Our prediction for this MLS match:
Portland Timbers and Dallas square off against each other at Providence Park in what is expected to be an interesting MLS encounter. Portland suffered a dip in form, with the team losing to both Minnesota United and Austin in the previous two league fixtures, and, as a result, they head into Sunday’s clash with the lack of confidence. Midfielder Eryk Williamson is on international duty with USA, while all Attinella, Jome, Niezgoda, Paredes, and Polo have been struggling with injuries.
The Toros, on the other hand, continue with their old habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels. Dallas suffered a loss in each of their first five away games of the season, which is the main reason why home win should be considered. Midfielder Bryan Acosta is at the 2021 Gold Cup with Honduras, while all Hedges, Redzic, Roberts, and Zobeck are likely to miss the game with injuries.
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 Dallas):
Despite making it to the 2010 MLS Cup final, Dallas eventually failed to win the domestic trophy. The Toros (Bulls) were beaten by Colorado in the final played at BMO Field in Toronto and you should bear in mind that the Rapids scored the winner in the extra time.
That was the first and only time Dallas participated in the MLS Cup final, but in 2016 the club won the Supporters’ Shield and the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The Toros play their home games at Toyota Stadium, the venue that was opened in August, 2005. The stadium’s original name was Pizza Hut Park, but in September 2013 it was renamed as Toyota Stadium after Pizza Hut Park left as a main sponsor.
FC Dallas wear red shits with white stripes when playing at home, while their secondary colors are white and blue. Former Ajax and River Plate ace Mauro Rosales, who joined the Toyota Stadium outfit in 2016, is regarded as one of the club most significant stars.