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LAFC look to extend run of success vs. Timbers

Field Level Media
21 Jul 2021, 12:40 GMT+10

Los Angeles FC come into their road match against the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night having won three straight matches, their longest winning streak since taking five straight from July 26-Aug. 21, 2019.

LAFC (6-4-3, 21 points) have not lost to Portland in seven consecutive Major League Soccer meetings, with three wins and four draws. It's the Timbers' second-longest winless run against any MLS opponent, trailing only a 10-game stretch vs. Real Salt Lake from 2011-14.

If LAFC get the win, it would be the first time in club history the team has won three in a row away from home.

Diego Rossi leads LAFC with five goals, and Carlos Vela has two with a team-high five assists. Defender Kim Moon-Hwan, who set up Vela for a goal in the team's 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake on Saturday, and said Vela has been a big help to him.

"He's a fantastic player, a world-class player, something that I feel on a day-to-day basis while training with him," Moon told the team website. "As far as off the field as a person, Carlos was one of the people in the beginning to come to me as the captain. He welcomed me and told me a lot of advice and gave me tips in order for me to get better."

Portland (5-6-1, 16 points) has earned four of its wins at home at Providence Park, including last Saturday's 1-0 thriller over FC Dallas in which Jeremy Ebobisse scored in the 84th minute. The Timbers have dealt with injuries across the roster this season, and now, like most MLS teams, they have players out due to the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

They are still missing forward Eryk Williamson, who is with the U.S. national team at the Gold Cup, but many others have returned.

"We've been managing a team that has had so many injuries, guys away, and every time, we keep on coming back and trying our best to try to accumulate points," Portland coach Giovanni Savarese said.

"It's been tough, and finally (Saturday) we felt we had a good roster to compete. Finally, we're getting some players back, and it felt more normal. We saw it on the field."

--Field Level Media

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