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Timbers head for Decision Day with LA in mind

After 1-0 loss to Colorado, LAFC might be first-round opponent
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

After a 1-0 loss at home to Colorado Wednesday, the Portland Timbers had little to gain from looking back at an uninspired effort at Providence Park, but everything to look forward to with Sunday's match at LAFC as it might very well be the opponent in the quarterfinals of the Major League Soccer playoffs. P

ortland dropped to second behind Sporting Kansas City in the Western Conference standing with the loss, and are just a whisper ahead of Seattle, with each having one match remaining.

Los Angeles sits in sixth.

There certainly are plenty of pathways LAFC could remain there and the Timbers could wind up third, which would put the two teams up against one another in the first round. P

ortland plays at LAFC Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

The eight playoff teams in the Western Conference have played their way into the expanded playoffs, with four being left out.

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