What You’ll Watch
The Seattle Sounders will finish their three-game road trip with a visit to Providence Park on Friday night. This will be the second and final regular season meeting between the two clubs this season. A win by the Sounders will see them take home the Cascadia Cup; a draw or win by Portland will give them the cup.
Lately, the Timbers have soared up the standings and currently find themselves in seventh place in the a Western Conference with a record of 11-10-4 (37 points in 25 games played; 1.48 ppg) and the Sounders currently sit in fifth place with a record of 11-8-7 (40 points in 26 games played; 1.54 ppg). Last time out, Seattle drew 2-2 on the road against 10-man LA Galaxy and Portland lost 2-0 at home against Atlanta United.
This will be the 25th all-time regular season meeting between the two teams. Seattle is 10-8-6 with 39 goals scored and 36 conceded. In Portland, Seattle is 3-6-3 with 20 goals scored and 26 conceded.
Tale of the Tape
Last Five: T-L-T-L-W
Leading Goal Scorer: Raúl Ruidíaz, nine goals
Assist Leader: Nicolas Lodeiro, 11 assists
Last Five: L-W-W-L-W
Leading Goal Scorer: Brian Fernandez, ten goals
Assist Leader: Diego Valeri, 15 assists
Injury Report, Suspensions and International Duty
Out: Marco Farfan (left knee injury), Jeff Attinella (right shoulder surgery), Modou Jadama (left foot injury), Larrys Mabiala (left thigh injury)
Suspensions: Jorge Moreira
International Duty: N/A
Out: Will Bruin (torn ACL), Alex Roldan (left ankle sprain), Victor Rodríguez (left hamstring strain), Brad Smith (right adductor strain)
Suspensions: Roman Torres
International Duty: N/A
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo
AR1: Jeff Hosking
AR2: Jose Da Silva
4th: Lukasz Szpala
VAR: Edvin Jurisevic
AVAR: Joshua Patlak
What to Watch
- You know, there’s probably not a worse time to play the Timbers. Portland is 7-3-2 since June 1, with impressive wins over the Sounders, the Galaxy, and away to NYCFC. The Sounders have hit a bit of a slump in that time, with a record of 4-6-2 over the same period, including home losses to in-conference rivals SKC and, well, uh, the Timbers. It gets worse for Seattle. They’re winless in their last 4, having allowed 11 goals in those games. That’s their worst regular season stretch since 2013.
- There are some glimmers of hope for Seattle in this one, however. Portland’s backline is riddled with injuries. They’ve only kept one clean sheet in their last eight matches. Jorge Moreira, their standout right back, is also suspended for this one. He’s crucial to their defense and attack. Chill Bro Dude Zarek Valentin will likely fill in for him. So, their starting goalkeeper, starting CB, and starting RB will miss this one.
- The first goal in this game is the most important goal of the Sounders’ season. The Timbers are 10-0-1 when they score first. If the Timbers get any early lead, it allows them to play in transition and they can dictate play that way. They might just be the best non-LAFC attacking team in the West. However, they’re also just 1-11-4 when they allow the first goal. The Sounders need to score early. That’s just what they need to do.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Friday, August 23 @ 7:00 PM
Location: Providence Park — Portland, OR
Streaming: YouTube TV, ESPN
Radio: 950 KJR AM (English), El Rey 1360AM (Spanish)
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