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  • March 17, 2012
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MLS Preview: FC Dallas - Portland Timbers

Two of the offseasons's most-talked about forwards, Blas Perez and Kris Boyd, will square off as both teams look to build momentum after impressive wins.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
FC Dallas (4-4-1-1): Hartman; Loyd, Pertuz, Ihemelu, Benitez; Wiedeman, Hernandez, Jacobson, Rodriguez; Villar; Perez

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF David Ferreira (R ankle); FW Scott Sealy (R knee)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Fabian Castillo (L knee)

Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Palmer, Mosquera, Brunner, Wallace; Alhassan, Jewsbury, Chara, Alexander; Perlaza, Boyd

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Futty Danso (L foot fracture); DF David Horst (R hip surgery); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); DF Steve Purdy (L hamstring strain)

DOUBTFUL: MF Franck Songoío (R knee sprain); MF Sal Zizzo (L ACL surgery)

PROBABLE: FW Jorge Perlaza (L Achilles tendinitis)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • The two teams split the 2011 season series. Portland topped Dallas 3-2 at home and the Hoops exacted revenge at their place, winning 4-0.
  • Both teams opened the 2012 season with home wins. Portland came from behind to win 3-1 against Philadelphia behind goals from rookie Andrew Jean-Baptiste, Kris Boyd and Kalif Alhassan. The latter earned MLS Player of the Week honors for his goal and the assist he provided on Boyd's goal.
  • Dallas got revenge on New York for its 2011 playoff elimination, winning 2-1 at FC Dallas Stadium. Goals from Zach Loyd and Ricardo Villar, plus an influential display from highly-touted striker Blas Perez, were enough to secure a win.
  • FC Dallas will be without Brek Shea, who was called into the U.S. U-23 national team for Olympic qualifying. However, it added a new face in Colombian striker Luis Perea, whom the club signed from now-extinct Peruvian outfit Universidad San Martin.
  • Portland will finally be able to count on recently-signed center back Hanyer Mosquera, who missed out on the team's season opener while the club waited for his international transfer certificate.
  • The Timbers will be looking to improve on the road, having only won twice away from home in their inaugural season.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
-Kevin HartmanGoalkeeper
-Ugo IhemeluGoalkeeper
5Jair BenítezDefender
-H. PertúzDefender
17Zach LoydDefender
-C. RodríguezDefender
-Daniel HernándezMidfielder
4Andrew JacobsonMidfielder
10Ricardo VillarMidfielder
-B. LeyvaMidfielder
7B. PérezStriker
18Chris SeitzGoalkeeper
14George JohnDefender
24Matt HedgesDefender
-Bruno GuardaMidfielder
16Bobby WarshawDefender
32Andrew WiedemanStriker
-L. PereaStriker
1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
2Eric BrunnerDefender
-H. MosqueraDefender
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
9Kris BoydStriker
-J. PerlazaStriker
22Rodney WallaceDefender
12Joe BendikGoalkeeper
-Mike ChabalaDefender
16Andrew-Jean BaptisteDefender
14James MarcelinMidfielder
28Freedie BraunMidfielder
6Darlington NagbeStriker
7Bright DikeStriker

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