The Portland Timbers are hosting the New York Red Bulls today in a match that will go a long way toward determining the trajectory of both teams in this late-season run in. For the Timbers, this match could be the difference between looking up at the red line or looking down at the teams below it come November. For the Red Bulls, a result here could put them in position to make a run at the Supporters' Shield, a piece of hardware that nine teams still have a somewhat realistic shot at.
Match Preview: "After two games in three weeks that have seen the Timbers missing first three, then four players, this week's match will feature a once again full strength side. Will Johnson and Alvas Powell return from international duty, while Diego Chara and Liam Ridgewell make their respective returns from suspension. All four are regular starters and their returns give Caleb Porter access once again to what we think of as his first choice lineup."
Preview Interview: "Lade is different as the only natural right back the team has is Chris Duvall who is out until sometime in October. Anthony Wallace is probably the guy to take his spot as he fits the mold of a young guy who can run all day and join the attack, something needed in the Red Bulls' system. Sal Zizzo can also fill in at rigt back as he has in substitute appearances at times this year. Plus the whole revenge factor with Portland can be motivating."
Watch it on: ESPN
Kickoff: 2:00 p.m. PT at Providence Park in Portland, OR
Portland Timbers: 11-9-8, 6th place in the Western Conference, WWTLT
New York Red Bulls: 13-8-6, 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, WLWWL