Two former Rapids players meet as head coaches of Western Conference teams looking to turn around some poor early form.
|Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Palmer, Baptiste, Brunner, Wallace; Nagbe, Chara, Jewsbury, Alexander; Boyd, Perlaza.||
OUT: DF Futty Danso (L foot fracture); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); MF James Marcelin (L hamstring strain); DF Hanyer Mosquera (concussion)
DOUBTFUL: DF David Horst (R hip surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Sal Zizzo (L ACL surgery); MF Kalif Alhassan (L groin strain)
|Chivas USA (4-5-1): Kennedy; Riley, McKenzie, Pearce, Jazic; Smith, Minda, LaBrocca, Moreno, Courtois; Townsend.
OUT: MF Marvin Iraheta (L knee ACL)
DOUBTFUL: DF Michael Lahoud (R hamstring strain); FW Juan Pablo Angel (concussion symptoms)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Pete Vagenas (rib contusion)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- These teams split 1-0 home wins last season. Portland edges the meetings in all competitions, though, with a 2-0 victory in the 2001 U.S. Open Cup.
- All four of Chivas USA's games this season have ended with a 1-0 scoreline. Oddly, the Goats have lost all their home matches but won their lone away game, against Real Salt Lake.
- The Timbers have conceded first in each of their four MLS games in 2012 but rebounded to earn four points from those games.
- In Portland's 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake last week, Darlington Nagbe notched his first multi-goal game in MLS and Eric Alexander registered his first multi-assist performance.
- Head coaches Robin Fraser and John Spencer were teammates at the Colorado Rapids from 2001-03.