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Surging Timbers look to stay hot vs. Inter Miami CF

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The Portland Timbers look to extend their unbeaten streak to eight matches on Sunday when they host Inter Miami CF.

Portland, which is 6-0-1 in its last seven matches, had a September to remember — capped off with a 2-1 road win Wednesday over Los Angeles FC. The Timbers (13-10-4, 43 points) are 8-3-2 at home and appear likely to have dodged a bullet with the health of one of their top playmakers in Sebastian Blanco.

Blanco felt pain in his surgically repaired knee during the LAFC game and had to exit the match.

“The important thing was that it was nothing concerning,” Timbers head coach Giovanni Saverese told the club website. “As I spoke after the game, the doctors evaluated him. So (Saturday) is an important day but at least we know that it’s nothing concerning, that definitely he will bounce back right away.”

Portland sits in fourth place in the Western Conference. Should the Timbers can stay there over the course of the final weeks of the regular season, they would host an opening-round playoff match.

Miami (9-12-5, 32 points) has lost three straight after producing a 5-0-1 stretch. The club has been outscored 10-1 over the losing streak.

Gonzalo Higuain is far and away the leader in goals for Inter Miami with 10. But Miami is seven points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference entering play on Saturday.

“For us Gonzalo is super important. He has incredible quality. Very few times in my career have I seen a player like him,” teammate Leandro Gonzalez Pirez told the Miami Herald. “He has great touch and footwork and body movement.”

The two teams have yet to face each other. Miami began MLS play in 2020.

–Field Level Media

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