Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City SC | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 20
Portland Timbers vs. Orlando City SC
Providence Park - Portland
July 18 - 10:00 PM ET



The Portland Timbers will try and extend an unbeaten streak to four games when they host an Orlando City SC squad that can move above the playoff line in the East with a win.

The Timbers (7-8-3) squandered a pair of leads and settled for a 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids Saturday at Providence Park. An own goal by Tommy Smith gave Portland a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute, but Jonathan Lewis leveled one minute later. Diego Valeri gave the Timbers a 2-1 lead from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute before Sam Nicholson equalized for Colorado again in the 76th minute.  

Orlando City SC (7-9-4) are coming off a 1-0 win over Columbus Crew SC at Exploria Stadium Saturday. Benji Michel scored the lone goal in the 84th minute, his first in MLS, and Brian Rowe made a diving save to deny Harrison Afful moments later to secure all three points.   

Portland vs. Orlando

Thursday, July 18 at 10:00 pm ET
Providence Park


Portland Timbers

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Marco Farfan (D) - left knee injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Larrys Mabiala (D) - left thigh injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Jorge Villafaña (D) - left thigh injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Aljaz Ivacic (GK)- neck injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Jeff Attinella (GK)- right shoulder injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Modou Jadama (D)- right lower leg
  • Suspended: Juan Cascante (D)
  • Suspended after next caution: Diego Chara (M)
  • International duty:  None

Orlando City SC

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Cristian Higuita (M) - hamstring injury
    • OUT: Shane O'Neill (D) - concussion
  • Suspended: Dom Dwyer (F)
  • Suspended after next caution: Robin Jansson (D)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Timbers

  • Timbers: 1 win, 3 goals
  • Orlando City SC: 1 win, 2 goals
  • 0 draws


  • Referee: Joe Dickerson
  • Assistant Referees: Corey Rockwell, Michael Barwegen
  • 4th Official: Farhad Dadkho
  • VAR: Allen Chapman

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