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For the Portland Timbers, it's good to be home.

Meanwhile, the road might not be as rough as it has been for the Chicago Fire.

Continuing their lengthy stay at Providence Park on Wednesday night, the Timbers look to remain unbeaten at home in the series against a Fire side that's trying to win back-to-back MLS road matches for the first time since 2013.

Portland (10-9-4) opened its string of 10 consecutive home matches with a 3-1 victory over Cascadia rival Vancouver on Saturday. Sebastian Blanco had a goal with an assist and Marvin Loria and Jeremy Ebobisse also scored for the Timbers, who have won three of four league matches and are 5-1-2 since June 30.

"We got the job done, and overall, it was a very good performance," coach Giovanni Savarese told the Timbers' official website. "Now, we need to make sure we keep on working, keep on getting better."

Portland, just below the playoff line in the Western Conference, is 4-0-2 at home since losing the opener at its renovated pitch 3-2 to Los Angeles FC on June 1. The Timbers are 3-0-2 all-time at home versus Chicago in league play.

However, the Fire (7-10-9) are aiming for a season-high third consecutive victory overall. In order for that to happen, though, they must win consecutive road contests within MLS for the first time since Oct. 4 and 12, 2013.

Since those two victories, Chicago is 10-63-25 away from home. That most recent win came 1-0 at Houston on Aug. 3, and was followed by Saturday's 3-2 home triumph over Montreal.

Goals by Dax McCarty and Nemanja Nikolic put Chicago up 2-0 within the first 19 minutes against the Impact. However, it needed Bastian Schweinsteiger's goal in the 88th minute to earn the full three points - and seven points over the last three.

"It was a very important three points for us," the All-Star Schweinsteiger, who also recorded an assist in the match, told the Fire's official website. "Hope we can continue like that. The spirit is good and we believe in ourselves. Where there is a will, there's also a way."

Nikolic, second on the team with eight goals, has scored one in each of the last two contests. He scored and Schweinsteiger added an assist in last season's 2-2 home draw versus Portland.

Ebobisse, meanwhile, has recorded three of his eight goals this season over his last five contests. Blanco had a goal with an assist against the Fire in 2018.

Updated August 12, 2019

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