Heading into Week 10 of the 2019 USL Championship season, T2 travel to face Tacoma Defiance at Cheney Stadium on Sunday, May 12; kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. (Pacific).
Last match recap
In their last match, T2 fell 2-1 to Rio Grande Valley FC at Merlo Field on April 30, snapping their four-game unbeaten run. Modou Jadama scored his third goal of the campaign, while Eryk Williamson tallied his sixth assist,
Strong start to 2019
In nine matches to begin the 2019 season, T2 (4-2-3, 15pts) sit in third place of the Western Conference standings. Portland enters the match ranked first in away goals scored (12) and fourth in the league in total goals scored (19), while ranking tied for third in the league in assists (14). Foster Langsdorf and Modou Jadama lead the team in goals scored (3), while Eryk Williamson, Ryan Sierakowski, Dairon Asprilla, Marvin Loría and Timbers Academy forward Gio Calixtro are tied for second in goals scored (2). Additionally, Williamson ranks tied for first in the USL Championship with six assists in eight appearances, while Jadama ranks fifth in the league in defensive clearances (52).
T2 vs. Tacoma Defiance
Sunday’s match marks the 15th regular-season meeting between T2 and Tacoma Defiance. Previously known as Seattle Sounders FC 2, Tacoma leads the regular-season series 3-11-0. T2 is 1-7-0 in eight road matches against Tacoma, dating back to the first-ever match between the two clubs on April 11, 2015. Portland is 2-1-0 in three matches against Tacoma, dating back to March 16, 2018. In the last meeting between the two clubs, Portland defeated Tacoma 4-1 at Merlo Field on Aug. 19, 2018, behind a brace from Foster Langsdorf and goals from Renzo Zambrano and Arturo Diz Pe.
In five road matches to begin the 2019 season, T2 has only lost once, with a 2-1-2 record. Additionally, T2 is one of eight teams league wide with at least two away wins this season, outscoring their opponents 12-10. No other team league wide has scored more road goals this season than T2 (12).
T2 2019 Team Leaders
Goals: Modou Jadama, Foster Langsdorf (3)
Assists: Eryk Williamson (6)
Chances Created: Eryk Williamson (21)
Shutouts: Jake Leeker (1)
Saves: Jake Leeker (25)
Scouting Tacoma Defiance
Tacoma Defiance (2-8-0, 6pts) enter Sunday’s match following a 2-1 loss against OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium, in their tenth match of the 2019 season on May 4. The Defiance have lost five consecutive matches, dating back to April 10 - being outscored 18-1 during that span. Tacoma has allowed more goals than any other team in the league (28) - five more than second ranked Hartford Athletic (23). Seventeen-year-old midfielder Azriel Gonzalez leads the team with two goals in eight appearances in 2019, while goalkeeper Trey Muse currently ranks tied for ninth in saves league wide with 21.
Tacoma Defiance Head Coach: Chris Little
Tacoma Defiance Team Leaders
Goals: Azriel Gonzalez (2)
Assists: Four players tied (1)
Chances Created: Joel Rydstrand (10)
Shutouts: Trey Muse (1)
Saves: Trey Muse (21)