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  • July 23, 2011
  • • 8:07 PM
  • • MAPFRE Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
  • Referee: A. Chapin
  • • Attendance: 11246
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MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Portland Timbers

MLS Preview: Columbus Crew - Portland Timbers

David Banks

The Timbers head to Columbus fresh off their first-ever MLS road win last weekend in Chicago.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Hesmer; Miranda, Marshall, James, Gardner; Gaven, Gehrig, Rogers, Ekpo; Anor, Mendoza.

INJURY REPORT

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.

INJURY REPORT

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)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Columbus Crew

Portland Timbers

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Columbus Crew CRE
Columbus Crew Columbus Crew
Draw
Portland Timbers POR
Portland Timbers Portland Timbers
45%
35%
20%

Top 3 Predictions

Columbus Crew CRE
2 - 0
Portland Timbers POR
Columbus Crew CRE
1 - 1
Portland Timbers POR
Columbus Crew CRE
1 - 2
Portland Timbers POR

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