The Timbers take on the playoff-bound Austin Aztex tonight at PGE Park at 7 p.m. on Timbers Heritage Night, presented by Cricket Wireless, live on FSN. Listen to tonight's match on 95.5 The Game or watch a live webcast.
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POR: GK Cronin, D Smith, D Purdy, D Danso, D Joy, M Marcelin, M Nimo, M Savage, M Pore, F Dike, F Muhamadu
AUS: GK Gallardo, D Marshall, D Bernard, D Griffin, L., D Watson, M Sakuda, M Alvarez, M Callahan, M Silva, F Johnson, F Griffin, M.
On a three-game unbeaten streak, the Timbers return home for a three-game homestand to close out their 2010 regular-season home schedule at PGE Park. The Timbers, who have recorded back-to-back shutout victories in their last two matches, play host to the playoff-bound Aztex.
Back at PGE Park for just the second time in their last eight games, the Timbers look to continue their four-game unbeaten streak (2-0-2) in league matches at home. The Timbers have not lost at home since a 1-0 defeat against the NSC Minnesota Stars on June 17.
The Timbers sit in third place in the USL Conference, but rank fourth overall in the USSF Division-2 Pro League standings. Portland is in a two-way tie with the Carolina RailHawks (34pts), and both teams trail the third-place Vancouver Whitecaps by five points. The top eight teams in the league advance to the postseason, with the two conference winners claiming the top two seeds.
Midfielder Ryan Pore scored his second goal in three games and rookie goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski turned in his first professional shutout to help the Timbers to a 1-0 win over the Stars last weekend. During the recent unbeaten run, all four of the Timbers' goals have come from either Pore or forward Bright Dike.
The Timbers and Aztex (13-3-5, 44pts) meet for the second and final time during the regular season. In their previous matchup this season, the Timbers handed Austin its first shutout of the season in a 0-0 draw June 9 in Texas. In that match, the Portland's backline held the league's leading offense to just five shots. Portland is 2-1-1 all-time against the Aztex, but the club's lone loss came at PGE Park last season in a 2-1 defeat in Sept.; Austin was one of just three teams to defeat the Timbers at home in 2009.
Portland continues its three-game homestand Sunday as it plays host to Crystal Palace Baltimore at PGE Park at 6 p.m. The Timbers face the Puerto Rico Islander sin their regular-season home finale Sept. 2.