Our prediction for this MLS match:
Children’s Mercy Park will host Thursday’s football game between Sporting Kansas City and Portland Timbers. The Wizards quickly bounce back from the embarrassing League Cup defeat (1-6) to Club Leon, with the team beating Dallas 2-0 in their last MLS clash. Sporting Kansas City aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and they are surely capable of beating Portland Timbers, who experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 6-2 loss to Seattle Sounders.
Giovanni Savarese’s men obviously struggle at the back; therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Sporting’s party at Children’s Mercy Park. All Hernandez, Isimat-Mirin, Lindsey, and Shelton are injured for the hosts, while the likes of Attinella, Jome, and Polo are out of contention for the visiting team. In their last meeting in the MLS Portland Timbers defeated Sporting Kansas City, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Felipe Gutierrez):
Filipe Gutierrez is a Spanish footballer who plays as a central midfielder for La Liga side Real Betis. The Chilean international is capable of playing as both attacking and left midfielder as well and he started his senior career at Universidad Catolica.
He scored 19 goals in 65 appearances for los Cruzados, but in 2012 he decided to move to Europe. Gutierrez signed a deal with Eredivisie side Twente in June 2012 for a fee of $4 million. After making 94 league appearances for Twente he joined La Liga team Real Betis on 6 July, 2016. Felipe Gutierrez won Copa America with Chile in 2015 as La Roja defeated star-studded Argentina in the title game. Speaking of his club honours, Gutierrez won the 2010 Primera division de Chile trophy with Universidad Catolica.
It has to be noted that he was named Most Valuable Player of the Eredivisie for the 2013/2014 campaign. Felipe Gutierrez earned his 27th cap for Chile in a 4-1 win over Venezuela in the World Cup qualifiers in March 2016.
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.