The Timbers superior to the second spherical with a 3-1 house win over Minnesota United, whereas the Rapids had a first-round bye and haven’t performed since November seventh.
Right here’s what you’ll want to know in regards to the second spherical playoff fixture within the Western Convention…
When is kick off? Thursday, November twenty fifth, 4:30 p.m. (ET)
The place is the match being performed? Dick’s Sporting Items Park, Commerce Metropolis, Colorado
What TV channel is it on? Fox, Fox Deportes
What streaming is it on? Fox Sports activities App
Following a late-season skid from Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC, the Rapids captured the highest seed within the Western Convention on Determination Day with a 5-2 win over LAFC. The workforce enters with no new accidents reported.
Now able to take the pitch for the primary time in practically three weeks, the Rapids are excited to make league historical past by taking part in within the first-ever MLS Thanksgiving Day match within the workforce’s opening playoff match.
“We’re extremely enthusiastic about the truth that we’re going to be on this on nationwide TV,” Rapids normal supervisor Pádraig Smith mentioned. “One of many thrilling issues for us is to have the first-ever recreation on Thanksgiving and to have the ability to try this in entrance of a packed home at Dick’s Sporting Items Park with our supporters.”
The Timbers secured a spot within the semifinals on Sunday after a surprising 3-1 victory in opposition to Minnesota United. Sebastián Blanco scored twice within the workforce’s opening spherical playoff match, serving to his membership advance to the second spherical.
Now confronted with the convention’s high workforce of their subsequent playoff matchup, the Timbers are assured that they’ll hold the momentum going.
The workforce experiences no new accidents in opposition to the Rapids and may have the same line as much as the one used in opposition to MNUFC.
“We all know it’s gonna be a tricky recreation, it’s gonna be a tricky match. Colorado’s executed very nicely this season, they’ve an excellent workforce,” head coach Giovanni Savarese mentioned. “They’ve good choices and gamers, and all the employees has executed an exceptional job to have the ability to have a great season. We anticipate them to be excellent, however we are also making ready very nicely to ensure we’re aggressive.”
Colorado: Yarbrough; Trusty, Abubakar, Wilson, Estebes, Acotsa; Worth, Beitashour, Rubio; Kaye, Badji
Portland: Clark; Bravo, Zuparic, Mabiala, Van Rankin; D. Chara, Paredes, Asprilla; Blanco, Y. Chara, Mora
Portland Timbers have a slight benefit over the Rapids within the all-time collection, with a 10-9-6 lead within the face to face matchup. Colorado gained the latest assembly between the 2 groups, 2-0 at house on October twenty third. The groups tied 2-2 in Portland on September fifteenth.
The Rapids caught hearth to finish the common season, and with Thursday’s contest set to be the workforce’s first recreation in 18 days, they need to be well-rested and able to take house a playoff victory. Whereas Portland additionally began to warmth up as of late, together with a giant win on Sunday, Colorado’s consistency all yr lengthy along with the house discipline benefit at a mile excessive in Denver performs in favor of the Rapids.
Prediction: Colorado Rapids 2-1 Portland Timbers