The Portland Timbers face off against the Seattle Sounders this afternoon in the latest edition of the most heated rivalry in North America. With the Timbers' 3-1 U.S. Open Cup win fresh in mind, both teams will be looking to come up big in this match and move back up the table in the hyper-competitive Western Conference.
Match Preview: "Of course, Valeri is not the only player that the Timbers have been missing who will play a part in this one. Will Johnson, the team captain, missed much of the season after breaking his leg in Toronto last September. Since making his return, however, Johnson has looked like a vital part of the Timbers' midfield, with the major knock against him being that his ongoing recovery has precluded him from playing every game for the Timbers, including Wednesday's match in LA."
Preview Interview: "Who needs to step up is simple - Lamar Neagle, Marco Pappa and one of the kids at forward. Neagle and Pappa can both do damage from the wings, but for now they are the attack. Seattle's forward depth is the injured Chad Barrett (who may be available soon) and two Homegrown Players (Darwin Jones and Victor Mansaray)."
Cascadia Cup Standings
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Watch it on: FOX Sports 1
Kickoff: 4:00 p.m. PT at Providence Park in Portland, OR
Portland Timbers: 7-6-4, 7th place in the Western Conference
Seattle Sounders: 9-6-2, 2nd place in the Western Conference