The Goats travel up the West coast to take on Portland in a midweek MLS encounter. Both these clubs will look to kick-start a late playoff charge.
|Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Palmer, Horst, Brunner, Chabala; Zizzo, Chara, Jewsbury, Alhassan; Cooper, Perlaza.||
OUT: DF Kevin Goldthwaite (L knee ACL rupture); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); FW Spencer Thompson (R knee)
QUESTIONABLE: GK Jake Gleeson (R elbow sprain)
PROBABLE: FW Bright Dike (L quad strain); MF Jack Jewsbury (hamstring strain); GK Troy Perkins (R hip soreness); DF Rodney Wallace (hamstring strain)
|Chivas USA (4-4-2): Kennedy; Lahoud, Umana, Pearce, Jazic; Gavin, Elliott, LaBrocca, Flores; Angel, Moreno.||
OUT: FW Justin Braun (abdominal strain)
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With the playoff chase taking shape, both these sides have aspirations of nabbing the wildcard slots. Portland is three points back and Chivas USA sits just a point away.
- These two teams have met exactly once before. Marcos Mondaini scored the game's only goal in that June encounter as the Goats won.
- Portland beat fellow expansion side Vancouver this weekend, bolstering its impressive home record to 7-4-2. Later, 10,000 turned out for a Timbers reserve match.
- This match represents the last of Chivas USA's five-game road swing. Afterward, six of its last eight matches will be in the Home Depot Center.
- Juan Pablo Angel, acquired from the LA Galaxy, scored on his Chivas USA debut, helping the Goats to a 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids. New addition Laurent Courtois also scored his first goal for the club in that match.