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The MLS Soccer League Picks: New England @ Portland Timbers

The MLS soccer league season is dwindling down to its final fixtures, and here at Total Soccer Source, we are going to be keying in on a huge nationally televised game between the Portland Timbers and the New England Revolution at Jeld-Wen Field in Portland. Kickoff is on Friday night, September 16th at 11:00 PM (ET).

These two teams are still hanging on to their postseason hopes. Portland enters this week of MLS picks just one point in the rears of DC United for that last coveted playoff spot. New England is seven points in the rears of the postseason, but with 10 teams getting into the playoffs this year, there is still a chance for virtually any team in this league that can get hot at the end of the season.

Both of these teams do have relatively hot hands right now. New England is coming off of a 2-0 win over FC Dallas, and it marked the fourth straight game in which it has acquired at least a point. For a team that only has 32 goals this season, the fact that the Revolution have three straight games with at least two goals is a huge step in the right direction.

Portland has three straight solid results as well, picking up home wins against the Vancouver Whitecaps and Chivas USA and a road draw against the Philadelphia Union. Whereas New England has been doing its damage with offense, the Timbers have played fantastic defense, allowing just one goal in these three matches.

There are a few players that you really have to keep an eye on in this one. Jack Jewsbury has the hot hand for the Timbers with seven goals and three assists so far on the season. He is the catalyst of this offense, and he and Jorge Perlaza both have a slew of talent.

There are only two offensive stars of note on the Revolution as well. Shalrie Joseph has eight goals to lead the team, while Rajko Lekic has six goals. Both got on the score sheet last week against FC Dallas.

Jeld-Wen Field has been a house of horrors for opponents this year, as the hosts are 8-2-4 and +7 goals in their 14 home games to date. Meanwhile, New England on the road is just 1-6-7 and is -9 in goal differential.

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