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MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Portland Timbers

Real Salt Lake looks to bolster its playoff credentials against the leakiest defense in the Western Conference.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Shuler, Olave, Borchers, Wingert; Steele, Grabavoy, Morales, Johnson; Saborio, Espindola.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: GK Lalo Fernandez (R wrist fracture); DF Kwame Watson-Siriboe (R adductor strain)

PROBABLE: DF Jamison Olave (L hamstring strain); DF Chris Schuler (L foot bone bruise); DF Kenny Mansally (L knee MCL sprain)
Portland Timbers (4-4-1-1): Bendik; Kimura, Mosquera, Horst, Wallace; Zizzo, Jewsbury, Chara, Songo'o; Nagbe; Dike.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Diego Chara (L adductor strain); GK Donovan Ricketts (L shoulder separation); DF Chris Taylor (R hip surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: GK Jake Gleeson (R hand contusion)

PROBABLE: MF Freddie Braun (abdominal strain); DF Andrew Jean-Baptiste (L hamstring strain)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • These teams are meeting for the third time this season. RSL won 3-2 on March 31 at Jeld-Wen Field as Jonny Steele scored in the 89th minute and Kyle Beckerman hit the winner in stoppage time. Real won 3-0 on July 7 at Rio Tinto Stadium thanks to a hat trick from Alvaro Saborio.
  • Real Salt Lake has converted all four of its penalty kicks this season, joining the Montreal Impact (nine for nine) as the only teams with more than three attempts that are perfect from the spot.
  • Despite a relatively comfortable position in the table, RSL has struggled recently, with the Royals taking all three points in just one of their last half-dozen matches.
  • Portland's away goal difference of -22 is the worst in MLS this season.
  • Real Salt Lake has scored 27 goals in the second half of games this season, nearly twice as many as Portland’s 14.

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Available Squads
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
2Tony Beltran Defender
4Jamison OlaveDefender
6Nat BorchersDefender
17Chris WingertDefender
5Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
4Will JohnsonStriker
11Javier MoralesMidfielder
20Ned GrabavoyMidfielder
23Paulo Jr.Midfielder
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
28Kyle ReynishGoalkeeper
28Chris SchulerDefender
29K. MansallyStriker
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
21Luis GilMidfielder
22Jonathan SteeleMidfielder
-Emiliano Nicolas BonfigliStriker
12Joe BendikGoalkeeper
18David HorstDefender
26Steven SmithDefender
27Kosuke KimuraDefender
-H. MosqueraDefender
11Salvatore ZizzoMidfielder
-F. Songo'oMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
6Darlington NagbeStriker
55Danny MwangaStriker
22Rodney WallaceDefender
-Scott AngevineGoalkeeper
2Eric BrunnerDefender
98Mamadou DansoDefender
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
12Eric AlexanderMidfielder
11Michael FucitoMidfielder
7Bright DikeStriker

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