MLS Preview: FC Dallas - Portland Timbers
Both teams enter this match ragged and coming off tough midweek losses, with the winner given the chance to move off the Western Conference basement.
By Zac Lee Rigg
|FC Dallas (4-2-3-1): Hartman; Loyd, Hedges, Pertuz, Benitez; de Guzman, Jacobson; Jackson, Ferreira, Shea; Sealy.
OUT: MF Bobby Warshaw (R foot fracture); DF Ugo Ihemelu (concussion symptoms); DF Alex Lee (lower abdominal strain); DF George John (concussion symptoms); FW Blas Perez (R foot sprain)
PROBABLE: MF Ricardo Villar (R foot strain); MF David Ferreira (R foot surgery); MF Daniel Hernandez (R knee soreness); MF Jackson (R ankle sprain); DF Jair Benitez (R knee contusion)
|Portland Timbers (4-2-3-1): Perkins; Kimura, Mosquera, Danso, Smith; Jewsbury, Chara; Alhassan, Nagbe, Alexander; Boyd.
OUT: DF Eric Brunner (concussion); DF Chris Taylor (R hip surgery); DF Rodney Wallace (R ankle sprain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- These teams are bottom of the Western Conference with 19 points each. Dallas has played two extra games.
- FCD is also bottom in MLS in assists, with 11 this season. The team recorded 45 in 2011.
- Portland has only scored one goal in the final 15 minutes of matches. Only Seattle Sounders FC have scored as few in the same time frame.
- Brek Shea mouthed off to coach Schellas Hyndman as he was substituted in the 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes midweek. His status for this match is unknown. Jair Benitez, who has never scored an MLS goal, shanked a penalty kick in the fourth minute of stoppage time in that match.
- Fabian Castillo is suspended for this match.
Top 3 Predictions
FC Dallas 3-2 Portland Timbers
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FC Dallas 2-3 Portland Timbers
- 25 %
FC Dallas 2-2 Portland Timbers
- 25 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Mar 29, 2014||FC Dallas 2 - Portland Timbers 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 17, 2013||Portland Timbers 2 - FC Dallas 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jun 15, 2013||Portland Timbers 1 - FC Dallas 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||May 8, 2013||FC Dallas 1 - Portland Timbers 1|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Aug 5, 2012||Portland Timbers 1 - FC Dallas 1|
|Apr 19, 2014||FC Dallas 2 - Toronto FC 1||MLS|
|Apr 12, 2014||FC Dallas 2 - Seattle Sounders FC 3||MLS|
|Apr 5, 2014||Houston Dynamo 1 - FC Dallas 4||MLS|
|Mar 29, 2014||FC Dallas 2 - Portland Timbers 1||MLS|
|Mar 22, 2014||FC Dallas 3 - Chivas USA 1||MLS|
|-||Julian De Guzman||Defender|
|21||Diego Ferney Chará||Midfielder|
|-||Brent Anthony Richards||Striker|
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