The Tacoma Defiance are finally back at Cheney Stadium after more than a month spent flying around the western part of the country. The familiar light green shadow of the Rainiers’ baseball diamond will be a welcome sight after Defiance had their worst ever five match stretch on the road.
Their oppenent in their first game back will be the only team in the USL that they have a winning record against (11-3-0 +10), Portland Timbers 2. It’s a match Tacoma/S2 have always been able to get up for and provides the Defiance an excellent chance to get things back on the rails. That said Portland has a better team than in years past and currently sit 3rd in the Western Conference of the USL Championship. They are a more experienced side who are led from Central Midfield by Eryk Williamson who leads the Championship in assists with 6.
Portland is likely to score in this match and the Defiance will need one of their forwards to step up their finishing if they want to get enough goals to walk away with three points.
nos audietis in somniis | nos audietis in altum
you will hear us in your sleep | you will hear us from the deep
this is our Sound
Keys to the Game:
- Watch the space inbetween your backline and midfield
- Don’t foul in dangerous areas, Portland will score set piece goals against
- Finish, finish, finishh
Here come the men in black. Tacoma, your Defiance Starting XI for #TACvPOR! #DefiantlyTacoma pic.twitter.com/Mc1PE4Gsqy— Tacoma Defiance (@TACdefiance) May 12, 2019
How to Watch
Match date/time: 1:30 PM PT, Sunday, May 12, 2019.
Venue: Cheney Stadium, Central Tacoma, Puyallup-White River Watershed, Cascadia.
Streaming: ESPN+ (Talent: Andrew Harvey, James Riley and Dave Clark)
How I'm watching
Outfit: An outfit fit for bonfires.
Where: I’ll be at that old ball field we love called Cheney Stadium.