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Timbers Weekly Update: April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Portland Timbers News Release

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Timbers square off against an Eastern Conference opponent for a second straight week when they visit Toronto FC for a road match on Saturday, April 27, at BMO Field in Toronto. Beginning at 12 noon (Pacific), Saturday's match will feature a local television broadcast on ROOT SPORTS with local radio broadcasts on 1029 and 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).

Recent form

The Timbers picked up their first win of the season over the weekend after recording a 3-1 victory on the road against Columbus Crew SC on April 20. Larrys Mabiala and Jorge Moreira scored their first goals of the season for Portland, while Jeremy Ebobisse tallied his team-leading third goal of the campaign. With the win, the Timbers snapped Crew SC's 11-game home unbeaten streak, dating back to the 2018 season.

Table setters

Sebastián Blanco recorded two assists in Portland's match against Columbus, marking the third time he has tallied multiple assists in a single MLS match. Blanco now has three assists in the last two matches and 21 in his career. Diego Valeri recorded his team-leading fourth assist of the season and the 69th of his MLS career in the Timbers match against Crew SC. His assist total ranks 18th all-time in MLS history. Additionally, Cristhian Paredes delivered his first assist of the season.

Extended road trip

The Timbers continue their extended road swing with their eighth match as part of their first 12 games on the road to begin the season. Portland's 12-game road trip to start the 2019 season is due to completion work on the $85 million transformation of Providence Park. During that stretch, the Timbers will travel roughly 30,000 miles, including trips to Cincinnati, Dallas, Columbus, Toronto, Houston and Philadelphia.

Scouting Toronto FC

Toronto FC (4-1-1, 13pts) is unbeaten in four home games (3-0-1) this season, coming off a 4-3 win at BMO Field against Minnesota United FC on April 19. This season, Toronto FC ranks second in MLS in goals scored (18), led by Alejandro Pozuelo, who has tallied four goals and five assists in his first four games. Saturday's match marks the 10th meeting all-time between Portland and Toronto FC. The Timbers have won two of the last three meetings, including a 2-0 win at Providence Park on Aug. 29, 2018.

Next match

The Timbers square off against Real Salt Lake on Saturday, April 27, at Rio Tinto Stadium. Beginning at 12 noon (Pacific), the match will feature a local television broadcast on ROOT SPORTS with local radio broadcasts on 1029 and 750 The Game (English) and La GranD 1150AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).

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