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  • March 17, 2012
  • • 8:40 PM
  • • Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
  • Referee: J. Gonzalez
  • • Attendance: 12203
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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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Dallas

Portland Timbers

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Dallas DAL
FC Dallas Dallas
Draw
Portland Timbers POR
Portland Timbers Portland Timbers
40%
25%
35%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Dallas DAL
1 - 2
Portland Timbers POR
FC Dallas DAL
1 - 1
Portland Timbers POR
FC Dallas DAL
3 - 1
Portland Timbers POR

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