Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders in a 2022 MLS regular-season matchup. The match kicks off from Providence Park on Friday, at 7 p.m. PT.
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The Sounders are coming off a wild 3-3 draw with the LA Galaxy in which they overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to take a 3-2 lead, only to allow a stoppage-time penalty equalizer. They’ve gone 2-6-1 in their previous nine matches, a stretch that started with a 3-0 loss to the Timbers.
Only twice in their history have the Sounders collected fewer points during a nine-game stretch during a single season (from May-July 2012, when they earned four points, and June-August 2015, when they gained three).
The Timbers have been a bit better since that win over the Sounders (going 2-2-4) but enter this one in a bit of a slump themselves, having lost their last two and going winless in their previous five. The Timbers have been outscored 13-8 during those five games, including 7-2 in their last two.
The Timbers can clinch the Cascadia Cup with a win or tie, which would end the Sounders’ hold on the trophy that dates to 2018.
The Timbers are one of three teams this year who have five players with at least five goals (Dairon Asprilla, Sebastian Blanco, Santiago Moreno, Jaroslaw Niezgoda and Bill Tuiloma). Niezgoda leads the team with nine goals.
The Sounders have the two most prolific scorers in Cascadia history. Raúl Ruidíaz has 18 goals against Cascadia opponents, including 10 against the Timbers. Fredy Montero also has 18 Cascadia goals, nine of which came against the Timbers. Among active players, Sebastian Blanco leads the Timbers with five all-time goals against the Sounders.
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Brian Schmetzer and his team have eight games to try and avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since they became a part of this league.
Lately they have not fared well near the tail end of a regular season, winning just two of their final eight matches played last year and only three of their last eight in 2020.
Sebastian Blanco scored his sixth of the campaign for Portland in a loss to SKC, the fifth time he has reached that mark during his Timbers career, Dairon Asprilla tallied his first assist of the year, while Yimmi Chara started and played for the 27th time in 2022 as he and Santiago Moreno are the only players to appear in every match for them so far this season.
Bill Tuiloma came on as a second-half substitute last weekend, replacing Jose Van Rankin, earning his 100th MLS cap, joining Blanco, Diego Chara, David Bingham and Larrys Mabiala as the only active players on the roster to achieve that milestone.
Diego Gutierrez is listed as questionable for this encounter because of a right foot problem, Felipe Mora has a left knee strain and Nathan Fogaca is out with a right ankle injury.
Raul Ruidiaz had a goal and an assist for Seattle in their draw versus LA, while Kelyn Rowe and Jordan Morris also found the back of the net, with Nicolas Lodeiro picking up his team-leading sixth assist of the campaign last weekend.
Fredy Montero and Ruidiaz have both scored seven times in their career against Portland as they each notched a brace in a 7-2 victory at Providence Park last year.
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