Winners of five straight games including a legendary win over the Sounders in the Open Cup, the Timbers present a serious challenge for Bruce Arena's men. After breaking his leg last season, Will Johnson is finally back, and so is Argentine playmaker Diego Valeri. Crucially, Caleb Porter's side has recorded three shutouts during their winning streak, led by the calm, clutch goalkeeping of Adam Kwarasey.
(If you don't recall, he's this guy)
Oh 2014 Clint Dempsey. If only someone could have warned you ahead of time. "A year from now when you're playing with the Seattle Sounders in MLS, don't lose your marbles during that one Open Cup loss.")
Also look out for the dangerous crossing ability of former Chivas USA regular Jorge Villafana, who has provided assists in two straight games off set pieces. The Timbers rested Diego Valeri and veteran center back Nat Borchers during their weekend win over the Houston Dynamo, so both should be ready to go.
With LA having to play five games in a 15 day span, it is all but assured that Bruce will rotate the lineup to some degree. After logging heavy minutes last week, we could see Robbie Keane make way for Jose Villarreal, while Mika Vayrynen is another possible candidate to earn a rest. Sebastian Lletget and Nacho Maganto are likely options to feature on Wednesday as well.