Where: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
When: Saturday, June 1, 7:30 PM PT
How to Watch: ESPN2, TSN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Los Angeles Football Club will look for yet another win in their 2019 campaign, as they start their light June slate with a trip north to take on the Portland Timbers. This match will be the first this season at the newly renovated Providence Park, which by all accounts should be an even better atmosphere than it was before. LAFC are coming off a dominant 4-2 win at home against the Montreal Impact on Friday, while Portland snapped a two-game winless streak with a 3-1 win on the road against the Philadelphia Union.
LAFC, who are 10-5-10 in all competitions on the road since the start of last season and 3-3-1 this season on the road, sit in first place in the Western Conference with 34 points. They also have the absurd stat of 36 goals for and a +25 goal differential, which is more goals than any team in MLS that is not named the Philadelphia Union have scored. Portland, meanwhile, has struggled for form this season, with 14 points through 12 matches. Portland’s losses have included dismantlings by the San Jose Earthquakes and FC Cincinnati, but have also managed to win against the Union. Portland, who were considered a strong team heading into the season, have faced a disappointing start, losing five of their first six, but now have the re-opening of their home in the Rose City to look forward to. While Providence Park was being renovated, Portland played all 12 of their opening matches this season on the road, amassing a 4-2-6 record, most recently stringing together four wins in their last six matches.
There is, of course, no shortage of history between these two sides. LAFC was not able to beat Portland in two meetings in MLS play last year, with a 2-1 loss in Portland in May and a 0-0 draw in LA last July. The teams also met in the U.S. Open Cup, which was an LAFC win at the Banc of California Stadium, which included a debate about Mark-Anthony Kaye’s eligibility for the match. Earlier this season, LAFC hosted the Timbers in their second match of the season, ending in a 4-1 win for the Black-and-Gold.
Prediction: Portland 1, LAFC 3. LAFC gets to spoil the homecoming in Portland’s newly renovated home and continues on their 2019 tear. Portland will get a goal to celebrate, but won’t be able to keep up with LAFC, who will keep on their winning ways.
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