The second act of today’s PTFC doubleheader comes at 7:30 when the Portland Timbers will host Sporting Kansas City in this evening’s Western Conference clash. With the Portland Thorns having already taken three points in their midday match, the pressure is on for the Timbers to crack Sporting’s defensive shell and take three points of their own.
Match Preview: “There are few obvious weaknesses to point to in SKC’s defensive set up and the pair of goals that the team have allowed have come late in the match in desperate circumstances for their opposition. However, while SKC’s defense has not yet been cracked in 2017, their attack has yet to put forward a totally convincing performance.”
Preview Interview: “Ilie Sanchez is playing a very, very important role in Peter Vermes' system. They love to throw numbers forward and being able to trust Sanchez to breakup counter attacks is huge. He is also key in what I mentioned above with Zusi and building from the back. Ilie is very calm and collected on the ball. Where you would normally see an MLS player be forced to boot the ball up the field, Sanchez confidently makes the right touch in traffic, allowing him to find the open man. Locking down this position also means Benny Feilhaber is more free to get involved in the attack.”
And make your last-minute predictions over here at the Rose City Forecast.
Watch it on: KPDX
Where: Providence Park in Portland, OR
When: Saturday, April 15th at 7:30 p.m. PT
Portland Timbers: 4-1-1, 1st place in the Western Conference, Won 3-1 at Philadelphia Union
Sporting Kansas City: 2-0-3, 4th place in the Western Conference, Won 3-1 vs. Colorado Rapids