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Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Links and Match Thread [6:00 pm]

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Sal Zizzo #7 of Portland Timbers competes with Tyson Wahl #8 of Colorado Rapids.
Sal Zizzo #7 of Portland Timbers competes with Tyson Wahl #8 of Colorado Rapids.

Round two of the Portland Timbers home and away saga against the Colorado Rapids kicks off tonight at 6:00 pm as the Timbers desperately look for both their first road win (much needed for morale) and three more points. If they do indeed win tonight it would see the Timbers leapfrog Chivas USA to become the 7th place team in the Western Conference and come within only three points of over taking FC Dallas with 2 games in hand. Not bad...

But it's important to remember that the Timbers have yet to win on the road this season and beating Colorado on their home turf, in the altitude (I know, I know... dead horse) will be a big challenge for our scrappy underdogs.

Here's all the information you need for tonight's game:

General Information

Watch it on: NBC Sports Network (no streaming option)
Kick off: 6:00 pm at Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Colorado Rapids: 9th in the west with 26 points
Portland Timbers: 8th in the west with 27 points

Links

Looking back to look forward: Is the elusive road win in sight? - Stumptown Footy
A look at the Portland at Colorado and what Portland needs to do to get a result.

Portland Timbers Training Quotes and Notes: Deja Vu Edition - Stumptown Footy
The Timbers prepare to take on the Colorado Rapids at practice today. Hear from Gavin Wilkinson on the challenges of facing a team twice in a row and Kosuke Kimura on his return to Colorado for the first time since being traded to the Timbers.

Letdown in Stumptown, but the Army makes up for it - Burgundy Wave
How the Timbers Army and people of Portland made a Rapids loss a great time.

Rapids motivated for quick rematch with Portland | Colorado Rapids

Matchday Preview: Portland heads to Colorado looking to take season series | Portland Timbers

Final Thoughts

I caught a bit of grief the other day for saying that the Portland Timbers were on a "streak" or a "tear" in MLS. The truth is that by most teams' standards they're not. However, at this point, there's little room left at the bottom for the Timbers to sink which makes even a 2-game win "streak" impressive by our standards. That was also the first time this season that the Timbers have won twice in a row.

All that said, however, if the Timbers really want to start turning heads and making people believe that those two wins were more than a fluke then they need to win tonight... away from home. Do that and perhaps the belief in a salvaged season will begin.