Game day! The Portland Timbers return home, once again, in an attempt to earn three points, a feat they haven't completed since their away game against Sporting Kansas City. With the way other Western Conference teams performed yesterday, the Timbers can gain quite an advantage. Our Cascadian "friends" helped out immensely against the likes of the other Californian clubs, there's no reason why the Timbers shouldn't be able to join the fray.
Here are all the details:
Watch it on: KPTV, Fox 12
Kick off: 2:00 pm at Jeld-Wen Field
Portland Timbers: 15 points in the Western Conference.
Chivas USA: 11 points in the Western Conference.
Donovan Ricketts; Jack Jewsbury, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Futty Danso, Michael Harrington; Diego Chara, Diego Valeri, Will Johnson ©; Darlington Nagbe, Ryan Johnson, Rodney Wallace
Bench: Jake Gleeson, Ryan Miller, Ben Zemanski, Kalif Alhassan, Sal Zizzo, Frederic Piquionne, Jose Adolfo Valencia
Patrick McClain; Joaquin Velazquez, Carlos Borja, Steve Purdy; Edgar Mejia Eric Avila, Mario de Luna, Marvin Iraheta, Josue Soto; Giovani Casillas, Tristan Bowen
Bench: Martin Ponce, Jorge Villafana, Walter Vilchez, Jose Manuel Rivera, Jose Correa, Bobby Burling, Brad Stuver
In 2012 Chivas USA managed to earn all 9 points against the Timbers. It's not exactly something you brag about as a Timbers fans, but it is what it is. This year, the Timbers are a much stronger, much more consistent side. Still, Chivas USA is hard to peg. They have an interesting team and an even more interesting head coach. Figuring out just how they'll play and how strong they will be today is a bit of a challenge. Bottom line, expect the unexpected today.
NOTE: This game plays at the same time as the Portland Thorns FC game. Please do not post Thorns results here. Instead use the Thorns match thread. Thank you!