Colorado Rapids vs. Portland Timbers: TV, stream, team news

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For the first time in MLS history, it will be football on Thanksgiving Day when Western Conference top seed Colorado Rapids hosts the Portland Timbers.

The Timbers advanced to the second round with a 3-1 home win over Minnesota United, while the Rapids had a bye in the first round and have not played since Nov. 7.

Here’s what you need to know about the second round playoff match in the Western Conference …

When is kick off? Thursday, November 25, 4:30 PM (ET)

Where is the match played? Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado

Which TV channel is it on? Fox, Fox Sports

What streaming is it on? Fox Sports App

Colorado Rapids starring in the Thanksgiving game / Andrew Katsampes / ISI Photos / GettyImages

After a draw from the Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC during the late season, Rapids took the top seed in the Western Conference on Decision Day with a 5-2 victory over LAFC. The team enters without new injuries reported.

Now ready to take the field for the first time in almost three weeks, Rapids are excited to write league history by playing in the first MLS Thanksgiving Day game ever in the team’s inaugural playoff game.

“We are incredibly excited about the fact that we will be appearing on this on national television,” said Rapid General Manager Pádraig Smith. “One of the exciting things for us is to have the first match ever on Thanksgiving and to be able to do it in front of a packed house at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with our supporters.”

Portland Timbers enter semifinals after defeating Minnesota United 3-1 / Chris Gardner / GettyImages

The Timbers secured a place in the semifinals on Sunday after a fantastic 3-1 victory against Minnesota United. Sebastián Blanco scored two goals in the team’s opening play-off match, which helped his club advance to the second round.

Now facing the conference’s top team in their next playoff game, the Timbers are convinced they can keep up the pace.

The team does not report any new injuries against Rapids and should have a similar lineup to the one used against MNUFC.

“We know it will be a tough match, it will be a tough match. Colorado has done very well this season, they have a very good team,” said head coach Giovanni Savarese. “They have good choices and players,” “And the whole staff has done a phenomenal job of being able to have a good season. We expect them to be very good, but we are also preparing very well to make sure we are competitive.”

Colorado: Yarbrough; Trusty, Abubakar, Wilson, Estebes, Acotsa; Price, Beitashour, Rubio; Kaye, Badji

Portland: Clark; Bravo, Zuparic, Mabiala, Van Rankin; D. Chara, Paredes, Asprilla; Blanco, Y. Chara, Mora

The Portland Timbers have a slight advantage over Rapids in the series through the ages, with a lead of 10-9-6 in the head-to-head match. Colorado won the most recent meeting between the two teams, 2-0 at home on October 23. The team drew 2-2 in Portland on September 15th.

Rapids caught fire to end the regular season, and with Thursday’s competition, which will be the team’s first match in 18 days, they should be well rested and ready to take home a playoff victory. While Portland also started warming up late, including a big win on Sunday, Colorado’s consistency plays year-round, in addition to the home-field advantage at a mile high in Denver, in favor of Rapids.

Prediction: Colorado Rapids 2-1 Portland Timbers

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