Our prediction for this MLS match:
Thursday’s football game at Dignity Health Sports Park pits together LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake, the two teams who sit in the playoffs berth. LA Galaxy desperately needed a win against Portland Timbers, and they managed to get one in style, with the team putting an end to their three-match winless run. This game comes too early for Alvarez, dos Santos, and Lletget, who participated at the 2021 Gold Cup, but there are no injury worries in the home team.
The Royals, on the other hand, aim to retain their spot in top seven, and seeing that they are likely to go for a win in the midweek clash as well, we are tempted to put our money on over 2.5 goals. In their last meeting in the Major League Soccer the two teams played out a 2-2 draw. Glad is banned for the visitors, while all Brody, Datkovic, and Farnsworth are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Jorge Villafaña):
Jorge Villafana is an American footballer who began his senior career at Chivas USA. Villafana was born in Anaheim, California on September 16, 1989 and he played for the likes of Santa Ana DSP Juventus and Chivas USA during his youth career.
Nowadays, the American footballer plays for Portland Timbers, but it has to be noted that he made no more than eight appearances for the club in the 2018 season. In 2015, though, Jorge Villafana did well to win the MLS Cup in 2015 and three years later he clinched the Liga MX trophy (Clausura) with Santos Laguna.
Speaking of his international career, the Portland Timbers man made his full USA debut in a friendly against Serbia on January 29, 2017. Over the years Villafana has established himself as a first-choice left-back in the national team. His main position is left-back, but he is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well. The USA international has a dual citizenship (USA, Mexico).
Highlighted Team (Real Salt Lake):
Real Salt Lake joined Major League Soccer in 2005 as an expansion team of the league and four years later they won their first MLS Cup. The Royals faced star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy in the title game at Qwest Field in Seattle and Jason Kreis’ troops defeated David Beckham and Co. on penalties.
In 2013 Real Salt Lake made it to the MLS Cup final for the second time in the club’s history, but they were beaten by Sporting Kansas City on penalties this time out. The Royals participated in the CONCACAF Champions League final in 2011 as well, but Monterrey of Mexico eventually won the title. Real Salt Lake footballers wear red shirts and blue shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is white.
The likes of Clint Mathis, Jeff Cunningham and Eddie Pope are some of the notable footballers who played for the club in the past. Jeff Cunningham scored 19 goals in 32 appearances in the league for the Royals.