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  • August 20, 2011
  • • 10:07 PM
  • • Providence Park, Portland, Oregon
  • Referee: J. Marrufo
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MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - Vancouver Whitecaps

MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - Vancouver Whitecaps

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The two expansion clubs of 2011 square off. Surprisingly these teams don't prop up the rest of the league; Portland has a better record than four other clubs.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Palmer, Horst, Brunner, Chabala; Zizzo, Jewsbury, Chara, Nagbe; Cooper, Perlaza.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: GK Jake Gleeson (hamstring strain); DF Kevin Goldthwaite (L knee ACL rupture); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); FW Spencer Thompson (R knee)

PROBABLE: FW Bright Dike (L quad strain); DF Jeremy Hall (groin soreness); MF Jack Jewsbury (hamstring strain); GK Troy Perkins (R hip soreness); DF Rodney Wallace (hamstring strain); MF Sal Zizzo (shoulder contusion)
Vancouver Whitecaps (4-4-2): Cannon; Leathers, Boxall, DeMerit, Harvey; Thorrington, Koffie, Vagenas, Salinas; Hassli, Camilo.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Atiba Harris (R knee surgery); MF Russell Teibert (R rib contusion)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Alain Rochat (L adductor strain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Though longtime Cascadia rivals, with a history of games in the NASL, A-League, USL and U.S. Open Cup, this is the first MLS matchup between Portland and Vancouver.

  • It's also the first time since 2005 two expansion clubs will square off. When Real Salt Lake played Chivas USA, the home side has won every encounter. 
  • Portland's inaugural MLS season is going better than Vancouver's. The Timbers have 26 points, lifting the club up to sixth in the West. The Whitecaps, on 18 points, have the worst record in MLS and have already announced two coaching changes (Martin Rennie will take over from interim boss Tom Soehn in 2012). 
  • Vancouver has conceded 10 goals in its last three games, including four to D.C. United and, before that, four to the LA Galaxy.
  • When the Timbers met the Galaxy, Portland won 3-0. That Aug. 3 matchup was also the most recent Portland home game. 
  • Portland is 0-11-3 when conceding first. The onus will be on Eric Hassli, 10 goals and one assist, to score early. Hassli has been involved in 44 percent of his team's goals, a high in MLS according to Opta.

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Available Squads
1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
-Mike ChabalaDefender
18David HorstDefender
98Mamadou DansoDefender
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
-J. PerlazaStriker
33Kenny CooperStriker
24Adin BrownGoalkeeper
2Eric BrunnerDefender
14James MarcelinMidfielder
22Rodney WallaceDefender
7Bright DikeStriker
-Brian UmonyStriker
6Darlington NagbeStriker
-Joe CannonGoalkeeper
2Michael BoxallDefender
12Jeb BrovskyMidfielder
6Jay DeMeritDefender
2Jordan HarveyDefender
11John ThorringtonMidfielder
28Gershon KoffieMidfielder
-Davide ChiumientoMidfielder
33Peter VagenasMidfielder
29Eric HassliStriker
37Camilo Da Silva SanvezzoStriker
18Jay NollyGoalkeeper
4Alain RochatDefender
14Greg JanickiDefender
25Jonathon LeathersDefender
-Philippe DaviesMidfielder
6Shea SalinasMidfielder
17Omar SalgadoStriker
36Mustapha Alasan JarjuStriker

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