PORTLAND—It’s a beautiful Saturday afternoon in the Rose City.
NBC cameras and talent are here for this network broadcast, the first for an MLS game since 2008. The Cascadia Cup is also here to award to the Timbers Army in the event of a Portland win.
The big question for the Sounders, who can clinch a playoff berth with a win and a San Jose win, is the availability of midfielders Mauro Rosales (quad) and Christian Tiffert (ankle). I’ll post lineups here when they become available.
Note: Kickoff will be at about 12:51 p.m. today.
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Sounders FC lineup: GK Michael Gspurning, D Adam Johansson, D Jeff Parke, D Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, D Leo Gonzalez, M Brad Evans, M Osvaldo Alonso (c), M Andy Rose, M Steve Zakuani, F Fredy Montero, F Eddie Johnson
Sounders FC bench: GK Josh Ford, D Zach Scott, D Patrick Ianni, D Marc Burch, M Alex Caskey, M Mario Martinez, F Sammy Ochoa
Portland Timbers lineup: GK Donovan Ricketts; D Kosuke Kimura, D Hanyer Mosquera, D David Horst, D Rodney Wallace; M Darlington Nagbe, D Jack Jewsbury (c), D Diego Chara; F Sal Zizzo, F Bright Dike, F Franck Songo’o
Portland Timbers bench: GK Joseph Bendik, D Futty Danso, M Eric Alexander, M Kalif Alhassan, F Kris Boyd, F Mike Fucito, F Danny Mwanga