Two of the four teams still chasing a playoff berth meet up on Wednesday. D.C. is in a four-game losing skid, but won the reverse fixture in May.
|D.C. United (4-4-2): Hamid; Kitchen, Jakovic, McDonald, Woolard; Najar, Simms, King, da Luz; De Rosario, Wolff.||
OUT: MF Branko Boskovic (L ACL tear); MF Chris Pontius (R tibia fracture); DF Jed Zayner (L knee sprain)
PROBABLE: DF Dejan Jakovic (R hamstring strain)
|Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Palmer, Danso, Brunner, Chabala; Marcelin, Jewsbury, Chara, Alhassan; Cooper, Perlaza.||
OUT: GK Adin Brown (concussion); DF Kevin Goldthwaite (L knee ACL rupture); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); MF Darlington Nagbe (R knee); FW Spencer Thompson (R knee); MF Sal Zizzo (L knee strain)
PROBABLE: DF David Horst (L groin strain); GK Troy Perkins (R hip soreness); FW Jorge Perlaza (lower back soreness)
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These sides make up two of the four teams still in contention to seal the last playoff berth. Any dropped points by D.C. will eliminate it mathematically, and Portland likely needs to win out as well. Both are sixth in their divisions.
- United won the reverse fixture, 3-2, in Portland on May 29.
- D.C. has lost four games in a row. The latest, a 2-1 defeat to the Chicago Fire, marked the first instance a team has lost an MLS game in regulation time when taking the lead 75 minutes or later. Dwayne De Rosario scored a penalty in the 90th minute only for Gonzalo Segares to set up two in injury time. "I'm getting more gray hair that I can imagine right now," DeRo said.
- De Rosario is tied with Chris Wondolowski in the Golden Boot race with 15 goals.
- Sal Zizzo is unavailable for the remainder of the regular season and will not be able to help Portland become the fourth expansion side to qualify for the playoffs.
- Charlie Davies has filed a $20 million suit against Das Enterprises and Red Bull North America, the parties that operated and hosted the event that preceded Davies' car accident on Oct. 12, 2009. Davies and his legal representatives are claiming Maria Alejandra Espinoza should have been refused alcohol after becoming visibly intoxicated. Espinoza is now serving a two-year prison sentence for the fatal car accident which injured Davies to the extent that he could not participate in the 2010 World Cup. Red Bull owns the New York Red Bulls, one of D.C. United's three rivals for the lone remaining playoff spot.