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Portland Timbers assume Los Angeles FC in the MLS Western Conference on Wednesday, with both teams aiming to establish themselves in the playoff positions.
The visitors are five points ahead of their next opponents, although they have played one more match than them, making it a great match for both sides.
Portland secured a crucial 1-0 victory against the bottom of the table, FC Dallas, over the weekend to move to the seventh and final position in the playoffs.
Giovanni savareseThe team, which reached the first round of the playoffs last season, left late to snatch the victory, with Jeremy Ebobisse scoring an 84th minute winner.
The Timbers had won just one point in their previous three games, losing back-to-back games to Minnesota United and Austin FC, so it was important for them to bounce back against a team that is expected to finish higher.
However, Wednesday’s home game against Los Angeles will be a much bigger test given the attacking firepower of their upcoming opponents and the recent run of results.
Indeed, Bob bradleyThe team heads to Oregon having won three straight games after the weekend’s 2-1 win against Real Salt Lake.
Like the recent victory of their next opponents, Black and Gold had to be patient to secure the crucial three points, with the former Arsenal striker Carlos candle send a winner in the 79th minute later Diego rossi earlier he had given the hosts the advantage in the 10th minute.
Bradley’s improvement team could be in the midst of a five-game winning streak had it not been for Tristan blackmonfiring in the second half when they led Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on the road last month, with the hosts making the most of their one-man lead to come back and secure a victory.
Yet in its current form at least, Los Angeles appears to have more than enough to go four seasons out of four in terms of reaching the playoffs since joining MLS in 2018.
Former USA coach Bradley hopes to make it all the way by winning an inaugural MLS Cup, which is well within his collective capabilities.
Portland has a significant number of injuries within its team, with Andy Polo, Jeff attinella Y Ismaila Jome They are all expected to be out for the remainder of the calendar year with serious injuries.
Cristhian Paredes Y Jaroslaw Niezgoda He will also not appear against Los Angeles due to injuries to his thigh and anterior cruciate ligament, respectively.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, will be left without a forward Kwadwo Opoku, who has not appeared since May due to a knee problem.
Otherwise, however, Bradley appears to be lucky enough to have a fully fit team, with no changes expected from the XI that clinched its last two victories.
Possible starting lineup for the Portland Timbers:
Clark; Bonilla, Mabiala, Zuparic, Van Rankin; Ebobisse, Zambrano, Chara, Asprilla; Mora, Chara
Possible starting lineup for Los Angeles FC:
Rosemary; Kim, Segura, Murillo, Farfán; Blessing, Atuesta, Edwards; Cifuentes; Rossi, Candle
Correct Score: Portland Timbers 0-2 Los Angeles FC
We can envision a fairly comfortable victory for the visitors on Wednesday, which would open a significant gap to them within the playoff positions.
Bradley’s team is in excellent shape at the moment and is gifted with a lack of injuries, especially compared to their exhausted opponents, who would likely regard seventh place at the end of the season as an excellent achievement as things stand.
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