Capturing six out of a possible six points in the first two of the five-match road trip, St Louis CITY2 aim for another three points this weekend against Portland Timbers 2 on Saturday. Kickoff between CITY2 and Timbers 2 is at 6 p.m. CST at Hillsboro Park in Portland, Oregon. The match can be seen live on mlsnextpro.com.
CITY2 have remained one of the strongest teams in the league, winning three straight and eight of the last 10. During the last 10 matches, CITY2 have outscored their opponents, 26-13, and have tallied three clean sheets. CITY2 have tallied multi-goal games in eight of the last 10 matches, having lost both of their games during this 10-game span when they have recorded just one goal.
CITY2 have scored first in 14 of their 20 matches this season and have tallied a 10-2-2 mark in those matches while compiling eight clean sheets and outscoring their opponent, 34-9. When CITY2 falls behind early in the match they are 3-3-0 and edge their opponents in scoring, 14-13. It took CITY2 under six minutes to score their first of five goals against San Jose last weekend as Wan Kuzain found Akil Watts open inside the box.
Last time out between CITY2 and Timbers 2, St. Louis quickly jumped out with a second-minute goal from Vitor Dias that set the tone for a 3-1 victory at Ralph Korte Stadium on May 22. Josh Dolling recorded his second professional brace of his career in a 13-minute span in the second half. Portland is 0-4-1 in their last five home games, most recently tallying a 2-2 draw with North Texas and capturing the shootout win, 7-6 on August 7. Timbers 2 lone home victory came on June 19 against Houston as Portland came back down 1-0 early in the first with goals in the 80th and 94th minute.