Portland Timbers vs NYCFC: time, TV, streaming, lineup, betting odds for 2021 MLS Cup Final
The Portland Timbers have never hosted an MLS Cup Final. New York City FC have never played there. That all changes on Saturday December 11 at the 2021 MLS Cup, which will feature an unprecedented clash for the 26th league in Major League Soccer history.
Both teams were seeded No. 4 in their respective conferences, but Portland will host the title game as it set a better regular season record (55 points versus 51 points). The Timbers survived the Western Conference challenge by defeating Minnesota United, knocking out the No. 1 seed Colorado on the road, and then sending the Cinderella Real Salt Lake playoffs into the Western Conference home championship.
The NYCFC’s route into the Eastern Conference passed Atlanta United, the No.1 seed of New England in a penalty shootout and a No.2 Philadelphia Union team that was decimated. by a COVID-19 epidemic. The Cityzens, who scored a late goal to oust Philly, overcame a history of playoff failure to reach their first league game in any competition.
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While the NYCFC have excelled in imposing their style on the opposition, dominating possession, gaining the ball immediately and pushing the numbers into the attack, the Timbers are adjusting to their opposition and their available staff. Portland has shown he can win through his deadly transition play, a high-energy proactive attack, or even through a defensive fight.
How to watch the MLS Cup Final: Portland vs. NYCFC
- Dated: Saturday December 11
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV channel: ABC
- Television in Spanish: UniMas, TUDN
- Diffusion: fuboTV
The 2021 MLS Cup Final between the Portland Timbers and New York City FC is a one-game championship game. The Timbers will host the game at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. This is the first time Portland has hosted a league final.
ABC (English), Unimas and TUDN (Spanish) will broadcast the game and all three channels can be broadcast on fuboTV. New users can sign up for fuboTV with a 7 day free trial. If the regular 90 minutes end in a draw, 30 minutes of overtime will be played, followed by a penalty shoot-out if necessary.
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A win for the Timbers would give them their second MLS Cup trophy after their 2015 triumph over the Columbus Crew on the road. Portland lost in their only other final appearance, in 2018 in Atlanta. New York City FC is in its first final of any kind. A trophy would break new ground for a club that has only existed since 2015. The Timbers joined MLS in 2011.
Portland Timbers vs. NYCFC
Sebastien blanco starts for the Timbers. He said he was fully recovered from the hamstring injury that kept him from making the Western Conference final and the Timbers were bringing him out with Santiago moreno make way. They will also have a winger Dairon Asprilla back from suspension, but regular starting midfielder Cristhian Paredes is replaced by Georges fochive, which only has 11 starts all season.
Portland Timbers starting lineup (4-2-3-1, left to right): 12-Steve Clark-GK (captain) – 5-Claudio Bravo, 13-Dario Zuparic, 33-Larrys Mabiala, 22-Josecarlos van Rankin – 20-George Fochive, 21-Diego Chara (captain) – 10-Sebastian Blanco, 23 -Yimmi Chara, 27-Dairon Asprilla – 9-Felipe Mora
Portland Timbers Submarines (9): 31-Aljaz Ivacic (GK), 28-Pablo Bonilla (RB), 85-Zac McGraw (CB), 25-Bill Tuiloma (CB), 22-Cristhian Paredes (CDM), 8-Diego Valeri (CAM), 30- Santiago Moreno (AG / AD), 44-Marvin Loria (AG / AD), 11-Jaroslaw Niezgoda (FW)
NYCFC will be happy to have the winner of the MLS Golden Shoe Taty castellanos back from suspension. Manager Ronny Deila presents his regular roster with the only surprise being Gudmundur Thorarinsson play left back instead of Malta Amundsen, who had started every game of the playoffs. Deila has a plethora of offensive options off the bench if her side need a spark at some point in the game.
NYCFC Starting XI (4-2-3-1, left to right): 1-Sean Johnson-GK (captain) – 20-Gudmundur Thorarinsson, 6-Alexander Callens, 4-Maxime Chanot, 24-Tayvon Gray – 7-Alfredo Morales, 16-James Sands – 42-Santiago Rodriguez, 10-Maxi Moralez, 19-Jesus Medina – 11-Valentin “Taty” Castellanos
NYCFC Submarines (9): 13-Luis Barraza (GK), 2-Malte Amundsen (LB), 15-Tony Rocha (CDM), 26-Nicolas Acevedo (CDM), 23-Gedion Zelalem (CM), 8-Thiago Andrade (LW), 43- Talles Magno (LW), 17-Ismael Tajouri-Shradi (RW / LW / CF), 9-Heber (CF)
MLS Cup odds and predictions
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There isn’t a meeting recent enough to be used as a benchmark to project how this game might play out. The last time these two teams met in an official game was well over a year ago during a 2020 summer tournament that marked the league’s return to action. after the COVID-induced break. Portland won that quarterfinal match 3-1, but NYCFC manager Ronny Deila had only been at the helm for just over 10 games, and his team now has a very different complexion.
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They are two talented, deep and well-trained teams and both are on a roll. There will be little to separate them. So it’s surprising that in a tied game, the home team – and especially one with home court advantage like Portland with its boisterous supporters (home record 11V-4L-2D in 2021) – is not there. favorite to date. release time. Here’s what else Portland has going for him: his manager, Giovanni Savarese.
The former MLS star has a solid track record as a tournament coach, leading the Timbers to two MLS Cup Finals (2018, 2021), one MLS is Back tournament victory (2020) and four places in the playoffs in its four seasons. He has a sense of the game and its players, and has the gift of coming up with the right tactical game plan to exploit the opponent. And he has the team buy-in. The silverware is there for the biggest game of his managerial career.
Take: Portland Timbers pick’em Asian Handicap -105 (the draw is a push)
MLS Cup Prediction: Portland Timbers 2, NYCFC 0
- Moneyline (payment): Portland + 180 / Mintage + 215 / NYCFC +170
- Propagated: Portland +0.5 (-190) / NYCFC -0.5 (+165)
- O / U 2.5 total goals: Over + 110 / Under -140
- The two teams score: Yes -130 / No +100