The Portland Timbers (9-5-5) will look to get back on the right track after allowing two consecutive stoppage time equalizers heading into Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Galaxy (5-10-3).
With a win and a Sporting Kansas City loss or tie to FC Cincinnati Wednesday night, the Timbers can enter a tie for first place in the Western Conference with 35 points apiece. But, Seattle will likely play one less game due to its game against Colorado being canceled so the Sounders will lead via points-per-game.
Additionally, with a victory or tie Wednesday the Portland Timbers can clinch a postseason berth in the 2020 MSL Cup Playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy are the last-place team in the Western Conference but are just six points below the red line.
Portland Timbers at Los Angeles Galaxy -- everything you need to know:
When: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Where: Providence Park in Portland, Oregon
Time: 7:00 p.m. PT
Earlier this season, the Galaxy earned three points at Providence Park with a 3-2 victory on September 2.
"With the [LA Galaxy] also, we have to give them credit," said Savarese following the defeat in September. "They were very good in transition. They were good in finding spaces in some moments and they hurt us in particular moments. Definitely areas where we need to be better."
However, Portland did not play all of its starters that game and a disallowed Ebobisse goal was the difference between earning a tie and losing.
"I think with the team that we put in today, I was very pleased with the performance," added Savarsese. "At the end, many of the guys that came in, just came in with an unbelievable attitude and I think they deserved more. Definitely, a goal that I think, watching it, looks like it’s definitely a goal. So, I think definitely the result should have been at least 3-3.”
One month later, the Timbers blew the doors off the Galaxy with a 6-3 stomping in LA.
Portland will be seeking to repeat that performance Wednesday evening.