The Portland Timbers prepare to take on the Los Angeles Galaxy tonight in a match that could see the Timbers rise to the very top of the league, a spot they've never really held before. More than that, however, it would provide the Timbers with added distance between them and the bottom of the playoff pack. Obviously nothing will be decided tonight with regards to the 2013 playoffs, but every point counts and three tonight would be huge.
Here are the details:
Watch it on: KPTV Fox 12
Kick off: 7:30 pm at StubHub Center, Los Angeles
Portland Timbers: 26 points in the Western Conference.
LA Galaxy: 20 points in the Western Conference.
Portland Timbers: Ricketts, Miller, Jean-Baptiste, Kah, Harrington, Chara, Valeri, W. Johnson (c), Alhassan, R. Johnson, Nagbe
LA Galaxy: Cudicini; Franklin, Meyer, DeLaGarza, Dunivant; Rogers, Juninho, Garcia, Zardes; Donovan, Keane
There's been some recent discussion on our site recently about whether the Timbers are "contenders" or "pretenders." I think there's validity to both sides of the argument. Obviously the team has done great so far this season, but defensive woes remain a huge issue. A decent result against the former 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup champions with certainly help cement the club's place as a legitimate contender for the playoffs and MLS Cup, especially when faced with an offense lead by Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane.