The Timbers still have an outside chance to clinch the Supporters' Shield in their final regular season match of 2013.For the Portland Timbers, 2013 has been a rousing success. In the team's regular season finale at Chivas USA on Saturday, it could even result in a trophy.
After clinching a playoff berth last week, the Timbers are still in the running for the Supporters' Shield, thought they do need some help. The club will clinch the Shield with a win at Chivas USA, a New York loss against Chicago, and a Sporting Kansas City loss or tie against Philadelphia.
Regardless of the outcome Saturday, rookie coach Caleb Porter has overseen a dramatic turnaround in Portland, as the club clinched its first playoff berth a season after finishing second-to-last in the Western Conference.
The Timbers drew 0-0 with Real Salt Lake last weekend, as the team posted its 11th shutout at home this season — an MLS record. It was also the Timbers' sixth straight league game without a loss.
Chivas USA also played its most recent match against RSL — a 2-1 loss Wednesday night. With last place in the Western Conference clinched long ago, the Goats will be playing for pride in their final match of 2013.