Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders
Stadium: Providence Park – Sunday, July – Time ET (Time BST)
Match Odds: Team A 11/10 – Draw 12/5 – Team B 12/5
This is arguably Major League Soccer’s most intense rivalry and both sets of supporters will be desperate to get a win in this one. The sides are separated by six points coming into the weekend so this is a huge clash.
Portland are failing to pick up many points. They are sitting outside the playoffs by two points and have drawn three-straight games ahead of this one. While they are looking tough to beat, Portland must start winning more regularly.
Caleb Porter knows his side are more than capable of building momentum in the latter stages of the season, and they will need to if they are to have a chance of retaining their MLS Cup title come December.
The Timbers are unbeaten in eight ahead of this one so will be confident of avoiding defeat, at the very least.
Seattle are stuck in ninth place heading into the weekend’s fixtures. They will be on a high after thumping FC Dallas 5-0 on Wednesday night, but that win was their first in five, and they suffered a major blow by losing Clint Dempsey to a red card in that match.
The Sounders talisman will now miss Sunday’s game, which will do little to increase the fans’ optimism ahead of a crucial fixture. Sigi Schmid’s men have now lost six of their last nine MLS games and have it all to do if they are to make the playoffs.
This will be the first meeting of the year between these two great rivals. They will play twice more in August but all attentions will be on Sunday’s match for now. You don’t want to miss this one.
Portland have three injury worries heading into Sunday’s game. Adam Kwarasey is still sidelined, while Diego Valeri and Darren Mattocks are both unlikely to recover in time to feature. Diego Chara returns from suspension and will come back into the side, while Jack McInerney will hope to keep his place after scoring in the midweek draw with Montreal.
Seattle Sounders come into this huge rivalry game without their talismanic forward, Clint Dempsey. He will serve a one-game suspension for a red card picked up in Wednesday’s win against Dallas. Roman Torres remains out for Seattle, while Brad Evans is a doubt with a calf strain.