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MLS: Toronto F.C. vs Portland Timbers | 14 August, 7:30 AM (PST) 


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

TORONTO F.C.: 

GK | Alex Bono 

LB | Domenico Criscito 

RB | Richie Laryea 

CB | Chris Mavinga, Lukas MacNaughton 

  CM | Jayden Nelson, Jonathan Osorio 

DM | Michael Bradley 

LW | Lorenzo Insigne 

CF | Jesús Jiménez 

RW | Federico Bernardeschi 

 

PORTLAND TIMBERS: 

GK | Aljaz Ivacic 

LB | Justin Rasmussen 

RB | José Van Rankin 

CB | Dario Župarić 

CB | Larrys Mabiala 

MF | Yimmi Chará 

MF | George Fochive 

MF | Cristhian Paredes 

CF | Tega Ikoba  

F | Dairon Asprilla 

F | Nathan Fogaça 

 

 

It’s lucky 7 versus unlucky 13 in this fixture of Major League Soccer. Sunday morning, 7:30 AM (PST), the Portland Timbers will be swinging by Toronto’s BMO Field for a game of footie against Toronto FC.  

 

Portland Timbers. The Timbers are currently seventh in the West, meaning they’ve clinched the last seat for the Finals Series Play-Offs in the West.  With their most recent game having been a draw, 1-1 against Dallas at Providence Park, they have now raised their unbeaten streak to 10; four being wins and six draws.  

 

Toronto FC. This Canadian team is in what most people believe is an unlucky number: 13. They’ve earned 13th place, aka the second-worst ranking in the Eastern Conference, with 7-5-12. However, at least Toronto won their last majors match at GEODIS Park against Nashville SC. This win lengthened their unbeaten streak up to three; two wins and one draw. The exciting part is, if we’re solely basing our predictions on this information, Toronto has a strong chance of winning, especially since they beat Nashville, which ranks higher than Portland in the West.  

 

Taking a look at their last five matchups, it’s only spanned one game a year from 2015 to 2019. In those five, Toronto only managed two wins which were in 2015 and 2017. Portland has managed to snag three wins from Toronto while also keeping better numbers this season. Portland is seven goals ahead in total goals compared to Toronto, has a goal difference of four while their opponents sport a negative eight (-8), and lastly, a five-point advantage in total assists. It’s clear that the Portland Timbers are the better team, both on paper and on performance, against the underdogs playing home. With this, we wholeheartedly see Portland pulling a win, especially as they’ve got a good undefeated streak going. Besides that, Nashville’s defeat is also both a lesson and a warning for them to avoid underestimating Toronto as tempting as it may be. Regardless, the Portland Timbers are taking the cake this Sunday, straight from the BMO Field.  

 

7:30 AM (PST), Sunday, 14 August 2022. BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 

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