Let’s cook up this tasty what-if scenario, brought to you by yours truly here on the world-famous MLS Multiplex. Suppose a Los Angeles Galaxy supporters group like the Angel City Brigade decided to plagiarize one of the chants from the esteemed Timbers Army, it would go something like this, as follows.
“We’ll sing for you LA
Till you finish the fight!
There’s a party in Carson!
StubHub’s rocking tonight!”
Okay, let’s try that again, but with a daytime twist.
“We’ll sing for the home team
And we’ll go all the way!
There’s a party in Carson!
StubHub’s rocking today!”
The point that has to be made is that it will be a party at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. on Aug. 2 when Caleb Porter’s Portland Timbers take on Bruce Arena’s Galaxy. And yes, expect the Timbers Army to be there.
Despite a record of 6-6-9 (27 points) and a position of seventh place in the MLS Western Conference, the Timbers are picking up points and are still in the hunt for a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Los Angfeles are 8-4-6 (30 points) but with two other teams sitting on 30 points, the Galaxy will look to get back on form after dropping a stinker against Sporting Kansas City a few weekends ago.
Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. PT/2:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by NBC. Yes, not NBC Sports Network, the MAIN network, the National Broadcasting company. Cue the chimes.
So, after hearing those chimes, it’s time for our 10 Bold Predictions for Saturday’s tilt between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Portland Timbers.
1. At least 40 fouls and four cards
This is a match where the fouls will stack up and the cards will be issued. In the Wild West, every game is a battle and every season is a war. So, the MLS Multiplex boldly predicts for at 40 fould whistled and at least four cards issued.
2. At least five saves for Jaime Penedo
Jaime Penedo will make his share of saves in this game, after record a few quality ones late on Monday against the Seattle Sounders. Penedo will make at least five.
3. Donovan Ricketts with under five saves
Meanwhile, the Big Cat from Montego Bay, Mr. Donovan Ricketts, has been a force in goal for Portland, with 69 saves this season. However, he won’t come up as big as before. This former Galaxy goalkeeper will make under five saves against one of his old teams.
4. Maxi Urruti will score
This season, Maximiliano Urruti has scored eight goals for Portland and is having a solid year. Watch for Urruti to get one past Penedo in the first half.
5. Will Johnson will score
In 2014, Will Johnson has six goals in league play for the Timbers, most coming off penalties. Watch for Johnson to score another one here.
6. No dice for Gaston Fernandez
One player that will not score for Portland is Gaston Fernandez, who also has six goals this season for the Timbers. Fernandez is going to hit a snag with his shooting form and come up empty on national TV against LA.
7. Gyasi Zardes with a brace
This season, Gyasi Zardes has been a scoring machine, with seven goals in 2014, his best campaign yet. As with the last match at the Hub, Zardes will score in each half to make this a goal festival.
8. Here comes Robbie Keane
Robbie Keane, the Los Angeles Galaxy captain, is the leader in goals scored with 10 and also has six assists to his credit. Keane will round into form and score on Saturday against Portland.
9. Diego Valeri will score for the Timbers
Don’t let the record fool you: Portland have players who can finish, and another one of these players is Diego Valeri, who has five goals this season for the Timbers. Watch for Valeri to score late in this game for the visitors.
10. This game will end in a draw. Sound familiar? it better…
Recent history has shown that both goalkeepers have not been holding their ground, and both defenses are just not cut for the speed and pace that the offense bring. As a result, the MLS Multiplex is boldly predicting for a high-scoring draw between the Los Angeles Galaxy and Portland Timbers.
Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Portland Timbers 3