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FC Dallas vs Portland Timbers: Match Predictions

Playoffs? We’re talking about the playoffs?

MLS: FC Dallas at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Following their second three game winning streak of 2020, FC Dallas ended their “regular” (there’s nothing regular about 2020) season on a low note and fell to 6th place in the Western Conference. Their punishment, instead of hosting a playoff game, they’re hitting the road tonight and also gracing us with an egregiously late kick off time for a Sunday evening. (I’m grumpy and I want to go to bed.)

Dallas were knocked out last year by Portland in the first round of the playoffs, and I’m sure Luchi and his gang are wanting to return the favor.

The staff are continuing to make picks this season and we’re going with a simple points system for 2020:

Correct Result Prediction: 1pt

Correct Score: 1pt

Here are our staff predictions against POR:


Name Result for FCD FCD Score Opposition Score Commentary
Name Result for FCD FCD Score Opposition Score Commentary
Ben Lyon Win 2 1 The smug comments from Sounders fans this week...
Jack Rous Win 2 0 How do they do it? Ricardo Pepi
Jason Poon Loss 0 2 It's been fun but I'm not seeing a way out of Seattle with a win.
Jeff Loftin Loss 1 2 Close loss after controversial play at the other end which mysteriously doesn't get VAR treatment.
Mohammad Bushnaq Loss 1 2 Valiant effort but Dallas falls short in the Pacific NW for their revenge bid.
Nathan Hill Draw 2 2 FC Dallas advance on PKs and claim the Cascadia Cup. Goals from Jara and Pepi.
Ryan Scanlon Loss 1 3 Seattle’s quality and combination play will be too much for FC Dallas which will not let us get away with what we pulled off against Portland. Michael Barrios gives us a glimmer of hope with a goal before Jordan Morris and Nick Lodeiro put this out of reach.

Nathan has now put up a commanding lead on all of us. If the FC Dallas season comes to end tonight, we’ll need to change his name from Reverend Hill to Prophet Hill.

BigDSoccer Staff Standings

Position Name Point Total
Position Name Point Total
1 Nathan Hill 12
2 Mohammad Bushnaq 8
3 Ben Lyon 7
4 Jason Poon 5
5 Ryan Scanlon 5
6 Scott Hiney 5
7 Drew Epperley 4
8 Jack Rouse 4
9 Jeff Loftin 3
10 Jose Carmona 1

What do you think? Can Dallas beat Portland on the road or is there just too much pressure for this one for the young team?