Entire Soccer Crowd Sings National Anthem: At the team's first-ever home Major League Soccer game Thursday, thousands of Portland Timbers fans sang the National Anthem. "Clear your throats," said a preparatory blog post on the Timbers Army site. "Drink warm tea with honey. ... Learn the words." The anthem was popular with everyone but Bob Ryan, who said on ESPN's Around the Horn that it was a "big civic joke."