T2, Carlos Anguiano at Phoenix Rising FC -- June 29, 2019
Phoenix Rising FC

USL MATCH PREVIEW | Portland Timbers 2 vs. Phoenix Rising FC | Oct. 5, 2019 - 7 PM PT

With four matches remaining on their regular-season schedule, T2 continues its home stand, playing host to Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Providence Park. Beginning at 7 p.m. (Pacific), the match against Phoenix will be streamed live on ESPN+. 

2019 season at a glance
T2 (10-12-8, 38pts) sits in 12th place in the Western Conference standings and rank sixth in the league in goals scored (57). Portland enters Saturday’s match following a 2-1 home loss against Austin Bold FC on Sept. 29. Harold Hanson scored his second professional goal and first of the season in the match. Dairon Asprilla leads the scoring column with nine goals scored in nine league appearances, followed by Foster Langsdorf and Ryan Sierakowski with seven goals apiece. With his team-leading eight assist of the season against Austin Bold FC, Eryk Williamson currently ranks tied for fifth in assists in the USL Championship. In 14 appearances in 2019, Jake Leeker leads the team with 45 saves and a 1.64 goals-against average.

Playoff Picture
Following a 2-1 home loss against Austin Bold FC at Providence Park on Sept. 29, Portland (10-12-8, 38pts, +1GD) enters Week 31 action in 12th place in the Western Conference standings. T2 have a game in hand and trail San Antonio FC (10th, 41pts, +6GD) by three points for the final spot in the USL Championship playoffs. Portland is three points behind New Mexico United (41pts) in 11th place and six points behind LA Galaxy II (44pts) in ninth

T2 against Phoenix Rising FC
Saturday’s match marks the 10th meeting between T2 and Phoenix Rising FC dating back to July 2, 2015. Portland holds a 5-4-1 record against Phoenix in nine regular-season matches between the two teams. In four contests in Portland between T2 and Phoenix, the series is tied 2-2-0. In last season’s Western Conference quarterfinals, Phoenix defeated Portland 3-0 on Oct. 19, 2018 

T2 2019 Team Leaders 
Goals: Dairon Asprilla (9)
Assists: Eryk Williamson (8)
Chances Created: Eryk Williamson (38)
Shutouts: Aljaz Ivacic, Jake Leeker (1)
Saves: Jake Leeker (45)

Scouting Phoenix Rising FC
Having clinched the USL Championship’s 2019 regular-season title, Phoenix Rising FC (22-3-6, 72pts) enter Saturday’s match following a 2-2 away draw against New Mexico United at Isotopes Park on Sept. 28, and losing just once in its last 22 matches while posting a 20-1-1 record. Phoenix holds a road regular season record of 10-3-3. Midfielder Solomon Asante leads the league in goals scored (22) and assists (15) in 29 games played. Goalkeeper Zac Lubin leads the league in clean sheets with 13 in 27 matches played thus far.  

Phoenix Rising FC head coach: Rick Schantz

Phoenix Rising Team Leaders
Goals: Solomon Asante (22)
Assists: Solomon Asante (15)
Chances Created: Solomon Asante (81)
Shutouts: Zac Lubin (13)
Saves: Zac Lubin (73)