LAFC are locked in a serious fight for the Supporters’ Shield, knowing they cannot slip-up in Oregon.
Last time out, the Black and Gold were on top form, demolishing Houston Dynamo 3-1.
Carlos Vela bagging a brace, before in-form Ryan Hollingshead also scored; all six of the latter’s goals this season have come at Banc of California Stadium.
That means LAFC have won nine successive MLS home matches, needing to beat Nashville next Sunday to break the all-time record.
On the road though, Steve Cherundolo’s side have failed to win any of their last five, losing four.
As a result, LAFC have relinquished top spot in the overall standings, currently below Philadelphia Union on goal difference.
Thus, if they’re to claim a second Supporters’ Shield in four years, LAFC surely must win an away game for the first time since 6 August here.
Portland Timbers too need the points to ensure they’re invited to the post-season party.
They left it late, but did leave Columbus with a point two weeks ago; Santiago Moreno equalising in the 95th minute.
So, as they always do, Giovanni Savarese’s team have found form at just the right time, amassing 13 points from their last five games.
Thus, this’ll be a serious test of LAFC’s shield credentials, but will they leave Providence Park with three massive points?