MLS game of the week: New York Red Bulls at Portland Timbers
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The MLS game of the week sends us to the Pacific Northwest, where the Portland Timbers will look to stay above the Western Conference playoff line when they host the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls are also looking to stay above the playoff line in the East, so this is a match where both teams are desperate for a win to keep them in the hunt.
Portland TimbersThe Timbers currently are in seventh place in the Western Conference, but a win Wednesday would vault them into fourth. They lost Sunday to D.C. United in Portland, so they will want to rebound before a home match against Minnesota United on Sunday. Diego Valeri and Diego Chara are the two engines that keep Portland running, and Brian Fernandez and Sebastian Blanco will be called upon to create some offense, as well.
The Timbers have been shaky on defense lately, and they'll need to tighten that up against New York. If Portland can shore up the defense, it should be able to generate the momentum behind the home crowd.