Matchup: FC Dallas vs. Timbers Insight
The Portland Timbers will host FC Dallas at JELD-WEN Field on Sunday, as the two sides meet from the second time in as many weeks.
Needless to say, Portland is looking for a different result in this one.
Matchup: FC Dallas v Portland Timbers
Date: Sunday, August 5, 2012
Time: Kick-off: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: JELD-WEN Field, Portland, Oregon
TV: ROOT Sports
Spread: Timbers +130, Dallas +200, Draw +215
The Timbers gave up five goals in that match, while failing to score even a single one themselves. That’s been direction this season for the once playoff-hopeful side.
Instead, the Timbers sit dead last in all of the MLS with just 19 points. They have lost six straight times with their most recent defeat at the hands of a surging, but not all that talented Chivas USA.
And yet, things don’t appear to be getting better anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Dallas has been a little better as of late, but not a whole lot.
The side has just two wins in their last 18 matches, but those two wins have been in the last four outings, including that 5-0 drubbing against Portland. So it won’t be surprising that they will arrive as JELD-WEN looking for the series brace.
Players to Watch:
Portland – Kris Boyd 21 Appearances 7 Goals
The fiery Scot is the leading scorer for the Timbers. But that’s not saying much, considering he has seemingly been the only player able to get off the mark for this Timbers’ side. Boyd hasn’t scored in his last two appearances, but he did blow up against the Galaxy in mid July. He scored twice in that game, and has been their most likely to score since arriving. I don’t really expect that to change in the near future.
Dallas – Brek Shea 14 Appearances 3 Goals
While Shea may be a fraction of his former self, he can still get the ball in the back of the net when given the chance. While I’m not sure if he will actually make it back in time for this game, if he is on the pitch at kickoff, he will be incredibly dangerous in the final third. A place the Timber’s struggle. You can’t give him any space if his mind is right.
The recent history between these two teams tends to favor Dallas, as Portland hasn’t beaten the Toros since April of 2011.
If Dallas expect to make a late run at the playoffs this year, they are going to need to get full points out of this one, which considering Portland’s current form shouldn’t be too hard.