The Portland Timbers are hosting New York City FC today, returning home after a pair of road losses last week took the wind out of their sails and looking to get back on course for a post-season berth.
Preview Interview: "In year two of the NYC FC experience, we have several players that are beginning to mesh well around a Villa-centric attack. Most notably, I think you have to consider Tommy McNamara as someone who is really emerging as an excellent attacking midfielder. Although he's not fast or particularly athletic, Tommy is the hardest working player on the pitch for NYC every weekend, tracking back to defend his wing and playing an almost pseudo-number 10 role when the team is in attack."
FIFA Preview: "Despite his elegant gait and mind-blowing pace, every time Luca gets near the net his legs turn to jello and the ball is hit with all of the power of baby penguin; flapping its wings believing that it can overcome everything and be moved to flight. Not this time."
And stop by lost fervor's prediction thread to make your prognostications before kickoff.
Watch it on: FOX Sports 1
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. PT at Providence Park in Portland, OR
Portland Timbers: 3-5-3, 9th place in the Western Conference
New York City FC: 3-3-4, 4th place in the Western Conference