Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire
PROVIDENCE PARK, Portland, Ore.
August 7, 2015 (MLS Game #227)
11 pm ET (UniMas)
The Portland Timbers and Chicago Fire come together in their only meeting of the league campaign when they face off on Viernes de Fútbol at Providence Park. The Timbers are looking to put an end to a four-game winless run, but still hold one of the Western Conference’s playoff positions at present following their scoreless draw at the San Jose Earthquakes last weekend. The Fire are in need of points if they’re going to make a charge up the Eastern Conference, sitting at the foot of the table after snapping a three-game winless run with a 2-0 home win against FC Dallas last week.
REFEREE: Armando Villarreal. AR1 (bench): Jeremy Hanson; AR2 (opposite): Paul Scott; 4th: Alex Chilowicz
MLS Career: 57 games; FC/gm: 22.8; Y/gm: 2.7; R: 16; pens: 14
SUSPENDED: CHI: Matt Watson (through Aug. 16)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: POR: Liam Ridgewell, Diego Chara, Alvas Powell … CHI: Eric Gehrig
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: POR: Rodney Wallace … CHI: Chris Ritter, Adailton
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (5 meetings): Timbers 3 wins, 10 goals … Fire 0 wins, 6 goals … Ties 2
AT PORTLAND (3 meetings): Timbers 2 wins, 7 goals … Fire 0 wins, 4 goals … Ties 1
LAST YEAR (MLS)
3/16: POR 1, CHI 1 (Fernandez 79 – Larentowicz 19)
- This is the only league meeting between the teams this season.
- The Timbers have never lost to the Fire in five meetings all-time between the clubs, with three victories and two draws.
- The teams reached a 1-1 draw last year at Providence Park in their only meeting; the Timbers had won the previous encounters in Portland. The Timbers have come away with a win and a draw in two games at Toyota Park.
- Coaches record: Caleb Porter vs. CHI: P2 W0 L0 D2 … Frank Yallop vs. POR: P8 W0 L2 D6