Timbers, Islanders square off tonight in Puerto Rico
The Timbers take on the Puerto Rico Islanders tonight on the road; kickoff is slated for 5:05 p.m. (Pacific). Listen to tonight's match live on 750 KXL or watch a live video webcast. Follow in-game updates on Twitter.
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POR: GK Cronin, D Joy, D Smith, D Keel, D Kirk, M Marcelin, M Pore, M Claesson, M Alhassan, F Suzuki, F DeMartin
PRI: GK Gaudette, D Martinez, D Velez, D Henry, D Rivera, M Miranda, M Gbandi, M Daniel, M Allison, F Folley, F Fana
Having already clinched a playoff berth, Portland is in the race for one of the top four seeds in the USSF Division-2 Pro League. The Timbers are currently in fourth place in the overall league standings, with a four-point lead over the fifth-place Carolina RailHawks, and rank third in the six-team USL Conference. The top eight clubs in the league – regardless of conference alignment – advance to the playoffs, with the two conference leaders occupying the top two seeds.
With a scoreless draw on the road last weekend in Carolina, the Timbers extended their season-long unbeaten streak to seven matches. During the current unbeaten run, Portland’s defense has logged five shutouts in total and has racked up 334 minutes of play without conceding a goal – the club last allowed a goal in a 1-1 draw against Austin on Aug. 26.
While the Timbers were held scoreless last weekend, the club has still out-scored its opponents 9-3 during their unbeaten stretch. All nine of the team’s goals in the last seven games have been scored by either midfielder Ryan Pore or forward Bright Dike. A rookie, Dike is unavailable for tonight's match due to a one-game, league-imposed suspension for yellow-card accumulation.
The Timbers and Islanders face off for the second time in just over two weeks. They last met on Sept. 2 in Portland, with the Timbers earning a 1-0 win on a late, game-winning goal by Pore. The Timbers have a 7-4-3 all-time record against the Islanders, but have not fared well in Puerto Rico. Since 2005, the Timbers are 1-3-2, and earned their first road victory over the Islanders last season – defender Mamadou Danso scored the winning goal in a 2-1 result May 24, 2009. Portland has not lost to the Islanders in the last four meetings (2-0-2); the club’s last loss to Puerto Rico was July 10, 2008.
Tonight’s match is the second of four straight road games for the Timbers as they conclude their 2010 regular-season schedule.