Match Preview, Timbers @ Sounders, 8.27.17
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KeyBank Scouting Report | Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers | Aug. 27, 2017


Date: Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. (Pacific)
Location: CenturyLink Field (Seattle, Wash.)
Forecast: Sunny, 80 degrees
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson, Logan Brown Fourth Official: Baboucarr Jallow
VAR: Victor Rivas
Talent: John Strong (play-by-play), Brad Friedel (analyst), Katie Witham (sideline reporter)
English Radio: 750 The Game (KXTG 750 AM, 102.9 FM)
Talent: Jake Zivin (play-by-play), Ross Smith (analyst), Fletcher Johnson (host)
Spanish Radio: La GranD (KGGD 93.5 FM, 1150 AM)
Talent: Josue del Castillo (play-by-play), Oscar Ramos (analyst)


Following back-to-back home wins, the Timbers will hit the road this weekend, traveling to face Cascadia-rival Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Sunday, Aug. 27. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. (Pacific), Sunday’s match will be televised nationally on FS1 with FS1 with local radio broadcasts on 750 AM/102.9 FM The Game (English) and La GranD 1150 AM/93.5 FM (Spanish). Entering Sunday’s game, the Timbers are coming off a 2-1 win against the Colorado Rapids, with midfielders Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe each scoring in the win. Valeri recorded his club-record 52nd career goal in the 2-1 victory. Sounders FC venture into Sunday’s game coming off a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC, marking their 10th straight league game without a loss.


The Portland Timbers produced a second straight home win, defeating the Colorado Rapids 2-1 at Providence Park on Aug. 23.


The Portland Timbers drew Cascadia-rival Seattle Sounders FC 2-2 before a sold-out crowd of 21,144 fans at Providence Park on June 25.


Sunday’s match marks the third and final regular-season game between the Timbers and Sounders FC in 2017. Additionally, Sunday’s fixture marks the 99th meeting between the two clubs across all eras, dating back to the NASL era in 1975. After falling 1-0 to Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field in league play on May 27, the Timbers responded at Providence Park on June 25, batting to a 2-2 draw against Seattle, with Fanendo Adi and Dairon Asprilla each scoring in the home draw. Both teams have combined to average 2.7 goals per game in the 2017 series.


Occupying the top spot in the Western Conference with 41 points, Seattle Sounders FC enter Sunday’s match coming off a 1-1 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place in a midweek fixture on Aug. 23. With the draw, Sounders FC are unbeaten in their last 10 games played in league play, dating back to June 21. Forward Clint Dempsey leads the team in goals scored (11), while defender Joevin Jones has the most assists (10) on the team.


Club GP W L T Pts. GF GA Diff.
Portland 4 2 1 1 7 6 5 +1
Seattle 4 1 1 2 5 5 5 0
Vancouver 4 1 2 1 4 5 6 -1