Several changes for LAFC: Tristan Blackmon and Diego Palacios slot into the defense, while Francisco Ginella gets a start in midfield, with Eduard Atuesta starting on the bench.
Here is the Portland XI:
LAFC are coming off another win, 2-1 over Real Salt Lake at home over the weekend, which was both a comfortable performance and a tight win, Carlos Vela scoring an audacious winner late in the game after having a penalty attempt saved. But a win’s a win and LAFC look like themselves of late, which is good to see.
The Timbers have kind of been all over the place this season but are coming off a win, 1-0 over the woeful FC Dallas over the weekend. Given the volume of injuries for the Timbers, I think there’s a chance they could turn a corner at any moment, but this may be a decent moment to play a team that is usually really hard to beat at their house.
Jesus David Murillo is suspended due to yellow card accumulation, and Kwadwo Opoku (knee) and Danny Musovski (knee) remain out injured. Mark-Anthony Kaye remains on international duty.
Dario Zuparic is suspended, Eryk Williamson and Claudio Bravo are on international duty. Jeff Attinella (leg), Jaroslaw Niezgoda (knee), Ish Jome (Achilles), and Andy Polo (leg) are all out, while Sebastian Blanco (knee), Marvin Loria (leg), and Cristhian Paredes (thigh) are listed as questionable.
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Wednesday afternoon, LAFC are (-105), Portland are (+250) and a draw is (+310), so the odds are heavily favoring LAFC, even on the road, and we’ll see if that holds up.
How to Watch:
Wednesday’s match between LAFC and the Timbers will be televised nationally on FS1 and Fox Deportes, which you can watch on FuboTV. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to follow at 7:38.