The Timbers, after tying their longest-ever unbeaten run, are floundering and have lost three in a row. The Sounders, after another slow start to the season, are white-hot and have won their last six matches.
A win for the Timbers would reaffirm their identity as a contender in the West and perhaps resume their upward trajectory in the Western Conference. A win for the Sounders would put them above the red line for the first time this season and would see them pass up both the Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps in the standings to close out the weekend.
Today’s match could be a turning point for either side and with the end of the year quickly approaching, it is exactly the sort of match that a team with real aspirations of lifting their second MLS Cup needs to win.
Storylines: “The Sounders are one of the hottest teams in the league right now, and they will be coming into Providence Park to fight for that playoff spot. Can the Timbers end this horrifying run, or will the Sounders get the points needed to push the Timbers out of the playoff picture?”
Stop by the Rose City Forecast to make your predictions about today’s match.
Watch it on: FOX Sports 1
Where: Providence Park in Portland, OR
When: Sunday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. PT
Portland Timbers: 10-6-7, 6th place in the Western Conference, lost 3-0 at Sporting Kansas City
Seattle Sounders: 10-9-5, 8th place in the Western Conference, beat LA Galaxy 5-0