Sacramento go with something approaching a first-choice XI in this one.
Portland roll out with this XI.
Sacramento are coming off their second loss of the season, a 1-0 defeat Wednesday in Washington to Tacoma Defiance. That game saw Republic FC head coach Mark Briggs make a lot of changes to his lineup, and I would expect something closer to a “first-choice” starting XI against Portland, to tune up for the playoff game against Phoenix Rising FC in a week’s time.
Since we last saw Portland take on SRFC, they’ve had a real change in fortunes. Winless through their first 10 games, they’ve since gone 3-1-1 in their last five games, and Jorge Gonzalez in particular has been on a tear lately for T2. Add to that, T2 have been a surprisingly tough matchup to Sacramento even as Republic FC have won all of the previous meetings this year, and this may not be anything close to a cakewalk.
Will Sac Republic wake up from the lackluster midweek performance and post a win heading into the postseason? Will Portland spring a surprise to close out their season on a high? This game is going to be fascinating and we’ll see what happens.
Our partners at DraftKings Sportsbook as of Friday evening don’t have USL Championship odds listed. So who knows!
How to Watch:
Saturday’s match between Sac Republic and Timbers 2 will be aired on KQCA My58 and Estrella TV Sacramento in the Sacramento viewing area and streamed on ESPN+ in the rest of the United States. The broadcast is scheduled to start at 7:30 pm PT at Papa Murphy’s Park in Sacramento with kickoff to follow.
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