Our prediction for this MLS match:
Sunday’s MLS game at Providence Park pits together Portland Timbers and Los Angeles FC, the two teams who sit in the playoffs berth. Portland have been in a splendid form in September, with the team beating all Austin, Portland, and Minnesota United earlier this month, while sharing the spoils with Columbus. The Timbers, though, have yet to secure a spot in the Western Conference playoffs, and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against Los Angeles.
All Justin Rasmussen, Blake Bodily, George Fochive, Felipe Mora, Diego Gutierrez, and Hunter Sulte should miss out with injuries. The visiting side, on the other hand, have already cemented top position in the standings, meaning that they should be happy with one point from Sunday’s showdown. A man to watch in the away side will be Carlos Vela, who scored a brace in a 3-1 win over Houston, while both Julian Gaines and Erik Duenas remain in the treatment room.
Highlighted Player (Dario Zuparic):
Dario Zuparic is a Croatian footballer, who plays for Pescara as a defender. Zuparic played for the likes of Sladograna Zupanja, NK Granicar Zupanja and Cibalia during his youth career. He continued playing for Cibalia at senior level and he made 57 league appearances for the Croatian outfit from 2011 to 2013.
In 2013 he signed a contract with Pescara and made 21 appearances for the team in the 2013/2014 Serie B campaign. Zuparic quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Pescara and it has to be noted that he played 36 games for the Delfini in the 2015/2016 season. The Pescara highly rated defender was born in Croatia, but he started playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He has 3 caps for Bosnian and Herzegovina U19 team, but he eventually decided to represent Croatia on the international stage. Zuparic has 5 caps for Croatia U20 and he played three matches for Croatia U21. The 188-cm-tall footballer was born on 3 May, 1992 in Zupanja.
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.