Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United Links and Match Thread [7:30 pm]

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The Portland Timbers take on D.C. United for the first time in almost a year.

Tonight the Portland Timbers take on D.C. United for the first time in just under a year. It also happens to be the second to last home match of the season and, since there won't be any play off dreams for Portland Timbers fans, it means if you want to see a game in person sometime this year, you're running out of chances!

There aren't a lot of stories to run with for tonight's game. Expect the Portland Timbers players to be playing as if their job depended on it, because it does. Expect the DC United squad to come out guns a blazing in order to earn three points and secure their path to the play offs. Either way, expect an exciting game that will probably end in disappointment for both sides, as with what happened last year.

Here is all the information you need for tonight's game:

General Information

Watch it on: Root Sports

Kick off: 7:30 pm at Jeld-Wen Field

DC United: 4th in the East with 50 points

Portland Timbers: 8th in the West with 29 points

Links

Wilkinson: Timbers players relax at their own peril | Portland Timbers

Preview: D.C. United at Portland Timbers | D.C. United

KeyBank Match-up: Sal Zizzo & Franck Songo'o vs. Chris Pontius & Nick DeLeon | Portland Timbers

Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United Preview Interview and Pre-Game Chat - Stumptown Footy
Martin Shatzer of Black and Red United sat down with us to help us figure out this year's D.C. United squad.

Portland Timbers Look to Stay Undefeated (At Home vs the Eastern Conference) - Stumptown Footy
The Portland Timbers have yet to lose in 2012 at home against an Eastern Conference opponent. DC United stands in the way, riding a three-game win streak in spite of the absence of Dwayne De Rosario.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Line Up Unknown Edition [Poll] - Stumptown Footy
The Timbers kept their line up a closely guarded secret during their final practice before taking on DC United this weekend. Hear from Gavin Wilkinson on the state of the team and join in speculating on tomorrow's line up.

Portland takes on DC United at Jeld Wen Field - Stumptown Footy
One team is fighting for a playoff spot while the other is looking to play the role of spoiler. Fans could be in for an exciting game with end to end soccer.

Final Thoughts

To be honest, this match doesn't mean a whole lot to the Portland Timbers. With only 4 games and 12 points left on the table the Portland Timbers won't be making the play offs this year, not that anybody expected them to for the last few months anyway. Instead, the entire focus of the team should be on the next two away games against the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps where the Timbers still have a very real chance to win the Cascadia Cup. Tonight is just a warm up...

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