After two frustrating league draws at home, the Portland Timbers are on the road and about to put their eight game unbeaten run on the line against the top team in Major League Soccer, Atlanta United.
Far from home, the Timbers face an Atlanta side that have posted the second highest scoring rate and fourth lowest goals against in MLS. Buoyed by stars like Golden Boot leader Josef Martinez, electric playmaker Miguel Almiron, and former Timber Darlington Nagbe, Atlanta are fast, creative, and capable of exploiting just about any situation to their advantage.
For the Timbers, today’s match is about frustrating Atlanta, containing them, and taking their chances. A consistent performances across the board and a moment of brilliance from Diego Valeri or Sebstian Blanco is the minimum requirement for the Timbers in today’s match.
Storylines: “Sunday will also mark the first time Darlington Nagbe will face his former club. He seems to have fit in with Tata Martino’s approach to the game, and Nagbe can be found doing Nagbe things which includes disappearing for stretches. But, he sets the tempo and is a chief cog in the Atlanta United machine.”
Stop by the Rose City Forecast to make your predictions about today’s match.
Watch it on: FOX
When: Sunday, June 24th at 1:30 p.m. PT
Where: Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA
Portland Timbers: 6-3-4, 6th place in the Western Conference, drew 0-0 vs. Sporting Kansas City
Atlanta United: 10-3-3, 1st place in the Eastern Conference, won 2-0 at Columbus Crew