Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders
Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, June 28 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST – Live on Sky Sports 1)
Match Odds: Portland 17/20 – Draw 13/5 – Seattle 3/1
Their most recent meeting saw Seattle end their US Open Cup clash with seven players on the field as Portland won 3-1 after extra-time and so keeping discipline will be the priority for both managers.
Portland come into the game off the back of a devastating 5-0 loss at LA Galaxy on Wednesday night. That result ended a four-game winning streak and they will look to beat Seattle for the first time in five MLS games when they meet on Sunday.
The Timbers have lost just one of their seven home games in MLS this season and will be confident of winning their first Cascadia Cup game of the season.
Caleb Porter’s side have lost to Vancouver away, lost to Seattle away and drawn at home to the Whitecaps so far and need to win on Sunday to have any chance of winning a first Cascadia Cup title since 2012.
The Sounders currently lead the Cascadia Cup standings as well as the Western Conference but have been poor by their high standards in recent weeks.
Three losses in their last four has seen Seattle fall away from top spot in the Supporters’ Shield standings and so Sigi Schmid will be desperate not to lose in Portland on Sunday.
The two meetings in Portland last season saw 14 goals as the two played out a 4-4 draw before Seattle won 4-2 in August.
Portland Timbers boss Caleb Porter will be without Liam Ridgewell as the Englishman was sent off in the loss at LA Galaxy on Wednesday night, while Ben Zemanski remains out and Dairon Asprilla is a doubt.
Seattle will still be without Clint Dempsey as he serves the third of his three match ban for tearing up a referee’s notebook in the US Open Cup loss to Portland two weeks ago. Chad Barrett, Obafemi Martins, Osvaldo Alonso and Andres Correa all remain out, while Gonzalo Pineda and Brad Evans are doubts.
Portland Timbers’ last five: W/W/W/W/L
Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/L/W/L/L
Key Stat: Portland have won their last three home games in MLS without conceding a goal, while Seattle have failed to score in their last two.
Key Player: Maximiliano Urruti – The Argentine forward has three goals this season and scored in two of the Timbers’ last three home games. Expect him to be dangerous.Embed from Getty Images
Portland Timbers 2-1 Seattle Sounders – Portland look in good shape, despite that heavy loss in LA, and their home form should see them beat their fierce rivals in this one. Seattle are struggling without Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins and will struggle to pick up points here.