Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday, May 26 – 14:30 EDT (19:30 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle Sounders 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – Portland Timbers 16/5
Cascadia Cup time on Saturday night as Seattle Sounders host Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field. Portland won the last meeting between the two sides in MLS, 4-2 at Providence Park last August.
Seattle Sounders have only lost once at home this term and that was to table toppers Toronto, so they will feel confident of dispatching the out of form Timbers.
The Sounders produce some stellar attacking displays and this is highlighted by their dominance in the shooting department. They boast the highest shots per game stats (14.8), so Portland goalkeeper Jake Gleeson may have his work cut out.
Portland on the other hand, as mentioned are out of form with only one win in six. They have stuttered after a three-game winning streak that opened their season.
Injuries and inconsistency haven’t helped the 2015 champions and they will need to produce their best performance of the season to pick up three points away to the holders.
It is worth mentioning that the home team has won the last five meetings between the two sides. A Seattle win would close the gap between the Western Conference outfits to just two points.
Seattle will be without Roman Torres (hamstring) and Henry Wingo (ankle). Aaron Kovar is listed a questionable following Groin surgery.
Portland are without three squad members as Gbenga Arokoyo (achilles), Chance Myers (hamstring) and Jeff Attinella (hamstring) all continue to be sidelined. Darlington Nagbe is listed as questionable as he also has a hamstring problem. Diego Chara is suspended following his dismissal in the 4-1 loss to Montreal Impact.
Seattle Sounders’ last five: D/L/L/L/W
Portland Timbers’ last five: W/D/L/D/L
Key Stat: Seattle have only lost one of their last sixteen home matches in Major League Soccer.
Key Player: Nicolas Lodeiro – Seattle playmaker Lodeiro is essential to this Sounders team now. Since joining last term he has lit the league up and we expect top performance on Saturday.
Seattle Sounders 3-2 Portland Timbers – We expect goals. Both teams have scored in the last five meetings, and both need wins as they will both have hopes of going to the MLS Cup final this year.