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  • May 5, 2012
  • • 10:38 PM
  • • Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
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MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - Columbus Crew

Columbus' away record against Western opposition is miserable, but so too is Portland's current run of form.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Wallace, Mosquera, Brunner, Smith; Chara, Jewsbury, Palmer, Nagbe; Boyd, Perlaza.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Steve Purdy (concussion)

DOUBTFUL: MF Kalif Alhassan (R knee sprain); GK Jake Gleeson (R knee IT band tightness)

QUESTIONABLE: DF David Horst (R hip surgery)

PROBABLE: GK Troy Perkins (face lacerations [nose])
Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Gruenebaum; Miranda, Marshall, Williams, Vukovic; Tchani, O'Rourke, Mirosevic, Gaven; Renteria, Meram.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Ben Speas (sports hernia rehab); DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab); FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); DF Julius James (illness); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery); FW Aaron Schoenfeld (R plantar fascia rupture)

DOUBTFUL: MF Dilly Duka (L hamstring strain); DF Carlos Mendes (R hamstring strain); FW Olman Vargas (L hamstring contusion)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • These teams have seven points each. For the Timbers, that means they prop up the Western Conference. Columbus is second from bottom in the East, with Toronto FC yet to record a single point.
  • Columbus and Portland traded 1-0 home wins last season, the Timbers' first in the league.
  • The Crew have an abysmal 2-12-4 record away against current Western Conference opposition since 2010. That comes complete with a -19 goal differential.
  • Kris Boyd has scored three goals in eight games. However, Portland hasn't scored in the last two and has lost five of the last six.
  • Crew forwards Tommy Heinemann, Aaron Schoenfeld and Olman Vargas all sat out practice this week, leaving Columbus rather thin up top.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
-Mike ChabalaDefender
-H. MosqueraDefender
98Mamadou DansoDefender
-F. Songo'oMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
6Darlington NagbeStriker
9Kris BoydStriker
22Rodney WallaceDefender
12Joe BendikGoalkeeper
2Eric BrunnerDefender
26Steven SmithDefender
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
-J. PerlazaStriker
11Michael FucitoMidfielder
30Andy GruenebaumGoalkeeper
3Josh WilliamsDefender
-Danny O'RourkeDefender
16Eric GehrigMidfielder
-Sebastián MirandaDefender
-Nemanja VukovicDefender
6Tony TchaniMidfielder
-Milovan MirosevicMidfielder
12Eddie GavenMidfielder
13Ethan FinlayMidfielder
20E. RenteríaStriker
28Matt LampsonGoalkeeper
14Chad MarshallDefender
20Shaun FrancisDefender
7Bernardo AnorMidfielder
-Kirk UrsoMidfielder
12Nicholas GrossmanMidfielder
9Justin MeramMidfielder
Players to Watch
Kris Boyd
Kris Boyd
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 9
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Josh Williams
Josh Williams
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 3
Games Goals YC RC
14 0 1 0
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