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Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers Pick & Prediction JUN 25TH 2022

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Sometimes you have to hit the bottom before bouncing back.

The Portland Timbers reached the depths in their last home match, a 6-2 loss to rival Seattle on Aug. 15.

The Timbers rebounded by going 3-1-1 on their just-completed five-game trip and will play host to the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night at Providence Park.

 



The Timbers (10-10-3, 33 points) won their final three games of the trip, all by shutouts, including a 2-0 victory at Seattle, to move into fifth place in the Western Conference.

"Each win gives you more confidence, gives you more desire to continue on this path," Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said, "and I think the group is in a good place right now."


The Timbers capped the trip with a 1-0 victory at Vancouver thanks to an own goal.

"We believe in us," Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco said. "We have amazing talent, an amazing team, but we need to show that on the field. Sometimes you need a little luck too, and we are now in a different position."

The Rapids (12-4-6, 42 points), who are third in the West, boast the longest active undefeated streak in MLS at eight matches (5-0-3).

They're coming off a 1-1 draw Saturday against the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy, as Michael Barrios scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season. It came on a header off a cross by Andre Shinyashiki.



"I think that in past years, we played the big-name teams and we used to be scared, used to always be unsure of ourselves," Shinyashiki said. "This year, we've really taken that step where we feel like we can go toe-to-toe with them. I just think that that mentality coming into the game gives us a lot of confidence that we can always beat anybody on any given day."

This will be the first meeting between the Rapids and Timbers this season.

--Field Level Media

Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers

Kellyn Acosta came off the bench to score in the 83rd minute Wednesday night as the Colorado Rapids defeated the host Portland Timbers 1-0 to clinch a Major League Soccer playoff berth.

Goalkeeper William Yarbrough posted the shutout for the Rapids (7-6-4, 25 points, 1.47 points per game), who won at Providence Park for the first time since 2011.

The Timbers (11-6-5, 38 points, 1.73 points per game) dropped out of first place in the Western Conference after failing to put any of their 11 shot attempts on frame. They came close to getting the equalizer in second-half stoppage time, but Dairon Asprilla's 5-yard shot banged off the outside of the left post.

MLS last week announced that playoff seeds would be determined by points per game, largely because the Rapids had five games postponed this season due to COVID-19 issues.

Since then, the Rapids have come alive, dominating the Seattle Sounders 3-1, then controlling the Timbers to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Acosta, who was making his first appearance since Sept. 23, entered as a substitute in the 58th minute and scored his second goal of the season and his first since the MLS is Back Tournament in July.

The goal came after a Portland turnover near midfield. Colorado's Diego Rubio stole a pass and worked a nifty give-and-go with teammate Younes Namli before dribbling the ball to the top of the penalty area.

Rubio sent a pass to Acosta on the left wing, from where the ninth-year veteran made a quick move to get past a defender before putting a 15-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net, leaving Timbers goalie Steve Clark no chance.

Clark made three saves.

The Rapids, the lone MLS team that hasn't been awarded a penalty kick this season, appeared to have their first chance in the 15th minute when a ball went off Portland defender Bill Tuiloma's foot and up off his arm in the 18-yard box. Referee Joseph Dickerson originally pointed to the penalty spot but rescinded the call after a video review.

The Timbers played without forward Jaroslaw Niezgoda, who sutained a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Sunday and will miss the rest of the season.

--Field Level Media
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