Portland Timbers vs Orlando City game is going to decide the champion of the MLS Is Back Tournament. Apart from getting the trophy, the winner will also get a ticket to the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League. Both teams are given pretty much the same chances by the bookies, suggesting that we’re going to witness a thrilling game in Orlando.
- Date: Tuesday, August 11
- Time: 8.30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
- Venue: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Portland Timbers vs Orlando City Odds
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Portland Timbers vs Orlando City Preview
It’s fair to say that neither team was considered a favorite before the start of the tournament, with online soccer sportsbooks giving Los Angeles FC that role. However, LAFC got knocked out in the quarterfinal of the tournament by Orlando City.
The team from California also played against Timbers in the MLS IS Back Tournament. The game was played during the group stage and it saw each team scoring two goals. LAFC vs Timbers was one of the most exciting games of the tournament, with the Portland side getting an equalizer late in the match, after being 2-1 down for most of the time.
Both Portland Timbers and Orlando City did okay in the other games as well. In fact, both teams are without a single defeat in MLS Is Back. Before that, however, they weren’t too great. In the two rounds of the regular 2020 MLS season, before US sports went on a COVID-19 hiatus, neither team played well.
However, that changed after soccer returned in the US. Since the start of the MLS Is Back Tournament, both teams have been fantastic, especially in the offense.
A Goal In Every Single Game
Both teams have scored at least a goal in every single game they played during the MLS Is Back Tournament, including the knockout games, as well as those from the group stage. In total, Portland Timbers have scored 12 goals in six matches. Orlando City’s tally is 11 goals.
Playing an attacking style of soccer comes with its drawbacks, the main one being a loose defense. This is the reason why Portland Timbers have conceded at least a goal in every single match of the MLS IS Back Tournament.
Orlando City’s defense has been only slightly better. This team has managed to keep a clean sheet in one game so far.
Portland Timbers vs Orlando City Picks
It’s pretty difficult to say which Portland Timbers’ player is the best. Timbers rely on team spirit to lead them to victory. It’s a bit different situation in the other camp, where Orlando City’s captain Nani is the key player.
The 33-year-old Portuguese superstar has been fantastic this season and judging by his experience with big matches, he’s probably going to play an important role in the Portland Timbers vs Orlando City game. With the absence of Orlando’s top scorer Chris Mueller, who’s out injured, Nani will have to step up.
Knowing also that Nani is the player who takes penalties for Orlando City, the chances of him scoring in this game seem pretty good. And that’s our first Portland Timbers vs Orlando City pick.
Another pick is that we are going to see the game going to penalties. As these teams look pretty equal in terms of player quality, a penalty shootout might be what’s going to decide the champion of the MLS Is Back Tournament.