The Portland Timbers take on Chivas USA tonight in a game that the team needs to win if they want to compete for a higher seed in the Western Conference. The Timbers have recently had a number of players return to the team, but they are facing a resurgent Chivas USA side who have made significant improvements since the summer transfer window.
Here's all the information you need for today's game:
Watch it on: Root Sports
Kick off: 7:30 pm at the Stubhub Center
Portland Timbers: 5th Place (42 points) in the Western Conference.
Chivas USA: 9th Place (25 points) in the Wester Conference.
Portland Timbers: Ricketts, Zizzo, Jean-Baptiste, Kah, Harrington, Chara, Nagbe, W. Johnson ©, Alhassan, Valencia, Wallace.
Chivas USA: Kennedy (C); Burling, Bocanegra, de Luna, Borja; Avila, Mejia, Alvarez, Minda, de la Fuente; Torres.
This will be a difficult game, but one that the Timbers can win. Answering the team's selection issues is a good problem to have for Caleb Porter as the Timbers can make use of some of their depth rather than endangering the health of some of the team's regular starters.