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MLS Preview: Philadelphia Union - Portland Timbers

MLS Preview: Philadelphia Union - Portland Timbers

Jonathan Ferrey

Just three days after its thrilling 4-4 draw with New England, Philly hosts Portland. Only three points separate the sides in a match full of playoff implications.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Philadelphia Union (4-4-2): MacMath; Williams, Califf, Valdes, G. Farfan; Mapp, Carroll, Miglioranzi, Adu; Le Toux, Paunovic.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: GK Faryd Mondragon (R finger fracture); FW Levi Houapeu (L ankle strain)

PROBABLE: MF Brian Carroll (R foot contusion)
Portland Timbers (4-1-4-1): Perkins; Palmer, Brunner, Horst, Chabala; Nagbe, Jewsbury, Chara, Zizzo; Cooper, Perlaza.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: GK Adin Brown (concussion); DF Mamadou Danso (R hamstring strain); DF Kevin Goldthwaite (L knee ACL rupture); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); FW Spencer Thompson (R knee)

PROBABLE: GK Troy Perkins (R hip soreness)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Midweek, Philadelphia bounced back from a 4-1 halftime deficit to tie the New England Revolution 4-4. Zac MacMath made his second MLS start in the thriller.

  • Sebastien Le Toux scored two goals in that match, including a penalty. He has now scored four PKs this year, and all seven in franchise history.
  • The Union, with 35 points, would qualify for the playoffs were the season to end today. Three back on 32, Portland is tied for the 10th spot, which is the last playoff slot.
  • Portland won the only previous meeting between these teams with a 1-0 result in Jeld-Wen Field on May 6.
  • The Timbers are riding a two-game winning streak after a 1-0 result over Chivas USA on Aug. 24. The expansion side has won two games in a row three times this year.

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Last Five Matches
Odds
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Available Squads
18Zac MacMathGoalkeeper
-Dan CaliffDefender
-Carlos Enrique ValdesDefender
25Sheanon WilliamsDefender
26Michael FarfanMidfielder
30Freddy AduStriker
20Roger TorresMidfielder
7Brian CarrollMidfielder
55Danny MwangaStriker
11Sebastien Le TouxMidfielder
-Veljko PaunovicStriker
24Thorne HolderGoalkeeper
-Gabriel FarfánDefender
-Juan Diego GonzálezDefender
15Stefani MiglioranziMidfielder
14Amobi OkugoMidfielder
21Justin MappMidfielder
-Kyle NakazawaMidfielder
9Jack McInerneyStriker
1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
2Eric BrunnerDefender
-Mike ChabalaDefender
18David HorstDefender
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
-J. PerlazaStriker
33Kenny CooperStriker
90Jake GleesonGoalkeeper
25Steve PurdyDefender
14James MarcelinMidfielder
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
7Bright DikeStriker
6Darlington NagbeStriker
22Rodney WallaceDefender
Players to Watch
Zac MacMath
Zac MacMath
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
23 0 2 0
Rodney Wallace
Rodney Wallace
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 22
Games Goals YC RC
9 1 1 0
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