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USL MATCH PREVIEW | Portland Timbers 2 vs. Phoenix Rising FC | Aug. 5, 2018 - 12 NOON PT

Playing their second game in five days, T2 play host to Phoenix Rising FC at Providence Park on Sunday, Aug. 5. Beginning at 12 noon (Pacific), the Aug. 5 match will be streamed live on ESPN+. To watch Sunday's match, click here.

Keep it rolling
Portland enters Sunday's contest against Phoenix following a 2-2 draw against Orange County SC at Championship Soccer Stadium on Aug. 1, which extended a two-match unbeaten run. Midfielders Jack Barmby and Marvin Loría found the back of the net for T2, while goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh registered a season-high eight saves. 

SportsCenter Top 10
SportsCenter featured midfielder Eryk Williamson’s goal against LA Galaxy II on July 28 was the No. 9 play in the SportsCenter Top 10. Williamson latched onto forward Jeremy Ebobisse’s back-heeled pass and curled a right-footed finish into the back of the net (Watch Goal). Loría’s goal against Orange County SC on Aug. 1 was the No. 5 play after he beat three defenders from a run from midfield and chipped the goalkeeper in the 13th minute (Watch Goal).  

USL Team of the Week
T2 forward Foster Langsdorf was named to the USL Team of the Week for Week 20 after recording a second-half brace in T2’s 4-3 win over LA Galaxy II at the StubHub Track & Field Stadium on July 28. Additionally, Ebobisse made the Team of the Week bench after registering a goal and an assist. With his two-goal performance, Langsdorf ranks tied for fourth in the USL with 10 goals in 2018. Langsdorf has scored five of his 10 goals this season against LA Galaxy II, as he scored a hat-trick in a 7-3 win over LA on May 18. Ebobisse has tallied three goals and one assist in 10 starts this season for T2. 

Home form
In 10 matches at home this season, T2 hold a 5-5-0 record and are 3-2-0 at Providence Park. Langsdorf has tallied seven of his 10 goals at home this season. 

T2 Team Leaders
Goals: Foster Langsdorf (10)
Assists: Marvin Loría (4)
Chances Created: Marvin Loría (33)
Shutouts: Kendall McIntosh (4)
Saves: Kendall McIntosh (44)

Scouting Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising FC enter Saturday’s match following a 4-1 road loss to Real Monarchs SLC at Zion Bank Stadium on July 28. Phoenix is 5-3-3 in 11 matches on the road this season, and is 2-2-1 in its last five matches dating back to June 23. Rising FC are currently in third place in the Western Conference standings, five points ahead of Portland in sixth place. Forward Chris Cortez leads the team with nine goals, while forward Didier Drogba ranks fourth on the club with four goals on the season. 

Phoenix Team Leaders
Goals: Chris Cortez (9)
Assists: Solomon Asante (6)
Chances Created: Solomon Asante (74)
Shutouts: Carl Woszczynski (8)
Saves: Carl Woszczynski (56)

Streaming Changes: matches now stream on ESPN+
As part of the USL's new broadcast deal with ESPN, all league matches will now be streamed live on ESPN+, which is ESPN's new subscription-based, direct-to-consumer streaming platform. All T2 matches will now stream live on ESPN+ for those residing in the United States; international viewers can still stream matches live via YouTube.

ESPN+ is viewable online, the ESPN app or across a variety of mobile and connected living room devices, including Amazon's Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and more.

For more information and a FAQ on ESPN+, click here.

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