Saturday, June 16, 2013 at 11 p.m. ET
Major League Soccer, Week 20, JELD-WEN Field, Portland, Ore.
Closing out our weekend's top matches is another high-quality showdown scheduled in the MLS—again coming from the Western Conference as the No. 3 Timbers take on the No. 4 Galaxy.
Only goal differential separates these two teams at the moment, and both will clearly know how important a result here could be for their playoff hopes. They might seem safe right now, but they're only two wins ahead of the seventh-placed Seattle Sounders and could easily fall right down the Western Conference table if they don't continue to chalk up points on a regular basis.
Led by Robbie Keane, the Galaxy have won back-to-back matches and will be looking to make it three in a row here for the first time all year. Their away form this season is questionable at best (three wins from 10 matches), but they have momentum on their side, and that will be tough to stop.
However, Portland aren't beaten easily, and this season has again proved that to be the case—losing just two matches all year with the most recent coming last week against Columbus Crew. The Timbers are undefeated in their last six home matches and have conceded just five goals in front of their home fans all year—a record that they should be able to keep intact against the Galaxy here.
I like Portland's defense to prevail over the Galaxy's attack, but I'm not convinced that will mean an automatic win for the Timbers. Los Angeles are in a nice spot right now and will be desperate not to give up all three points, which should lead to a league-high 10th draw for the Timbers this season.
Prediction: Portland Timbers 0, Los Angeles Galaxy 0
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