Sigi Schmid takes his reduced lineup down to Portland today. His Seattle Sounders FC look to maintain pace at the top of the Western Conference while keeping the Timbers from the Cascadia Cup. A win under these circumstances would be a show of strength and determination in front of an international TV audience. A loss is probably the expectation.
The Portland Timbers are what they are - a simple team that plays long balls and counters. Seattle's defense should be able to handle that as the midfield, backline and Stefan Frei are still strong. The big key will be for one or more of Lamar Neagle, Marco Pappa and the youngsters to start scoring.
In the end, it's just Portland. It's not like Seattle is facing a team with a history of winning.
Tune in at 4 PM on FS1.
Referee: Jair Marrufo
MLS Career: 185 games; FC/gm: 23.4; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 34; pens: 53
Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Peter Manikowski; AR2 (opposite): Paul Scott; 4th: Alex Chilowicz
Suspended: SSFC: Dempsey | PTFC: Ridgewell
Suspended next yellow: PTFC: Powell
International Absence: None
Disabled List: SSFC: Correa
Simple Injury Report
PTFC OUT: Zemanski
Sounders OUT: Martins
Questionable: Alonso, Barrett, Evans, Gonzalez
Keys to Game:
- Defend in depth
- Find the offense
- Frei is amazing
- It's just Portland
How to Watch
Match date/time: Sunday 4 PM
Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon, Cascadia, USA
National TV: FoxSports 1 (Rogondino, Freidel, Costigan)
Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM (Fletcher, Keller)
Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda)
Also on TV in Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports; Brazil: Globosat; China: LETV; Europe (excluding UK & Ireland): Eurosport; UK & Ireland: Sky Sports; Australia: BeIN Sports (AUS); Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong & Philippines: BeIN Sports (ASIA)
How I'm watching
Kit: Sounder at Heart logo shirt from the Sounder at Heart store
Scarf: Enemy's Goal Is Down
Where: Berliner Pub, Renton
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