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Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids preview: Odds, how to watch, TV channel, kick-off time, head-to-head stats and team news

The revamped Colorado Rapids open their season with a visit to a Western Conference rival, the Portland Timbers.

The Timbers have struggled in the past two seasons, finishing 19th in the league last season and 16th in 2022. Colorado, after finishing 28th out of 29 teams, brought in three players with United States Men's National Team experience and a new coach to turn the team around.

Both teams are in a period of transition and will want to start the 2024 season on a high note.

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids odds

Portland Timbers

-143 ML

Draw

+300 ML

Colorado Rapids

+350 ML

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids information

Where

Providence Park, Portland, OR

When

10:30 PM, Saturday, February 24

How to watch

MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids props

Anytime Goalscorer

Felipe Mora

+137

Dairon Asprilla

+187

Ferreira Evander

+187

Cole Bassett

+350

Djordje Mihailovic

+500

Player to be booked

Ralph Priso-Mbongue

+140

Lalas Abubakar

+187

Moise Bombito

+187

Lamine Diack

+210

Eryk Williamson

+225

Portland Timbers team news

New signings Maxime Crepeau and Kamal Miller could make their debuts in new head coach Phil Neville's first match with the Timbers.

Midfielder Marvin Loria is out for 4-5 months after undergoing knee surgery earlier in February. Defender Claudio Bravo is also out after undergoing a knee operation in January that will keep him out for 10-12 weeks.

Colorado Rapids team news

New signings Lamine Diack, Omir Fernandez, Andrew Gutman, Jasper Loffelsend, Rafael Navarro, Miguel Navarro, Djordje Mihailovic, Zack Steffen, Sidnei Tavares and Sam Vines, plus draftees Wayne Frederick and Kimani Stewart-Baynes, could make their debuts.

This match will be the Rapids' first under new head coach Chris Armas. He previously managed the New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC, and he served as an assistant under one of the innovators of the high press, Ralf Rangnick, at Manchester United and under Jesse Marsch at Leeds United.

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids stats

Both teams missed last season's MLS Cup Playoffs: Portland finished 10th in the West with 43 points and a 11-10-13 (wins-draws-losses) record and Colorado finished last with a 5-12-17 record for 27 points.

The Timbers went 9-3-5 at home while the Rapids went 2-4-11 on the road in 2023.

Portland had the sixth-oldest team in MLS by average age last season (28.2) and the team retained the majority of its key players for the 2024 season. Colorado, on the other hand, could have an entirely new starting XI under its new coach if he decides to go that route.

The Timbers held the second-lowest percentage of possession at 46 percent, and the Rapids had the ball slightly more at 46.6 percent.

Colorado scored the joint-fewest goals in MLS in 2023 with 26; Portland scored 46. Cole Bassett was the Rapids' top scorer with six goals and Evander was the Timbers' top scorer with nine goals.

The Rapids made the fewest progressive passes per game last season with 32; the Timbers averaged the 11th-fewest with 36.7 per 90 minutes.

Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids head-to-head

Portland Timbers

13 wins

Draws

7 ties

Colorado Rapids

10 wins

Odds mentioned in this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.

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