Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders: the teams arrive with the same need to recover the path of victory although with different previous results. The local has lost in the last day of the tournament, while the visit rescued a draw at home.
The Portland Timbers look to bounce back from their loss to Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park. In the previous 4 days, their results were varied: they lost 1 and 3 were drawn.
Seattle Sounders tied 3-3 against LA Galaxy in the previous day. In the last games he played, he got 1 win and 3 losses.
The game between Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders will be played next Friday, August 26 for week 27 of the United States – MLS 2022 tournament, starting at 11:00 p.m. (Argentine time) at the Jeld-Wen Field stadium.
The results of the last five days add up to 2 victories for the host, while the visit has 2 and both finished equal 1 time.
The Timbers have been hovering just above or below the playoff line for most of the year, and they need to play catch-up once again.
Last Saturday, Giovanni Savarese saw his side get hammered by some relentless pressure from Austin FC, who scored three goals in the opening 30 minutes.
The details of the match
Their confidence had to have been shaken after suffering a 6-2 defeat at home to the Seattle Sounders in a match that could have been very different if not for the first half heroics of goalkeeper Stefan Cleveland.
Defensively this team have struggled, allowing 10 goals in their last three games, and their penalty area has turned into a shooting gallery for opposing sides lately, as they have conceded 21 efforts on target in those three matches.
If they can take care of business and turn things around, though, this team should be OK as they do have a game in hand on San Jose, who are in the final playoff position at the moment, two points ahead of Portland.
Unlike their arch-rivals Seattle, the Timbers have had a hard time contending with a slew of injuries and roster moves, which has impacted their chemistry on the field.
Seattle Sounders possible starting lineup:
Cleveland; O’Neill, Arreaga, Nouhou; Rowe, Paulo, C. Roldan, Bruin; Lodeiro, Montero; Ruidiaz
Portland Timbers possible starting lineup:
Clark; Bonilla, Zuparic, Tuiloma, McGraw; Paredes, Blanco, D. Chara; Asprilla, Mora, Niezgoda
Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders: prediction
Seattle Sounders 2-0 Portland Timbers!
The Sounders are hungry, scoring plenty of goals and are close to having their full roster back, while the Timbers may not have recovered psychologically from that lopsided defeat that they suffered to the reigning Western Conference champions in their last meeting.