Sitting below the red line for the Western Conference playoffs the Seattle Sounders will face their greatest rival in front of a nearly full house. On a neutral field they would probably be the underdogs, but home field is an advantage. And the Portland Timbers are without Diego Chara, Will Johnson and Ben Zemanski. Those are their preseason top three defensive mids in their two DM system.
Seattle is also without top talent. Osvaldo Alonso and Clint Dempsey are quite unlikely to start in this key match on ESPN. They may be on the bench.
Today is an opportunity to declare that we will be heard. Today shall be a reminder that this is the Seattle Sounders FC, not some scrub team that misses playoffs. Today, we do this, together.
Tune in at 2 PM today on ESPN.
Referee: Alan Kelly
MLS Career: 29 games; FC/gm: 26.3; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 10; pens: 9
AR1 (bench): Corey Parker; AR2 (opposite): Eric Weisbrod; 4th: Allen Chapman
Suspended: PDX: Chara
Suspended next yellow: SSFC: Alonso, Rose | PDX: Ridgewell, Powell
International Absence: None
Simple Injury Report
Disabled List: SSFC: Correa, Craven, Lowe | PDX: None
PDX OUT: Zemanski
Sounders OUT: Barrett
Questionable: Alonso, Dempsey, Gonzalez
Keys to Game:
- Stay to the End (Timbers games have 23 goals in final 15 minutes)
- Strike Early (Timbers haven't won when trailing at half)
- Get Oba & Haedo Valdez between the lines (Portland is down their top 3 DMs)
- Possess like you've done it before (Sounders are #1 possession, #2 possession in central third, #4 pass completion at home)
How to Watch
Match date/time: Sunday 30 August at 2 PM
Venue: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington, Cascadia
National TV: ESPN (Healey, Twellman, Williams)
Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM (Fletcher, Keller)
Online: MLS Live
Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda)
Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sports | Europe (excluding UK & Ireland): Eurosport | UK & Ireland: Sky Sports | Dohar, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Philippines: BeIN Sports (ASIA / AUS)
How I'm watching
Kit: Sounders 30th Anniversary Hoodie
Scarf: Enemy's Goal is Down
Where: GA with ECS
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