Timbers-Impact Preview

JORDAN GARRETSON (STATS Writer)
The Associated Press

With his team's leading scorer healthy again, Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter has a decision to make at forward.

It's a problem likely envied by the Montreal Impact, who continue to struggle to score.

Portland looks to extend the Impact's club-record losing streak Sunday night in Montreal.

The Timbers (5-6-9) snapped a streak of four straight matches without a win on July 18, picking up a 2-1 victory over Colorado. They fell behind in the 16th minute but came back with second-half goals five minutes apart by Maximiliano Urruti and All-Star Diego Valeri. Urruti, who came on for Fanendo Adi in the 61st minute, had played in only two of the team's last five matches due to an injury.

"We've been handicapped with Maxi not being healthy," Porter told the team's official website. "Last game was the first game (Urruti) was healthy enough to play, and he delivered."

It's unclear whether Porter will give the starting nod Sunday to Urruti or Adi. Urruti has a team-leading seven goals in 16 matches - nine starts - while Adi has scored four times in 10 matches with seven starts.

"The truth is that every player has to show the coaches that he's ready to play," Urruti said. "I believe we're a group and the most important thing is for us to be united and whoever is on the pitch we need to support him."

Montreal (3-11-5) has the fewest points in MLS and is also the league's lowest-scoring team with 19 goals. The current four-game skid is the longest in the club's three seasons.

The Impact were tied 1-all at Real Salt Lake on Thursday before conceding a goal five minutes after Issey Nakajima-Farran's 65th-minute red card. They surrendered the final goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

"The red card changed everything in this game," coach Frank Klopas told the team's official website. "I thought that we had the game under control. We were managing the game well but we got that call."

Hassoun Camara scored in the 31st minute for his first goal of the season. Leading scorer Jack McInerney's scoreless streak extended to four matches, though he scored for Philadelphia in a 1-all draw with Portland on March 8.

Montreal won the previous two matchups in this series, including a 2-1 victory on March 9, 2013, with Camara scoring a goal.