The Portland Timbers are in Canada today to take on the longest tenured team in Major League Soccer to never make the playoffs, Toronto FC. With Jozy Altidore out, the Timbers will only have to contend with two of the highest paid players in the history of the league, plus a couple of other guys.
Match Preview: "The Timbers' back line, despite giving up three goals to Houston, is still the team's most stable aspect. Until last weekend the Timbers were averaging less than a goal per game conceded, having kept four clean sheets through ten matches. With some better bounces and fewer moments of misfortune, the Timbers can certainly return to that level of defensive ability."
Preview Interview: "The crucial flaw in Toronto is that since Caldwell went out injured in the second match of the season, the club does not have a solid centre-back partnership upon which to lean, allowing Bradley and Cheyrou the freedom to play as they naturally would. A weakened back-line requires the cover of a true defensive-minded player, which, again, neither really is."
Watch it on: ROOT Sports
Kickoff: 2:00 pm pacific at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Portland Timbers: 3-4-4, 9th place in the Western Conference
Toronto FC: 3-5-1, 6th place in the Eastern Conference