Our prediction for this MLS match:
There will be fireworks when Dallas and Portland Timbers go head to head in the MLS derby on Sunday. Dallas aim to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to San Jose Earthquakes, with the team eyeing their first win of the season. The Toros teenager Ricardo Pepi is pushing for his first start of the season after finding the net in the defeat to San Jose, while Jesus Ferreira is likely to miss the game through injury.
The Timbers, on the other hand, quickly bounced back from a 1-0 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps, with the team beating Houston Dynamo at the weekend. Portland aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but seeing that the hosts want this win more than the visitors, we are tempted to put our money on Luchi Gonzalez’ men. In their last meeting at Toyota Stadium Dallas recorded a 2-1 win over Portland, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Matt Hedges):
Matthew Hedges is a 193-cm tall centre back who was born in Rochester, New York on April 1, 1990. At the age of 18 he started his college career at Butler Bulldogs and in 2011 he moved to North Carolina Tar Heels. After scoring 18 goals in total in college football, Matt played for Reading United before joining MLS club FC Dallas.
The American footballer has been playing for FC Dallas since 2012 and in 2016 he won both US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield with the Toros. Matthew Hedges made his debut for USA national soccer team on February 8, 2015, coming as a substittute in the 72nd minute in a friendly against Panama.
2017 was the most successful year of his career as he won the CONCACAF Gold Cup with the Yenks. USA defeated Jamaica 2-1 in the title game, but Matt Hedges was not given an opportunity to play in the final. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Portland Timbers):
Founded in 2009, Portland Timbers is a soccer club based in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers are well known for their green kit and their secondary colours are red and black. Portland welcome their opponents at Providence Park and the capacity of their home ground is 21.144.
The club hold a long-running rivalry with Seattle Sounders as the two clubs used to face each other in the North American Soccer League. In 2015 Portland Timbers did remarkably well to win the MLS Cup and that is considered the club’s biggest success.
The Timbers defeated Columbus Crew in the final of the tournament and it has to be noted that the title game was hosted by Mapfre Stadium (Columbus).
Former Premier League footballer Liam Ridgewell played for Portland in the 2015 MLS Cup final against Columbus Crew. Speaking of the club’s supporters, you should have in mind that the Timbers sold out almost every home game in the MLS. Portland’s main supporters group is the Timbers Army.