Match Preview: "Borchers may not prompt many questions from the fans, but a huge question for the Timbers comes from the other big change from last year: can "La Gata" Fernandez step up and run the Timbers attack? Can he mesh with the varied talents that made the Timbers' such an effective goalscoring squad? In limited engagements Fernandez has proven effective, but his impact remains to be seen."
Preview Interview: "Luis Marin from Chile comes in as the number one keeper and Hungarian Kristian Nemeth are biggest newcomers added although Roger Espinoza returning is the biggest name to Kansas City fans. Pickups of Anibaba, Carrasco and Anor from around the league for depth and draft picks round out the new faces. Rumors of players coming (nothing concrete) excite fans but no actual names yet."
Watch it on: Timbers.com or embedded below
Kick off: 5:00 pm pacific at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, AZ
Portland Timbers: Finished 2014 in 6th place in the Western Conference with 49 points.
Sporting Kansas City: Finished 2014 in 5th place in the Eastern Conference with 49 points.
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