It seems like the Cascadia Cup match was just yesterday and already we're here for another game day experience! Though this one is not at home and will more than likely prove to be a lesson in frustration if past road games are anything to go by... unfortunately. The sad truth is that the Portland Timbers will be playing away from home against the best team in MLS. Not only the best, but also the most offensive side against a defense that has been unimpressive, to say the least.
Still, if there is one thing the Timbers have been consistent at this year it's beating teams at the top of the table and the San Jose Earthquakes are as top as you can possibly get right now. Hopefully, with perhaps a bit of luck, they'll be able to use that underdog mentality and win their first away victory tonight.
Watch it on: KPDX or MLS Live
Kick off: 7:30pm at Buck Shaw Stadium
San Jose Earthquakes: 1nd in the West with 56 points
Portland Timbers: 8th in the West with 28 points
Timbers fans aren't giving their team much of a chance for a victory tomorrow, but that doesn't mean there isn't hope.
A look at what Portland has to do to get a result and possibly their first away win of the season.
A result tonight won't mean much in the long run. The Portland Timbers' play off hopes, however dim they were last week, are pretty much gone at this point. Instead, a result tonight should be seen as a boost in confidence and morale for a team that will probably be under-going a significant overhaul during the off season. Players will be put under the spotlight and, short of Darlington Nagbe, I'm not sure anybody is truly safe from Caleb Porter's tinkering... which is a good thing!
The Timbers need to show they can win on the road. Not for the points and not for the fans, but for their jobs.