Our prediction for this MLS match:
Monday’s football game at Providence Park pits together Portland Timbers and Los Angeles FC, the two teams who are eyeing top position in the Western Conference. Portland aim to overtake Seattle in the top position in the standings, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Los Angeles. It has to be noted that the likes of Asprilla, Blanco, Bodily, and Cascante are all likely to miss the game through injury for the hosts.
Los Angeles, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps, but they will have to do it without injured star Carlos Vela. The good news for the visitors, though, is that Diego Rossi, Brian Rodriguez, Diego Palacios, and Jose Cifuentes should return from international duty. Anyhow, given the attacking potential of the two title-chasing sides, both teams to score betting option should be considered.
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 (Los Angeles FC):
Seeing that Los Angeles FC will be competing in Major League Soccer from the 2018 season, the club chiefs did well to reinforce the squad. Several high-profile players joined the club in the winter of 2018, with Mexican ace Carlos Vela being the biggest name to sign a deal with LAFC.
The new expansion team will host their rivals at Banc of California, the stadium which is planned to be opened on April 29, 2018. The venue should hold up to 22,000 spectators. Los Angeles FC will be coached by Bob Bradley in the 2018 MLS campaign and they will be wearing black and gold kits in the USA professional soccer league. Speaking of their bitterest rivals, there will be fireworks when Los Angeles FC face LA Galaxy in the Major League Soccer.
District 9 Ultras and Black Army 1850 are considered the club's biggest supporters groups and it has to be noted that they used to support Chivas USA. Los Angeles FC were founded on October 30, 2014.