T2, Rennico Clarke vs. LA Galaxy II - 7.16.16
Eric Cech

USL MATCH PREVIEW | T2 travel to face LA Galaxy II Saturday

PORTLAND, Ore. – Playing their second match in four days, T2 will travel to play LA Galaxy II at the StubHub Center Track & Field Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 6; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific).

The match on Saturday marks the second and final meeting between T2 and Galaxy II this season, with Portland falling 4-1 in the previous meeting between the two clubs at Merlo Field on July 16.

T2 (5-11-4, 19pts) enter Saturday’s match looking to build on their 1-1 draw against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC at Merlo Field on Aug. 3. After Colorado Springs opened the scoring in the 73rd minute from a curling shot from outside of the box, T2 leveled the match three minutes later from a set-piece play. Defender Rennico Clarke scored his second goal of 2016 when he got on the end of midfielder Villyan Bijev’s cross, and his left-footed shot from the edge of the six-yard box found the back of the net. T2 goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh, making his 13th start of the season, finished the match with a team single-game high of 10 saves. Through 20 games, midfielder Neco Brett ranks first on the club in goals scored (4), while Bijev and midfielder Kharlton Belmar are tied for the team lead in assists (3). 

LA Galaxy II (9-3-8, 35pts) head into Saturday’s match following a 2-0 loss to Orange County Blues FC on July 30 at Anteater Stadium. Sitting in second place in the Western Conference, LA has a 6-1-4 record at home. Forward Jack McBean, who last scored in a 3-2 win over San Antonio FC on July 23, leads USL in scoring (32 points) and goals scored (15). Midfielder Jose Villarreal ranks second on the club with six goals, while defender Josh Turnley and midfielder Jaime Villarreal are tied for the team lead in assists (4).

Saturday’s match will be available via a live, high-definition web stream at www.timbers2.com.

Following Saturday’s match, T2 will play host to Orange County Blues FC at Merlo Field on Sunday, Aug. 14; kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (Pacific).

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