Fresh off an emotional mid-week loss to Los Angeles FC in the U.S. Open Cup, the Portland Timbers are back at it again, this time hosting the Montreal Impact in league play.
The Timbers may have had their overall unbeaten run snapped, but the side have still gone without a loss in their last twelve league games. Montreal’s form is also nothing to sneeze at: after winning just three times in their first thirteen matches, the Canadian side are 5-2-0 since and have clawed their way up above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference.
Like the Timbers, Montreal also played mid-week, taking down the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 in Canadian Championship play on Wednesday. With both sides packing in the fixtures and neither with a moment to breathe, how both squads approach this match could play a large role in today’s result.
Storylines: “If Ignacio Piatti was on any other team we’d be talking about him a lot more. But that’s just my opinion. Look for Piatti to play out on the left wing so he can cut in on his right foot. Against San Jose he was allowed to roam a bit and had a tendency to drift to the middle. The Timbers are going to have to be vigilant when it comes to the 33-year-old Argentinian winger.”
And drop by the Rose City Forecast to make your predictions about today’s match.
Watch it on: FOX 12 Plus
Where: Providence Park in Portland, OR
When: Saturday, July 21st at 8:00 p.m. PT
Portland Timbers: 8-3-6, 5th place in the Western Conference, drew at Los Angeles FC 1-1
Montreal Impact: 9-12-0, 6th place in the Eastern Conference, beat San Jose Earthquakes 2-0