WHEN/WHERE: 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Providence Park in Portland, Ore.
TV/RADIO: KMCI (Ch. 38); KDTD (1340 AM)
ABOUT SPORTING KC (11-7-7, 40 points): The club is encountering its first three-game losing streak of the season, and while a trip to the Pacific Northwest represents a daunting task, Sporting KC has won two of its three visits to Providence Park, including a 1-0 win last season. ... Soni Mustivar is questionable to return from a groin strain that has kept him out of the past three matches. The team has lost only twice in Mustivar’s 18 starts across all competitions.
ABOUT PORTLAND (11-9-7, 40 points): The Timbers haven’t lost a home match since May 2, stringing together a nine-match home unbeaten streak. While Portland has found chances around the goal — and has attempted 379 total shots, third most in MLS — it’s the league’s second-worst scoring team with only 29 goals. Fanendo Adi leads Portland with 10 goals, but nobody else on the team has more than three.
BOTTOM LINE: In a tightly-compacted Western Conference, Sporting KC and Portland are currently tied for the last two playoff spots.
PREDICTION: Sporting KC 1, Portland 1
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