The Portland Timbers finally play at home today when, after more than half a year’s wait, they will host league-leading Los Angeles FC in a match that will set the tone for the rest of their season.
Facing off against Bob Bradley’s record-pacing, wrecking ball of a team, the Timbers will need to put in a strong effort if they want to come away with all three points. Thankfully, after a shoddy start to the season epitomized by the side’s 4-1 shellacking at the hands of LAFC back in March, the Timbers have built themselves into a team that — despite still sitting below the playoff line — seem much more coherent and purposeful than they did three months ago.
While improvements have come for the Timbers all across the pitch, a big part of their most recent positive performances has been the play of new designated player Brian Fernandez whose three goals in just 115 minutes played are already good for the second most by a Timbers player this year. Today’s match against LAFC will be Fernandez’s Providence Park debut and an opportunity for the forward to show Timbers fans what he can do in person.
If the Timbers can come away from today with the full three points, in addition to having taken down the biggest prize in the league, they could be within one point of the playoff line as they embark on the most home-heavy schedule in league history.
Storylines: “On the back of a Brian Fernandez brace, the Portland Timbers wrapped up their 12 game road odyssey in Philadelphia with a win. The top-in-the-East Union were no match for the Timbers new Designated Player, who now has three goals in two appearances. What a better way to head home is having a 4-1-1 record in their last six. He will now make his debut in front of the Timbers Army on Saturday.”
And make sure to stop by the Rose City Forecast to make your predictions about today’s home opener.
Watch it on: ESPN2
Where: Providence Park in Portland, OR
When: Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. PT
Portland Timbers: 4-6-2, 10th place in the Western Conference, won 3-1 at Philadelphia Union
Los Angeles FC: 10-1-4, 1st place in the Western Conference, won 4-2 vs. Montreal Impact