MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, September 3 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Dallas 4/6 – Draw 11/4 – Portland 15/4

Match Preview

Western Conference leaders FC Dallas welcome Portland Timbers to Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening in a tie that could throw up a surprise result.

Dallas are on an incredible run of form at home, unbeaten in their last 20 – winning 15, so Toyota Stadium is the last place any side wants to be visiting at this stage of the season.

Oscar Pareja’s side top the Supporters’ Shield standings and they’ll be feeling of going all the way this season, they need to continue their current form and they’ll have a great chance of doing so.

Dallas have a number of first choice players out through either injury or international duty ahead of this one so the pressure is on them to prove squad depth isn’t an issue.

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Portland Timbers have failed to win in their last 13 games on the road in Major League Soccer, they’ll go some way to end that run here against Dallas considering their home form.

Caleb Porter’s side are sitting 6th in the West just above the red line. They have to at least finish in the top six to ensure this season isn’t seen as a complete failure and give themselves a chance of defending their MLS crown.

Portland have struggled for large parts of the season and their away form is preventing them from getting on a decent run of form. They do have a boost ahead of this one knowing how many Dallas regulars are away, but that by no means gives them a significant advantage.

A win here could be a turning point in The Timbers’ season, there are still 21 points up for grabs in their remaining fixtures, so anything is possible.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Team News

FC Dallas have just one injury concern heading into this tie as Zach Loyd is out with concussion. While Pareja doesn’t have a selection headache from injuries, he has an addition six unavailable as Tesho Akindele, Carlos Gruzeo, Moises Hernandez, Maynor Figueroa, Aubery David and Kellyn Acosta are all on international duty.

Portland Timbers have two players out in the form of Nat Borchers and Zarek Valentin. Portland have an additional three missing as Alvas Powell and Jermaine Taylor are on international duty with Jamaica, while Darlington Nagbe is with The USMNT.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: D/W/D/L/W

Portland Timbers’ last five: L/W/L/L/W

Key Stat: FC Dallas on a staggering 20 games unbeaten run at home in MLS.

Key Player: Mauro Diaz – The Dallas playmaker will be expected to open up the Portland backline, he has enjoyed a solid season so far.

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Score Prediction

FC Dallas 2-2 Portland Timbers – Given Dallas have seven players unavailable for this one a draw wouldn’t be the worst result, they’d remain top of the West and maintain their unbeaten home run. Portland would take a draw in this tie but a win would be a real confidence booster. Stalemate.


MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs New York City FC

Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. New York City FC

Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, May 15 – 19:30 ET (00:30 GMT)

Match Odds: Portland 8/11 – Draw 14/5 – New York City 7/2

Match Preview

Portland Timbers welcome New York City FC to Providence Park this weekend in the second outing of a double game week for the home side.

Portland come into this tie off the back of their 2-1 away loss against Dallas, their second defeat on the bounce.

The Timbers sit 9th in the Western Conference, far from where they are expected to be and looking a shadow of the side who won the MLS Cup just five months ago.

Caleb Porter’s side have only lost one of their home games this season, winning three and drawing the other, so they will feel their best chance of pushing their way up the West will be near perfect form at Providence Park.

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New York City FC are in a strong run of form coming into this tie, they are unbeaten in three, winning their last two.

Their 2-0 away win against Dallas last time out was New York City’s second win on the road this season from four. They have taken six points from a possible 12 on their travels.

Patrick Vieira’s side sit 4th in the Eastern Conference, trailing top spot by two points, if they can continue their solid run of form they could well be challenging to top the East come the end of the regular season.

New York City met Portland Timbers once in their inaugural season which ended in a 1-0 defeat. This is their first visit to Providence Park and they’ll be feeling confident of coming away with a favourable result.

NYCFC celebrate David Villa goal vs Toronto FC on March 13, 2016.

NYCFC celebrate David Villa goal vs Toronto FC on March 13, 2016.

Team News

Portland Timbers have three injury concerns heading into this tie. Andy Thoma, Alvas Powell and Adam Kwarasey are all expected to miss out.

New York City FC could be without up to five players this weekend. RJ Allen is out, while Frank Lampard, Connor Brandt and Jack Harrison are all doubts. Federico Bravo is suspended and Mikey Lopez is one caution away from suspension.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ last five: W/D/W/L/L

New York City’s last five: L/L/D/W/W

Key Stat: Portland Timbers have already lost five games this season compared to 11 in total for the whole of the 2015 regular season.

Key Player: David Villa – The NYCFC forward has netted seven goals in ten appearances so far this season and will be feeling confident heading into this one having scored three in his last two outings.

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Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 2-2 New York City – Portland have had some promising performances at home this season but are lacking a little confidence heading into this tie. New York City are in a good run of form but have been hit and miss on the road so far in 2016. A draw looks a likely result here which both sides would settle for giveN their form respectively ahead of the game.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New England Revolution vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – New England Revolution vs. Portland Timbers

Stadium: Gillette Stadium – Wednesday, April 27 – 19:30 ET (00:30 GMT)

Match Odds: New England 21/20 – Draw 5/2 – Portland 5/2

Match Preview

New England Revolution welcome Portland Timbers to Gillette Stadium on Wednesday night as both sides kick off the first of their double game week.

New England sit 7th in the Eastern Conference and come into this one off the back of their 3-0 away defeat against DC United.

Jay Heaps will be concerned about his sides recent form, as they have now failed to win in three games, they are going to have to turn that form around in order to work their way back up the East. It is far from devastating news for the Revs as they have drawn two of those three outings.

The Revs are unbeaten at home this season, winning one and drawing the other two and they have only conceded once at Gillette Stadium in 2016. New England face Orlando on Saturday so they’ll be looking to get off to a good start in their double game week here.

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Portland Timbers find themselves in lowly 8th in the Western Conference, a far from pleasing position for the Timbers fans.

Caleb Porter’s side have come up short so far this season and look a shadow of the side who won the MLS Cup last season, they’re going to have to improve on their performances if they are to force their way up the table.

All is not bad for Portland, who come into this one off the back of a great 3-1 home win against San Jose Earthquakes, their first win since their opening game of the season.

The Timbers are yet to win away from home this season and they’ll be hoping this will be the game to end an unbeaten run away from home against New England dating back to 2011. Portland face Toronto in the second outing of their double game week, so they need to make sure they come out of these two games with a respectable amount of points.

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Team News

New England Revolution have just three injury concerns as Steve Neumann is expected to miss out, while Juan Agudelo and Jose Goncalves are both doubts. Heaps has no players nearing suspension.

Portland Timbers have a squad riddled with injuries at this early stage in the season. Andy Thoma, Liam Ridgewell and Alvas Powell are all expected to miss out. Ben Zemanski, Adam Kwarasey, Darren Mattocks and Darlington Nagbe are all doubts. Porter will be also without Diego Valeri who is suspended.

Key Points

New England Revolution’s form: D/W/D/DL

Portland Timbers’ form: D/L/D/L/W

Key Stat: New England Revolution are yet to suffer defeat at home against Portland Timbers.

Key Player: Fanendo Adi – The Portland frontman has netted six goals already this season and he will be full of confidence having scored two last time out, they will need him to be in form if they are to pick up their first away win against New England Revolution.

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Score Prediction

New England Revolution 2-2 Portland Timbers – New England Revolution have struggled for form of late and face a Portland side who come into this one off the back of a very strong performance, they will be difficult to separate.

MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: StubHub Center – Sunday, April 10 – 21:30 ET (02:30 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 5/6 – Draw 13/5 – Portland 16/5

Match Preview

LA Galaxy welcome Western Conference rivals Portland Timbers to StubHub Centre on Sunday in a standout MLS fixture this weekend.  

Galaxy currently sit fourth in the West after a solid start to the 2016 campaign which has seen them lose just once in their four outings. They come into the tie off the back of their 0-0 draw against Vancouver Whitecaps – a respectable away point which they will look to build upon this weekend.

Bruce Arena will be pleased with how his side are performing in the early stages of the season and his defensive signings have made a great impact, as they have conceded the joint-second fewest amount of goals across both conferences.

Galaxy will be more than up for this tie and as always should be feeling confident at home. They have won nine of their last 11 ties at StubHub Centre and despite their squad being hit by some injuries to key players, LA will fancy their chances here.

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Portland Timbers have endured a difficult opening four games to the new season and they must now push on and start to pick up points if they are to stand a chance at retaining their MLS Cup title.

Caleb Porter’s side are sitting 9th, in the depths of the West, and that isn’t where the defending MLS Cup holders would have been expecting to be at the start of the 2016 season. There is no need for Timbers fans to panic as the season is still in its early stages.

Portland were thumped 4-1 away at Orlando last weekend, a result that not many would have predicted, and they need to bounce back into action this time out with a much stronger showing.

The Timbers haven’t travelled well against Galaxy, with last season’s win at StubHub their first in eight attempts. Worryingly for Porter, his side have conceded nine goals in their fours outings, something he will be desperately trying to improve on so Portland can work their way back up the table.

If Portland can take at least a point here it gives them a great foundation to build upon heading into their next two games, which are both at home.

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Team News

LA Galaxy could be without up to six players for this tie with some key faces missing through injury. Dan Kennedy, Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard are all expected to be out, while Giovani Dos Santos, Jeff Larentowicz and Leonardo are all doubts. There will be added pressure for those filling in, but Galaxy are fortunate to have impressive depth to the squad, so they should be able to manage without those key players.

Portland Timbers have just three injury concerns. Defensive duo Andy Thoma and Liam Ridgewell are out, along with midfielder Ben Zemanski.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s form: W/L/W/D

Portland Timbers’ form: W/L/D/L

Key Stat: Goals – These sides have shared an astonishing 24 goals in their last five meetings. If that is anything to go by we should be in for a cracker here. 

Key Player: Gyasi Zardes – The Galaxy forward will be expected to step up and provide for his side in the absence in some of their key players. He has netted twice already this season and has the ability to provide opposition defenders will problems.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 3-1 Portland Timbers – LA Galaxy are more than capable of winning this tie despite having some key faces missing from the squad. Arena will be expecting his side to take advantage of Portland’s recent struggles and continue a very strong run of home form against their opposition. True to recent meetings between these sides there will be plenty of action and goals are to be expected.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Orlando City vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – Orlando City vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: Orlando Citrus Bowl – Sunday, April 3 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Orlando 11/8 – Draw 23/10 – Portland 2/1

Match Preview

Orlando City welcome MLS Cup Winners Portland Timbers to the Orlando Citrus Bowl this weekend in a tie which should be packed with action.

Orlando have had a great start to their second season in MLS and remain unbeaten in three. Their performances see them sitting third in the Eastern Conference heading into the weekend.

Adrian Heath’s side come into this one off the back of their first win of the campaign, a 2-0 victory over New York City. They had drawn their first two of the season but will now look to make it two wins in a row against the reigning champions.

These sides met once in Orlando’s inaugural season, with Heath’s side coming out as 2-0 winners away at Providence Park and they will be hoping they can repeat that result as they welcome Portland to the Citrus Bowl for the first time.

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Portland Timbers have proven to be a bit of a mixed bag so far this season. They started 2016 with a win but have since lost and drawn in their last two fixtures.

Caleb Porter’s side come into this one off the back of their 2-2 draw against Real Salt Lake, a game they looked likely to lose at 2-0 down but a late brace from Fanendo Adi was enough to take a share of the points against an RSL side who ended the game with nine men.

The good news for the Timbers is their sole loss this season is the only time they have tasted defeat in their last 12 matches so they will be expecting to get on a strong run of form and push their way up the Western Conference, starting in Florida on Sunday.

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Team News

Orlando could be without up to four for this tie. Conor Donovan, David Mateos and Bryan Rochez are expected to miss out. There had been doubts about Kaka but the Brazilian insists he is fit to play and should make his first start of the campaign here.

Portland have just the two injury concerns as Liam Ridgewell and Andy Thoma are both expected to miss out here.

Key Points

Orlando City’s form: D/D/W

Portland’s form: W/L/D

Key Stat: Fortress – Orlando are unbeaten in their last eight home outings.

Key Player: Cyle Larin – The Orlando striker has netted in every game so far this season and has scored in the opening ten minutes in his last two appearances.
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Score Prediction

Orlando City 1-1 Portland Timbers – Both these sides will cause one another trouble throughout this tie. Orlando are already proving difficult to beat this season, while Portland are struggling for consistency. A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for either side.

2016 MLS Season Preview: Portland Timbers

As the 2016 MLS season edges closer, we’ll be publishing each team’s MLS 2016 Season Preview. Today we take a look at what reigning champions Portland Timbers will be hoping to achieve this season.

The 2015 season will be one Portland fans will treasure forever more. The Timbers managed to exceed all expectations by lifting the MLS Cup title in what was just their fifth season in Major League Soccer. Caleb Porter deserves great credit for the job he has done in Portland, and his attacking team fully deserved their success last term. The big question will now be: Can they do it again? Well, it’s certainly going to be tricky, but the Timbers still have a talented squad, a great coach and some of, if not the most passionate fans in MLS. Roll on 2016…

Last season’s finish:

Western Conference – Position: 3rd – P34 – W15 – D8 – L11

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What needs to change this year?

Despite their incredible success at the end of the season, the Timbers have a couple of areas they need to look at from their regular season displays. Firstly, their home form was not good enough for a team with such a noisy and passionate fanbase. The club only won eight of their 17 home matches during the regular season, ranking just 12th for points acquired at home, and need to make Providence Park more of a fortress in 2016. They could also do with scoring more goals. That seems a strange suggestion based on the quality of their attacking players, but Portland scored the third-fewest goals in MLS last time out and will want to alleviate some of the pressure on their defence by scoring more regularly this year.

Key changes to squad:

Ins: Chris Klute – Defender, Zarek Valentin – Defender, Ned Grabavoy – Midfielder, Jack McInerney – Forward & Jermaine Taylor – Defender

Outs: Norberto Paparatto – Defender, Michael Nanchoff – Midfielder, Maximiliano Urruti – Forward, Rodney Wallace – Midfielder, Jorge Villafana – Defender, Will Johnson – Midfielder & George Fochive – Midfielder

Key Player:

Diego Valeri – Midfielder – In a team that possesses many important players, Diego Valeri stands out most as the Timbers’ key man. The playmaker can win a match on his own, either through finding the net or threading through inch-perfect passes for teammates. He ended 2015 with three goals and nine assists over the course of the regular season and playoffs, with his most important striker coming just one minute into the MLS Cup Final. He will look forward to another fine season this time around.

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One to Watch:

Lucas Melano – Forward – The 22-year-old Designated Player moved to Portland last summer and went on to score two goals with four assists in 12 starts as a Timbers player. He will be expected to be a regular in the team in 2016 and would appear set for a big season. He’s still young but has already shown Portland fans what he’s capable of, with his fine solo goal against FC Dallas booking the Timbers’ place in the MLS Cup Final.

Predicted Finish:

Western Conference – 3rd – The Timbers look in good shape for another successful season and should be able to finish in the top three of the Western Conference again. The club performed incredibly in the playoffs, and will expect to make the postseason without much difficulty. They have made a few key changes to the squad and so it’s important they try and hit the ground running as reigning champions in 2016.

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Portland Timbers’ MLS Cup success “hasn’t sunk it yet”

Portland Timbers made history by winning a first ever MLS Cup title by beating Columbus Crew 2-1 at MAPFRE Stadium on Sunday night.

Portland head coach Caleb Porter admitted after the game that the team’s success had yet to fully register after a long but eventually successful season.

“It’s a great feeling, great feeling. All I could think about was sharing that moment with my players; we have been through a long season,” Porter said.

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“We have been together through highs and lows and they deserve all the credit, they are the ones playing the game inside of the lines and they had belief. I don’t think it has fully sunk in completely yet.”

The Timbers became the first team to win an MLS Cup championship away from home since the homefield advantage rule came into effect. They won more road games than anyone else in 2015 and extended that trend when it mattered most on Sunday.

Porter admitted that it wasn’t the smoothest of seasons but lauded the character of the Timbers team for the way that consistently battle.

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“A lot has been made of it not being smooth, but I think that is MLS. Every team goes through rough patches and that’s a big part of succeeding in this league. You have to survive and you have to keep the guys together and the locker room together.

“We haven’t always gone on long winning streaks, but when we do lose, we respond and get big wins and that’s what we did this year. Every time I think people thought that we were down and out, we pop up with a big result, the players deserve credit for that, that shows their character.”

MLS Playoff Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: MLS Playoffs (Western Conference Semifinal First Leg) – Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, November 1 – 17:00 ET (22:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Portland 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – Vancouver 11/4

Match Preview

Portland Timbers host the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Cascadia rivals’ first ever MLS Playoff clash on Sunday night in their Western Conference semifinal first leg.

Portland had to go the distance on Thursday night as they beat Sporting Kansas City in the knockout round in a game that went all the way to penalties, with all 22 players taking a spot-kick before Portland made it through, thanks to goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey’s heroics.

The Timbers will now host the first leg of Sunday’s Western Conference semifinal with rivals Vancouver but have to hope fatigue doesn’t put the tie out of their reach before the second leg next week.

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Caleb Porter knows his side have a genuine chance of lifting a first MLS Cup this season but needs to keep his players grounded. Winning the home leg is vital in playoff football and that will be the priority on Sunday night.

Vancouver were able to enjoy a bye week and were therefore able to enjoy watching the knockout round. But all focus will now be on their playoff opener and a trip to Portland presents a stern test for a side that has not yet won in two previous MLS Playoff games.

The Whitecaps sealed second spot in the Western Conference with a 3-0 home win against Houston last Sunday and come into this match as 2015’s best away side in MLS. Although Sunday’s win was their first in six.

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They know an away goal could be so valuable and should therefore look to attack Portland on Sunday. That could lead to an open, entertaining game – something we’ve seen in all four 2015 playoff games to this point.

Portland failed to beat the Whitecaps in three attempts during the regular season. Vancouver won 2-1 at BC Place in March before 0-0 and 1-1 draws followed at Providence Park in May and July respectively. The Timbers have only lost once at home to Vancouver in the past six years.

Team News

Portland are likely to be without Will Johnson and Ben Zemanski once again here. Maximiliano Urruti was the late hero in extra-time on Thursday but will likely start on the bench again, with Fanendo Adi set to lead the line.

Vancouver Whitecaps have a number of injury worries ahead of their playoff opener. Ben McKendry and Caleb Clarke are definitely out. Cristian Techera and more worryingly, Pedro Morales are both doubts but should be cleared to play. Pa Modou Kah is available to face his former club after completing his one-game suspension on Sunday.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ last five: L/W/W/W/W

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: D/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: Vancouver have conceded the fewest MLS goals of any side in 2015, with just 36 allowed and boast the best away record in the league.

Key Player: Adam Larsen Kwarasey – Portland’s playoff hero from Thursday night will need to put in another solid performance to give Portland a chance here against a Vancouver side that has fired an average of more than five shots per game – the third highest in MLS.

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Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – This is a huge game for Portland. Their playoff hopes likely hang on the result of this as they need to take a victory to Vancouver next week to have a real chance of progressing. The Whitecaps have only scored five goals in their last six outings but should find the net as Portland have struggled to keep clean sheets of late. Though the home side could just edge it by the odd goal to set up a thrilling second leg.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, October 25 – 19:00 ET (23:00 GMT)

Match Odds: Portland Timbers 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Colorado Rapids 6/1

Match Preview

Portland Timbers take on Colorado Rapids at Providence Park on Sunday evening as the home side look to secure a playoff spot on MLS Decision Day.

The Timbers are currently fourth in the Western Conference with 50 points, two ahead of fifth and sixth placed Seattle and SKC who both have 48, so a draw would do the job for Caleb Porter’s men.

Although, a victory for Portland would not only guarantee a top six finish but they could also sneak in through the back door to clinch an automatic semi-final spot should LA Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps both fail to win.

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Portland should come into this game full of confidence after an incredible performance last weekend saw them thrash LA Galaxy 5-2 away from home, sealing their third win in four games.

Portland Timbers’ MLS record: P33 – W14 – D8 – L11

Colorado Rapids cannot qualify for the playoffs and haven’t been able to for a while now – they will also certainly finish bottom of the Western Conference, irrelevant of their result here.

However, they did put an end to a run of four straight defeats with a remarkable 2-0 victory away at Sporting Kansas City in midweek to record their first win in seven games.

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Pablo Mastroeni’s side can play with freedom on Sunday in the knowledge that this is no more than a formality for them and there is no pressure other than to end on a high.

Colorado Rapids’ MLS record: P33 – W9 – D10 – L14

The Timbers won the last meeting between these two sides 2-1 back in May. They also beat the Rapids 2-1 the last time they met at Providence Park in July 2014. Colorado have beaten Portland just once in their last seven meetings (D2, L4).

Team News

Diego Valeri will miss the game for Portland Timbers through suspension after picking up too many yellow cards. Ben Zemanski (knee) remains a long-term absentee, while Will Johnson (leg) is a major doubt.

Colorado’s Michael Harrington (foot) is unavailable, while there are also doubts over the fitness of Drew Moor (foot), Dillon Serna (hamstring) and Jared Watts (toe). Sam Cronin is suspended after being sent off against SKC.

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Key Points

Portland Timbers’ last five: L/W/L/W/W

Colorado Rapids’ last five: L/L/L/L/W

Key Stat: Portland Timbers have recorded just one victory in their last six home games.

Key Player: Fanendo Adi – The big Nigerian forward is on fire. He’s bagged five goals in his last four games, including a brace at LA Galaxy last weekend. He’s a real handful and the Rapids will struggle to stop him.

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Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 3-1 Colorado Rapids – The Timbers should comfortably seal their playoff spot and if results go their way, they may even pinch an automatic semi-final place.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs New York Red Bulls

Competitions: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls 

Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, September 20 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)

Match Odds: Portland Timbers 13/10 – Draw 5/2 – New York Red Bulls 19/10

Match Preview

Portland Timbers entertain New York Red Bulls on Sunday with both side in playoffs places in their respective conferences.

The Timbers are sitting 6th in the Western Conference on 41 points. They come into the game off the back of a 0-0 draw at home against Sporting Kansas City. They now haven’t won in their last three.

Caleb Porter will have his players aware that they cannot afford to drop points at this late stage of the regular season, with no side in the Western Conference mathematically unable to make the playoffs. Just seven points separate Portland from bottom side Colorado Rapids.

Portland won 2-1 in the last meeting between the sides back in 2014. The last two ties between these two at Providence Park have ended 3-3.

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New York Red Bulls missed an opportunity to open up a three point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference in midweek as they lost 2-1 to New England Revolution.

They are still in a strong position to top the Eastern Conference as they have two games in-hand, but cannot afford anymore slip-ups.

NYRB haven’t won an away game in their last three attempts and will be aware that this will be no easy task.

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Team News

Portland have just the one injury concern coming into this one with Ben Zemanski out. Alvas Powell is one booking away from suspension.

New York Red Bulls will be without Chris Duvall and Roy Miller, both ruled out through injury. Connor Lade and Dax McCarty are both suspended due to yellow card accumulation. Felipe Martins and Matt Miazga are one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ last five in MLS: W/W/D/L/D

New York Red Bulls’ last five in MLS: W/L/W/W/L

Key Stat: Portland are unbeaten in their last then home games.

Key Player: Lloyd Sam – The Red Bulls winger has netted seven times this season, created 32 chances for teammates and has registered four assists. He can be a real handful for opposition defenders to deal with with his pace and direct approach.

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Score Prediction

Portland Timbers New 2-2 York Red Bulls – Another stalemate between these sides at Providence Park in a game with plenty of action.