Following a match against one of the first MLS teams, the New England Revolution, New York travels to the West Coast for their first match ever against the Portland Timbers at Jeld-Wen Field.
New York is hot off their first win in over a month against New England last week, a hard-fought 2-1 victory with a sprinkling of luck on the New York side. It was surely a sigh of relief for a New York team that had gotten used to drawing week after week. That win put them in a tie for first with Philadelphia though they have one game up on the Union thus far.
It wasn’t all positive for New York though. The New England match saw the scorching hot Luke Rodgers leave the game with a heel injury. The injury is certainly a blow to a New York team who is still without much of their starting XI who are still competing in the final legs of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Joel Lindpere also finds himself questionable for this match with a left foot contusion.
Despite those losses, New York finds themselves again with Dwayne de Rosario to patrol the front end of the midfield. De Rosario was disappointed at the early exit Canada took from the group stages of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but he practiced in earnest with the team this week and should be available for play.
Portland will host New York at their brand new Jeld-Wen Field, a home field that has proven to be very advantageous for the club. Since opening this season, the Timbers won the first five of their matches there, though recently they have seen that advantage dissipate as they’ve dropped their last two games there. On top of that, Portland has now dropped three in a row, and New York will hope to make it four tonight and ride the New England game into a hot streak.
On top of that, Portland has not scored during this two game losing streak, dropping both matches 1-0. Portland has been a very high-possessing team, similar to New York has been all season, so it should be interesting to see how both teams compete in tonight’s match. Both teams have seen themselves open for many chances, but finishing those chances seems to have been the Achilles lately.
It will certainly be a very competitive match as Portland and New York have been ailing to finish chances despite high concentrations of possession.
New York kicks off their first match against Portland tonight at 10PM ET. The game will be broadcast on MSG Plus.
REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. SAR (bench): Peter Manikowski; JAR (opposite): Claudio Badea; 4th: Armando Villarreal
MLS Career: 133 games; FC/gm: 26.9; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 40; pens: 50
INJURY REPORT: PORTLAND TIMBERS — OUT: DF Mamadou Danso (L shoulder); FW Bright Dike (R Achilles rupture); MF James Marcelin (R knee MCL sprain); DOUBTFUL: MF Peter Lowry (L quadriceps strain); PROBABLE: GK Jake Gleeson (L elbow sprain); FW Eddie Johnson (R Achilles tendinitis) … NEW YORK RED BULLS — OUT: MF Carl Robinson (R knee contusion); DF Chris Albright (hernia surgery); QUESTIONABLE: FW Luke Rodgers (plantar fasciitis); MF Joel Lindpere (L foot contusion)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: POR: Steve Purdy (El Salvador) … NY: Rafael Marquez (Mexico); Dane Richards (Jamaica); Juan Agudelo, Tim Ream (USA)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: POR: Jeremy Hall
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: POR: Rodney Wallace … NY: Luke Rodgers
ALL-TIME (MLS): First meeting.
RETURN MATCH: 9/24: New York Red Bulls vs. Portland Timbers, 7:30 p.m. ET
• Coaches record: John Spencer vs. NY: first game … Hans Backe v POR: first game