Our prediction for this MLS match:
All eyes will be on Century Link Field when Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers face each other in the Major League Soccer on Friday morning. Seattle Sounders head into the match following a goalless draw with San Jose Earthquakes where they had no more than 4 goals attempts. The hosts aim to get back on course as soon as possible, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Portland Timbers.
It has to be noted that the likes of Jones, Leyva, and Muse are all likely to miss the game with injury. Ruidiaz, Svensson, and Arreaga return from international duty. Portland failed to win the previous two league fixtures, and given Seattle’s fine home record, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. The likes of Asprilla, Blanco, Bodily, and Cascante should be out of contention for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Joevin Jones):
Joevin Jones is a pacey defender who plays for both Seattle Sounders and the Trinidad and Tobago national team. Jones spent his youth career at the likes of Defence Force, Mucurapo Senior Comprehensive and W Connection and he continued playing for the Savonetta Boys at senior level.
The Trinidad and Tobago international played six games for HJK Helsinki during in 2014 as a loan footballer and in 2015 he moved to MLS, signing a contract with Chicago Fire. Joevin Jones then joined Seattle Sounders, but in the 2018/2019 he decided to move to Germany, signing a deal with Darmstadt 98.
In 2019 he returned to Seattle. Jones, who was born in Carenage (Trinidad and Tobago) on August 3, 1991, made his Trinidad and Tobago full international debut on September 7, 2010, coming as a substitute in a match against Panama. His preferred foot is left, whilst his main position is left-back.
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.