City follows up their first win of 2018 this Sunday when Western Conference foes, Portland Timbers, come to town. The Timbers visit The City Beautiful sitting 11th in the West. Here is everything you need to know about Sunday’s visitors:
Portland’s offseason saw a couple of big names leave the club. For starters, the Timbers parted ways with Head Coach Caleb Porter who led the club to an MLS Cup title in 2015. The club followed that move up with shipping U.S. International midfielder Darlington Nagbe to Atlanta.
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Out goes Caleb Porter, in comes Giovanni Savarese. Savarese joined the Timbers after a successful coaching stint with NASL side New York Cosmos winning NASL titles in 2013, 2015, and 2016. Notable additions on the pitch included Samuel Armenteros (on loan from Serie A side Benevento Calcio) and Andy Polo (on loan from Liga MX side Morelia).
Portland has yet to really hit stride this season, but one of the bright spots has been Sebastian Blanco. The Portland number ten has netted three goals in four matches.
The Portland defense. Through four games in the young 2018 season, the Portland defense has allowed nine goals and has not kept a clean sheet.
City is 2-1-0 all-time against the Timbers with a +2 goal differential.