Portland Timbers Sports

This Pundits view of the 'starting 11' for this weekend…

Given what we know about health issues…
Perkins
Jewsbury
Futty
Horst
Smtih
Zizzo
Chara
Nagbe
Songo’o
Fucito or Mwanga (I favor Fucito – love his energy – get their back four tired quickly)
Boyd

Subs data not available and unclear at this time but I imagine we will see Alexander and Mwanga for sure – not clear on what defensive subs might occur and that could depend on the half-time score; if we are behind we will probably do what we did in LA – convert to floating 3-5-2 or 3-4-3; if we are ahead probably convert to a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-2-1.

I am not familiar enough with Chabala to know if he can come in and play right back; unclear on the speed of Purdy but his size is good; Baptiste is also a possibility if the confidence is there for his mental approach.

Chris Gluck

Chris Gluck

I have been covering the Portland Timbers and Major League Soccer, as a community blogger/analyst for the Columbian Newspaper, since June, 2012. Since then my involvement in soccer analysis has expanded to include participating in the Regional Emmy Award Winning Soccer City PDX TV Show (Comcast Sports Northwest). My unique analytical approach has been published in Europe and presented at the World Conference on Science and Soccer 2014. I also appear regularly as a co-host on Rose City Soccer Show and the Yellowcarded Podcast. You can find my work on PossessionwithPurpose.com, PTFC Collective and Prost Amerika.