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Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders in the Conference semifinals: How to watch, preview, match chat [7:30]

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Lucas Melano bears down on defender Roman Torres in the Portland Timbers 2-1 Conference Semifinal first leg win over the Seattle Sounders. 11/4/2018
Kris Lattimore

introThe Portland Timbers continue their playoff run with leg 2 of the Conference semifinal against their arch rivals, the Seattle Sounders. Having posted a 2-1 win in their home first leg, the Timbers go in with a slight advantage, but knowing they will likely need to score at least one coveted away goal to counteract the one scored by Raul Ruidiaz last weekend.

Fortunately for the Timbers, their attacking core of Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco, and Jeremy Ebobisse are red hot and playing in the best form of the season. Meanwhile, the Sounders have a pair of injuries suffered in Portland’s first leg, making Chad Marshall unavailable for tonight’s game, and Cristian Roldan questionable.

Of course, the only thing that matters is what happens on the field, and only one thing is certain: This won’t be a match you’ll want to miss.

Preview

Storylines: “The Timbers are now 3-0 in MLS playoff matches against the Sounders, and the Timbers will look to make that 4-0 to advance to the Conference Finals. In eight playoff matches through the years of the rivalry (since 1975), the Timbers have won a total of five of those matches.”

Match Information

How to watch: FOX Sports 1

Where: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA

When: Thursday, November 8th at 7:30 p.m. PT

Portland Timbers: Beat FC Dallas 2-1 in the Knockout Round, Finished in 5th place in the Western Conference

Seattle Sounders: Bye, Finished in 2nd place in the Western Conference