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.
|Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Palmer, Horst, Brunner, Chabala; Zizzo, Jewsbury, Chara, Nagbe; Cooper, Perlaza.||
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.||
OUT: FW Atiba Harris (R knee surgery); MF Russell Teibert (R rib contusion)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Alain Rochat (L adductor strain)
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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.