Our prediction for this MLS match:
All eyes will be on Yankee Stadium when New York City and Portland Timbers face each other in the MLS is back tournament quarter-finals. New York City did not make a flying start to the competition, with the team suffering back-to-back losses to Philadelphia and Orlando, but they proved their worth in triumphs over Inter Miami and Toronto.
Even though Ismael Tajouri has joined Gedion Zelalem in the recovery room, we believe that home win should be considered as Deila Ronny’s troops impressed in the triumph over Toronto. Portland Timbers booked their place in the quarter-finals by beating Cincinnati on penalties. Giovanni Savarese’s troops, though, have been anything but impressive at the back at the tournament, and that is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on New York City. The likes of Dairon Asprilla and Andres Flores are sidelined with injury for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Alexandru Mitrita):
Italian Serie A is a Romanian footballer who is well known for his height. The 199-cm attacking midfielder, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, was born in Craiova on February 8, 1995 and he started his youth career at Turnu Severin.
In 2012 he moved to fellow Romanian club Viitorul Constanta and in 2015 he signed a deal with Italian side Pescara. After scoring 2 goals in 34 appearances for the Dolphins, he returned to Romania, signing a contract with Universitatea Craiova. Alexandru Mitrita was on New York City’s radar during the 2017/2018 season and seeing that he scored 18 goals in the national championship, the chiefs of the MLS club decided to sign him in 2019.
The Romanian footballer made his MLS soccer debut in a 2-2 draw with Orlando City, but he failed to find the net. Alexandru Mitrita’s preferred foot is right, but he often plays as a left winger.
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.