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Match Thread: Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake

The Timbers look to extend their unbeaten run to six against Real Salt Lake.

SOCCER: AUG 07 MLS - Real Salt Lake at Portland Timbers Photo by Diego Diaz/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Portland Timbers are unbeaten in their last five matches with four wins and one draw. The Timbers are coming off an important 2-1 win against playoff position hopefuls LAFC. Portland hosts Real Salt Lake tonight in another crucial match. Both the Timbers and RSL are in the playoff positions and one point seperates fifth place Portland and sixth place RSL in the Western Conference standings. Can the Timbers extend their unbeaten run to six before traveling to Los Angeles on Wednesday?

Game Info

Location: Providence Park I Portland, OR.

Time: 7:00 p.m. Pacific

Watch: FOX 12+

Pregame Reading

Sam wrote about the keys to the Portland Timbers picking up three points against Real Salt Lake. Follow the link to learn more.

Alex wrote about the Timbers defense and Larrys Mabiala in particular. The center back is suspended due to yellow card accumulation and Alex outlines what the Timbers need to do in an attempt to replace Mabiala’s defensive impact. The piece can be found here.

Starting Lineups

Portland Timbers

Real Salt Lake