The teams closest to the final playoff berth meet head to head in New Jersey, with New York in turmoil following horrible form and inopportune comments by Rafael Marquez.
|New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Rost; Solli, Marquez, Ream, Mendes; Richards, McCarty, Tainio, Lindpere; Rodgers, Henry.||
OUT: MF Carl Robinson (R knee contusion); MF Sacir Hot (R knee contusion)
DOUBTFUL: DF Roy Miller (R adductor strain)
|Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Palmer, Danso, Brunner, Chabala; Zizzo, Jewsbury, Chara, Nagbe; Cooper, Perlaza.||
OUT: GK Adin Brown (concussion); DF Kevin Goldthwaite (L knee ACL rupture); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); FW Spencer Thompson (R knee)
PROBABLE: DF Mamadou Danso (R hamstring strain); DF David Horst (L groin strain); GK Troy Perkins (R hip soreness)
||DID YOU KNOW?|
Portland, with 37 points, occupies the last playoff spot. Only two expansion clubs have qualified for the playoffs in their first seasons - the Chicago Fire in 1998 and Seattle Sounders FC in 2009.
- New York is a point behind, currently in 11th. The Red Bulls have won twice in the past 15 league games.
- On June 19 these two teams shared a 3-3 draw in Jeld-Wen Field, with the now-departed Dwayne De Rosario scoring in stoppage time to earn a point for New York.
- After a 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake midweek Rafael Marquez refused to take the blame for his side's soft defense. "I think this is a team game and unfortunately there isn't an equal level between my teammates and I," the Mexico international said.
- Thierry Henry leads the league with 12 goals.