D.C. United heads to Portland

D.C. United continues their critical homestretch after a long break due to international play. The Black and Red will look to build on their 3-0 victory over the Montreal Impact that snapped a three-game winless stretch. The Timbers carry a 13-11-4 record for sixth place in the Western Conference with 43 points, owning the first tiebreaker for playoff positioning. They’re coming off a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City.

The Timbers tasted playoff success last season before falling in the MLS Cup Final to Atlanta United FC. They’re experts on the counter attack leading the league with seven counter attack goals. They also have the most counter attacks with 32. Atlanta is behind them in both categories.

D.C. United’s two August victories had Paul Arriola over Luciano Acosta at striker, moving Arriola from wing. Ben Olsen said the lineup he’ll go with will be what he believes gives them the best chance to win.

In a jam packed Eastern Conference, D.C. United remains in fifth place with four matches remaining. They’re in prime position to make the playoffs five points ahead of the Impact who are on the outside looking in and three points ahead of the New England Revolution, who occupy the seventh and final playoff spot. Regardless, tomorrow’s game is still a must win.

Kickoff from Providence Park is at 3:30 p.m. eastern on ESPN.

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