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May 9, 2021 at 8pm UK at Providence Park
PortlandPortland Timbers
1-2
SeattleSeattle Sounders
Tuiloma (90+4')
Loria (21')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Ruidiaz (63' pen.), Montero (79')
Tolo (17'), Delem (90+3')

Preview: Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Two of the most consistent Major League Soccer teams in the Western Conference will face each other on Sunday as the Portland Timbers welcome the Seattle Sounders to Providence Park.

The defending two-time Western Conference champions will be seeking a third consecutive Cascadia Cup, an annual trophy handed out to whoever finishes with the best record in the season series between the Sounders, Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.


Match preview

Portland Timbers head coach Giovanni Savarese pictured in September 2020© Reuters

For the Timbers it has been a less than ideal start to the season, losing their opener to the Whitecaps, edging the Dynamo and getting dominated last Saturday in a 4-1 loss to FC Dallas.

Now coaching in his fourth season, Giovanni Savarese and his team are off to their worst start to a campaign since 2019 when they had just one point in their first three games.

Portland have used three different goalkeepers since the season began and homegrown player Hunter Sulte had a forgettable MLS debut last weekend, facing six shots and conceding four goals.

In previous seasons the Timbers have been at their best when playing the top teams, going unbeaten in their three meetings with the Sounders in the 2020 regular season.

Being eliminated this week in the CONCACAF Champions League should give them the motivation to try to turn things around in MLS.

Seattle Sounders players celebrate winning the Western Conference in December 2020© Reuters

The Sounders began this season on a mission eager to erase the painful memory of the 2020 MLS Cup final, when they were beaten 3-0 by the Columbus Crew.

So far in 2021, Seattle have shown they are still among the elite sides in MLS, clobbering Minnesota 4-0, drawing with LAFC 1-1, and easing past the much-improved LA Galaxy last weekend 3-0.

Since Brian Schmetzer became manager in 2016 this team has soared to new heights and been one of the most consistent MLS sides in both the regular season and playoffs.

Since 2017 they have never finished worse than second in the West and they have made the MLS Cup final in four of Schmetzer's five seasons in charge, winning the title in 2016 and 2019.

The Sounders were among the best teams statistically in 2020 and that has not changed in the early stages of this campaign as they currently lead the league in assists (nine), are tied with San Jose for most goals (eight), and goalkeeper Stefan Frei is tied for most clean sheets (two).

Portland Timbers Major League Soccer form:
  • L
  • W
  • L

Portland Timbers form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D
  • L
  • L

Seattle Sounders Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D
  • W



Team News

Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer against the Columbus Crew in the first half during the 2020 MLS Cup Final at MAPFRE Stadium in December 2020© Reuters

Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark could miss the game because of a thigh muscle strain, while his backup Aljaz Ivacic is out with a groin strain, and winger Sebastian Blanco along with striker Jaroslaw Niezgoda have cruciate ligament ruptures and are out long term.

Diego Valeri, who led the team in goals and assists in 2020, is yet to find the back of the net in his first three appearances this season, while Eryck Williamson will be pushing to start after scoring the lone goal in a loss to the Toros.

The Sounders could be missing striker Fredy Montero with a thigh muscle strain, and left-back Jimmy Medranda has a muscle injury.

Raul Ruidiaz is well on his way to another double-digit season in goals, notching four already in this campaign.

Portland Timbers possible starting lineup:
Attinella; Van Rankin, Zuparic, McGraw, Bonilla; Polo, Zambrano, Loria, Valeri, Williamson; Mora

Seattle Sounders possible starting lineup:
Frei; Gomez, O'Neil, Tolo; Roldan, Rowe, Paulo, Lodeiro; Roldan, Bruin; Ruidiaz


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We say: Portland Timbers 1-3 Seattle Sounders

The Timbers are unbeaten in their last three regular season games against their arch-rivals Seattle but this Sounders team, at the moment, are firing on all cylinders, and they have a variety of different players who can contribute.



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1New England RevolutionNew England8521117417
2Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia842295414
3Orlando City733184412
4New York City FCNY City7322137611
5Nashville SCNashville725096311
6CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
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8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta724197210
9New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls7304101009
10DC United8305811-39
11Inter MiamiInter Miami8224813-58
12Toronto7124812-45
13Chicago Fire7115411-74
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati6114615-94

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