Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 24
Portland Timbers vs. Chicago Fire
Providence Park - Portland
August 14 - 11:00 PM ET


The Portland Timbers continue a 10-game homestand when they host the Chicago Fire Wednesday night at Providence Park. The Timbers have lost just once in their last eight games, while the Fire are coming in off consecutive wins. 

The Timbers (10-9-4) scored a pair of second-half goals to beat the rival Vancouver Whitecaps in a Cascadia Cup clash Saturday night at Providence Park. Ten minutes after Sebastian Blanco opened the scoring in the 28th minute, Theo Bair leveled with a stunning first MLS goal. Marvin Loria put Portland in the 55th minute and Jeremy Ebobisse closed the scoring in the 90th minute on a counterattack. 

The Fire (7-10-9) also struck late in a 3-2 win over the Montreal Impact at SeatGeek Stadium Saturday night. Chicago raced out to a two-goal lead on goals by Dax McCarty and Nemanja Nikolic inside the opening 19 minutes. Saphir Taider scored from the penalty spot in the 34th minute and Bacary Sagna headed in the equalizer in the 76th minute. Just when it looked like the Eastern Conference foes would share the points, Bastian Schweinsteiger scored the 88th-minute winner.  

Portland vs. Chicago

Wednesday, August 14 at 11:00 PM ET
Providence Park


Portland Timbers

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Marco Farfan (D) - left knee injury
    • OUT: Jeff Attinella (GK)- right shoulder injury
    • OUT: Modou Jadama (D)- left foot injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Jorge Moreira (D), Larrys Mabiala (D)
  • International duty:  None

Chicago Fire

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Fabian Herbers (M) - shoulder injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Timbers

  • Timbers: 3 wins, 10 goals
  • Fire: 0 wins, 6 goals
  • 2 draws


  • Referee: Silviu Petrescu
  • Assistant Referees: Ian B. Anderson, Michael Barwegen
  • 4th Official: Darhad Dadkho
  • VAR: Jon Freemon