The Portland Timbers may have the weekend off, but there is still plenty going on at Providence Park, starting with this evening's exhibition match between two Mexican sides: Chivas de Guadalajara and Club Leon.
Overlapping with the Portland Timbers 2 season opener, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. against the Swope Park Rangers in Kansas City, MO, the two Mexican sides are set to play an exhibition match during the Liga MX's break for the current FIFA dates.
Chivas, currently in 11th place during the 2016 Clausura, is one of the most storied sides in Mexican soccer. Famous for their long history and policy of only fielding Mexican nationals -- a policy that has been tested in recent years as the lines between Mexicans and Mexican-Americans blur -- Chivas has struggled recently, failing to maintain the dominance over the Liga MX that typified the side in the mid-century.
Chivas has always been home to a number of Mexican National Team players and even now are captained by MNT striker Omar Bravo, 36, and vice-captained by MNT midfielder Carlos Salcido, 35.
Leon, in comparison, are relative newcomers to the Mexican soccer scene, having been founded in 1943, 37 years after Chivas. Despite this, Leon have enjoyed the better run of form in recent years and currently sit in 4th place in the Clausura, seven points ahead of Chivas.
Among Timbers fans, the most well known player on Leon will be former Timbers draftee and recently rumored Timbers transfer target Miguel Ibarra. Beyond Ibarra, however, Leon is home to an extensive Argentine contingent, including German Cano, a contemporary of Diego Valeri at Lanus from 2008 to 2009.
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. PT at Providence Park in Portland, OR
Chivas de Guadalajara: 2-6-3, 11th place
Club Leon: 6-1-4, 4th place