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Preview: Colorado Rapids (5-6-4) at Portland Timbers (3-6-7)

The Timbers have won only one of their last seven matches against Colorado (D3 L3), though that win came in last season’s playoffs, a 1-0 road victory. Colorado is unbeaten in three straight visits to Providence Park (W1 D2) after losing eight straight visits from 2012 to 2018.

The Timbers lost their last home match, 2-0, to the Union on May 22. Portland hasn’t lost consecutive home matches since September 2019, which was also the last time it failed to score in consecutive matches at Providence Park (3 straight).

The Rapids are winless in their first seven away matches of the season (D2 L5) after a 1-1 draw at NYCFC on Sunday. Colorado has only gone further into a season without a road win once, failing to win any of its first 13 away matches of the 2017 season.

Yimmi Chara’s 38th minute goal against the Galaxy on Saturday was Portland’s fifth goal before halftime this season, tied for fewest in MLS (w/Chicago). Portland has scored 17 second-half goals this season, third-most in the league and has the highest percentage of its goals scored after halftime (77.3%).

Four of the Rapids’ last eight goals, including Michael Barrios’ strike against NYCFC on Sunday, have come from outside the box. Colorado is the most accurate shooting team from outside the box this season, hitting the target with 36.9% of their shots from outside the area.

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