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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (13-7-3; 42 POINTS)AT PORTLAND TIMBERS (7-7-10; 31 POINTS)2 p.m. Sunday, Providence Park, Portland.TV: ESPN2. RADIO: 97.3 FM.HEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 5-4-4 over all competitions in the MLS era. In Portland, the Timbers lead the regular-season series, 2-1-2. The teams have met three times this season. The teams played to a 4-4 tie in Portland in April, while Seattle won two home matches in July: 2-0 in league play and 3-1 in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. This is the final scheduled meeting this season.NOTES: Seattle is in a three-way tie atop the MLS Western Conference. The Timbers are sixth in the West, one spot out of playoff position. … Portland is 3-2-7 at home, while the Sounders are 5-4-2 away. …This is Seattle’s final road game in the 2014 Cascadia Cup. Vancouver leads 2-0-1, followed by the Sounders (1-1-2) and the Timbers (0-2-1). The Sounders conclude Cascadia Cup play Oct. 10 against the Whitecaps. … Portland is 3-1-1 over its last five games, while the Sounders are 1-3-1. … The Timbers entered the weekend with a league-leading 11 goals from outside the penalty area. … Portland’s goals leader is Maximiliano Urriti (eight) and Diego Valeri leads in assists (eight). Midfielder Diego Chara entered the weekend leading MLS in tackles (108) and tackles won (93). … The status of Seattle midfielder Gonzalo Pineda (ankle) will be a game-time decision. … Pineda, DeAndre Yedlin and Portland’s Pa Modou Kah are one yellow card away from suspension for accumulation. … The referee is Baldomero Toledo.QUOTABLE: “It’s a big game. It’s our rival. It’s important for us to get back on track, get back to our winning ways. It’s going to be a difficult game, but we’re looking to try to get three points.” – Seattle goals leader Clint Dempsey. NEXT: The Colorado Rapids visit CenturyLink Field at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30.