The Timbers' playoff hopes could be mathematically dashed this weekend against a D.C. team that has won three on the trot.
|Portland Timbers (4-2-3-1): Bendik; Kimura, Mosquera, Horst, Smith; Jewsbury, Chara; Zizzo, Nagbe, Songo'o; Mwanga.
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.
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.