Full time: Timbers 2, LAFC 1. You can’t win them all, but it still was a tough result. Catch the full recap here.
81st minute: Samuel Armenteros puts the Timbers ahead again with a laser blast. Tough break for LAFC who looked like they were going to get something from the game.
74th minute: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Carlos Vela with a one-time curler with his left foot. What a beauty. The game is tied up.
52nd minute: Goal Timbers. Miller blocks Diego Valeri’s free kick, but he coughs up the rebound and Paredes knocks in the loose ball. Tough break for LAFC.
50th minute: Save! Tyler Miller snuffs out Adi’s shot after getting a ball over the top.
Halftime: Teams are tied 0-0. Portland had the better run of play, but LAFC were just good enough on the defensive end and coming into the match towards the end of the first. Can they pick it up and find some goals in the second half?
45+1st minute: Crazy end to half. LAFC had a couple chances in the box, but they were blocked. Mark-Anthony Kaye takes a shot from Attinella but continues after being evaluated, and Cristhian Paredes goes down for the second time in the game on a separate play. He also continues.
30th minute: So close! Latif Blessing gets a great ball from Carlos Vela, rounds Timbers’ GK Jeff Attinella, and shoots into the side netting. Best chance of the game for LAFC so far, hopefully they can get some more here.
9th minute: Fanendo Adi gets a breakaway and nearly opens the scoring, but his shot clangs off the corner of the crossbar. LAFC get away with one there.
6th minute: The Timbers are forced into a very early substitution, as Liam Ridgewell is hurt and can’t continue. Julio Cascante forced into action without even a warm-up, according to the FOX broadcast.
LAFC appear to be fielding a three-man backline, with all three center backs starting.
The Timbers, meanwhile, stick with the group that has been on a roll lately. No surprises here.
Unstoppable force meets immovable object, as the Portland Timbers, on a four-game winning streak at the moment, host Los Angeles Football Club, who are six games unbeaten at the moment, the best such mark in the league.
The game will be at noon, and while it proved to be a talking point for LAFC last time they played in the blazing midday sun, it is not expected to be as hot in Portland this weekend, after it was blisteringly hot at Providence Park last weekend for MLS and NWSL action.
While Portland obviously has a longer history in MLS and a more settled roster than LAFC, there are plenty of parallels between the groups, with new head coaches this season, a slew of new players being integrated (arguably LAFC have done a better job of that so far, given they are all new players on this roster), and high hopes for the season. And between the coaches, there’s the tidbit that Timbers boss Giovanni Savarese used to play for Bob Bradley at the MetroStars back in the day.
LAFC have beaten the other two Cascadia teams so far, and while both teams are doing well at the moment, there’s also the flipside of being on a long positive run. Everybody wants to be on a long unbeaten run, to be sure, but sometimes the mental toll a long run takes can lead to a bad day at the office. This time, that possibility is there for both sides.
No surprises on the injury front for LAFC, as Marco Ureña and Luis Lopez remain out. No current Timbers starters are out, either, or suspended.
How to Watch Portland Timbers vs. LAFC:
The match broadcast is scheduled start at 12 pm PT. Kickoff will depend on the outcome of the FA Cup final, if it ends in regulation it will start around 12:10, but that could be pushed as late as 12:30. Everyone in the United States can watch the game on FOX, FOX Deportes or stream it on FOX Sports GO.
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