MLS – Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy

Portland Timbers vs LA GalaxyLA Galaxy coming to Providence Park to take on Portland Timbers on Saturday

The Los Angeles Galaxy are coming to the Portland Timbers turf and Portland needs a win in order to help its chances to make the playoffs. The Timbers has been one of the best teams at home this season. The Galaxy have had a hard time in Portland, only winning one time on the Timbers home turf in their history. The fixture between the Portland Timbers and LA Galaxy is scheduled to start on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. ET at Providence Park in Portland, OR. The matchup will be televised on ESPN.

The LA Galaxy are in good form and have recently gone five straight matches without a defeat. The LA Galaxy have the best goal differential of any team is allowing less than a goal a game.  The goalkeeper Brian Rowe has been in great form. He has now gone three games without allowing a goal. LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard is one of the best set-up men in the league. He has seven assists in the MLS this season and is now tied for fourth.  LA Galaxy forward Robbie Keane has recently returned from Euro 2016 and scored two goals in the three games he played in. He has led in scoring in every season since 2012.

The Portland Timbers have been in good form this season  and they are 7-2-2 at home. The Timbers forward Fanendo Adi is the leading goal scorer with 10 goals to his name. Adi has the strength and size to give him the ability to be a tough player to defend, and opposing teams sometimes overplay him. The Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri is also another great goal scorer. Valeri will take lots of shots to the net from anywhere on the pitch. The Galaxy will have to defend against him when he’s making a run, or else he will shoot all game long. Best Sports Site Blog believes both Portland and LA have been in good form playing as of late and have been playing extremely well. The Timbers has an unbeaten streak now at nine.  We think Portland will be difficult to beat at home and extend their unbeaten streak to 10.

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United States vs. Colombia in Copa America

United States vs.Colombia in Copa America 3rd place gameUnited States vs. Colombia in Copa America 3rd place game

The United States Men’s National Team started the Copa America Centenario three weeks ago facing off with Colombia. The tournament started as a big disappointment for the United States. The fear is there that they’ll end with that same disappointment in this third place match. The Colombians are the slight favorites so far in this one. The fixture between the United States and Colombia is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET at University of Phoenix Stadium. This matchup will be broadcast on FX.

Colombia has headed in the wrong direction ever since its opening win against the Americans. Los Cafeteros did good in their second match against Paraguay. Since then they were beaten by Costa Rica with half of a side on the pitch.  They were also pushed to penalties in a scoreless draw by Peru. The Colombians were blitzed in the opening 15 minutes against Chile falling behind 2-0.  They never recovered against Chile to find the back of the net.

The USMNT looked to be headed in the right direction before losing to Argentina  4-0 in the semifinal. The United States did win over teams like Costa Rica, Paraguay and Ecuador but that doesn’t seem so impressive right now. The question for this fixture is what is the Lineup selection for both of these teams? For the Americans, will we see Christian Pulisic and Darlington Nagbe in the lineup. If Jurgen Klinsmann uses the senior squad, they already proved it couldn’t play with Colombia. Best Sports Site Blog thinks if the young lineup is on the field for the Americans, it can get the job done and win this match. If both teams go with similar lineups that met up in the opener three weeks ago, Colombia should win.

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