Due to other favorable results the Seattle Sounders can leap to sixth in the Western Conference with just a draw. But this is Brian Schmetzer’s Sounders against Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers. The goal is not a draw. The goal is a sweet chalice and eternal victory over the Timbers. Seattle attempts to snag three points on the road without Clint Dempsey due to testing for an irregular heartbeat. The Timbers are nearly fully stocked, lacking only Borchers.
But Portland is in middle of a run with just 3 points in their last five. Seattle has 11 points in that same stretch. The Sounders are on-form, with a defense and offense that look as capable as ever. The Timbers have creative midfielders and a defense that’s leaked eight goals during their poor run.
Hilario Grajeda is the center ref for the game in his 136th MLS match. Aaron Kovar is out with a broken clavicle. Clint Dempsey is out as he undergoes teasting for an irregular heartbeat. Nat Borchers is out for the TImbers. Only Diego Chara is in danger of suspension for accumulation after a single yellow card.
nos audietis in somniis | nos audietis in altum
you will hear us in your sleep | you will hear us from the deep
Keys to Game:
- Roldan/Alonso v Nagbe/Valeir - Sounders won this matchup in Seattle
- Coping with Adi - Timbers didn’t start him in Seattle
- Poaching goals from non-Dempsey
How to Watch
Match date/time: 2:00 PM, August 28, 2016
Venue: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon, Lesser Cascadia
Online: Watch ESPN
National TV: ESPN (Champion, Twellman, Williams
Local Radio: KIRO 97.3 FM (Johnson, Keller)
Local Spanish Radio: El Rey 1360 AM (Rodriguez, Maqueda)
Australia: BeIn Sports (AUS) | Europe: Eurosport | Middle East & North Africa: Abu Dhabi Sport | Sub-Saharan Africa: FOX Africa | United Kingdom: Sky Sports
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