The Portland Timbers are off to the East Coast today to take on the New England Revolution in MLS play. With the Timbers coming off a week and a half's rest following their 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, the hope for fans from the Rose City has to be that the team is sufficiently recovered from their recent spate of injuries to take the game to the home side.
The Timbers are still riddled with absences, but players like Darlington Nagbe and Dairon Asprilla could make their respective returns in this one and will hopefully add some potency to the Timbers' attack on the road against a strong but sporadic Revolution back line.
"Nagbe comes back, however, at the same time that the Timbers will be missing 'The Maestro' Diego Valeri as he serves his one game suspension for picking up two yellow cards against the Earthquakes. The loss is one that the Timbers have dealt with previously and will necessitate moving Nagbe into a more advanced playmaking role in the center of the pitch. Backing him up will be Chara and either Ned Grabavoy or Jack Jewsbury. Ben Zemanski also appears to be back in match fitness and could play a role in this one, but the likelihood of him getting a start is slim after his recent absence."
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Watch it on: KPTV
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. PT at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA
Portland Timbers: 2-3-2, 8th place in the Western Conference
New England Revolution: 1-2-5, 7th place in the Eastern Conference