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  • April 21, 2012
  • • 10:38 PM
  • • Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
  • Referee: H. Grajeda
  • • Attendance: 20438

MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - Sporting Kansas City

On the back of four straight losses, the Timbers welcome Sporting KC to Portland. SKC boasts a perfect win record this year.

Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Palmer, Mosquera, Brunner, Chabala; Alhassan, Jewsbury, Chara, Alexander; Nagbe, Boyd.


OUT: GK Joe Bendik (R knee meniscus surgery); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion)

DOUBTFUL: MF Kalif Alhassan (R knee sprain); DF Futty Danso (L foot fracture); GK Jake Gleeson (R knee IT band tightness); DF David Horst (R hip surgery); MF James Marcelin (L hamstring strain); DF Rodney Wallace (L ankle sprain)
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Nagamura, Zusi, Espinoza; Kamara, Sapong, Convey.


OUT: GK Eric Kronberg (lower back injury); MF Julio Cesar (R hamstring strain)

DOUBTFUL: DF Cyprian Hedrick (R Achilles tendinitis)
  • Sporting Kansas City has won its first seven games of the 2012 season. The only team to start a year better was the 1996 LA Galaxy, who won eight games (or 12 if you count shootout victories as wins). SKC (21 points) is already six points clear of the next closest team (Real Salt Lake).
  • Graham Zusi leads MLS with six assists this year. Kei Kamara leads the league in shots (36) and shots on goal (16). He is tied for fourth with four goals.
  • Last year Sporting beat Portland twice, including a 2-1 win at JELD-WEN Field.
  • The Timbers have lost a club-record four matches in a row and currently prop up the Western Conference. Only Toronto FC has less points.
  • Sporting has conceded twice all year. Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen leads the league with five shutouts.


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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
-Mike ChabalaDefender
2Eric BrunnerDefender
25Steve PurdyDefender
-H. MosqueraDefender
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
6Darlington NagbeStriker
9Kris BoydStriker
-J. PerlazaStriker
12Brian RoweGoalkeeper
16Andrew-Jean BaptisteDefender
-F. Songo'oMidfielder
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
28Freedie BraunMidfielder
-Brent Anthony RichardsStriker
7Bright DikeStriker
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
5Matt BeslerDefender
7Chance MyersDefender
15Seth SinovicDefender
78Aurellien CollinDefender
8Graham ZusiStriker
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
-Julio CésarMidfielder
15Bobby ConveyMidfielder
17C.J. SapongStriker
-Kei KamaraStriker
21Jon KempinGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
13Lawrence OlumMidfielder
6Paulo NagamuraMidfielder
32Luke SassanoMidfielder
10Teal BunburyStriker
37Jacob PetersonMidfielder
Players to Watch
Diego Ferney Chará
Diego Ferney Chará
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 21
Games Goals YC RC
25 2 7 0
C.J. Sapong
C.J. Sapong
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
17 2 1 0
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