Christian Torres and Carlos Vela start in this one.
Portland have a pretty strong group, although Diego Chara is out completely.
LAFC are coming off a chastening loss Wednesday, 3-2 against the San Jose Earthquakes, that was not nearly as close as the scoreline indicated. LAFC took the lead but then deflated like a balloon, with the Quakes clinching their playoff berth in the process. Was it a matter of one team being more motivated than the other? Quite possibly, but that’s a warning sign for LAFC heading into the playoffs themselves.
They’re facing a Timbers side who are also in the playoffs already and coming off a midweek loss, 1-0 against the Colorado Rapids, that clinched the Rapids’ playoff berth. Portland are coming off their second ACL tear of the season, with forward Jaroslaw Niezgoda out for the rest of the year after suffering the injury.
Both teams are going to be up for this game, and will also be tuning up ahead of the playoffs. They could face off in the playoffs, too, so it will be interesting if either or both of Bob Bradley and Giovanni Savarese keeps some cards in their metaphorical hand ahead of a possible playoff showdown.
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Saturday evening, LAFC are (-210), Portland are (+430) and a draw is (+400), meaning they’re giving the black-and-gold a big edge at home. They believe in Carlos Vela & Co.
How to Watch:
Sunday’s match between LAFC and the Timbers will be televised nationally on FS1 and Fox Deportes, which you can watch via FuboTV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 3:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
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