Today’s match between the Portland Timbers and expansion side Los Angeles FC is an early one, but that makes it no less exciting as the Timbers put their four game winning streak and 279 minute shutout steak on the line against one of the hottest teams in the Western Conference.
While the Timbers are still working their way up the rankings after a slow start to the season, LAFC have been comfortable contenders in the West since their first MLS match, a 1-0 road win against the Seattle Sounders. With Bob Bradley at the head of an impressive collection of talent, LAFC have proven both difficult to stop and difficult to break down as they put up the highest goals per game for in the West and rank fourth in the West in goals allowed per game.
The team ranked just above LAFC in goals allowed per game? It is the Portland Timbers.
Storylines: “As long as the backline keeps playing like they have, then there is a shot at extending those minutes on Saturday. LAFC has a lot of weapons that will be looking to take out the Timbers defense and add on to their formidable 4-2-0 road record. Keep an eye on the back line, as they’ll be called into action early and often.”
Stop by the Rose City Forecast to make your predictions about today’s match.
Watch it on: FOX
Where: Providence Park in Portland, OR
When: Saturday, May 19th at 12:00 p.m. PT
Portland Timbers: 4-3-2, 5th place in the Western Conference, Beat Seattle Sounders 1-0
Los Angeles FC: 6-2-2, 2nd place in the Western Conference, Drew New York City FC 2-2