Game on: RSL travels to Portland to play Timbers Saturday, as scheduled

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Portland Timbers defender Jorge Villafana (4) pressures Real Salt Lake midfielder Everton Luiz (25) along with Portland Timbers forward Dairon Asprilla (27) as Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers play in their first MLS playoff game at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019.

Real Salt Lake will play Saturday against the Portland Timbers, as originally scheduled.

RSL sent a news release Friday afternoon informing that the team will travel to Portland for the game. These releases are normal, but Friday’s was notable because of the uncertainty surrounding whether the game would occur after RSL and LAFC decided not to play their game Wednesday to show solidarity with other sports leagues not playing their games to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake.


When • Saturday, 8:30 p.m.


It was still unclear as recently as Thursday whether RSL would go to Portland. But Friday’s announcement seems to have put that uncertainty to bed.

RSL will have an almost entirely healthy roster with the exception of Douglas Martinez, who is out with a concussion, and Chris Garcia, who is still recovering from what the team describes as a “non-soccer injury.”

RSL also announced Friday that the game between RSL and LAFC has been rescheduled for Sept. 9 at Rio Tinto Stadium.

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