It is derby day in the Rose City as the Portland Timbers play host to their Cascadian rivals, the Seattle Sounders. With bragging rights and a playoff spot both on the line, today’s match is a six — maybe even seven — pointer for both sides. The Timbers need to jump-start their playoff push after a pair of bad results, while the Sounders are still trying to climb out of the hole that they dug early in the season.
“However, only paying attention to an individual opponent will not get the Timbers the win that they need to hold on to their playoff slot. Instead, more than just marking Lodeiro, the Timbers will need to impose their game plan on the Sounders as a whole, something that they failed to do last weekend, particularly in the second half, when the Sounders were able to open up the match and take advantage of the gaps in the Timbers’ defensive effort.”
Watch it on: ESPN
Kickoff: 2:00 p.m. PT at Providence Park in Portland, OR
Portland Timbers: 8-10-8, 6th place in the Western Conference
Seattle Sounders: 9-12-4, 8th place in the Western Conference