August 28, 2018 / 2:10 PM / 10 months ago

Playoff hopes in focus as Toronto visits Portland

With the final month of the MLS season rapidly approaching, Toronto FC travels to Portland to face the Timbers on Wednesday for a game between teams with playoff aspirations.

The game is set for a 10:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Providence Park.

Portland (10-7-7, 37 points) sits seventh in the Western Conference, just one point behind the final playoff spot. The Timbers have lost four straight games — the latest a 1-0 decision to Seattle in Portland.

“These guys are professionals — they know how to bounce back,” said Portland coach Giovanni Savarese. “In the MLS, every game is tough — everybody is going to bring you something different.”

Even though the loss to Seattle, in a game where Portland controlled the pace of play, was a tough pill to swallow, Savarese sees reasons for optimism.

“If we do the same thing that we did (Saturday) and we’re able to stay focused the entire match, then most likely we’re going to win against a tough Toronto team,” Savarese said.

For Toronto (7-12-6, 27 points), recent results have been better, with the team coming off a 3-1 win over Montreal. The win put Toronto in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, six points behind the last playoff spot. With only nine games left, the margin of error for Toronto continues to shrink.

Toronto captain Michael Bradley likes the makeup of the team heading into Wednesday.

“Along the way, there have been a few people that have been ready to count us out,” Bradley said. “We’ve been able to just keep ourselves going, find ways to fight and scrap and claw. We’re going to have to do that for nine more games: do everything we can to take this down to the wire and get ourselves into the playoffs.”

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