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Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 26
Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake
Providence Park – Providence
August 31 – 10:30 PM ET

STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, on DAZN in Canada

Six points and six spots in the Western Conference standings separate the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake, who square off Saturday night at Providence Park.

The Timbers (11-11-4) are three points below the playoff line following a 2-1 Cascadia Cup defeat by the Seattle Sounders last Friday night at Providence Park. Cristian Roldan put the visitors in front after 22 minutes and Raul Ruidiaz doubled the Sounders lead two minutes after the restart. Diego Valeri pulled Portland back a goal in the 54th minute via a deflected free kick and Brian Fernandez thought he had a late equalizer, but it was called back for offside.

Real Salt Lake (13-10-4) captured the Rocky Mountain Cup for a fourth straight year, defeating the Colorado Rapids, 2-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night. After Kei Kamara was sent off on a straight red card on a challenge against Brooks Lennon, RSL broke the stalemate on a Joao Plata penalty kick in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Jefferson Savarino tacked on an insurance goal three minutes later, as Real Salt Lake won for the fourth time in the last five games.

This is the second meeting between these clubs this season, with the Timbers winning 2-1 at the RioT on May 4. Steve Clark saved a first-half penalty kick and Sebastian Blanco and Valeri scored a goal in each half. Valeri's winner came six minutes after Sam Johnson equalized.

Portland
Portland vs. Real Salt Lake

Saturday, August 31 at 10:30 PM ET
Providence Park

Real Salt Lake

Portland Timbers

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Marco Farfan (D) - left knee injury
    • OUT: Jeff Attinella (GK)- right shoulder injury
    • OUT: Modou Jadama (D)- left foot injury
    • OUT: Larrys Mabiala (D) - left thigh injury
    • OUT: Julio Cascante (D) - left thigh injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Cristhian Paredes (M) - right upper leg injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Zarek Valentin (D) - left upper leg injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Larrys Mabiala (D)
  • International duty:  None

Real Salt Lake

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jordan Allen (M) - knee injury, out for season
    • OUT: Tony Beltran (D) - knee injury
    • OUT: Nick Besler (M) - foot injury
  • Suspended: Kyle Beckerman (M)
  • Suspended after next caution:  Sebastian Saucedo (M), Nick Besler (M), Everton Luiz (M)
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Timbers

  • Timbers: 3 wins, 13 goals
  • Real Salt Lake: 2 wins, 12 goals
  • 5 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Nima Saghafi
  • Assistant Referees:  CJ Morgante, Adam Garner
  • 4th Official:  Ramy Touchan
  • VAR:  Geoff Gamble
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Current Form

Portland
W
L
W
W
L
L
Real Salt Lake
D
W
W
W
L
W

Season Stats

Portland TimbersReal Salt Lake
26Games Played27
11Wins13
11Losses10
4Draws4
42Goals40
40Goals Conceded34
314Shots245
134Shots on Target125
355Fouls committed314
239Fouls suffered315
34Offside75
145Corners97

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
POR59552421.6
RSL69651401.5
01234+Avg
POR132222.1
RSL145311.9
01234+Avg
POR463301.3
RSL551201

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
POR410741401.5
RSL99603341.3
01234+Avg
POR324101.3
RSL742010.9
01234+Avg
POR183311.7
RSL254021.7
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