With 16 points of 18 possible in the last six games at the MLS regular season, the Portland Timbers is undefeated in those games and is climbing some positions looking for the playoffs.
In a good moment in the league, the franchise has been undefeated for six matches and can dream even about going straight to the semi-finals at the Western Conference. But the most considerable possibility today is to clinch a spot at the playoffs, with the advantage of playing at home.
Last game, on Saturday at home, the team had an excellent 6 – 1 against Real Salt Lake. F. Mora, D. Asprilla, Y. Chara, D. Chara, J. Niezgoda, and C. Paredes scored for Portland Timbers, and D. Kreilach reduced for Salt Lake.
In those six games (three at home and three away), Portland had five wins and one drawn, 15 goals for, averaging 2,5 per game and four goals against (less than one per game). The last loss was against Austin, at Q2 Stadium, on August 21.
See the sequence below:
- Seattle 0 : 2 Portland
- Houston 0 : 2 Portland
- Vancouver 0 : 1 Portland
- Portland 2 : 2 Colorado
- Portland 2 : 1 Los Angeles FC
- Portland 6 : 1 Salt Lake
In fourth place, with 40 points (12 – 10 – 4) in 26 games played, Portland is eight points behind the first-place Seattle Sounders, with 48 points and seven points ahead of LAFC, in the eighth place, with 33 points.
In the 26 games this season, we are used to seeing goals in Portland’s games. It doesn’t matter the side, since the same time the team scored a lot of goals, they also had a lot against.
Portland has 42 goals for – second-best offense from the Western Conference, as Real Salt Lake (Kansas City is the first, with 44), and the second-worst defense, with 43 goals against (Dallas is the worst, with 44).
The last time the Timbers played a game and didn’t score either a single goal was more than three months ago, on June 27, in a 0 : 1 loss against Minnesota United at home. Considering all the season, Portland didn’t score only in the other two opportunities: Philadelphia Union (3 : 0) and Vancouver Whitecaps (1 : 0).
Will Portland keep the undefeated streak? They won in the last opportunity against LAFC, but for Bovada, they are not favorite for the next game at Banc California Stadium. Los Angeles FC has -165 odds to win the match, while the franchises have -180 odds to score.
Seattle is the closest team to clinch a spot at the playoffs in the Western, with 48 points in 25 matches, 38 goals for, and 21 against. Only three points separate the first three teams at the standing: Sporting Kansas City, in the second, has 46, 44 goals for and 28 against and Colorado Rapids, with 45, 35 goals for and 24 against.