Our prediction for this MLS match:
Banc of California Stadium will host Monday’s football game between Los Angeles FC and Portland Timbers. Los Angeles FC did well to beat LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo in the previous two home games in MLS, and it is no wonder bookies see them as favourites to beat Portland at home ground. Carlos Vela, who has overcome his injury, is widely expected to return to the starting XI for the hosts.
Portland Timbers, on the other hand, aim to build on back-to-back wins over Los Angeles Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps. The Timbers have been impressive on home soil of late, but given their anything but brilliant away record in the Major League Soccer, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the title-chasing side. The likes of Cascante, Bodily, Blanco, and Asprilla are all sidelined with injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Andy Najar):
Andy Najar is a Honduras footballer who plays for both Anderlecht and the Honduras national team. Najar is a product of D.C. United’s youth academy and it has to be noted that he was named in the USSF Development Academy starting XI in 2009. The Honduras player made his senior debut for D.C. United on March 27, 2010 in a game against Kansas City Wizards.
Andy Najar scored his first professional goal one month later in a match against Dallas. Najar impressed in the 2010 MLS season and, as a result, he received the Rookie of the Year award. Speaking of his international career, Andy Najar made his Honduras debut on September 3, 2011, coming as a substitute in a friendly game against Colombia.
The right-footed winger (full-back) represented Honduras at the 2012 Olympics and he scored his first goal for los Catrachos against Costa Rica in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup knockout stages. Andy Najar was born on March 16, 1993 in Choluteca.
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.