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Game Preview - Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids

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The Portland Timbers are fighting for a playoff spot, and all of their wins this season are at Providence Park.

MLS: Portland Timbers at Colorado Rapids
Portland Timbers defender Vytautas Andriuskevicius
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On Sunday, October 16th, the Colorado Rapids will play the Portland Timbers at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. This will be the final time both teams will play each other in the regular season. Kickoff is set for 3:00 pm MT and the match will be broadcast on ESPN.

The Colorado Rapids are looking to get closer to the MLS Supporters’ Shield trophy while the Portland Timbers still have an outside chance of qualifying the for the postseason. The 2015 MLS Cup champions are currently two points back from 6th spot—the final playoff position in the Western Conference.

Colorado (15-5-12, 57 points) are top of the league with two matches remaining. The Rapids defeated San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Thursday evening. Kevin Doyle had a brace that included a fantastic diving header and a penalty kick. Chris Wondolowski also converted from the penalty spot for the San Jose Earthquakes. The loss eliminated San Jose from postseason contention.

Portland (11-13-8, 41 points) last played on October 1st against Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, when the Timbers found themselves on the wrong end of a 1-0 loss. Sebastian Le Toux scored the game winner for the Rapids. Portland have two games to try and qualify for the MLS postseason and will find it difficult against the high-flying Rapids, who have won their last three matches.

Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni has hinted that he will rest some key players that played against San Jose on Thursday evening. Some fans have expressed anger over this but the club has qualified for the MLS postseason and has a first round bye. Given the time of the season, squad rotation does make sense and hopefully the Rapids can leave Portland with one hand on the Supporters’ Shield trophy.