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LAFC vs Portland Timbers: Match Preview

Two of the hottest teams in the west square off on national TV on Sunday.

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Where: Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.

When: Sunday, July 15th, 3pm PT.

How to Watch: ESPN


Los Angeles Football Club has been on a roll over the past few weeks. With Adama Diomande coming into the lineup and scoring for fun, the team has not missed a beat with its World Cup stars gone.

Diomande is putting away goal after goal, something Marco Ureña never did, despite his good runs and link up play up front.

Having a good center forward has kept the rest of LAFC’s attack running smooth, with Latif Blessing and Diego Rossi bombing up and down the wings, Mark-Anthony Kaye and Eduard Atuesta bringing energy in the midfield, and Benny Feilhaber and Lee Nguyen controlling the pace of games.

This weekend LAFC are coming up against the only team that might be hotter than them at this point, the Portland Timbers, who are 13 games unbeaten across all competitions.

Portland also won the previous match-up between the two teams, 2-1 at Providence Park back in May.

This year’s version of the Timbers are a very stout defensive team, one of the best defensive teams in the league this season. They have allowed only 22 goals so far this season, which puts them second in the west, one behind FC Dallas, which has given up 21 goals this season.

This has allowed Portland to rebound from a slow start to sit firmly in the West playoff race, and only six points off the lead.

Portland tends to sits deep and then counter with Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco, and Samuel Armenteros leading the line and doing it well.

Expect LAFC to have a lot of the ball in this game. Whether they can break down the Timbers, and avoid giving up dangerous opportunities on the counter, will have a lot to say in how this game is decided.


Prediction: LAFC 2, Portland Timbers 1. LAFC reverses the score from last time and comes out on top. Carlos Vela scores for the first time since coming back from the World Cup.

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