Sporting Kansas City vs. Portland Timbers
2021 Preseason presented by Children’s Mercy
Wednesday, March 24 | 1 p.m. CT
Kino North Complex | Tucson, Arizona
Live Updates: @SKCMatchday on Twitter


A battle between perennial Western Conference contenders will unfold Wednesday when Sporting Kansas City faces the Portland Timbers in the third exhibition match of the club's 2021 preseason, presented by Children's Mercy. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. CT at Kino North Complex in Tucson, Arizona, with live updates available via Twitter at @SKCMatchday.


Led by 13th-year manager Peter Vermes, Sporting have split their first two preseason fixtures after cruising past Phoenix Rising FC on March 13 and narrowly falling to the Colorado Rapids last Saturday. Vermes has distributed playing time evenly among the traveling squad thus far, with most players logging 30 minutes in the 4-0 win over Phoenix and 45 minutes in the 1-0 decision against Colorado.


Newly acquired French midfielder Remi Walter notably made his preseason debut for Sporting versus Colorado, showcasing his versatility in the center of the pitch. His fellow countryman, center back Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, was an equally momentous offseason addition to Sporting's roster and is unlikely to feature Wednesday as he undergoes a quarantine period in Arizona before joining the team for training in the coming days.


The Timbers earned a third-place finish in the 2020 Western Conference standings, finishing equal on points with first-place Sporting but with two more games played. Fourth-year head coach Giovani Savarese led Portland to the MLS is Back Tournament title last summer in Walt Disney World, and although the Timbers continued to hover near the top of the West well into the fall, they were undone in the first round of the MLS Cup Playoffs after losing to FC Dallas on penalties.


Portland enters 2021 with playmaker Diego Valeri, one of the most prolific players in MLS history, donning the captain's armband. The Argentine has amassed 84 goals and 88 assists over the last eight regular seasons, leading the Timbers to MLS Cup glory in 2015. On the opposite sideline, Sporting has bestowed the captaincy to Scottish winger Johnny Russell, a dynamic attacker who has been remarkably productive since joining the club in 2018 with 23 goals and 25 assists in all competitions.


Sporting and Portland did not meet in 2020 due to MLS scheduling modifications tied to the pandemic, however they are likely to resume their rivalry with multiple regular season matchups in 2021.


Sporting KC 2021 Preseason Schedule
(subject to change)

<strong>Date</strong>
<strong>Time (CT)</strong>
<strong>Opponent</strong>
<strong>Location/Result</strong>
Saturday, March 13
12 p.m.
Phoenix Rising FC
<a href="https://www.sportingkc.com/post/2021/03/13/preseason-recap-sporting-kc-opens-preseason-4-0-victory-over-phoenix-rising"><strong>W 4-0</strong></a>
Saturday, March 20
5 p.m.
Colorado Rapids
<a href="https://www.sportingkc.com/post/2021/03/20/preseason-recap-sporting-kc-falls-1-0-colorado-rapids-preseason-friendly"><strong>L 0-1</strong></a>
Wednesday, March 24
1 p.m.
Portland Timbers
Kino North Complex (Tucson, Ariz.)
Saturday, April 3
2 p.m.
LA Galaxy
Kino North Complex (Tucson, Ariz.)

Sporting KC 2021 Preseason Roster

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<strong>#</strong>
<strong>Player</strong>
<strong>Position</strong>
<strong>Age</strong>
2
Jaylin Lindsey
Defender
20
3
Andreu Fontas
Defender
31
4
Roberto Puncec
Defender
29
5
Nicolas Isimat-Mirin
Defender
29
6
Ilie Sanchez
Midfielder
30
7
Johnny Russell
Forward
30
8
Graham Zusi
Defender
34
9
Alan Pulido
Forward
30
10
Gianluca Busio
Midfielder
18
11
Khiry Shelton
Forward
27
13
Amadou Dia
Defender
27
15
Roger Espinoza
Midfielder
34
16
Graham Smith
Defender
25
17
Gadi Kinda
Midfielder
27
19
Grayson Barber
Midfielder
20
20
Daniel Salloi
Forward
24
21
Felipe Hernandez
Midfielder
22
22
Kendall McIntosh
Goalkeeper
27
23
Tyler Freeman
Forward
18
24
John Pulskamp
Goalkeeper
19
25
Ozzie Cisneros
Forward
17
28
Cam Duke
Midfielder
20
29
Tim Melia
Goalkeeper
34
33
Danny Barbir *
Defender
23
34
Dominik Resetar *
Forward
20
36
Luis Martins
Defender
28
46
Jake Davis *
Midfielder
19
48
Kaveh Rad *
Defender
19
54
Remi Walter
Midfielder
25
55
Gavin Krenecki **
Goalkeeper
18
57
Kayden Pierre **
Defender
18
96
Wilson Harris
Forward
21
Matt Constant ***
Defender
22
Travian Sousa *
Defender
19



* Sporting KC II player
* Sporting KC Academy player
** Unsigned MLS Super Draft pick

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