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  • September 24, 2011
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MLS Preview: New York Red Bulls - Portland Timbers

MLS Preview: New York Red Bulls - Portland Timbers

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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.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Rost; Solli, Marquez, Ream, Mendes; Richards, McCarty, Tainio, Lindpere; Rodgers, Henry.

INJURY REPORT

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.

INJURY REPORT

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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

New York RB

Portland Timbers

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

New York Red Bulls NY
New York Red Bulls New York RB
Draw
Portland Timbers POR
Portland Timbers Portland Timbers
31%
46%
23%

Top 3 Predictions

New York Red Bulls NY
2 - 2
Portland Timbers POR
New York Red Bulls NY
1 - 1
Portland Timbers POR
New York Red Bulls NY
1 - 2
Portland Timbers POR

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