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September 24, 2011 7:35 PM EDT
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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

Rafa Márquez - New York Red Bulls - MLS

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)

  • 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.

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1Frank RostGoalkeeper
4Carlos MendesStriker
5Tim ReamDefender
22Stephen KeelDefender
-Jan Gunnar SolliMidfielder
-Joel LindpereMidfielder
28Teemu TainioMidfielder
11Dax McCartyMidfielder
-Dane RichardsStriker
19Luke RodgersStriker
14Thierry HenryStriker
23Bouna CoundoulGoalkeeper
7R. MillerDefender
-Stéphane AuvrayMidfielder
-Matt KasselMidfielder
14Mehdi BallouchyMidfielder
21Brian NielsenMidfielder
16J. AgudeloStriker
1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
98Mamadou DansoDefender
2Eric BrunnerDefender
-Mike ChabalaDefender
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
6Darlington NagbeStriker
33Kenny CooperStriker
90Jake GleesonGoalkeeper
18David HorstDefender
14James MarcelinMidfielder
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
22Rodney WallaceDefender
7Bright DikeStriker
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