Our prediction for this MLS match:
Portland Timbers play host to Colorado Rapids at their Providence Park in a highly-anticipated MLS game. Portland Timbers are eyeing their fourth consecutive league win, and fourth straight clean sheet as well. Keep in mind, though, that all Eryk Williamson, Andy Polo, and Jeff Attinella miss out with injuries, while both Diego Valeri and Cristhian Paredes are major doubts. Colorado Rapids have been playing some low-scoring games of late as well.
There have been under 2.5 goals in each of their last three league fixtures, and, taking everything into account, we are unlikely to see goals galore at Providence Park. Younes Namli is sidelined with injury, while both Lalas Abubakar and Auston Trusty face races against the clock to be fit for the midweek game. In their last encounter in the MLS Colorado Rapids defeated Portland Timbers thanks to Kellyn Acosta’s goal.
Highlighted Player (Andres Flores):
Nicknamed Ruso, Andres Flores joined River Plate youth academy in 2006. Flores played for River Plate’s Reserves from 2006 to 2008 and he was producing terrific displays with los Millonarios. However, he began his professional career in his homeland club Isidro Metapan, scoring ten goals in 95 appearances for the Salvadorian outfit. In 2012 he signed a loan deal with Danish club Viborg, but he played only one game for the Greens.
Andres Flores was then sent on a loan to New York Cosmos and after making eight appearances for the MCU Park outfit, he signed a permanent contract with the club in 2015. The El Salvador midfielder, who is capable of playing as a striker as well, made his debut for New York Cosmos on August 2, 2014 in a 1-0 loss to Carolina RailHawks.
Speaking of his international career, Andres Flores received his first call-up for the El Salvador national football team in March, 2008 in a friendly against Trinidad & Tobago.
Highlighted Team (Colorado Rapids):
Colorado Rapids is a Major League Soccer club and they compete in the USA professional soccer league as a member of the Western Conference. Colorado began their play in MLS back in 1996 and 14 years later they managed to win the MLS Cup trophy. The Rapids recorded a 2-1 win over FC Dallas in the final of the tournament, with George John scoring the winner for Gary Smith’s team in the extra time. Colorado made it to the MLS Cup final in 1997 as well, but D.C. United proved to be a big catch for the club in the title game.
The Rapids play their home games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and the venue has been Colorado’s home ground since 2007. It has to be noted that the likes of Tim Howard, Carlos Valderama, Claudio Lopez and Jermaine Jones were all part of the club in the past. Colorado’s colors are red, sky blue and white, but they were yellow shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.