The Rapids have had an unpredictable season thus far, and by that, I mean no one could have predicted anything that has happened up to this point. The losses, the firing, the win streak, the snow, the lighting and rain; all of it unforeseen. The Rapids travel to another West Coast location where they have struggled in the past – Portland. The Rapids have won just once in the Rose City and I was lucky enough to be in the stadium that day. It’s been 8 years since that 1-0 win and ever since, I feel as if I need to be there for them to do it again. However, It won’t be happening this year.
Win number two could happen, it is surely unpredictable and even if you take out the fact the Rapids have only been able to earn a W in Portland once. It’s still a tough place to play, especially when you have 20K plus fans all cheering and singing in unison. It can be intimidating.
The Rapids do have a coach and a handful of players who are veterans of the league and are familiar with certain stadiums which has made an impact on away results. Although the Rapids are 1-5-2 away from home, the win and two ties came after the club let Hudson go.
As for who the burgundy boys will put on the pitch tonight, there may be a couple shake-ups. On the injury front, it’s the same as last week, Ford and Wynne are out while Jack Price remains questionable with that foot issue that saw him leave the game early two weeks ago. Next on the absent list is Kellyn Acosta, who with his second yellow in last week’s game, has him sitting at home this game, and the next. On the plus side, Jonathan Lewis is back from his international duty and should be expected to start.
The Timbers have five guys listed as questionable with the most notable being Jorge Villafana, but that doesn’t mean the timbers defense has gotten weak. The Timbers have not allowed more than one goal a game since June 1st.
The odds may be stacked against the Rapids in this one, but that often means the burgundy boys will put up a good fight.
Predicted staring XI: Tim Howard, Keegan Rosenberry, Tommy Smith, Lalas Abubakar, Sam Vines, Danny Wilson, Cole Bassett, Jonathan Lewis, Diego Rubio, Andre Shinyashiki, Kei Kamara
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referees: Jose Da Silva, Chris Elliott
4th Official: Matt Franz
VAR: Ricardo Salazarz
OUT: Kortne Ford (knee) Deklan Wynne (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: Jack Price (foot)
Suspended: Kellyn Acosta
Suspended after next caution: Danny Wilson, Diego Rubio, Jack Price
QUESTIONABLE: Bill Tuiloma (D) – right thigh injury, Jorge Villafaña (D) – left thigh injury, Aljaz Ivacic (GK)- neck injury, Jeff Attinella (GK)- right shoulder injury, Modou Jadama (D)- right lower leg
Suspended after next caution: Diego Chara (M)
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday July 13th, 9pm MST
Venue: Providence Park, Portland
TV Information: AltitudeTV
Radio: 92.5 FM
Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)
C38 Watch Party: Celtic on Market (main viewing party) Frolic Brewing, Blue Spruce Brewing