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  • August 30, 2013
  • • 10:00 PM
  • • Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
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MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Portland Timbers

MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Portland Timbers

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The West's best plays host to Caleb Porter's up-and-comers in a Friday-night showdown on NBCSN.

For the third time in August, Real Salt Lake will face off against the Portland Timbers. This time, it will be a nationally-televised match under the lights at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday night.

Friday’s game will be the third meeting between RSL and the Timbers this month. Salt Lake defeated the Timbers 2-1 in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal at Rio Tinto on Aug. 7, and the teams played out a 3-3 draw at Portland on Aug. 21.

RSL enters the match in first place in the Western Conference, with 45 points, while Portland sits just six points back, occupying the fourth position in the West. The Timbers, however, have two games in hand, so a win Friday night could go a long way towards sewing up a playoff berth for the first time in the team's history.

In its last league match, RSL destroyed Columbus 4-0 behind a brace from captain Kyle Beckerman. Portland is coming off a tough 1-0 defeat to Seattle in the teams' Cascadia Cup showdown Sunday at CenturyLink Stadium.



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