MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER Portland Timbers (9-12-5, 32 points) at Union (8-7-11, 35 points) 7:30 p.m. Saturday, PPL Park, Chester. TV: TCN
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Portland Timbers (9-12-5, 32 points) at Union (8-7-11, 35 points)
7:30 p.m. Saturday, PPL Park, Chester. TV: TCN
Last MLS game: Portland defeated visiting Chivas USA, 1-0, on Aug. 24. The Union overcame a 4-1 halftime deficit to play the visiting New England Revolution to a 4-4 draw on Wednesday.
Outlook: The Union entered the weekend ninth in a playoff field that will include 10 teams, while Portland was 11th. . . . Portland is 1-8-3 on the road while the Union are 5-1-7 at PPL Park. . . . The expansion Timbers beat the Union, 1-0, on May 6 in Portland in the only other meeting between these two teams. . . . Sebastien Le Toux, who had two goals in Wednesday's draw, has six goals (including four on penalty kicks) and eight assists. . . . During their current 0-3-4 string, the Union have scored 11 goals and have surrendered 14. . . . Portland has won two in a row, both at home. . . . Jack Jewsbury has seven goals and eight assists to lead Portland in both departments.
- Marc Narducci