Despite having lost their last two matches, LAFC haven't been terrible recently, Winners in three of their last five, the real struggle has been finding that success consistently. With only eight matches left in the season, and currently outside of the playoffs, every match is a Finals match for the team. Anything less than a win from here on out, will almost surely spell disaster for their postseason push. Unfortunately, LAFC also have to keep eyes on the standings, as even a win might not mean a playoff spot after tonight, depending on how the other teams do.
Portland come into the match in top form. Of their last five matches, they have won four, by a combined 11-2, with a 2-2 draw in their only non-win. The Timbers currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference. A bit of a no-man’s-land, where they are too far off the pace to challenge for the top seed, but still very much in danger of being passed up and missing the postseason, should they have a poor run of results.
LAFC will once again be without a bulk of players. Tristan Blackmon, Erik Duenas, Julian Gaines, Kwadwo Opoku, Alvora Quezada, Eddie Segura, and Carlos Vela will all be out for this match. Vela, as Head Coach Bob Bradley mentioned previous, is eyeing a return for the Galaxy match. Eduard Atuesta and Brian Rodriguez are listed as questionable, with them being a gam-time decision.
The Timbers, in addition to long-term absentees Jeff Attinella, Ismaila Jome, and Andy Polo, will likely be without Eryk Williamson, who is doubtful with a knee injury.
As we all know, this match will be physical. While not a “main” rival, the Timbers always bring the intensity when they play the black and gold. LAFC will no doubt want to not only avenge their loss to the Timbers from earlier this month, but will want to put in a performance and come away with three points at home, in front of the incredible 3252.
According to our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook, as of Wednesday morning, LAFC are (-195), Portland Timbers are (+500) and a draw is (+360), which means, somewhat surprisingly LAFC are the heavy favorites at home.
How to Watch:
Wednesday’s match between LAFC and the Timbers will be televised locally on Bally Sports SoCal and Estrella TV, and streamed in the rest of the United States on ESPN+. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT with kickoff to come at 7:38.