The Portland Timbers return to Providence Park this Saturday when they host Real Salt Lake (7pm PT, TICKETS, FOX 12 PLUS). Check out the latest Timbers Tekkers to get you set for the match.
Including the 2021 Western Conference final, Portland is unbeaten against Real Salt Lake in six straight home matches (5-0-1), dating back to October 21, 2018. The Timbers swept RSL in the 2021 regular season 3-0-0, outscoring them 12-4.
Since taking the helm in 2018, head coach Gio Savarese has a winning record of 7-1-1 against Salt Lake (.833 pct). In that stretch of nine matches, Portland has outscored RSL 27-12.
In 10 regular season appearances against RSL (9 starts), Sebastián Blanco has tallied seven goals and six assists. Notably, Blanco has recorded three goals and four assists in Portland’s last four matches against Salt Lake, dating back to Aug. 29, 2020.
On April 16, Sebastián Blanco surpassed 10,000 regular season minutes played with Portland. He is just the fifth player in Timbers history to hit that milestone while with the club behind Diego Chara, Jack Jewsbury, Darlington Nagby and Diego Valeri.
Aljaz Ivacic recorded four saves in Portland’s match against Houston last weekend, keeping a clean sheet and helping the Timbers earn a point on the road. The Ljubljana, Slovenia native earned MLS Team of the Week honors for the first time in his career for week 7.