Here’s how the Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake stack up entering Saturday’s Western Conference final of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
W#4 PORTLAND TIMBERS v W#7 REAL SALT LAKE
Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, Providence Park, Portland, Ore.
6:30 p.m. ET (FS1 / FOX Deportes; TSN 1 / TVA Sports 2)

REFEREE: Alan Kelly. AR1 (bench): Cameron Blanchard; AR2 (opposite): Jeremy Hanson; 4th: Joseph Dickerson; VAR: Geoff Gamble; AVAR: Jeremy Kieso
MLS Career: 154 games; FC/gm: 24.2; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 19; pens: 56
MLS Cup Playoffs: 10 games; FC/gm: 23.5; Y/gm: 2.7; R: 4; pens: 3

LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Timbers 12 wins, 49 goals … Real 8 wins, 40 goals … Ties 8
AT PORTLAND: Timbers 6 wins, 27 goals … Real 2 wins, 19 goals … Ties 6

2021 (MLS):
8/7: POR 3, RSL 2 (Asprilla 10; Y. Chara 29; Mora 62 — Rusnak 40; Kreilach 80)
9/25: POR 6, RSL 1 (Mora 27; Asprilla 36; Y. Chara 48; D. Chara 68; Niezgoda 85; Paredes 88 — Kreilach 41)
11/3: RSL 3, POR 1 (Rusnak 88 — Blanco 17, 45; own goal 38)

MLS CUP PLAYOFFS: Timbers 0 wins, 3 goals … Real 3 wins, 7 goals … Ties 0

  • The Timbers have reached the conference final stage for the fourth time in the club’s history, after defeating the top seed Colorado Rapids by the game’s only goal on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 25) at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The only goal of the contest was netted by defender Larrys Mabiala in the 90th minute – his second consecutive game with a goal, after not scoring a goal over 26 appearances during the regular season.
  • Real Salt Lake are in a conference final for the fifth time in the club’s history, following another road triumph, defeating Sporting Kansas City 2-1 at Children’s Mercy Park on Nov. 28. RSL came back from a goal down as Anderson Julio netted the equalizer in the 72nd minute, then Bobby Wood potted the game-winner in stoppage time.
  • The teams met three times during the regular season, and the Timbers won all three in goalfests. The first two meetings came in Portland: On Aug. 7, Dairon Asprilla, Yimmi Chará and Felipe Mora all scored goals in a 3-2 result, then on Sept. 25, six different players scored goals for the Timbers, the first by Felipe Mora, and one from both Yimmi and Diego Chará (the second time brothers scored a goal in the same game), in a 6-1 win at Providence Park. In the last meeting, Nov. 3 at Rio Tinto Stadium, Sebastián Blanco scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-1 Portland victory.
  • The Timbers have come away with points in eight of the last nine league meetings between the teams, over the last four seasons, winning seven with one draw. The lone RSL win in the span was a 2-1 victory Oct. 14, 2020 in Sandy.
  • The teams have met twice in the MLS Cup Playoffs – and Real have advanced on both occasions. In the last meeting, in Round One of the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, Jefferson Savarino scored the game-winner three minutes from the end, giving RSL the 2-1 win on Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium. The teams also met in the Western Conference Championship in 2013, with RSL gaining a place in MLS Cup after winning the series 5-2 on aggregate, victorious in both legs, 4-2 at home and 1-0 in Portland.

TIMBERS: Steve Clark was credited with three saves in recording his second career shutout in the MLS Cup Playoffs in 11 outings, his first coming Nov. 22, 2015 with the Columbus Crew, 2-0 vs. New York Red Bulls.

REAL: Justin Meram collected his third career assist in the MLS Cup Playoffs, making his 18th career playoff appearance (coming off the substitutes’ bench for the last two after starting the first 16). … Andrew Brody recorded his first career postseason assist, in his second appearance.