MLS Preview: New York Red Bulls - Portland Timbers
The teams closest to the final playoff berth meet head to head in New Jersey, with New York in turmoil following horrible form and inopportune comments by Rafael Marquez.
By Zac Lee Rigg
|New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Rost; Solli, Marquez, Ream, Mendes; Richards, McCarty, Tainio, Lindpere; Rodgers, Henry.||
OUT: MF Carl Robinson (R knee contusion); MF Sacir Hot (R knee contusion)
DOUBTFUL: DF Roy Miller (R adductor strain)
|Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Palmer, Danso, Brunner, Chabala; Zizzo, Jewsbury, Chara, Nagbe; Cooper, Perlaza.||
OUT: GK Adin Brown (concussion); DF Kevin Goldthwaite (L knee ACL rupture); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); FW Spencer Thompson (R knee)
PROBABLE: DF Mamadou Danso (R hamstring strain); DF David Horst (L groin strain); GK Troy Perkins (R hip soreness)
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Portland, with 37 points, occupies the last playoff spot. Only two expansion clubs have qualified for the playoffs in their first seasons - the Chicago Fire in 1998 and Seattle Sounders FC in 2009.
- New York is a point behind, currently in 11th. The Red Bulls have won twice in the past 15 league games.
- On June 19 these two teams shared a 3-3 draw in Jeld-Wen Field, with the now-departed Dwayne De Rosario scoring in stoppage time to earn a point for New York.
- After a 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake midweek Rafael Marquez refused to take the blame for his side's soft defense. "I think this is a team game and unfortunately there isn't an equal level between my teammates and I," the Mexico international said.
- Thierry Henry leads the league with 12 goals.
Top 3 Predictions
New York Red Bulls 2-2 Portland Timbers
- 26.92 %
New York Red Bulls 1-1 Portland Timbers
- 19.23 %
New York Red Bulls 2-1 Portland Timbers
- 15.39 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Mar 3, 2013||Portland Timbers 3 - New York Red Bulls 3|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 19, 2012||New York Red Bulls 3 - Portland Timbers 2|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Sep 24, 2011||New York Red Bulls 2 - Portland Timbers 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jun 19, 2011||Portland Timbers 3 - New York Red Bulls 3|
|New York Red Bulls|
|Nov 6, 2013||New York Red Bulls 1 - Houston Dynamo 2||MLS|
|Nov 3, 2013||Houston Dynamo 2 - New York Red Bulls 2||MLS|
|Oct 27, 2013||New York Red Bulls 5 - Chicago Fire 2||MLS|
|Oct 20, 2013||Houston Dynamo 0 - New York Red Bulls 3||MLS|
|Oct 5, 2013||New York Red Bulls 2 - New England Revolution 2||MLS|
|-||Jan Gunnar Solli||Midfielder|
|21||Diego Ferney Chará||Midfielder|
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