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  • March 3, 2013
  • • 7:52 PM
  • • Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
  • Referee: J. Marrufo
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MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - New York Red Bulls

MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - New York Red Bulls

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Thierry Henry and the new-look Red Bulls travel to Portland's turf to take on a similarly newfangled Timbers side.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Portland Timbers (4-3-3): Ricketts; Miller, Mosquera, Silvestre, Harrington; Chara, Valeri, W. Johnson; Alhassan, R. Johnson, Nagbe. 


New York Red Bulls (4-3-3): Robles; Kimura, Olave, Pearce, Miller; McCarty, Juninho, Cahill; Espindola, Henry, Izquierdo.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Last season New York qualified for the playoffs but lost to Houston at the first ask. Portland fired coach John Spencer midway through the season and finished with the third worst record in the league.
  • New York's early playoff exit cost coach Hans Backe his job. Unable to find a suitable candidate from Europe, Red Bull appointed former player Mike Petke as his replacement. The Timbers have a new coach as well: former Akron manager Caleb Porter.
  • The clear out extended to the players for the Red Bulls. Rafa Marquez returned to Mexico. European veterans Jan Gunnar Solli, Teemu Tainio, Victor Palsson and Joel Lindpere all departed. MLS stalwarts Sebastien Le Toux, Kenny Cooper and Wilman Conde also found themselves on the outside of the cuts. The main addition was 38-year-old Brazilian midfielder Juninho. Trades within the league brought in Fabian Espindola, Jamison Olave, Jonny Steele, Kosuke Kimura and Eric Alexander, the latter two from Portland.
  • The Timbers also reshuffled a large chunk of the squad. Designated Player Kris Boyd, Franck Songo'o and Danny Mwanga led the exodus. Diego Valeri, Mikaël Silvestre, Frédéric Piquionne and newly-named captain Will Johnson will form the core of Porter's side.
  • The last time these teams met in Portland, in 2011, Thierry Henry was sent off in a 3-3 draw. Last season, the Red Bulls edged a 3-2 win at home.

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1Donovan RickettsGoalkeeper
-Ryan MillerDefender
5Michael HarringtonDefender
16Andrew-Jean BaptisteDefender
18Mikael SilvestreDefender
4Will JohnsonStriker
8Diego ValeriMidfielder
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
6Darlington NagbeStriker
-Ryan JohnsonDefender
90Jake GleesonGoalkeeper
-Dylan Tucker-GagnesDefender
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
14Ben ZemanskiMidfielder
17Michael NanchoffMidfielder
22Rodney WallaceDefender
-A. ValenciaStriker
31L. RoblesGoalkeeper
44Heath PearceDefender
4Jamison OlaveDefender
7R. MillerDefender
27Kosuke KimuraDefender
-JuninhoMidfielder
11Dax McCartyMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
21Ruben BoverMidfielder
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
14Thierry HenryStriker
24Santiago CastanoGoalkeeper
-Marcus HolgerssonDefender
16Connor LadeDefender
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
22Jonathan SteeleMidfielder
26Brandon BarklageMidfielder
17 Josué MartínezStriker

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