Match Preview: Atlanta United vs. Portland Timbers

Atlanta United returns to action Sunday afternoon to take on Western Conference opponent Portland Timbers at Providence Park for the first-ever meeting between the two clubs. Two of the league’s highest scoring teams will square off as Portland ranks first with 20 goals and Atlanta is tied for second with 19. This is Atlanta’s sixth away match in its last seven games and the club’s seventh overall away from home this season. The match is scheduled to kick-off Sunday at 4 p.m. EST and will be televised nationally on ESPN.

Atlanta is coming off a 3-1 defeat to New York City FC on May 7 at Yankee Stadium. Despite Carlos Carmona scoring his first goal for the club, a stunning right-footed half-volley that leveled the score before halftime, Atlanta could not stop a second-half surge from the home side. Winger Rodney Wallace had a hand in each NYCFC goal after he assisted David Villa’s opening goal with a backheel pass, scored a goal of his own in the 60th minute and finally assisted Maximiliano Morález’s goal a minute later to set the final score at 3-1.

Portland returns home after a 3-0 loss to San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on May 6. Without playmakers Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe, the Timbers failed to score for just the second time this season. After assisting on Jahmir Hyka’s opening goal in the eighth minute, Chris Wondolowski netted a brace with a curling shot from the edge of the box in the 31st and a chip past goalkeeper Jeff Attinella in the 55th.

 

MATCH INFORMATION

Sunday, May 14 | Providence Park, Portland, OR. | 4 p.m. (EST)

Atlanta United (3-4-2, 11 points) vs. Portland Timbers (5-3-2, 17 points)

 

TV: ESPN 

Talent: Steve Cangialosi (play-by-play), Alejandro Moreno (analyst).

 

English Radio: 92.9 The Game

Talent: Adam Schick (play-by-play) and Jason Longshore (commentator).

 

Spanish Radio: La Mejor 1600 AM

Talent: Armando Carillo (play-by-play) and Daniel Cantu (commentator).

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