it an OK tradeoff if the Beavers end up re-locating somewhere outside Portland such as in Hillsboro or in Clark County.
He says MLS "has the potential to bring some excitement to the city" and also is a "good fit with [Portland's] apparel and footwear industry."
We're still waiting to hear from the other two members of the five-person council, Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish. But Mayor Sam Adams has already said he too will move forward on the soccer-only deal. Commissioner Randy Leonard has said he will vote against the deal.