MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Portland Timbers
The Crew can move into a playoff spot with some luck, but they'll need a lot of it when Porterball comes to town.
By Keith Hickey
Columbus Crew (4-4-1-1): Gruenebaum; Williams, Marshall, O'Rourke, Barson; Anor, Sanchez, George, Speas; Higuain; Oduro.
OUT: Drew Beckie (L adductor strain), Eddie Gaven (L ACL rupture), Glauber (L ACL Rupture), Kyle Hyland (L Adductor Strain)
QUESTIONABLE: Ryan Finley (R Ankle Inflammation), Agustin Viana (R hamstring strain)
Colorado Rapids (4-3-3): Ricketts; Miller, Jean-Baptiste, Kah, Jewsbury; Valeri, W. Johnson, Chara; Nagbe, R. Johnson, Wallace.
OUT: Bright Dike (ACL surgery), David Horst (R tibia plateau surgery), Brent Richards (L ACL surgery), Mikael Silvestre (ACL surgery), Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (concussion)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
Portland is third in the West, with 30 points from 17 games.
- The Timbers are on an incredible 18-match unbeaten run. They have lost just once under coach Caleb Porter.
- Columbus is in seventh in the East, its 21 points from 18 matches putting it just two points back of Houston and the final playoff berth.
- Prior to Thursday's game against the LA Galaxy, the Crew were the only team in MLS with a goal difference of zero. They had scored 21 goals and allowed 21 goals, until Los Angeles won 2-1.
- Portland's defensive record of 16 allowed is the best int he West and the second-best in MLS.
Top 3 Predictions
Columbus Crew 0-3 Portland Timbers
- 40 %
Columbus Crew 1-2 Portland Timbers
- 40 %
Columbus Crew 2-0 Portland Timbers
- 20 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jul 7, 2013||Columbus Crew 1 - Portland Timbers 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||May 5, 2012||Portland Timbers 0 - Columbus Crew 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jul 23, 2011||Columbus Crew 1 - Portland Timbers 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||May 21, 2011||Portland Timbers 1 - Columbus Crew 0|
|Apr 13, 2014||San Jose Earthquakes 1 - Columbus Crew 1||MLS|
|Apr 5, 2014||Columbus Crew 0 - Toronto FC 2||MLS|
|Mar 29, 2014||Seattle Sounders FC 1 - Columbus Crew 2||MLS|
|Mar 22, 2014||Columbus Crew 2 - Philadelphia Union 1||MLS|
|Mar 8, 2014||D.C. United 0 - Columbus Crew 3||MLS|
|21||Diego Ferney Chará||Midfielder|