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Match Thread: Los Angeles FC vs Portland Timbers [730]

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Win or a draw and the Timbers win Group F

First Half Photos- Portland Timbers v Houston Dynamo-Wide World of Sports
Matthew Stith, Devin L’Amoreaux

Here we are the final match day of the group stage, with the Timbers sitting on top of Group F. The last opponent for the Green and Gold is the Black and Gold of the Los Angeles Football Club. A win or a tie and the Portland Timbers win the group and grab a number one seed headed into the second round of the tournament.

What we’ve seen so far from the Timbers are all on the positive side, especially when it comes to the form of Sebastian Blanco and Jeremy Ebobisse. I don’t mean to leave the Maestro Diego Valeri out of the conversation, but those two have been a huge bright spot when it comes to the Timbers offense.

While LAFC is without their main star Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi has more than made up for his absence. I think this match will prove to be a measuring stick headed into the next round of the tournament. They beat LAFC I believe that they can beat any team in Major League Soccer.

Match Day Reading: Six Degrees: Top Of The Group

“My favorite thing from these past two games? The way we’re attacking. One of my biggest complaints about the Timbers since Gio took over in 2018 is how boring and predictable our attack has been. Sitting deep and countering? We’ve been good at that. But trying to create opportunities against a set defense? No. Not at all. We’ve been terrible at that.”

Starting Lineups

Los Angeles Football Club:

Portland Timbers:

Location: ESPN Wild World Of Sports Complex, Orlando FL
Kick off time: 7:30 pm pst/10:30 pm est
SB Nation opposition blog: Angels On Parade
TV broadcast: ESPN2, ESPN +
Radio broadcast: 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).