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  • June 24, 2012
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  • • Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
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MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - Seattle Sounders FC

MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - Seattle Sounders FC

Alvaro Fernandez of the Seattle Sounders and Diego Chara of the Portland Timbers (Getty Images)

Steve Zakuani could make a return from a year-long absence due to a snapped leg against fierce Cascadia rival Portland.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins, Chabala, Danso, Mosquera, Jewsbury; Songo'o, Nagbe, Chara, Alhassan; Boyd, Mwanga.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Eric Brunner (concussion); DF Rodney Wallace (R ankle sprain)

PROBABLE: FW Danny Mwanga (L quadriceps contusion)
Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Weber; Burch, Hurtado, Parke, Scott; Caskey, Alonso, Evans, Rosales; Montero, Johnson.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Babayele Sodade (R knee ACL tear); FW David Estrada (L foot fracture)

DOUBTFUL: GK Michael Gspurning (R hip strain); DF Leo Gonzalez (L quad strain); DF Adam Johansson (R hamstring strain); MF Steve Zakuani (R leg fracture)

QUESTIONABLE: GK Josh Ford (R knee stress fracture); DF Patrick Ianni (lower back pain)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Seattle won 3-2 in last year's fixture against Portland, taking an early lead in the MLS all-time record. The teams drew in Seattle.
  • Both of these teams have drawn with the Vancouver Whitecaps. The team with the best head-to-head record among the three Pacific Northwest sides will win the Cascadia Cup.
  • This is the first time Mike Fucito will face the Sounders. He played for Seattle from 2009-11.
  • The Sounders are mired in a six-game winless run, extended by a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday. The good news was that Steve Zakuani made the bench for the first time in a year after a nasty leg break in April 2011.
  • Bottom of the Western Conference with 13 points, the Timbers shook up the offensive line, sending Jorge Perlaza to Philadelphia for Danny Mwanga. Mwanga couldn't turn things around in his first game, however, with Portland losing 1-0 to the LA Galaxy last week.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
18David HorstDefender
26Steven SmithDefender
98Mamadou DansoDefender
-F. Songo'oMidfielder
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
11Michael FucitoMidfielder
6Darlington NagbeStriker
9Kris BoydStriker
12Joe BendikGoalkeeper
-Mike ChabalaDefender
22Rodney WallaceDefender
25Steve PurdyDefender
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
55Danny MwangaStriker
33Andrew WeberGoalkeeper
4Marc BurchDefender
20Zach ScottDefender
2Jeff ParkeDefender
34Jhon Kennedy HurtadoDefender
3Brad EvansMidfielder
6Osvaldo AlonsoMidfielder
7Eddie JohnsonStriker
7Mauro RosalesStriker
12Alex CaskeyMidfielder
17Fredy MonteroStriker
13Brian MeredithGoalkeeper
6Patrick IanniDefender
-L. GonzálezDefender
5Andy RoseMidfielder
7Cordell CatoStriker
-Roger LevesqueStriker
26S. OchoaStriker
Players to Watch
Michael Fucito
Michael Fucito
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
4 0 1 0
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
Jhon Kennedy Hurtado
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 34
Games Goals YC RC
18 1 4 1
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