PORTLAND TIMBERS (7-6-4; 25 POINTS) VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (9-6-2; 29 POINTS)4 p.m. Sunday, Providence Park, PortlandTV: Fox Sports 1. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads the MLS regular-season series 6-2-4. The series is even 2-2-2 in Portland. The Sounders won the April 26 at CenturyLink Field, 1-0. The Timbers won the Open Cup match last week in Tukwila, 3-1, in extra time. The clubs meet again Aug. 30 in Seattle. Across all leagues and competitions, Seattle leads the series 46-32-12.NOTES: This is the third game in nine days for both teams. … The Sounders arrive after their first back-to-back losses of the season, while Portland had a club-record four-game winning streak stopped, 5-0, at Los Angeles. …. Seattle designated player Clint Dempsey is serving last of a three-game disciplinary suspension. Portland DP defender Liam Ridgewell is out after drawing a red-card at LA. … Seattle DP forward Obafemi Martins (leg) is out. However, forward Chad Barrett and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso are expected to return after missing time with hamstring injuries. Central defender Brad Evans (groin) is questionable. … Forward Andy Craven is eligible for his MLS debut after being promoted from the S2 USL team Saturday. … Dempsey and Martins are Seattle’s goals leaders with seven each, and Dempsey leads with six assists. Portland is led by Fanendo Adi’s six goals. Jorge Villafana and Rodney Wallace have three assists each. … Portland coach Caleb Porter was born in Tacoma. … The Timbers are 4-1-3 at home, while the Sounders are 3-4-1 away. … Seattle leads the 2015 Cascadia Cup competition, 2-0-0, followed by Vancouver 1-1-1 and Portland 0-2-1. … The local forecast calls for temperatures around 90 at game time. … The referee is Jair Marrufo.QUOTE: “We want to be as healthy as possible going into the July 3 game against DC, and we’re not putting players out there and risk players and have them aggravate or re-aggravate an injury and have them out for another two or three weeks. … So we’re going to put the best team out there, and we want to get a result in Portland, and we’re going to go after it.” – Seattle coach Sigi Schmid on him lineup considerations.
NEXT: D.C. United, 8 p.m. Friday at CenturyLink Field.