T2, Marvin Loria vs. Phoenix Rising FC -- Aug. 5, 2018
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USL MATCH PREVIEW | Portland Timbers 2 vs. Phoenix Rising FC | Oct. 13, 2018 - 7:30 PM PT

Entering the regular-season finale, T2 travel to face Phoenix Rising FC at Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex on Saturday, Oct. 13. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) the match will be streamed live on ESPN+. To watch Saturday’s match, click here.  

2018 USL Cup Playoffs
With the 2-2 draw at Fresno FC on Sept. 22, T2 clinched a spot in the 2018 USL Cup Playoffs, marking the first time in its four USL seasons that Portland has qualified for the postseason. Portland is one of six teams to clinch a spot in the Western Conference, with Orange County SC, Phoenix Rising FC, Real Monarchs SLC, Reno 1868 FC and Sacramento Republic FC each qualifying for the playoffs. Portland sits in sixth place, four points behind fifth-place Reno 1868 FC.

Offensive firepower
As a team, Portland ranks tied for fifth in the league in goals scored (57). In T2’s 2-2 draw against Fresno FC at Chukchansi Park on Sept. 22, midfielders Jack Barmby and Marvin Loría each tallied their sixth goal of 2018, both converted penalties. Loría leads the team with seven assists and 54 chances created. Forward Foster Langsdorf leads the team and ranks tied for sixth in the league with 14 goals. Barmby’s six goals ranks tied for second on the team with Loría. Midfielders Andre Lewis and Renzo Zambrano are tied for the team lead in passing accuracy (87l1%).

Road form
In sixteen road matches this season, Portland is 7-5-4, which is one of the best road records in the USL this season. Portland is 3-1-2 in its last six road contests dating back to July 28. Seven of T2’s 11 shutouts this season have come on the road. Additionally, three of goalkeeper Alex Mangel’s five shutouts in 2018 have come on the road.

T2 Team Leaders
Goals: Foster Langsdorf (14)
Assists: Marvin Loría (7)
Chances Created: Marvin Loría (54)
Shutouts: Alex Mangels, Kendall McIntosh (5)
Saves: Kendall McIntosh (62)

Phoenix Rising FC
Phoenix Rising FC enter Saturday’s match following a 5-2 loss on the road to Las Vegas Lights FC at Cashman Field, which snapped a five-game unbeaten run dating back to Sept. 8. Rising FC are 10-3-3 in 16 matches at home this season and sit in second place in the Western Conference standings, three points behind first place Orange County SC. Forward Chris Cortez leads the team and ranks fourth in the USL with 17 goals, while midfielder Solomon Asante ranks third in the league in chances created (96). Goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski ranks tied for third in the USL with 12 shutouts.

Phoenix Rising FC Team Leaders
Goals: Chris Cortez (17)
Assists: Solomon Asante (8)
Chances Created: Solomon Asante (96)
Shutouts: Carl Woszczynski (12)
Saves: Carl Woszczynski (79)

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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