Seattle Sounders: Four Keys Ahead of Portland Timbers Clash

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4) Fanendo Adi Versus Sounders Defense

Aug 24, 2014; Portland, OR, USA;Portland Timbers player Fanendo Adi scores in the second half of the game against the Seattle Sounders at Providence Park. The Sounders won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Susan Ragan-USA TODAY Sports

For me, this will be the key clash on the field. The Sounders have already managed three clean sheets this season, while conceding just one goal in two of their other three games.

However, Fanendo Adi will look to take advantage of the absence of Marshall, who will likely be replaced by Zach Scott. The Timbers designated player has already scored three times in 2015, and will more than likely top his debut season tally of nine goals.

The Sounders should also be weary that Adi can be tough to stop once he gets rolling. Last season, he set a Timbers MLS record with four multi-goal performances (two less than league leader Bradley Wright-Phillips, who had the benefit of an entire MLS season).

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