Nicolas Lodeiro vs. Portland Timbers 2018-07-02
Charis Wilson

PORvSEA 101: Everything you need to know when the Sounders visit the Timbers in Week 26

The Seattle Sounders are taking on the Portland Timbers on Sunday in their third and final regular-season match. Here is everything you need to know:


WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. PT at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.

WHERE TO WATCH: The match will be televised on FS1 and YouTube TV.

WHERE TO LISTEN: The match will air on 950 KJR AM and in Spanish on El Rey 1360 AM.

2018 RECORDS AND STANDINGS: Sounders: 10-9-5 (35 points, 7th West), Timbers: 10-6-7 (37 points, 6th West)

FORM GUIDE (most recent first): Seattle: WWWWW, Portland: LLLWW

ALL-TIME HISTORY: The Sounders are 9-7-6 all time against the Timbers in MLS regular season play, including a 2-6-3 record on the road.

PREVIOUS MEETING: The Sounders fell 3-2 at CenturyLink Field on June 30, in a back-and-forth affair. Larrys Mabiala opened the scoring in the 48th minute from a corner kick, only for Victor Rodríguez to draw Seattle level three minutes later. Samuel Armenteros made it 2-1 in the 57th minute, but Chad Marshall equalized from a set piece in the 68th. Mabiala bagged his second, which was the game-winning goal, from another corner just six minutes later.

SEATTLE BAGS FIVE: Coming off a club-record-tying 5-0 win over the LA Galaxy, the Sounders attack is finally hitting its stride, with 12 goals in the last four games.

MIDFIELD MAESTROS: In the 3-2 result back in June, the South American playmakers for each team — Diego Valeri for Portland and Nicolás Lodeiro for Seattle — pulled the strings in the attack. Valeri assisted all three of Portland’s strikes, two of them from corner kicks, while Lodeiro assisted both of Seattle’s goals.

SEATTLE’S CATALYST: Since that loss to Portland, Seattle has rattled off a nine-match unbeaten streak, including a club record six consecutive wins. The Sounders now sit 7th in the Western Conference standings, just two points shy of the sixth and final playoff spot.

SCORCHING STEFAN FREI: After the 5-0 win over LA Galaxy, Stefan Frei now leads all MLS goalkeepers with at least 1,000 minutes played in Goals Against Average (1.00) and Save Percentage (77.6 percent).

LODEIRO’S FINE FORM: Seattle’s Uruguayan playmaker has been pivotal to the club’s recent form, with five assists and five goals during the nine-match unbeaten streak. His strong performances of late have earned him a call-up to the Uruguay national team for a friendly in September against Mexico.

NASL TIES: The head coaches for both Seattle (Brian Schmetzer) and Portland (Giovanni Savarese) have links to the NASL. Schmetzer was a high-flying winger for the NASL Sounders from 1980-83, while Savarese joined the Timbers in 2018 after coaching the New York Cosmos for five years.

DEFENSIVE CHESS MATCH: Sunday’s matchup will see two of the top defensive sides in the Western Conference go to-to-toe. The Timbers have allowed the fourth-fewest goals (34) in the West, while Seattle currently enjoys the stingiest defense, conceding just 26 times in league play.

LATE, LATE GOALS: The last two meetings between these sides at Providence Park have featured result-changing goals late in the second half. Sebastian Blanco handed the Timbers a win on May 13, 2018, with a goal in the 86th minute, while Clint Dempsey helped the Sounders steal a point on the road last season in a 2-2 draw on June 25, 2017, with the equalizing goal four minutes into second-half stoppage time.

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