MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Portland Timbers
The Timbers head to Columbus fresh off their first-ever MLS road win last weekend in Chicago.
By Seth Vertelney
Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Hesmer; Miranda, Marshall, James, Gardner; Gaven, Gehrig, Rogers, Ekpo; Anor, Mendoza.
OUT: DF Josh Williams (R hip labral tear); MF Dilly Duka (R ankle sprain); MF Tony Tchani (R knee inflammation);
QUESTIONABLE: FW Emilio Renteria (L quad strain); DF Shaun Francis (L hamstring strain);
PROBABLE: MF Rich Balchan (L adductor strain)
Colorado Rapids (4-5-1): Perkins; Hall, Danso, Brunner, Wallace; Marcelin, Alhassan, Jewsbury, Chara, Nagbe; Perlaza.
OUT: DF Kevin Goldthwaite (L knee ACL rupture);
QUESTIONABLE: FW Spencer Thompson (R knee);
PROBABLE: FW Bright Dike (R Achilles rupture); DF Jeremy Hall (groin soreness); GK Troy Perkins (R hip soreness); DF Rodney Wallace (L knee)
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The Crew lost a tough 1-0 match in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. The Galaxy's Sean Franklin scored the match's lone goal.
- Portland lost 3-2 to West Bromwich Albion in a friendly on Wednesday night
- Columbus midfielder Tony Tchani, recently acquired from Toronto FC, is suffering from right knee inflammation and was unable to make his debut against the Galaxy
- The Timbers acquired defender/midfielder Lovel Palmer, defender/midfielder Mike Chabala and an international roster slot from the Houston Dynamo Thursday in exchange for midfielder Adam Moffat and allocation money.
- Nigeria coach Samson Siasia has called the Crew's Emmanuel Ekpo for a friendly against Ghana in London next month. Ekpo has never been capped by the full senior side.
- The Crew will have a quick turnaround after this game, as they face Newcastle in a friendly just three days later
Top 3 Predictions
Columbus Crew 2-0 Portland Timbers
- 30 %
Columbus Crew 1-1 Portland Timbers
- 30 %
Columbus Crew 1-0 Portland Timbers
- 15 %
|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|
|Mar 8, 2014||D.C. United 0 - Columbus Crew 3||MLS|
|Oct 27, 2013||Columbus Crew 0 - New England Revolution 1||MLS|
|Oct 19, 2013||New England Revolution 3 - Columbus Crew 2||MLS|
|Oct 5, 2013||Columbus Crew 0 - Sporting Kansas City 1||MLS|
|Sep 29, 2013||FC Dallas 2 - Columbus Crew 4||MLS|
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