Our prediction for this MLS match:
Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers go head to head at Rio Tinto Stadium on Thursday morning. Real Salt Lake aim to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps where the two sides were level on both goal attempts (8) and shots on goal (3). The Royals were more than unfortunate not to grab something from their last league match, but they are surely capable of making life difficult for Portland Timbers at home ground.
It has to be noted that the likes of Garcia, Luiz, Onuoha, and Rossi have all been tested positive for coronavirus, while Rusnak in on the international duty with Slovakia. As for Portland, the visitors are eyeing their sixth consecutive win in the MLS, but beating the Royals on the road is easier said than done. The likes of Asprilla (knee injury), Blanco (knee injury), and Bodily (thigh injury) and Polo (national selection) are sidelined for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Nedum Onuoha):
Nedum Onuoha was born in Warri, Nigeria on 12 November, 1986, but he was brought up in Manchester. He attended Xaverian College Manchester and he was a very good student. He was an outstanding junior sprinter as well and it has to be noted that he won the silver medal at the English School’s Athletics Association Junior 100 metres contest.
Speaking of his football career, he began playing at Manchester City at age 18, scoring three goals in 95 league appearances for the Citizens. He spent the 2010/2011 season on loan at Sunderland and in 2012 he signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Queens Park Rangers.
Despite the fact that he was born in Nigeria, Onuoha was eligible to play for England and you should know that he has 20 caps for England U21 team. However, he was never given a senior England debut despite being really close on several occasions. Onuoha won the Championship play-offs with Queens Park Rangers in the 2013/2014 season.
Highlighted Team (Portland Timbers):
Founded in 2009, Portland Timbers is a soccer club based in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers are well known for their green kit and their secondary colours are red and black. Portland welcome their opponents at Providence Park and the capacity of their home ground is 21.144.
The club hold a long-running rivalry with Seattle Sounders as the two clubs used to face each other in the North American Soccer League. In 2015 Portland Timbers did remarkably well to win the MLS Cup and that is considered the club’s biggest success.
The Timbers defeated Columbus Crew in the final of the tournament and it has to be noted that the title game was hosted by Mapfre Stadium (Columbus).
Former Premier League footballer Liam Ridgewell played for Portland in the 2015 MLS Cup final against Columbus Crew. Speaking of the club’s supporters, you should have in mind that the Timbers sold out almost every home game in the MLS. Portland’s main supporters group is the Timbers Army.