Our prediction for this MLS match:
Minnesota United will be looking to put an end to their five-game winless run in the Major League Soccer when they face Portland Timbers at Allianz Field. The Loons do not seem to be at the top of their game, but this game could be the turning point for the hosts, who defeated Kaiserslautern in a friendly on Thursday. Goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair is on international duty with Canada, while all Kemar Lawrence, Robin Lod, Mikael Marques, and Ryen Jiba should miss out through injuries.
The Timbers, on the other hand, failed to win the previous three league fixtures. Considering that Minnesota want this triumph more than Portland, we are tempted to put our money on Adrian Heath’s troops. All Yimmy Chara, David Ayala, and Eryk Williamson should miss out through injuries, speaking of the away team. Defender Zac McGraw is representing Canada at the 2023 Gold Cup.
Highlighted Player (Wil Trapp):
Wil Trapp is an American footballer who plays for Columbus Crew in MLS as a midfielder. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Trapp played for Akron Zips during his college career and in 2013 he returned to his hometown club Columbus Crew. Over the years the 173-cm tall footballer has established himself as a first-team regular and thanks to his thrilling performances in the Major League Soccer, he earned a place in the USA national team.
Wil Trapp made his USA debut on January 28, 2015 in a 3-2 loss to Chile. The Columbus man did well to wear captain’s armband in a friendly game against Bosnia and Herzegovina in January, 2018. Speaking of his club success, Trapp made it to the Eastern Conference play-offs with Columbus in 2015. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he is used as a centre midfielder as well.
The American footballer graduated from Lincoln High School where he was named the 2010 NSCAA National High School Player of the Year.
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.