It’s a Cascadia match day. And the Thorns won at the Reign yesterday 2-1. Can the Timbers follow suit and get their first ever regular season win at CenturyLink?
Both teams are riding momentum. Seattle is unbeaten in 10 matches, putting them in 1st place in the west. Portland have 2 consecutive wins and 3 wins in their last 4, getting them up to 2nd in the west. So not only is it a Cascadia Cup match, but it sees the rivals both topping the west and looking to keep their respective streaks going.
Seattle have no suspensions or significant injuries. Joevin Jones went AWOL to his national team without permission so he is the only significant absence from their ideal starting XI. In addition to that, Seattle has 7 wins and 2 draws in all regular season matches against Portland at CenturyLink since both sides have been in MLS. So advantage is with the home side on this one.
Continuing that advantage, Portland still have significant injuries and a suspension. Fanendo Adi, Jake Gleeson, Liam Ridgewell, and Marco Farfan all continue to miss games due to injury. To add insult to those injuries, midfielder David Guzman got his 8th yellow card in the Colorado match and must sit this game out due to accumulation. But don’t lose hope.
If there was ever a time for narrative to come around and help give the Timbers their first regular season win, this would be it. The Timbers have won at CenturyLink when it counted (2013 playoffs). And it needs to count today. If the Timbers can win, they can secure the Cascadia Cup nice and early this season. And a win will see the two sides swap positions in the standings. Seattle still hold a game in hand so to earn 3 points in this third and final regular season match will be huge for Portland if they can manage to break tradition.
Storylines and Predictions
Storylines: “Now, it’s time for the Timbers to travel up I-5 to play in a football stadium against the first place team in the West (speaking of first place, the Timbers currently lead the Cascadia Cup standings). Can the Timbers get their first win in Seattle? Or will the Sounders grind out another victory and make it 11 matches unbeaten?”
Prediction Thread: Don’t forget to head over to the Rose City Forecast to get your guesses in before kickoff!
Watch it on: FOX Sports 1; Listen on: 750AM & 102.9FM
Where: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington
When: Sunday, August 27th at 6:30 p.m. PT
Portland Timbers: 11-9-7, 2nd place in the Western Conference, 2-1 home win vs Colorado Rapids
Seattle Sounders: 11-7-8, 1st place in the Western Conference, 1-1 away draw at Vancouver Whitecaps