Coming off a draw against the Galaxy, Portland will host Columbus on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways.
For their part, the Crew, who started the season off brightly, have not taken a win since beating the Seattle Sounders 2-1 at the end of March.
With the Timbers holding up the table in the Western Conference, and the Crew sliding down it in the Eastern half, both teams desperately need a win to get things headed in the right direction.
“It’s going to be a tough game,” the Crew's Dominic Oduro told Columbus' official club website. “It’s similar to playing in Seattle — the fans are going to get into the game. We have to move forward. We’ve lost three games in a row, but it’s in the past right now. … Everybody has adjusted to what we’re trying to focus on moving forward. It’s going to be a test for us.”