The Portland Timbers are set to take on the Seattle Sounders in the first clash between the two sides since 2017. This will be the first time that the two sides have faced off with each featuring a star above their crest after the Sounders followed in the Timbers footsteps and won the 2016 MLS Cup.
Today’s match will feature two teams in need of a win and looking to turn things around after recent disappointments. With players out and others still looking to find their form this year, both the Timbers and Sounders give the impression that anything could happen in this rivalry match.
Match Preview: “Where the Timbers are missing out, however, is in the center of the pitch. Thanks to an ill-advised swing of the arm into the face of Ignacio Piatti last weekend, the Timbers are without Diego Chara to partner with David Guzman in the center of the pitch. The side have options to compensate for the loss, but it seems likely that Lawrence Olum will step in at holding mid, providing a stout defensive presence in the center of the pitch and freeing up Guzman to play in more of a destroyer/creator role further up the pitch than we are used to.”
Preview Interview: “You'll get a respite in the backup attack. Will Bruin is out with a dislocated elbow. Henry Wingo, the HGP, is out with an ankle injury. That leaves the depth in the attack to Alvaro Fernandez, Aaron Kovar and Seyi Adekoya. Harry Shipp is starting again. Shipp's reputation as a slow, no-defense player should be ignored. He is suitable helping Alonso-Roldan, has good vision and is trying to find ways to contribute to an attack when he doesn't have the ball.”
Watch it on: FOX
When: Saturday, May 27th at 12:00 p.m. PT
Where: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA
Portland Timbers: 5-4-3, 5th place in the Western Conference, 4-1 loss at Montreal Impact
Seattle Sounders: 3-5-4, 8th place in the Western Conference, 1-0 vs. Real Salt Lake