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Portland Timbers v Seattle Sounders: Neville calls on hosts to put foot down in derby

Phil Neville believes the Portland Timbers have not picked up the points their performances have warranted this season, but he knows the time has come for them to put their foot down ahead of Sunday’s Cascadia Derby against the Seattle Sounders.

Portland sit 12th in the Western Conference standings, below the Sounders on goal difference, after going eight MLS matches without a victory.

Their 10 points through 11 games in 2024 represents their joint-worst return at this point of any MLS campaign (alongside 2014).

Neville, however, believes they have deserved more as they prepare for a run of three home games in their next four.

“I think the first thing to say is we are not making any excuses – the results have not been as good as we wanted,” he said.

“We’ve not got our just rewards but now we look forward to a stretch where we’ve got to perform better and get better results, we’ve got to put our foot down on the gas

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