Matchup: Sounders FC vs. Timbers insight
Portland is coming into this one in rough shape after losing to the Galaxy in their last trip out, which is not a good thing at this point in the season, as the side is still struggling to score.
To make matters worse, they will face a very sound Seattle side, who is 7-4-4, with 25 points after its most recent outing, a 1-1 draw with Kansas City.
Matchup: Seattle Sounders v Portland Timbers
Date: Sunday, June 24, 2012
Time: Kick-off: 5:00 PM EST
Venue: JELD-WEN Field, Portland, Oregon
The Timbers are in a tailspin, one that seemed to be sparked by that embarrassing home loss to Cal FC in the US Open Cup a few weeks ago.
I mean, it wasn’t as if they weren’t already besieged, but that is something that should have never happened, and a real blow to the old ego.
Aside from that harrowing loss, their form is not really all that bad. Really.
The Timbers had not lost in five of six before their recent slide, so it will be interesting to see if they can recapture a little magic against their bitter rival in the Northwest.
Meanwhile, Seattle’s recent league play could be better, but they do have a couple of sound wins lately; both of which came in the US Open Cup, including a 5-0 drubbing of you guessed it—Cal FC.
However, the Sounders are winless in their last five league matches, so something is going to have to give in this one.
Players to Watch:
Portland – Kris Boyd 13 Appearances 4 Goals
If you have watched this side play lately, goals have been a particular problem. If anyone were going to break through, you would bet that it would be this man.
Seattle – Fredy Montero 14 Appearances 4 Goals
Montero is on pace for a similar season to his last in which he scored 12 league goals. In his last 10 matches overall, he has found the back of the net six times. If Seattle is to recapture something in league play, he is the man that will lead them to that.
This might be the most intense rivalry in U.S. soccer.
However, highly anticipated games tend to get sloppy. While the weather conditions will not likely be wet and slippery — a typical condition at JELD-WEN Field. The home side pitch provides an interesting phone booth effect, which usually leads to some fan frenzy induced mania.
Portland should be fueled by a raucous Timbers’ Army, and should be expected to fight until the end.
At the finish, though, I see this one playing evenly.