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WORLD NEWS – US – A playoff game centered on the goal line as Portland Timbers visits LAFC

A victory on the road against LAFC on Decision Day would secure the Timbers at least second place in the Western Conference

Diego Valerie pushes the ball forward as Portland Timbers face LAFC in the Major League Soccer match at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 Sean Major / Staff

With a spot in the MLS Cup qualifiers already clinched, the Portland Timbers are now focused on positioning in the playoffs as they enter the last day of the regular season on Sunday.

A victory on the road against LAFC on Decision Day would ensure the Timbers had at least second place in the Western Conference to finish the summit in the West, Al-Ashhab (11-6-5, 173 points per game) to win, plus Sporting Kansas City (11-6-3, 18 points per game) loss or draw at Real Salt Lake Both matches are scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm Sunday, with the Timbers-LAFC TV match on FS1

MLS uses points in each game to determine this season’s supplement ranking because not all teams in the West have been able to play their full schedule after some match cancellations due to COVID-19

But Timbers is one of four teams from the West that will play their 23rd game in the regular season on Sunday to complete the list

« We are very excited for this final part of the season, » Timbers midfielder Diego Valerie told reporters. « Obviously we were one of those teams that played the most in the entire league, if you go back to the games in Orlando and all these games that we played and we are in good form, and we are ready to continue growing from it because this is the most important part of the season and the way you end these matches, from It is clear that it is very important to face the qualifiers. « 

The qualifiers will begin at the weekend on November 20-22 Although fans will not be allowed to attend the after-season matches in Providence Park, coach Giovanni Savarese said the home stadium advantage remains an important factor

Savarese told reporters: « Playing at home, playing in the backyard, being able to go home and stay with your family, rest, I think it’s an important thing. » « I think you know where you are and that makes it an advantage regardless, not in the same way if you have fans on the field, but in a way that you know your surroundings and feel very comfortable there »

LAFC (9-8-4, 148 points per game) is sixth in the West and won three times in a row at home. They beat Portland 4-2 on September 13 at Bank of California before Timbers played in a 1–1 draw. 1 in Portland on October 18

“There have always been very exciting matches when we are facing each other, especially this match will be more and more because I think there is more at stake for both teams,” Savarezi said. “For us to want to finish as high as possible, for LAFC to also continue Height in the center « 

Diego Rossi leads the MLS with 14 goals and helps form a dangerous attack from LAFC who leads the league with 46 goals Just behind them? Timbers with 45

Valerie said: “I think it is very important to be precise with the ball, to have some areas.” LAFC is a team that wants the ball, wants control and has the ball higher on the field so we have to be smart about winning duels and be smart to get The ball is as far as we can in their field to make them feel uncomfortable defending those areas. « 

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