Our football match prediction:
A top-table derby match is being played this Sunday in the MLS Western Conference as leaders Sporting Kansas City play host to third-placed Portland Timber. The hosts have been alternating between wins and draws over the past five matches and will be keen to get a slight wave of consistency as they welcome Portland Timbers. Canadian international Tyler Pasher is missing due to national duties, whereas Benny Felihaber is nursing his leg injury. Portland Timber have more selection issues to worry about as Barmby, Myers and Ridgewell are all under huge doubt for the forthcoming match, whereas influential midfielder Sebastian Blanco is missing out through red card suspension. Trip to Children’s Mercy Park is a chance for Portland to end their four-match winless run but winning the game against conference leaders might prove to be a tall order.
Highlighted Player (Diego Rubio):
Diego Rubio is a Chilean attacker who signed his first professional deal with Colo-Colo. Rubio, though, made only eight league appearances (scoring three goals) for the Chilean outfit and in 2011 he moved to Europe, signing a deal with Primeira Liga team Sporting Lisbon. After playing only 11 league matches for the Lions, the 179-cm tall striker joined Spanish club Valladolid at the age of 22. It has to be noted that during his spell with Sporting Lisbon he was loaned to the likes of Pandurii Targu Kiu and Sandnes Ulf. On September 1, 2016 Diego Rubio signed a permanent teal with Sporting Kansas City and he has been playing for the MLS club ever since. Rubio was born on May 15, 1993 in Santiago, the capital of Chile, and he made his debut for the Chilean national football team in June, 2011 against Paraguay. His contract with Sporting Kansas City expires on June 30, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Portland Timbers):
Founded in 2009, Portland Timbers are 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.