2018 Key Transfers: Portland Timbers

With the 2018 MLS season drawing ever closer, we have been running through the standout transfers for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we take a look at Portland Timbers and their key signings ahead of the 2018 MLS season…

The Portland Timbers enjoyed a successful 2017 campaign as they made a strong charge to finish top of the Western Conference at the end of the season. However, they were left stunned as Houston knocked them out of the Conference Semifinals on home soil. That shock was followed by the departure of head coach Caleb Porter, who was loved by everyone associated with the club. He has been replaced with Giovanni Savarese and so how the former New York Cosmos coach handles the transition will be key to how successful Portland are in 2018. Some key offseason moves have been made to try and ensure they remain at the top end of the standings.

Key Signings

Andy Polo: Portland have added another dangerous weapon to their attacking arsenal ahead of the new season as Andy Polo joins from Mexico’s CA Monarcas Morelia. The 23-year-old winger has signed on loan with the option to buy at the end of the season. He is a versatile and speedy winger, who has represented Peru 15 times already, scoring once. The Timbers will hope his addition can fill the void left by Darlington Nagbe’s departure (more on that below).

Julio Cascante: Young defender Cascante joined the Timbers at the start of January in exchange for Targeted Allocation Money. At 24 years old he has already played international football for Costa Rica and has 100 professional matches under his belt. As with Roy Miller and David Guzman, Cascante has joined from Saprissa in his native Costa Rica. He will hope to impress and force his way into the starting XI on a regular basis.

Cristhian Paredes: Paraguayan prodigy Parades has joined on loan from Club America in Liga MX. Yet to play for Club America, Parades started his young career at Sol de America in Paraguay. Similar to Cascante, Parades has already made an appearance for his country. At 19, he has a long career in front of him and a point to prove as Portland will hope he can come in and add a new dimension to their attack.

Samuel Armenteros: Swedish striker Armenteros has joined on loan from Benevento in Serie A. He is yet another international signing, as he has played twice for Sweden. The question that will be posed is can he either partner or dislodge star striker Fanendo Adi in the Timbers strikeforce?

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Notable Departures

Darren Mattocks: Mattocks was the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft but his career has yet to live up to the potential that was assumed of the pacey striker. After spending the past six seasons in the Pacific Northwest with Vancouver and Portland, he is now on his way to DC United. He scored just five goals in 43 appearances for Portland.

Ben Zemanski: Zemanski joined Portland after three seasons with Chivas USA where he was a regular. Life at the Timbers was frustrating to say the least as injuries plagued his time in Portland. With only 15 starts over the last two years, Portland let his contract run out after five seasons and an MLS Cup.

Darlington Nagbe: Nagbe’s move to Atlanta was one of the major shocks of the offseason. Arguably one of the best players in the league on his day, his versatility and creative abilities would be an asset to any team. He was a huge fan favourite in Portland after joining in 2011 via the MLS SuperDraft. He joins Atlanta, with a huge $1.65 million in allocation money going the other way. Nagbe played 214 games, scored 27 goals and won one MLS Cup. Portland have lost one of their biggest stars, so it will be intriguing to see how they cope without him.

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2018 Key Transfers: Atlanta United

As the 2018 MLS season closes in, we will run through the key additions and losses for all 23 teams over the course of the winter transfer window. There have been a number of key signings and significant trades which should ensure the new season is as exciting as ever before. Today we look at all Atlanta United‘s key transfers and what it could mean for them in their second MLS campaign…

Atlanta United’s debut MLS season was undoubtedly a success. The Five Stripes grew into one of the most exciting teams the league has ever seen but more importantly, they created a passionate and vibrant soccer culture in the city of Atlanta. They set records for the highest average attendance per game as well as the total season attendance record. Mercedes-Benz Stadium won’t be an easy place for anyone to visit again in 2018. Atlanta’s aim will be to ensure they build on an excellent debut campaign by once again making the playoffs, but with the expectation to go further than the Knockout Round this time around…

Key signings

Ezequiel Barco: The biggest signing of the MLS offseason so far. The 18-year-old Argentine winger joins Atlanta from Independiente as the most expensive signing in MLS history at around $15 million. His capture has turned heads across the league and surely in Europe too, given how highly regarded he is. This is not the sort of signing MLS clubs make. Barco is an agile, creative midfielder who can play wide or behind the striker. He is rapid with and without the ball and will undoubtedly get Atlanta fans off their feet. The prospect of Barco, Almiron and Martinez together will strike fear into any opponent and his signing should only increase the number of chances the Five Stripes create.

Darlington Nagbe: Not only have Atlanta improved their attacking threat by adding Barco, but they’ve acquired one of the league’s most consistent and dangerous playmakers in Nagbe. Atlanta technical director Carlos Bocanegra said he was their top target this offseason and they wasted no time in making a blockbuster trade with Portland back in December. Nagbe is entering his eighth consecutive MLS season and first away from Portland. If he can settle into his new surroundings quickly, he’ll ensure Atlanta are one of the league’s top contenders, as they plan to be.

Franco Escobar: Atlanta have also focused on their backline this offseason and the addition of Franco Escobar is important as the young Argentine should slot straight into the starting lineup. He will be versatile enough to play as part of a three-man defensive setup, or alternatively as a right-back in a more traditional four-man defence. He arrives from Newell’s Old Boys where he broke through three years ago and will be expecting to develop well under the guidance of Tata Martino.

Notable Departures

Yamil Asad: The loss of Asad is significant for Atlanta but it might not be felt if Nagbe and Barco hit the ground running in the way that is expected of them. Asad was on loan for the 2017 season from Velez Sarsfield and despite Atlanta’s best efforts to agree a deal that would bring him back for 2018 and beyond, Asad has decided to move on. The club couldn’t agree a suitable deal with the midfielder and his rights are now being sold by the club. He scored seven goals and added 13 assists in 2017 and so those numbers will need to be replaced by the likes of Nagbe and Barco.

Carlos Carmona: He started 31 games last season but Carmona won’t be returning to the Atlanta midfield for the 2018 season. The club agreed to sell the experienced Chilean to Colo-Colo after weeks of speculation, with personal reasons the main factor in the end. His loss leaves a hole in the defensive midfield spot for Atlanta, with Jeff Larentowicz the only established name ready to play the position. Expect additions in that area before the season begins.

Tyrone Mears: He might have only played in 21 of the 34 regular season games last season but the loss of Mears will have removed some key experience from the Atlanta dressing room. The English defender scored one goal and added one assist last season and has now joined Minnesota after the Five Stripes declined his option for 2018. He might not be the biggest miss on the field but his absence might well be felt off of it.

Gallery: Exclusive photos from Portland’s 2-1 win over Vancouver

Portland Timbers returned to winning ways against Cascadia rivals Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Darlington Nagbe and former Vancouver striker Darren Mattocks.

Nagbe opened the scoring with a thundering strike that went in off the crossbar, leaving David Ousted no chance. Mattocks then doubled the lead before halftime, turning in a Diego Valeri cross to prove that he can be an adequate replacement for Fanendo Adi, who missed out through suspension.

Vancouver battled back to score just before the hour-mark, with Fredy Montero tapping in from the rebound after watching Jeff Attinella save his penalty.

The Whitecaps remain winless away from home, having lost all three road trips this term and now have to prepare for three more on the spin before returning to BC Place in a month.

Portland still top the Western Conference and the Supporters’ Shield standings after picking up 16 points through their first eight games.

Check out exclusive photos from Saturday’s Cascadia Cup rivalry clash at Providence Park, courtesy of MLSGB photographer, Denise McCooey.

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MLS Fantasy Focus: Time to load up on Quakes stars for latest DGW?

By Jamie Dawe and Sam Martin

If you are squeamish, don’t click on the following link. Nigel De Jong’s horror tackle on Darlington Nagbe overshadowed all other gameplay this weekend and if you want to indulge yourself in this footballing monstrosity, you can watch the challenge here. However, there were some more positive goings on this week in MLS. A total of 14 players picked up a score in the double digits and there were some standout performances from unexpected stars, as well as contributions from the usual suspects.

Week 5 Review

The Good:

It was a more enjoyable experience for the spectators who could enjoy ten 11vs11 matches, the way football should be played, as no red cards were issued this weekend. It was a good week for DC United who picked up only their second win of the season and their first in front of their own supporters. Regular starter Fabian Espindola ($10.1) and late substitute Alvaro Saborio ($7.7) both netted braces in an emphatic 4-0 win over the Whitecaps, bringing them 14 and 11 points respectively and making Espindola the highest point scorer of the week. Also standing out this weekend, Real Salt Lake extended their unbeaten run to five games with star of the season so far, Joao Plata ($9.5) netting his fourth goal of the season.

At the other end of the Western Conference, Seattle Sounders’ defender Chad Marshall ($8.5) equalised in the 94th minute to save a point for the Sounders against Houston as he picked up 10 points for the gameweek himself. Having heavily criticised the Chicago defence on the opening game of the season (conceding four goals at home to New York City), it’s clear their players must have been paying attention to the criticism, as they have gone on to concede just one goal from their next four matches and are yet to lose since the opening day. This meant that ‘keeper Matt Lampson ($4.7), along with defenders Johan Kappelhof ($7.7), Jonathan Campbell ($5.1), Rodrigo Ramos ($6.1) and Michael Harrington ($5.3) all picked up between 6 and 10 points this weekend. Houston Dynamo striker Giles Barnes scored a fine goal, which also deserves a mention here as he casually looped the ball over Stefan Frei’s head to put the Dynamo in the lead. It’s certainly worth a watch and you can do just that right here.

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The Bad:

For the first time all season, there was not a single red card in any match during the weekend! However, one sour point was Nigel De Jong’s ($9.1) tackle on USMNT star Darlington Nagbe ($9.0), which was certainly a tackle worthy of a red. It does seem that De Jong has been retrospectively banned, but we’re yet to find out how long for.

Whilst it may not have been a weekend for red cards, there were a large quantity of own goals and defensive disasters to talk about. Portland Timbers’ Nat Borchers ($7.7) netted a late own goal to rescue LA Galaxy a point as Portland continued their winless run that has lasted since their only victory of the season on opening day. Also guilty of scoring at the wrong end, San Jose defender Victor Bernardez ($7.5) chalked up Dallas’ equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Toyota Stadium. Defensively, it was a horror show for the Vancouver Whitecaps, who let in four goals away to DC United, with none of their back four picking up anymore than 2 points this week. Meanwhile in the Eastern Conference, Bradley Wright-Phillips ($10.7), a man who netted 18 goals last season, is yet to score a goal this term. He fired ten shots on Saturday (more than anyone else in a single game so far this season) and missed a perfect opportunity to end this drought, missing from the penalty spot against Sporting Kansas City. New York have failed to score in four out of five games this season, although ironically it has been their defence that has been hit by injury, so their first-choice attack has no excuse for not racking up the goals so far.

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Week 6 Preview

Must Buy:

It’s double gameweek time! The second DGW of the MLS season gives you the opportunity to bring in an impressive points haul. With San Jose playing two out of form teams in the New York Red Bulls and Portland Timbers, my money would be behind them for banking some top scoring players. My main suggestions would be the ever reliable Chris Wondolowski ($10.7), who will also take any penalties, along with key men Quincy Amarikwa ($7.6) and Marvell Wynne ($7.0), both of whom will surely start both games. If you’re looking for value for money out of the double gameweek players, look no further than the Rapids’ Ugandan midfielder Micheal Azira ($5.5) and towering Swedish centre-back Axel Sjoberg ($5.5). Returning SKC captain Matt Besler ($8.7) might also be a good shout if you’re looking for a big name defender to bolster your squad.

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Must Sell:

Chicago Fire only play twice in the next two gameweeks, whereas other teams will tally several games in that period – so it’s worth getting value for money and removing Fire players (aiming at the 14.4% of you that have Brandon Vincent ($5.0). Replace him with a Rapids defender (they play five times in the next four weeks) or stick with a reliable points scorer like Justin Glad ($5.1) or Daniel Steres ($5.2). Anyone who has Darlington Nagbe ($9.0), might want to put their money to better use, as he could be out for an indefinite period of time after leaving the pitch on a wheelchair against the Galaxy on Sunday. Also, SKC defender Kevin Ellis ($6.9) could be about to miss an extended period of time after a nasty groin injury against the Red Bulls – so if you’re the owner of one of the 2,000+ teams that Ellis is in – you might want to look elsewhere for a few weeks.

Who will you be putting in your team for the upcoming DGW?

MLS Playoffs Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers

Competition: MLS Playoffs (Western Conference Final Second Leg): FC Dallas vs. Portland Timbers 

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Sunday, November 29 – 17:00 EST (22:00 GMT)

Match Odds: FC Dallas 10/11 – Draw 13/5 – Portland Timbers 3/1

Match Preview

It’s crunch time in the MLS Cup Playoffs as FC Dallas have to overturn a two goal deficit against Portland Timbers from the first leg of the Western Conference Final after losing 3-1 at Providence Park last weekend.

FC Dallas will be confident of a win on the night as they have won last six home matches, and of course finished top of the Western Conference during the regular season.

However, they have been far too fragile defensively of late. Having conceded six in their last three matches in the playoffs, a clean sheet will be crucial.

FC Dallas’ 2015 MLS record: P37 – W19 – D6 – L12

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Portland are the in-form team of the last four remaining playoff teams, having won their last four away matches in MLS and look in really good shape.

As much as form is essential in the run up to any match, FC Dallas have the capability to score goals and defensively Portland will have to be good.

Portland Timbers’ 2015 record: P38 – W17 – D10 – L11

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They do go to Toyota Stadium with a two goal cushion, and so have a safety net to hang on to, but Dallas have the away goal and that could play into their hands late on.

Either way, this game will be entertaining and should prove to be another thrilling contest.

Team News

FC Dallas are without Rolando Escobar and Bakary Soumare through injury.

Portland Timbers are without Ben Zemanski through injury.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: W/W/L/W/L

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

Key Stat: Portland Timber have won six of their last seven matches in Major League Soccer.

Key Player: Darlington Nagbe – The Portland attacking midfielder was the standout performer in the first leg and can turn any game in a flash with his ability.

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Score Prediction

FC Dallas 2-1 Portland Timbers – We’re expecting Portland to progress on the night, but Dallas should win the match. Once again, it is always tough to call MLS Playoff matches and both teams are capable of scoring freely so this should be a great contest.

World Cup Qualifier Preview and Prediction: USA vs St Vincent & The Grenadines

Competition: CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier – USA vs. St Vincent & The Grenadines

Venue:Busch Stadium, St Louis – Friday, November 13 – 18:30 ET (23:30 GMT)

Match Odds: USA 1/250 – Draw 14/1 – St Vincent 33/1

Match Preview

The US Men’s National Team get their 2018 World Cup Qualifying campaign underway on Friday night with a home clash against one of CONCACAF’s smallest nations in St Vincent & The Grenadines at Busch Stadium in St Louis.

The two nations have never met before but the USA are overwhelming favourites to seal a comfortable victory against the nation with a population of just over 100,000 people.

Jurgen Klinsmann will be looking forward to starting the USMNT’s World Cup qualifying campaign after a poor summer that saw the team underperform in the Gold Cup before losing the CONCACAF Confederations Cup playoff to Mexico in October.

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The USA have now only won one of their last six games, suffering five defeats in that time, and know they need to pick back up again.

The visit of St Vincent will be an intriguing one as so little is know about them. They beat Aruba 3-2 on aggregate in the playoff game to get to this stage of qualifying but are not expected to trouble the USMNT on Friday.

Klinsmann has labelled St Vincent as “tricky opponents” because he is so unfamiliar with how they play and who their main talents are.

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One man to watch is Oalex Anderson, who scored in their first-leg playoff win over Aruba in September. He plies his trade with USL team Seattle Sounders 2 and has scored nine goals since making his international debut just over a year ago.

But USA supporters will be mainly focusing on how the two newest members of Klinsmann’s team fare. MLS duo Darlington Nagbe and Matt Miazga are both attending their first USMNT camp and will hope to impress in a squad filled with young talent as Klinsmann looks to the future.

Key Points

USA’s last five: D/W/L/L/L

St Vincent & The Grenadines last five: D/D/W/L/W

Key Stat: USA have not lost a World Cup qualifying match on home soil since a 3-2 defeat to Honduras in 2001.

Key Player: Darlington Nagbe – The Portland Timbers playmaker will be desperate to impress head coach Jurgen Klinsmann on his USMNT debut. He’s unlikely to play 90 minutes but will look to make the difference nonetheless.

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Score Prediction

USA 3-0 St Vincent & The Grenadines – This should be a routine victory for the USA as they look to start their World Cup qualifying campaign in the right way. It was a turbulent summer for Klinsmann and his team. Although a comfortable win against one of CONCACAF’s smallest sides won’t answer many questions, it will give the home fans want they want to see.

Portland Timbers in wonderland as Sounders fall to third straight defeat

The Portland Timbers capped off MLS Rivalry Week with a stunning 4-1 victory over their fierce Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders at Providence Park on Sunday night.

Portland supporters unveiled an excellent tifo before the game which had the words ‘Timbers Wonderland’ on it and they were certainly there by full-time as they beat Seattle for the second time in two weeks.

The two sides faced off in the US Open Cup on June 16 as the Timbers won 3-1 after extra-time in a game which saw the Sounders end the match with seven players on the field.

Photo: Max Aquino

Photo: Max Aquino

Star strikers Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey were two of the men to leave the field in that Open Cup meeting and neither has played since as a result of injury and suspension respectively.

Seattle have lost three straight MLS games since that cup defeat to Portland and Sunday night’s heavy loss only piled more misery on Sigi Schmid and his players.

The Timbers seemed more fired up and seemingly wanted the three points more than their Western Conference rivals. Portland are now just one point behind Seattle at the midpoint of the campaign and are two points behind in this year’s Cascadia Cup series, tied on four points with the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Darlington Nagbe opened the scoring with his first goal in 17 MLS games before Lamar Neagle leveled up just before halftime.

Photo: Denise McCooey

Photo: Denise McCooey

Then Portland took control in the second-half as they proved too strong for their rivals. Fanendo Adi and Gaston Fernandez wreaked havoc as the Nigerian netted twice before substitute Rodney Wallace scored in stoppage time to cap off a fine display.

Portland play next on Wednesday night when they face Real Salt Lake in the Open Cup, while Seattle are back in action on Friday night as they host Supporters’ Shield leaders DC United.

How impressive were Portland in their 4-1 win over Seattle on Sunday night?

MLS Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rapids vs Portland Timbers

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

Venue: Sporting Dick’s Goods Park – Saturday, May 30 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: Colorado 11/8 – Draw 11/5 – Portland 2/1

Match Preview

Colorado Rapids play host to the Portland Timbers as both enter the weekend off the back of a midweek match. However, they endured different results as the Rapids lost 1-0 away to the Seattle Sounders and the Timbers were impressive in a 1-0 home win against DC United.

Colorado Rapids will have home comforts to call on, but have failed to be at all convincing thus far, and have a horrible run of only two wins from their last 26 MLS matches.

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Lying bottom of the Western Conference currently, the Rapids have drawn an incredible seven of their 12 matches and are in desperate need of a win here.

Colorado Rapids’ record this season: P12 – W2 – D7 – L3

Portland Timbers, as mentioned before, come into this as the more in-form side after their midweek victory over DC United.

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The victory leaves them just two points off the playoffs but inconsistency is hindering their potential because on paper their squad should easily be making a playoff place.

Portland Timbers’ record this season: P13 – W4 – D4 – L5

Yet to register back-to-back wins, the Timbers could change their fortunes with a win on Saturday night and some may say that they need to, especially with the Rapids just three points behind.

Team News

Colorado Rapids will be without Marcelo Sarvas, Marlon Hairston and Nick LaBrocca who all miss out through injury. Gabriel Torres could play on the right again as Kevin Doyle is expected to play in the number 10 role, with new signing Luis Solignac expected to play as the lone striker.

Portland look set to recall three starters to the side as they were rested for the DC game. Nat Borchers, Fanendo Adi and Jack Jewsbury are all expected to return. Ben Zemanski and Diego Valeri are reportedly out and will miss the tie, while Will Johnson could start his second game in succession after returning from a broken leg in the midweek win.

Key Points

Colorado Rapids’ last five: D/D/D/W/L

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

Key Stat: Portland Timbers have never won away from home against the Colorado Rapids.

Key Player: Darlington Nagbe – Possibly the most frustrating player in MLS, Nagbe can produce magic at times, but failing to deliver regularly leaves many disappointed. He is due a big game and could have it here.

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Score Prediction

Colorado Rapids 1-2 Portland Timbers – The penny may have dropped with the Timbers and they will hope to produce some displays that can fire them into the playoffs. The Rapids have been steady but are not winning enough and may fall short here.

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

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

Venue: Yankee Stadium – Sunday, April 19th – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)

Match Odds: NYCFC 13/10 – Draw 9/4 – Portland 21/10

Match Preview

New York City face Portland Timbers in the MLS Expansion Franchise’s second game in four days as both are looking for a vital win to end poor run’s of form so far this season.

NYCFC drew 1-1 with the Philadelphia Union on Thursday night as CJ Sapong stole two points away from the home side with his late goal, and Jason Kreis will hope his team can get back to winning ways on Sunday.

New York City have won just once so far, but that did come at home and they have looked a much better force when playing in front of their own fans.

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Portland will hope to avoid losing to another expansion franchise after being beaten 2-0 at home to Orlando City last Sunday, and they have also won just one game this season.

Caleb Porter’s side currently sit bottom of the Western Conference and should be a lot higher up than that after six weeks. They have yet to hit the ground running and need to find form fast.

A slow start last season cost them a place in the playoffs and they need to start winning matches to prevent the same fate this year.

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A trip to New York presents an opportunity in what should be an even contest, but neither can really afford to lose this one so it could be tight.

This will be the two sides’ only regular season meeting this season and it should be a good one.

Team News

New York City FC will be without George John, while Shay Facey remains a doubt. Mix Diskerud missed the game on Thursday after travelling with the USA squad but should come back in for this one. David Villa only played 45 minutes on Thursday and should be fresh to start come Sunday night.

Portland have four injury concerns to deal with as Will Johnson (leg), Diego Valeri (knee), Ben Zemanski (knee) and Michael Nanchoff (hernia) are all still out. Jack Jewsbury could return to the starting lineup, as could Dairon Asprilla. Fanendo Adi will start in attack and needs service to fire the Timbers to success.

Key Points

New York City FC’s last five: W/D/L/L/D

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

Key Stat: Leaky – Neither side has kept a clean sheet in their last three so goals can be expected in this one.

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Key Player: Darlington Nagbe – The Timbers playmaker has shown glimpses of class so far this season but needs a breakout game to give his side victory. This could be that game as he will hope to capitalise on some potentially tired NYCFC legs.

Score Prediction

New York City FC 1-2 Portland Timbers – This should be a close fought contest but the midweek game could come back to haunt NYCFC, who may be tired. The Timbers should be higher than bottom of the Western Conference and will look to seal a crucial victory in this one.

Three takeaways from Portland’s easy win over Chivas USA

Portland extended their unbeaten streak in MLS to six games on Wednesday night with a 2-0 win over Chivas USA, who fell to their fourth consecutive home loss. We take a look at the main talking points from the game. They are as follows:

1. Fanendo Adi shines on debut.

The 23 year-old Nigerian is on loan from FC Copenhagen in Denmark and he impressed on his debut with a well-taken brace.

With his size and pace, defenses will find it hard to stop the forward, who has plenty more on offer.

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2. Portland has many creative options.

With the Timbers being able to call on any two of four players to create in Michael Nanchoff, Diego Valeri, Gaston Fernandez and Darlington Nagbe, Portland have more than enough supply for their new striker (Adi).

We can see them mounting a very strong charge for the playoffs if they maintain their recent form.

 

3. Chivas lack firepower.

Chivas struggled once again to provide many chances in the final third. Erick Torres is leading the line and he is struggling to make enough of an impression on his own, as at only 5’11, he doesn’t have the size to command such a position.

He has scored eight goals in ten, a commendable feat given the lack of service but Chivas struggle as a team in the final third of the pitch.

Maybe a strike partner could solve this problem?

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