Portland Timbers will be looking to snap a two-game losing run when they host Real Salt Lake in the Major League Regular season at Providence Park.
For the first time under Giovanni Savarese, Portland lost two consecutive home games. Anytime is bad time to lose, but the timing of Timbers' could prove to be fatal for them as the regular season is fast heading towards its culmination.
But Portland's fate is still in their own hands, for FC Dallas, who are 7th in the Western Conference, are only 3 points ahead on the table having played two extra games.
While Real Salt Lake are absolutely putting up a show at the moment, behind only Los Angeles FC on current form.
Just two defeats in the last 12 league games, one of which came against Los Angeles FC, head coach Freddy Juarez couldn't have asked for more from his players.
The Major League Soccer match will be played between Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake at Providence Park, in Portland, Oregon, USA. The ground has a capacity of 25,218.
The game will start at 08:00 AM (IST), on Sunday, September 01.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Portland Timbers – L L W W L L
Real Salt Lake – D W W W W L
Portland Timbers Team News:
Possible INs and OUTs of this game:
Portland Timbers Probable XI:
Clark (GK), Villafana, Dielna, Tuiloma, Moreira, Zambrano, Chara, Ebobisse, Valeri, Blanco, Brian Fernandez
Real Salt Lake FC Team News:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Real Salt Lake Probable XI:
Rimando (GK), Herrera, Onuoha, Glad / Silva, Lennon, Luiz, Besler, Rusnak, Kreilach, Savarino
Likely to score:
Captain and Vice-Captain options:
Diego Valeri: One of the most technically gifted player ever to grace this league. A living MLS legend, and a perfect role model for the young and aspiring football players.
His skills on the ball, and more importantly the passing range, which is perhaps the best amongst all the MLS players.
Jeremy Ebobisse: His phenomenal rise at the backend of last season saw him nailing down a regular spot in Portland's starting 11. Still only 22, the young forward has scored some crucial goals for Portland this season.
Brain Fernandez: A striker of his own traits. He brings a totally different dimension to this team due to his uncanny playing style. He loves to drop back into the midfield, sometimes onto the right-wing. His versatility is the main reason why he is so hard to mark.
Albert Rusnak: In good touch, leading the scoring charts for the team this season. Good things normally happen for Real Salt Lake when he has the ball under his feet.
Sam Johnson: The speedy Johnson has been a top-notch player for Real Salt this season. A great player to have in your Dream11 fantasy team-based ion the current form.
PT vs RSLC Dream11 potential winner:
Real Salt Lake should at least get a draw here.