Match Preview: Atlanta United vs. Portland Timbers

Atlanta United returns to action Sunday as it travels to face Portland Timbers at Providence Park in a rematch of MLS Cup 2018. The match is set to kick-off at 10 p.m. ET and will be nationally broadcast on FS1.

Atlanta enters the match in second place in the Eastern Conference standings, trailing Philadelphia Union by three points with a game in hand, while Portland sits in the seventh and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

This will be the third regular-season meeting all-time between the clubs and Atlanta’s second trip to Providence Park. Both regular-season matches ended in 1-1 draws with Julian Gressel scoring for Atlanta in each match. The two sides last met in the 2018 MLS Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium where Atlanta lifted its first trophy after defeating the Timbers 2-0 behind goals from MLS Cup MVP Josef Martinez and Franco Escobar.

Atlanta won its second trophy in club history Wednesday night, defeating Liga MX champions Club América 3-2 to win Campeones Cup at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Emerson Hyndman, Jeff Larentowicz, and Josef Martinez scored for Atlanta, as the club became the first MLS side to win Campeones Cup.

In its last league match, Atlanta defeated New York City FC 2-1 Aug. 11 behind a brace from Josef Martinez, his MLS leading 18th multi-goal performance since 2017.  Martinez extended his scoring streak to 10 consecutive MLS matches, breaking the record he set last season. With his 70th career league goal, he also passed Bradley Wright-Phillips for the most goals scored in any three-year span in league history (68 from 2014-16).

 

MATCH INFORMATION

Sunday, Aug. 18 | Providence Park, Portland, OR |10 p.m. (ET)

Atlanta United (13-9-3, 42 points) vs. Portland Timbers (11-9-4, 37 points)

 

BROADCAST SCHEDULE

English TV | FS1

Spanish Radio | La Mejor 1600 AM

English Radio | 92-9 The Game

Pre-match coverage:

9 p.m.: AT&T Countdown to Kickoff (FB Live/Periscope)

9:30 p.m.: The Pre-Game show (92-9 The Game)

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