“I get knocked down, but I get up again. You’re never gonna keep me down.”
These confident words spoken by a late 90’s one hit wonder could be a season theme for Tacoma Defiance. The lyrics are especially true when the next opponent is Portland Timbers 2.
This rivalry courses through the veins of all players on both sides. Quite simply “they’re our rival” Defiance coach Chris Little said back in May, and it’s still true.
Defender Nick Hinds is ready to move on quickly to another match.
“Last year, I had this interview after we won and I told my teammates we can’t let them beat us – either away or at home. It’s very important for us. We have some things to work on in training. Yes, we can say the conditions slowed us down, or whatever excuse, but we just have to keep our head up and move on to the next game.”
After Tuesday’s loss the team was already looking forward to T2. Little already planned on rotating the roster a bit, and after red cards for Danny Leyva and Ever Rubio it will be more necessary.
“It’s good that we play again quickly. We can rotate the squad a little bit with games in three days. There are some people in [the locker room] that want to play again. We go to play Portland, a tough team, and give it the best we can.”
Against Timbers 2 the focus will be on fundamentals and a rivalry that is deeper than hate.
“We’ve lost three games in a row. First and foremost, it doesn’t matter what players we have on the field, we have to do the basics and play the game right. We’ve got to address that and fix that for the game on Friday.”
Portland Timbers 2 notes
- MLS players Dairon Asprilla and Foster Langsdorf each have 7 goals to lead T2.
- MLS player Eryk Williamson earned 7 assists with the USL Championship side.
- T2 has just 2 clean sheets on the season.
- Just two teens have more than 100 minutes played with Timbers 2 in 2019.
Tacoma Defiance notes
- Ever Rubio and Danny Leyva are suspended from the match due to their red cards. Nick Hinds is a yellow card away from suspension for accumulation.
- Denso Ulysse is with the Haiti U-23 national team as they prepare to face Barbados in the next round of Concacaf Olympic Qualifying.
- Josh Atencio is now the leader in minutes played with 1,846. Shandon Hopeau has 1,819 minutes played.
- Hinds and Hopeau are tied for the team lead in assists with 3 each.
MultiCare Pre-Match Health Report
Defiance – Antonee Burke-Gilroy (left hand surgery) is out.
How to Watch
Stadium: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
Kickoff Time: Friday, September 20 (7:30 p.m.)
Away: Tacoma Defiance (5-18-5, -44)
Home: Portland Timbers 2 (9-11-8, -1)