Gavin Wilkinson takes charge of his first game in MLS for the Timbers, having previously coached the USL edition of the team.
|Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Kimura, Danso, Mosquera, Smith; Alhassan, Jewsbury, Nagbe, Alexander; Boyd, Mwanga.
OUT: DF Chris Taylor (R hip surgery)
DOUBTFUL: DF Eric Brunner (concussion); MF Franck Songo’o (R knee MCL sprain); DF Rodney Wallace (R ankle sprain)
|LA Galaxy (4-4-2): Saunders; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Dunivant; Jimenez, Beckham, Sarvas, Donovan; Keane, Barrett.
OUT: DF Andrew Boyens (L sports hernia surgery); FW Edson Buddle (R knee surgery); MF Dan Keat (R knee surgery); DF Leonardo (R knee inflammation)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Omar Gonzalez (L knee surgery); MF Kyle Nakazawa (back spasms); FW Pat Noonan (R quad strain)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Portland (19 points, eighth place) could draw to within one point of the Galaxy (23 points, fifth) in the Western Conference with a win.
- The Timbers fired coach John Spencer this week, naming general manager Gavin Wilkinson as interim boss.
- Portland boasts a respectable 5-2-2 record at home. It's away, where the club hasn't won this season, that the problems came.
- Robbie Keane scored twice on his 32nd birthday in a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire last week. Landon Donovan assisted the first, his 99th in MLS.
- Juninho and Diego Chara are suspended for this match. Lovel Palmer is one booking away from a suspension.