On Wednesday night, FC Dallas will make the trip up to Portland to take on the Timbers at Providence Park, kicking off around 10:30 P.M. EST. Portland is having to play just three days after their last match on Sunday, where they drew 1-1 against the LA Galaxy.
Their weekend match against the LA side resulted in a national uproar from players and critics due to a gruesome tackle by Galaxy midfielder Nigel De Jong. The Dutch International stomped on the ankle of Portland’s star man Darlington Nagbe, rendering the U.S. international out for the rest of the match.
YouTube: Darlington Nagbe cut down. Nigel de Jong gets yellow?
Although justice wasn’t given in the game, MLS officials have turned De Jong’s yellow card into a red following the match. In addition, a committee are discussing a ban period for the Galaxy midfielder.
However, reports from Fox Soccer just have announced that Nagbe escaped the tragic tackle without a broken ankle, but is still undergoing multiple MRIs. Sadly enough, this means Nagbe will miss Portland’s match against FC Dallas.
On the other hand, FC Dallas took on the San Jose Earthquakes over the weekend, which resulted in a 2-2 draw. Although Dallas never led in the match, their grit and determination helped claw out a much-deserved draw.
Dallas have yet to lose in their last four matches and will look to continue that streak against the Portland timbers. In addition, Portland currently sits second to last in the Western Conference and will hope to game some ground in the table with a win against Dallas.
The two Western Conference sides last met in the playoffs last year, in a 3-1 win for Portland following amazing goals from David Asprilla and Nate Borchers. FC Dallas will surely seek revenge after being knocked out by the Portland side.
With Portland starting off slow this season as well as losing Darlington Nagbe, the team hasn’t looked as good as they used to. However, Providence Park provides one of the best soccer atmospheres in America, which could shake the away side. My prediction for the match is that FC Dallas will draw 2-2 with the Timbers.