Fresh from securing its first continental trophy, Atlanta United’s focus turns to the MLS again this weekend.
On Wednesday, the Five Stripes beat Mexico’s Club America 3-2 in the final of the Campeones Cup—contested between the champions of the previous MLS season and the winner of the Campeón de Campeones from Liga MX.
Atlanta found itself ahead after just five minutes courtesy of a goal from Emerson Hyndman, but trailed with just 30 minutes left—before goals from Jeff Larentowicz and Josef Martinez completed a remarkable turnaround.
Martinez’s goal came from the penalty spot as the Venezuelan made amends for having a penalty saved in the first half.
With 20 goals in the MLS so far this season, Martinez has again been a key factor for Atlanta, who boasts the league’s joint-third best attack behind that of the two conference leaders—Los Angeles FC and Philadelphia Union.
The Union leads the Eastern Conference with a three-point gap over Atlanta, who on Sunday travels to Portland to face a Timbers side that has hauled itself back into the playoff picture on the back of two consecutive wins.
Portland has just a one-point gap over eighth-placed FC Dallas, the first team currently outside the playoffs in the Western Conference.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Sunday.
When and where is the game?
Atlanta United takes on the Portland Timbers at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET) on Sunday, August 18.
The game will be broadcast live on FS1 with English commentary and on FOX Deportes with Spanish commentary.
A live stream will be available via FOX digital platforms as well as via FOX Sports Go.
Atlanta United arrives into the game on the back of a four-game winning streak in all competitions. The victory against Club America came after a 2-1 win against New York City FC last weekend, thanks to a brace from Josef Martinez.
That had in itself followed a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS and a 2-0 success against Orlando City in the U.S. Open Cup.
The win moved Atlanta within three points of Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union, who have played one game more.
Portland, meanwhile, also has its tail up after winning back-to-back games against the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Chicago Fire, scoring six goals in the process. Coming after two consecutive defeats, the two-game winning streak has put taken the Timbers back into the playoffs picture in the Western Conference.
Portland is currently seventh in the standings and holds the last playoff berth, but is one point clear of eighth-placed FC Dallas and has two games in hands.
Atlanta United will be without midfielder Kevin Kratz who has a calf injury, while defender Brek Shea is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL last month. Forward Brandon Vazquez is also unavailable because of a hip problem.
The Timbers are without goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, who is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery two weeks ago. Defenders Marco Farfan and Modou Jadama are out with a knee and foot injury respectively.
Atlanta United won the last meeting between the two sides, prevailing 2-0 at home in December last year. The two encounters before both ended in a 1-1 draw.
According to Oddschecker, the Timbers are an 11/10 favorite (+110 in moneyline terms), while the draw is at 27/10 and Atlanta is at 9/4.
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