By Ben Golliver
Timbers Look To Finish The Win Against Baltimore
It's taking care of business time for the Portland Timbers, as they inch closer to the playoffs and look to close out a strong August (2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss) by handling Crystal Palace Baltimore, one of the USSF's weakest teams, at PGE Park Sunday night.
The Timbers let victories slip away the last two times they played in front of their home crowd.Ãƒâ€š Back on August 11, an ill-timed red card let Minnesota pull even 2-2.Ãƒâ€š Last Thursday, it was Austin who had problems with the red cards but Portland failed to find a winner in the game's closing minutes and settled for a 1-1 draw.
Portland has an ideal opportunity to seal the deal against on Sunday. The goals should be there for the taking: Baltimore has allowed 33 goals in 24 games, the second-highest rate in the USSF. And the Timbers should be free to push forward aggressively, as Baltimore's offense is as anemic as their defense. In their last five games Baltimore is 1-1-3 and has been held scoreless in four of those games.Ãƒâ€š To make matters worse, they're coming off a brutal 5-0 loss at the hands of the Montreal Impact last Saturday.
While Baltimore has had more than a week to lick those wounds and address its issues, the two teams' respective resumes don't lie.Ãƒâ€š A solid Portland effort should net a victory.Ãƒâ€š Another draw, in these circumstances, would be a disappointment.
Event information: Crystal Palace Baltimore @ Portland Timbers | PGE Park | Kickoff @ 6PM | Tickets are available on Ticketmaster or at the box office.
Ben Golliver is a freelance writer, native Oregonian and avid follower of the Timbers.Ãƒâ€š He edits Blazersedge, co-hosts The Dontonio Wingcast and regularly contributes to SB Nation. Follow him on Twitter.