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USL MATCH PREVIEW | T2 travel to face Arizona United SC Tuesday

PORTLAND, Ore. – Playing the second of three consecutive road matches, T2 will travel to face Arizona United SC at Peoria Sports Complex on Tuesday, Sept. 13; kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (Pacific).

The match on Tuesday marks the second of three regular-season meetings between T2 and Arizona United in 2016, as they will meet again on Sept. 24 at Merlo Field in the regular-season finale. In their first matchup this season, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw on the road at Peoria Sports Complex on April 30.

T2 (9-14-4, 31pts) enter Tuesday’s road match looking to extend a two-game winning streak following a 1-0 win on the road against Rio Grande Valley FC on Sept. 10 at Toro Stadium. Defender Brent Richards notched his first goal of the season, while goalkeeper Wade Hamilton finished the match with a game-high four saves on the way to recording the club’s fifth shutout of the season. Portland is now six points off the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with three games to play. During the 2016 USL campaign, 13 different players have scored for T2, including Richards, Victor Arboleda, Nick Besler, Villyan Bijev, Blake Bodily, Neco Brett, Kharlton Belmar, Rennico Clarke, Dylan Damraoui, Andre Lewis, Ben Polk, Steven Taylor and Augustine Williams.

Arizona United SC (8-12-7, 31pts) heads into Tuesday’s match following a 1-1 draw on the road against San Antonio FC on Sept. 4 at Toyota Field, which snapped a four-game losing streak. Sitting in 13th place in the Western Conference and level on points with T2, Arizona has a 4-5-4 record at home. Forward Long Tan, who last scored in the 1-1 draw against San Antonio, leads the club in goals (9) and assists (5). Forward Tyler Blackwood ranks second on the team with eight goals scored, while forward Luke Rooney ranks second in assists (4).  

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

Following Tuesday’s match, T2 will travel to face Cascadia-rival Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 at Thunderbird Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 18; kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (Pacific).

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