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FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: Match Predictions

Our staff weigh in on their match predictions.

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Name Result FCD POR Comments
Becky Chabot Win 3 1 Portland strikes first and puts the fear of God into the team, who respond by ensuring they advance.
Ben Lyon Win 4 1 As much as I love this team (it's an all-timer for me) and as poor as my predictions of wild success on the road have been, if I pick a favorable result for Portland, I'm doing so only as an 'anti-jinx'. Since I don't believe in that superstitious nonsense, I'll pick an exact repeat of the home and home series between these clubs this season. Despite the team's youth and novelty as an MLS powerhouse, they'll be the better team over the course of this series in similar fashion to how they were the best club in MLS this year over the course of the entire season..they'll produce another comprehensive victory at home.
Brian Wachholz
Drew Epperley Win 2 1 I guess it is black Friday craziness getting to my pessimistic side but I see Portland snagging a late goal.
Jason Poon Draw 1 1 The historical run ends here as the Dallas offense sputters and are unable to break down the Timbers' defense.
Mohammad Bushnaq Win 3 1 FC Dallas advances on penalty kicks with more penalty magic as the Timbers finally face that karma of defeating SKC in that weird yet epic penalty kick shootout. I'm not sure if my heart could handle it though.
Nathan Hill Win 2 0 A controversial Portland goal is waved off late - so FCD advances to the finals on the away goal rule.
Ryan Scalon Win 4 1 An early Portland goal is answered by 3 FCD goals. Desperately trying to get a 4th fails before the final whistle. Extra time provides the key with Tesho deflecting it in after a weird course of play.
Scott Hiney

Taylor Hester Win 3 0 Let's go.