The Portland Timbers travel north today to take on the Seattle Sounders. You know the headlines. You've heard the hype. There's not much left to say about it. Three points would be great for the Timbers. A loss would set a bad tone for the rest of the season.
Here's all the info you need:
Watch it on: NBC Sports Network
Kick off: 5:00 pm at CenturyLink Field
Seattle Sounders: 0 points, currently 9th in the West
Portland Timbers: 1 points, currently 7th in the West
Expect a different sort of Timbers than we've come to expect from them at home. While I'm anticipating a similar line up, the tactics are sure to be varied to account for playing away from home. Beyond that, however, this is a rivalry game so there's always that added extra tension and energy behind it.
Here's to a great first road game of the season!
Timbers: Ricketts; Zemanski, Jean-Baptiste, Silvestre, Harrington; Chara, Jewsbury, W. Johnson-C; Valeri, R. Johnson, Nagbe
Subs: Kocic, Miller, Tucker-Gangnes, Wallace, Alhassan, Piquonne, Valencia
Sounders: Gspurning; Yedlin Traore, Hurtado, Burch; Martinez, Rose, Alonso, Zakuani; Ochoa, Johnson
Subs: Hahnemann, Gonzalez, Scott, Caskey, Rosales, Carrasco, Martins