The Portland Timbers exorcized some demons in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over a heavily rotated Toronto FC, but now the Timbers are on the road and set to face off against playoff hopefuls the New England Revolution. Now free of their losing streak, the Timbers need to keep picking up points if they want to get back in the race for a home game in the playoffs.
Of course, the Timbers are waist deep in the most densely packed part of their season, so there is every possibility that Giovanni Savarese and company will make some major changes for tonight’s match. Players like Alvas Powell, Dairon Asprilla, and Julio Cascante, who did not make the 18 on Wednesday, could have an impact today, either on the bench or in the XI.
Regardless of who they run out, the Timbers will be facing off against a New England side that are desperate for a win. After climbing the ranks in the East, New England have plummeted down the standings as they have failed to win their last eight matches, going 0-6-2 in that span.
Storylines: “Jeff Attinella’s clean sheet on Wednesday was his seventh of the season, tied for the fourth-most ever by a Timbers keeper in a MLS campaign. Speaking of keepers, New England’s keeper Matt Turner is third worst in the league in save percentage with 57.1%.”
Stop by the Rose City Forecast to make your predictions about today’s match.
Watch it on: FOX 12 Plus (KPDX)
Where: Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
When: Saturday, September 1st at 4:30 p.m. PT
Portland Timbers: 11-7-7, 5th place in the Western Conference, 2-0 win over Toronto FC
New England Revolution: 7-10-8, 7th place in the Eastern Confernce, 1-0 loss at Philadelphia Union