Entering Wednesday, the Timbers controlled its destiny to earn the top seed in the Western Conference with two games remaining.
Two wins and Portland will not have to travel throughout the Western Conference Playoffs.
Well, it was too good to be true.
Despite creating many more opportunities than Colorado (7-6-4), Portland (11-6-5) allowed a game-winning goal in the 83rd minute, to lose 1-0 at Providence Park.
Kellyn Acosta scored the goal for the Rapids to give the team its seventh win of the season.
Colorado clinches a playoff berth with the win due to the MLS changing its standings to points-per-game in wake of the coronavirus canceling many Rapids games.
Meanwhile, Portland drops from first place in the Western Conference to third with 1.73 points-per-game, behind Sporting Kansas City (1.80) and Seattle (1.75) at the time of this article publishing.
Dairon Asprilla made his return to the lineup after what was thought to be season-ending surgery back in March. He had a golden opportunity to equalize Portland in the 97th minute but his shot hit the left post for a goal kick.
Additionally, Diego Charà was given a yellow card in the 49th minute and will miss the regular-season finale due to yellow card accumulation.
Next, the Timbers travel to the City of Angels to play LAFC during Decision Day on Sunday, November 8th, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. PT.