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SEAvPOR 101 Preview: All you need to know for Saturday's match against the Timbers, pres. by Ticketmaster


The Seattle Sounders are hosting the Portland Timbers on Saturday as part of a doubleheader with OL Reign. Here is everything you need to know:

WHEN AND WHERE: Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. PT at Lumen Field (TICKETS).

WHERE TO WATCH: The match will be available on FOX and to watch free on Apple TV.

HOW TO LISTEN: The match will air in English on 93.3 KJR FM and in Spanish on El Rey 1360AM.

2023 RECORDS AND STANDINGS: Sounders: 8-6-2 (26 points, 1st West), Timbers: 4-7-4 (16 points, 10th West)

FORM GUIDE: Seattle: LWLLW, Portland: LLDWL

PREVIOUS MEETING: The Timbers defeated the Sounders 4-1 in Portland on April 15, the teams’ first matchup of the 2023 season. Raúl Ruidíaz put the Rave Green up 1-0 in the 58th minute, but the Timbers grabbed four unanswered goals to solidify the victory at Providence Park.

DOUBLEHEADER DAY: Saturday marks one of the biggest days of the year in the Seattle sports scene as the Sounders and OL Reign will host their Portland counterparts, the Timbers and the Thorns, in a doubleheader event at Lumen Field. The men’s side will take the pitch first at 1:30 p.m., while the NWSL side will kick off shortly after at 5:00 p.m.

Sounders FC & OL Reign Doubleheader

Sounders FC & OL Reign Doubleheader

Two rivalry matches against Portland, one ticket. You won't want to miss the biggest PNW soccer event of the year on Saturday, June 3!

UTILIZING THE POSITIVES: While the Sounders recent match against the San Jose Earthquakes left the team without a win, the team carved out a host of high-quality chances throughout the match. It was an unlucky night for the Sounders as they finished the match having 62.7% of the possession, with 23 (3.0 xG) shots versus San Jose’s 9 (1.1 xG).

CRISTIAN ROLDAN AVAILABILITY: After suffering a concussion in April, midfielder Cristian Roldan is making his way back to the pitch as Head Coach Brian Schmetzer mentioned it is likely he’ll be available for this Saturday’s match against the Timbers. However, his brother Alex will have to sit out this weekend due to yellow card accumulation.

LAST HOMESTAND MATCH: Saturday marks the end of three-game homestand for the Sounders. The Rave Green currently have one win and one loss in the stretch of home matches and are looking to add another victory this weekend. It’ll be a quick turnaround as the Sounders will only have a few days to recover whereas the Timbers are coming off a week of rest.

THREE GAME WINNING STREAK: Although Portland currently sits beneath the Sounders in the Western Conference standings, the Timbers have had a recent history of success when it comes to playing the Rave Green. The Timbers have won the last three head-to-head battles against the Sounders.

BOUNCE BACK: The Timbers are winless over their last three MLS Regular Season matches (1D, 2L). The Portland squad has only scored one goal since May 17, which was tallied by forward Frank Boli in the team’s most recent 4-1 loss against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

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