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.
|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.