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  • July 7, 2012
  • • 9:07 PM
  • • Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
  • Referee: M. Geiger
  • • Attendance: 16444

MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Portland Timbers

Despite sitting near the top, RSL can't find a win, and lowly Portland has pulled off some big upsets in recent weeks.

Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Wingert, Olave, Borchers, Beltran; Steele, Beckerman, Johnson, Morales; Espindola, Saborio.


OUT: DF Chris Schuler (L foot bone stress response)

PROBABLE: MF Javier Morales (R knee hyperextension); DF Nat Borchers (L quadriceps strain); DF Tony Beltran (L adductor spasm); DF Jamison Olave (R calf strain); MF Ned Grabavoy (L adductor strain)
Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Kimura, Danso, Horst, Smith; Songo'o, Palmer, Nagbe, Alexander; Mwanga, Boyd.


OUT: DF Eric Brunner (concussion)

PROBABLE: MF Kalif Alhassan (L hamstring soreness); DF Steve Purdy (L groin strain); DF Rodney Wallace (R ankle sprain)
  • Although second in the West, RSL has failed to win a game since June 16, going 0-3-1 in the interim.
  • Conversely, despite being second from the bottom, Portland has won two of its last three, knocking off arch-rival Seattle and top-of-the-league San Jose.
  • Portland is one of two MLS clubs (the other being FC Dallas) still in search of that first elusive road victory. This is not unfamiliar territory for the Timbers; last season their first road win did not come until July 16 and they only collected one more the rest of the season. They have scored just two goals in seven road matches this season.
  • Real won the first meeting between the clubs this season in a thriller, Jonny Steele scoring in the 89th minute then Kyle Beckerman hitting for the winner in stoppage time in a 3-2 RSL victory, March 31 in Portland.
  • The Timbers have been shut out in four consecutive games away from Jeld-Wen Field. Their last road goal came April 14 in a 3-1 loss at the LA Galaxy, now 427 minutes without scoring.
  • Real Salt Lake will be without Fabian Espindola, who is suspended for this match.


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Available Squads
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
2Tony Beltran Defender
4Jamison OlaveDefender
6Nat BorchersDefender
17Chris WingertDefender
5Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
20Ned GrabavoyMidfielder
23Paulo Jr.Midfielder
4Will JohnsonStriker
11Javier MoralesMidfielder
15A. SaboríoStriker
28Kyle ReynishGoalkeeper
3Kwame Watson-SiriboeDefender
29K. MansallyStriker
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
21Luis GilMidfielder
22Jonathan SteeleMidfielder
-Emiliano Nicolas BonfigliStriker
1Troy PerkinsGoalkeeper
18David HorstDefender
26Steven SmithDefender
98Mamadou DansoDefender
27Kosuke KimuraDefender
13Jack JewsburyDefender
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
5Lovel PalmerMidfielder
55Danny MwangaStriker
6Darlington NagbeStriker
12Joe BendikGoalkeeper
-Mike ChabalaDefender
-H. MosqueraDefender
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
9Kris BoydStriker
11Michael FucitoMidfielder
Players to Watch
Javier Morales
Javier Morales
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
26 9 5 0
Danny Mwanga
Danny Mwanga
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 55
Games Goals YC RC
6 0 0 0
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