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  • September 29, 2012
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MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - D.C. United

MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - D.C. United

Patrick McDermott

The Timbers' playoff hopes could be mathematically dashed this weekend against a D.C. team that has won three on the trot.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Portland Timbers (4-2-3-1): Bendik; Kimura, Mosquera, Horst, Smith; Jewsbury, Chara; Zizzo, Nagbe, Songo'o; Mwanga.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Kris Boyd (R adductor strain); DF Lovel Palmer (R knee contusion); GK Donovan Ricketts (L shoulder separation); DF Chris Taylor (R hip surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Diego Chara (L adductor strain)

PROBABLE: MF Freddie Braun (abdominal strain); GK Jake Gleeson (R hand contusion)
D.C. United (4-4-2): Hamid; Najar, McDonald, Jakovic, Korb; DeLeon, Kitchen, Saragosa, Pontius; Pajoy, M. Santos.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Lance Rozeboom (L knee ACL tear); DF Daniel Woolard (concussion-like symptoms); MF Stephen King (inguinal hernia repair); FW Josh Wolff (lower back disc herniation); MF Dwayne De Rosario (L knee MCL sprain)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Emiliano Dudar (R knee bone bruise)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • D.C. United is tied for third in the East, with 50 points.
  • Portland, on 29 points, is one point off the Western Conference basement. The Timbers need a win in this fixture to keep their playoff hopes mathematically alive. (The results of FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps come into play if Portland drops points.)
  • Both teams are missing their main offensive contributors. Kris Boyd, who leads the Timbers with seven goals this year, is out with a groin strain. Dwayne De Rosario injured his knee on international duty with Canada, meaning he won't add to his seven goals or team-leading 12 assists.
  • United has found ways to grind out games without DeRo recently, winning three in a row and posting back-to-back shutouts for the first time this season. Branko Boskovic scored his first goal of the season to seal the 1-0 win over Chivas USA.
  • Portland's form is somewhat patchier, winning two and drawing two of the last six.

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12Joe BendikGoalkeeper
18David HorstDefender
26Steven SmithDefender
27Kosuke KimuraDefender
-H. MosqueraDefender
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
-F. Songo'oMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
6Darlington NagbeStriker
7Bright DikeStriker
22Rodney WallaceDefender
90Jake GleesonGoalkeeper
2Eric BrunnerDefender
98Mamadou DansoDefender
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
11Michael FucitoMidfielder
55Danny MwangaStriker
-Brent Anthony RichardsStriker
28Bill HamidGoalkeeper
14Brandon McDonaldDefender
-Dejan JakovicDefender
22Chris KorbDefender
55Marcelo SaragosaMidfielder
13Chris PontiusMidfielder
14A. NajarMidfielder
14Nick DeLeonMidfielder
23Perry KitchenMidfielder
24Lewis NealMidfielder
-L. PajoyStriker
-Joe WillisGoalkeeper
3Robbie RussellDefender
-Mike ChabalaDefender
15Ethan WhiteDefender
27Branko BoškovićMidfielder
-Hamdi SalihiStriker
-Maicon SantosStriker

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