US Chivas vs Portland Timbers
Opposing Situations For Each Side
US Chivas forward Julio Morales scored just his second goal of the season in the 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake, but their injury problem is still very serious.
Portland Timbers have four clean sheets in the last six matches. Midfielder Valeri is still unavailable due to adductor problem.
Doubtful: Kennedy (foot), Minda(adductor)
Injured/Unavailable: Bowen(hip), Antunez (knee), Calvert (toe), Delgado (knee), Farfan(toe), Purdy (facial fracture)
Doubtful:Urrut(hamstring), Valeri (adductor)
Injured/Unavailable:Horst(knee), Miller (tibia stress fracture), Richards (knee), Silvestre (knee), Tucker-Gangnes (concussion)
US Chivas’ long season is finally at an end. The club began the year with plenty of questions but despite a strong first month things went downhill quickly and the team was never able to recover. US Chivas have lost all hope and the play is finally reflecting that. US Chivas lost their 12th road match of the year on Wednesday and finished with just one win and four draws from 17 road games. US Chivas have given up 13 goals in the last four matches as the defense has been rather porous of late.
Portland Timbers meanwhile are on the opposite side. The club need a win to secure first place in the Western Conference and will clinch home-field advantage in the MLS Cup Playoffs, which could eventually mean MLS Cup at Jeld-Wen Field. The third-year MLS club though must take care of business against a lousy team. Portland must show better form than they did in their last visit. Portland have an outside chance of winning the Supporters’ Shield with a win but regardless, the club will be in a much better position with a victory than a draw or loss, which could sink the club to third place.
US Chivas will have some fight at home but Portland Timbers are too strong.
Look for Portland Timbers to win.
HEAD TO HEAD
Portland beat US Chivas by 3-0 at Jeld-Wen Field on 12 May but managed just a 1-1 draw against them at StubHub Center on 14 September.