Sporting KC will be out for revenge after Portland eliminated it from the U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday.Just three days after Portland went to Kansas and knocked Sporting out of the U.S. Open Cup, SKC will visit Providence Park with a chance to dent the Timbers' playoff hopes.
Portland won Tuesday's meeting 3-1, with two goals from Gaston Fernandez and a penalty converted by Will Johnson. The victory prevented the 2012 winners from continuing their bid to hold the Open Cup and MLS Cup at the same time.
Sixth-placed Portland has 20 points right now, and with the trio of Colorado, Dallas and Vancouver sitting just above with 22 each, a win would, temporarily at least, put the Timbers into possession of a postseason berth. With Colorado and Vancouver playing on Saturday, the opportunity is even more apparent.
Reigning MLS Cup champion Kansas City went into the World Cup break on a win, but it came at the end of a dismal 0-3-2 winless run, and KC is now three points behind Eastern Conference leader D.C. United.
What's more, Kansas City is missing a number of important players. Antonio Dovale is serving a suspension, while Matt Besler and Graham Zusi are on World Cup duty with the USA.
The match will give Timbers fans a first chance to see their team's newest signing, defender Liam Ridgewell, in action.