I’ll be writing from Jeld-Wen Field around noon. But for now, here’s our TNT preview story from this morning; and below are the basics:
SOUNDERS FC (7-4-4; 25 POINTS)
AT PORTLAND TIMBERS (3-6-4; 13 POINTS)
2 p.m., Jeld-Wen Field, Portland.
TV: ESPN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.
CLUB LEADERS: For Seattle: G 5, David Estrada; A 4, Fredy Montero; S 68, Montero; SOG 25, Montero; GAA 1, Andrew Weber. For Portland: G 4, Kris Boyd; A 3, Eric Alexander; S 41, Boyd; SOG 17, Boyd; GAA 1.10, Troy Perkins.
HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads the MLS series, 1-0-1, with the win coming last season in Portland. The Sounders return Sept. 15; and the Timbers visit Seattle on Oct. 7. Across all leagues, the Sounders lead the Timbers 40-27-9.
NOTES: The Sounders are defending champions of the Cascadia Cup competition between Seattle, Portland and Vancouver. So far this season, the Whitecaps have drawn with the Sounders and Timbers. … Seattle is 0-3-3 over its last six games, matching the longest winless streak in club history. Portland is 1-2-3 over its last six. … The Sounders had a 10-game road unbeaten streak snapped last weekend at Montreal. … Seattle is second in MLS in goals-against average (0.93) and tied for second in shutouts (six). … Montero leads MLS in shots, shots on goal and fouls suffered (42). … Portland forward Mike Fucito could become the first player to participate on both sides of this MLS rivalry. … Seattle defender Leo Gonzalez (quad) is expected to return to the game-day roster. … Sounders midfielder Alvaro Fernandez is out after receiving a red card Wednesday against SKC. Portland defender Hanyer Mosquera will begin a three-game suspension for hitting Los Angeles forward Jack McBean in the face last week. … Montero and Eddie Johnson are one caution away from yellow-card suspension. … The referee is Ricardo Salizar. . … Because the Timbers wear green at home, the Sounders will wear their alternate cyan kits.
QUOTABLE: “It’s a bunch of drunk, mid-30s-type of crowd, who are very well educated. Much more vocal, a little bit more crazy. It’s a little nastier playing down there, to be honest.” – Sounders midfielder Brad Evans, talking to the Oregonian about Timbers supporters.
NEXT: The Sounders play the San Jose Earthquakes in a U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in San Francisco. They return to MLS play 4:30 p.m. Saturday at New England.