The Portland Timbers, the oldest MLS franchise in the country, are set to go back to the playoffs, as they host the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday night in the third round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
The Timbers were defeated 2-1 by the New York Cosmos on Saturday, which ended their postseason run and ended a four-game losing streak.
“We’re just trying to come back as one team,” head coach Caleb Porter said after Saturday’s loss.
“And we did it in the playoffs.”
The Sounders won their first-round matchup 1-0 on Saturday in front of a crowd of 10,000 people at Memorial Stadium.
The Portland-Seattle match will be the second of three in the Open Cup against MLS teams.
The first was in 2012 when the Seattle Whitecaps beat the Portland Timbers 2-0 at Providence Park.
The second game was the 2013 meeting between the Portland and Colorado Rapids when Portland came out on top.
The third match was a rematch between the two teams in 2016 when Seattle won 2-2 in Portland.
“I think that was probably the best game we’ve ever played in front here,” Porter said.
“The atmosphere was fantastic.
It was a great opportunity to get back in the competition and put ourselves in a position to compete for a playoff spot.”
The Timbers will now be able to get some rest and rest up, as the teams will travel to Atlanta for the Open Open Cup semifinal on Tuesday.
The Seattle Sounders will play the Portland Sounders in the second round on Wednesday.