The Portland Timbers host Minnesota United on Saturday in a MLS Western Conference fixture. Portland is seventh in the conference table at 10-12-8 on 42 points with a goal difference +2. Portland defeated Atlanta United 2-1 last Sunday in its most recent MLS outing. Santiago Moreno opened the scoring for Portland with a goal in the 38th minute and Dairon Asprilla scored the eventual winner for the Timbers in the 82nd minute.
Portland has won three straight matches, which is the first time the Timbers have won that many straight since its run up to the MLS Cup Final last season. Portland has nine victories in its last 10 matches played during the month of September. Jaroslaw Niezgoda is the leading goal scorer for Portland with nine, while Sebastian Blanco and Dairon Asprilla have each scored seven. Blanco is the leader in assists with seven.
Minnesota United is fifth in the conference table at 13-5-11 on 44 points with a goal difference of +1. Minnesota was defeated at home last Saturday by FC Dallas 3-0. Minnesota lost midfielder Emanuel Reynoso early in the second half following an ankle injury and his status is unknown for Saturday. Reynoso had two excellent chances for Minnesota before leaving injured.
Minnesota has lost two consecutive matches by the same scoring line of 3-0, which is the first time since doing so in 2017. Emanuel Reynoso, who is questionable for Saturday's match, is the leading goal scorer for Minnesota with 10, while Luis Amarilla has scored nine. Reynoso is also the leader in assists with five, while Bongokuhle Hlongwane and Amarilla each have four.