The Portland Timbers have faced two MLS Cup champions in MLS Cup history and two MLS Super Bowl champions.
They’ve also played in the MLS Cup Finals in 2005 and 2013, the first of which ended in a draw.
But with two weeks to go until the season opener, the Timbers will have to be on their game if they’re going to make it out of the group stage.
They need to get a win on Sunday and they’ll need it against the Galaxy.
Portland has only lost one of its past six games, and they haven’t lost to a team with a winning record in three of those.
LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane scored twice in Sunday’s 2-1 loss, giving him eight goals in his past 10 games for the Galaxy, who will play their first game at StubHub Center on Saturday.
They’re coming off a loss at Seattle on Saturday and haven’t scored in four games, while Seattle’s defense has allowed six goals in its past three games.
The Galaxy (3-6-5) have lost three of their past four games.
They were shut out twice by Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, including in the first half when Keane was sent off in the 87th minute for a dangerous challenge on defender Dan Kennedy.
It was the first yellow card in a game this season for the Sounders.
“They played well, but it’s a game we’ve got to play,” Galaxy head coach Curt Onalfo said.
“We’ve got three games left, and we’ve just got to come out and play good soccer.”
The Timbers have scored three goals in their past two games, including two in the last five minutes.
That’s not good enough to overcome a Galaxy team that’s scored 11 goals in the past five games.
“When we’re playing well, we score goals,” defender Omar Gonzalez said.