Our prediction for this MLS match:
Portland Timbers and FC Cincinnati face each other at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the MLS playoffs last 16. Following back-to-back wins over LA Galaxy and Houston Dynamo, Portland shared the spoils with Los Angeles FC to clinch top position in group F, but they do not want to stop now. Giovanni Savarese’s troops have been producing fine displays at the MLS is back tournament, and they are surely capable of beating Cincinnati in Wednesday’s football match.
The Orange and Blue, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Portland by shocking both Atlanta United and New York Red Bulls. Cincinnati aim to claim yet another major scalp at the tournament in Bay Lake, Florida, but they will have a big fish to fry against Portland Timbers. In their last meeting in the Major League Soccer Cincinnati crushed Portland Timbers 3-0, meaning that the nominal hosts are hungry for revenge.
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 (FC Cincinnati):
FC Cincinnati will make their MLS debut in the 2019 season. Based in Ohio, the Orange and Blue are a team who is expected to play their home games at West End Stadium. However, seeing that the West End Stadium is still under construction, FC Cincinnati will welcome their rivals at Nippert Stadium at the start of the season.
The team’s home colors are orange and blue, whilst they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. Justin Hoyte, who used to play for the likes of Arsenal and Middlesbrough in the Premier League is considered one of the team’s most famous footballers.
The Orange and Blue will make their MLS debut against Seattle Sounders, whilst they will play their first ever home game in the league against Portland Timbers. It has to be noted that FC Cincinnati has five supporters groups: Die Innestadt, The Legion, The Pride, Queen City and The Briogaid.