Timbers schedule finalized
The final nine games of the Portland Timbers 2020 MLS schedule will include five games at Providence Park, without spectators.
MLS on Tuesday announced the remainder of its regular-season schedule, with teams continuing to compete in regional matchups because of COVID-19. Each team will wind up playing 23 regular-season matches. The Timbers final seven matches were announced Tuesday.
After facing Seattle this Wednesday and Vancouver on Sunday, Sept. 27, the Timbers will play host to Colorado at 7 p.m. Oct. 3, visit the LA Galaxy at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, play host to San Jose at 7 p.m. Oct. 11, visit Real Salt Lake at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14, play host to Los Angeles FC at 7 p.m. Oct. 18, visit Seattle at 7 p.m. Oct. 24, play host to the Galaxy at 7 p.m. Oct. 28, play host to Vancouver at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and close the regular season with a 3:30 p.m. game on Nov. 8 at LAFC.
All six Western Conference matches on Nov. 8 are scheduled to kick off at 3:30 p.m.
All of Portland's matches will be televised on either local or national cable channels.
Including this week, the Timbers have four two-game weeks over the final seven weeks of the season.
Because of COVID-19, MLS teams are playing teams in their own region. No team will meet another team more than four times. The Timbers will end up facing Seattle and each Los Angeles club four times, San Jose three times, Vancouver and Real Salt Lake twice and Colorado once. Portland played Minnesota United and Nashville SC to open the season and its matches against Houston, the LA Galaxy and Los Angeles FC in the group phase of the MLS is Back Tournament also counted as regular-season matches.
Each team will play 23 regular-season games. Through 12 games, the Timbers are 5-4-3 (18 points), in fifth place in a compact Western Conference. Seattle is in first place with 21 points from 12 games and 11th-place Real Salt Lake is only three points back of Portland.
The top eight teams from the Western Conference will advance to the MLS Cup Playoffs, with the top four seeds hosting the bottom four seeds in the first round of one-game knockout matches.
Providence Park is also serving as the home venue for the Vancouver Whitecaps because of travel restrictions between the United States and Canada.
In addition to this week's match against the Timbers, where the Whitecaps are the designated home team, Vancouver will play at Providence Park on Oct. 10 against Real Salt Lake, Oct. 24 against San Jose, Oct. 27 against Seattle and Nov. 8 against the Galaxy.
REMAINING TIMBERS 2020 MATCHES
Wednesday, Sept. 23, vs. Seattle, 7 p.m. (KPDX)
x-Sunday, Sept. 27, Vancouver, 7 p.m. (ROOT)
Saturday, Oct. 3, vs. Colorado, 7 p.m. (KPDX)
Wednesday, Oct. 7 at LA Galaxy, 7:30 p.m. (ROOT)
Sunday, Oct. 11, vs. San Jose, 7 p.m. (KPDX)
Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Real Salt Lake, 6:30 p.m. (ROOT)
Sunday, Oct. 18, vs. LAFC, 7 p.m. (ROOT)
Saturday, Oct. 24, at Seattle, 7 p.m. (FS1)
Wednesday, Oct. 28, vs. L.A. Galaxy, 7 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Nov. 1, vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m. (KPDX)
Sunday, Nov. 8, at LAFC, 3:30 p.m. (ROOT)
x — Vancouver is designated home team.
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