Here's the The News Tribune's preview of today's game. Here's some preview material from the Oregonian. And a quick overview:
SOUNDERS FC (8-4-8, 32 PTS.)AT PORTLAND TIMBERS (5-8-3, 18 PTS.)1 p.m., Jeld-Wen Field.TV: ESPN. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: The clubs played to a 1-1 draw in their inaugural MLS meeting May 14 in Seattle.TEAM LEADERS: For Seattle – G 4, Brad Evans and Alvaro Fernandez; A 4, Fredy Montero and Mauro Rosales; S 53, Montero; SOG 20, Montero; GAA 0.90, Kasey Keller. For Portland – G 4, Jack Jewsbury; A 6, Jewsbury; S 35, Kenny Cooper; SOG 13, Cooper, GAA 1.64, Troy Perkins. NOTES: Portland is 5-3-1 at home, but 0-3-1 over its last four home games. However, the Timbers are second in MLS with 16 goals in nine home games. …Seattle is 3-2-5 on the road and hasn’t allowed a goal on the road in 273 minutes. … Portland has scored eight goals on free kicks, Seattle only two. …The Timbers have committed the fewest fouls in MLS. Seattle has committed the third most. ... Cooper hasn’t scored a goal since April. He was out of the starting 11 for the first time in the club’s last match against Kansas City. … Coaches Sigi Schmid and John Spencer had words through the media after the first meeting in May, however, they have been complimentary of each other this week. … The Timbers lost a 1-0 friendly to Mexico’s Club America on Thursday, but Spencer said he club is fresh and that match should be irrelevant today. … The Sounders will wear their alternate yellow kits to avoid conflict with the Timbers’ home green. … This is Seattle’s third match in the round-robin Cascadia Cup competition with Portland and Vancouver. The Sounders are 0-0-2 so far. … The referee is Jorge Gonzalez.QUOTABLE: “We’re not going to sit back and only look to counter. We’re going to play our game. It’s served us well. I think the team is confident when they step on the field on the road, and I think they are excited for this road game, just because of the crowd and the atmosphere that’s going to be there.” – SchmidNEXT: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Los Angeles Galaxy; U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal; Starfire Sports Stadium, Tukwila.