MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - Columbus Crew

Columbus' away record against Western opposition is miserable, but so too is Portland's current run of form.
Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Perkins; Wallace, Mosquera, Brunner, Smith; Chara, Jewsbury, Palmer, Nagbe; Boyd, Perlaza.


OUT: DF Steve Purdy (concussion)

DOUBTFUL: MF Kalif Alhassan (R knee sprain); GK Jake Gleeson (R knee IT band tightness)

QUESTIONABLE: DF David Horst (R hip surgery)

PROBABLE: GK Troy Perkins (face lacerations [nose])
Columbus Crew (4-4-2): Gruenebaum; Miranda, Marshall, Williams, Vukovic; Tchani, O'Rourke, Mirosevic, Gaven; Renteria, Meram.


OUT: FW Ben Speas (sports hernia rehab); DF Rich Balchan (sports hernia rehab); FW Tommy Heinemann (L knee surgery); DF Julius James (illness); GK William Hesmer (R hip surgery); FW Aaron Schoenfeld (R plantar fascia rupture)

DOUBTFUL: MF Dilly Duka (L hamstring strain); DF Carlos Mendes (R hamstring strain); FW Olman Vargas (L hamstring contusion)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Danny O'Rourke (L ankle sprain)
  • These teams have seven points each. For the Timbers, that means they prop up the Western Conference. Columbus is second from bottom in the East, with Toronto FC yet to record a single point.
  • Columbus and Portland traded 1-0 home wins last season, the Timbers' first in the league.
  • The Crew have an abysmal 2-12-4 record away against current Western Conference opposition since 2010. That comes complete with a -19 goal differential.
  • Kris Boyd has scored three goals in eight games. However, Portland hasn't scored in the last two and has lost five of the last six.
  • Crew forwards Tommy Heinemann, Aaron Schoenfeld and Olman Vargas all sat out practice this week, leaving Columbus rather thin up top.