MatchDay: D.C. United at Timbers
Sunday, May 29, 2011
D.C. UNITED AT TIMBERS
When/where: 2 p.m. today at Jeld-Wen Field, Portland.
TV: Live on KPDX 49 (Comcast cable ch. 13, 713).
Radio: AM 750 (AM 940 Spanish broadcast).
Records: D.C. United is 3-4-3, Portland is 5-3-2.
Why to watch: At 5-0, Portland is the only MLS team to win each of its league home games this season.
PROJECTED TIMBERS STARTERS
Forwards: Kenny Cooper, Jorge Perlaza.
Midfielders: Kalif Alhassan, Jack Jewsbury, Diego Chara, Darlington Nagbe.
Defenders: Rodney Wallace, Mamadou “Futty” Danso, Eric Brunner, Jeremy Hall.
Goalkeeper: Troy Perkins.
Key alternatives: MF Sal Zizzo, F Eddie Johnson, MF Peter Lowry, MF Ryan Pore, D David Horst, GK Adin Brown.
ABOUT D.C. UNITED
One of the original 10 MLS franchises, D.C. United won the league’s first championship in 1996. United have won four MLS Cups, four Supporters’ Shields as the regular-season champion and two U.S. Open Cups.
Watch for: Can Portland keep making the most of restarts? The Timbers have scored nine of their 13 league goals on set plays off corner kicks or free kicks. D.C. has at times struggled to defend restarts.
• D.C. forward Charlie Davies is unlikely to play because of a hamstring injury. Davies has six goals in nine games this season. He was a key contributor to the U.S. national teams qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but missed last summer’s Cup in South Africa recovering from a serious car crash.
• Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins and defender Rodney Wallace came to the Timbers from D.C. United in preseason trades. Portland traded midfielder Dax McCarty, its first selection in the MLS expansion draft, to D.C. for Wallace. Portland traded Steve Cronin to D.C. for Troy Perkins in a swap of goalkeepers.
• Wallace started 36 matches for D.C. United after the club made him the No. 6 overall draft pick in 2008. He missed most of last season with an ankle injury. He is good friends with United left wing Chris Pontius. The two were roommates during Wallace’s two seasons with United.
• Cronin, United’s backup keeper, is not on the trip because he and his wife Laura are expecting the birth of their first child this weekend.
• Injury report: Timbers — Out: FW Bright Dike (Achilles rupture); GK Jake Gleeson (elbow sprain); DF Kevin Goldthwaite (ankle); Probable: MF Jack Jewsbury (groin strain); FW Eddie Johnson (Achilles tendinitis); MF Adam Moffat (gluteal contusion); MF Darlington Nagbe (groin strain); FW Brian Umony (knee MCL sprain). D.C. United — Out: MF Branko Boskovic (ACL tear); MF Junior Carreiro (ankle sprain); DF Devon McTavish (concussion); MF Kurt Morsink (ankle sprain); DF Jed Zayner (hamstring strain); Doubtful: FW Charlie Davies (hamstring strain); Probable: FW Josh Wolff (groin strain).
Tickets: Limited single tickets might be available through Ticketmaster outlets or at Jeld-Wen Field.
Gates open: 90 minutes before kickoff for most fans.
Getting there: Parking is extremely limited near the stadium. MAX light rail runs extra trains on match days.
Radio coverage: 750 AM has one-hour pregame and postgame shows.
More information: www.portlandtimbers.com.