The race for the wooden spoon will run through Portland and Colorado over the next week. With both the Colorado Rapids and Portland Timbers scraping the bottom of the MLS table, the two teams play a home and away series against each other on Friday and then Wednesday, starting at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland.
Colorado and Portland have both seen awful drops in expected form since the start of the year. Neither team was expected to contend for the Supporter's Shield, but both were tipped as likely to sneak into the fourth or fifth playoff spots in the West. Instead, both teams have dipped drastically and are two points apart at the bottom of the Western table.
Last time the teams met was the last time that the Rapids had a decisive win, a 3-0 slaughtering of the Timbers that featured goals from Conor Casey, Jaime Castrillon and Jamie Smith. Until the win over Real Salt Lake in early August, that had been the last win for the Rapids in quite some time. The Rapids have never lost to Portland, outscoring them 7-1 in the three games that have been played between the two sides.
The game will be at 8:30 p.m. MT at Jeld-Wen Field and will be broadcast on Altitude Sports.
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