Coming off a gritty 2-2 draw in their home opener, the Portland Timbers travel down to Los Angeles to face Los Angeles FC. The black & gold are Portland’s first Western Conference opponent of the 2022 campaign, and also their first away game of the season.
LAFC produced a big 3-0 home victory over the Colorado Rapids in their first match. Featuring a new head coach in Steve Cherundolo and a revamped roster, last week LAFC looked like the team that took the league by storm three years ago. Carlos Vela also very much looked like his old self — the Vela that won both the league MVP and Golden Boot in LAFC’s dominant season — as he recorded a hat trick in the victory over Colorado.
It will be a tough test for the Timbers, who showed resilience in coming back to earn a draw against the New England Revolution in their opener. Still dealing with key absences and players working their way back to full fitness, Portland remains a somewhat shorthanded side. But as we saw last week, Portland is a side that still has firepower and can score a spectacular goal or two. As it is whenever these two sides match up, it’s sure to be a cracker down in LA.
Location: Banc of California Stadium | Los Angeles, CA
Time: 7:00PM PST
Sam recapped the grit that the Timbers showed in their opening day draw in his inaugural One Big Tree of 2022.