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Portland Timbers: Winning At Home Is Mandatory vs. Tough Real Salt Lake

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After being hammered in Salt Lake City, the Portland Timbers still have a chance of advancing to the MLS Championship game. Real Salt Lake is an extreme tough team to defeat on their ground, and Portland truly felt the painful experience as it took a last-minute goal just to only lose by two in a 4-2 score line.

The fluidity of the home side’s passing, their skill on the ball, the knowledge of where their teammates are and the leadership of their keeper proved to be a bit too much to handle for the visitors. With that behind them, they have to look forward to the rematch in the second leg set to take place in Portland, Oregon, which is exactly where they play their very best soccer.

Honestly, the Timbers could outplay and definitely outscore RSL by two goals to at least force extra time. In fact, they could even win the game by three goals in regulation with their fans constantly cheering them on throughout, much like RSL’s faithful did this past Sunday night.

Prediction: Portland Timbers 3, Real Salt Lake 1

The home side will have the last laugh to advance to their first-ever MLS final. The beauty of that will be the fact that they have never made it that far in their young presence in this league. This game promises to be even more exciting and tense than the first one. Whoever wins this will go down in history now for just making it to the final, but also for getting there in stunning fashion.