In one of the best matches of the week in Major League Soccer, the Portland Timbers are looking for a win in order to secure their place in a playoff spot.
Playing at home, they will host the LA Galaxy, who recently changed their manager, firing Curt Onalfo and bringing in Sigi Schmid.
With only 1 win in their last 8 matches, the Timbers are living a rough period, which is usual in teams coached by Caleb Porter, since they are typically stronger during the play offs rather than during the regular stage.
Still, after recovering their players who played in the Gold Cup, and after reinforcing their defensive line with the signing of Larrys Mabiala and the return of Adi after suspension, the Timbers are nearly on their maximum strength to try and get the win on Saturday night.
After 5 losses in a row, and the departure of Curt Onalfo, the goalless draw in Sigi Schmid’s debut, against the Seattle Sounders, had a sweet taste to the Galaxy fans.
The return of veteran coach to action has some history, since the board is correcting their mistake after a casting mistake, where they promoted their B team manager to the A team job.
Galaxy have suffered some issues building their squad, and they are yet to see Jermain Jones playing his best, and are still waiting for Giovani dos Santos to become a true leader for this team.
With essentially defensive concerns, the Galaxy are hoping to continue developing, even if their fans have to stay disappointed for a longer period.
Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy Pick:
In front of their fans, the Timber will trust in Nagbe, Blanco and Valeri to create goal chances.
The LA Galaxy can’t count on Van Damme who is suspended, but we can see the debut of Jonathan dos Santos, their latest signing, which might increase the confidence of Giovani, who is his brother.
Besides that, with the French Alessandrini benefiting from some space, the chances for a goal to occur is always high