The Timbers will clinch a spot in the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs with a win today.
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UPDATE: With Minnesota United FC losing at San Jose Earthquakes, the Timbers will clinch a spot in the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs with a win today.

Undefeated in the last five games, the Portland Timbers are now in 6th place in the Western Conference (46 points, 11-8-13) and above the playoff line by 3 points.

The standings may be tight, but Sunday's game against LAFC could be the clincher. Here's what it would take for the Timbers to secure a berth in the Audi 2022 MLS Cup Playoffs:

  1. Portland Timbers WIN vs. LAFC AND Minnesota United FC LOSS at San Jose Earthquakes OR
  2. Portland Timbers WIN vs. LAFC AND Real Salt Lake LOSS/DRAW at LA Galaxy OR
  3. Portland Timbers DRAW vs. LAFC AND Real Salt Lake LOSS at LA Galaxy

For the full picture—including what LAFC has at stake—watch veteran broadcaster Jake Zivin break it down in this week's edition of The Matchup:

THE MATCHUP | With the Timbers in 6th place in the West, Jake Zivin breaks down the playoff scenarios

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