Our prediction for this MLS match:
After impressing at the MLS is back tournament, Portland Timbers suffered a massive 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake in their first league match after the coronavirus football break. Giovanni Savarese’s men aim to get back on course as soon as possible, and you should bear in mind that they are eyeing their third home win of the season. Dairon Asprilla and Andres Flores are sidelined with injury, while Yimmi Chara is rated doubtful for Sunday’s clash against Real Salt Lake.
The Royals, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 4-1 win over Colorado Rapids, and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play. Douglas Martinez is out of contention through injury for the visitors, while Christopher Garcia will be assessed ahead of the kick-off. Anyhow, home win should be considered as Portland Timbers were producing splendid displays at the pre-season tournament.
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 (Real Salt Lake):
Real Salt Lake joined Major League Soccer in 2005 as an expansion team of the league and four years later they won their first MLS Cup. The Royals faced star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy in the title game at Qwest Field in Seattle and Jason Kreis’ troops defeated David Beckham and Co. on penalties.
In 2013 Real Salt Lake made it to the MLS Cup final for the second time in the club’s history, but they were beaten by Sporting Kansas City on penalties this time out. The Royals participated in the CONCACAF Champions League final in 2011 as well, but Monterrey of Mexico eventually won the title. Real Salt Lake footballers wear red shirts and blue shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is white.
The likes of Clint Mathis, Jeff Cunningham and Eddie Pope are some of the notable footballers who played for the club in the past. Jeff Cunningham scored 19 goals in 32 appearances in the league for the Royals.