Columbus Crew (4-4-1-1): Gruenebaum; Williams, Marshall, O'Rourke, Barson; Anor, Sanchez, George, Speas; Higuain; Oduro.
OUT: Drew Beckie (L adductor strain), Eddie Gaven (L ACL rupture), Glauber (L ACL Rupture), Kyle Hyland (L Adductor Strain)
QUESTIONABLE: Ryan Finley (R Ankle Inflammation), Agustin Viana (R hamstring strain)
Colorado Rapids (4-3-3): Ricketts; Miller, Jean-Baptiste, Kah, Jewsbury; Valeri, W. Johnson, Chara; Nagbe, R. Johnson, Wallace.
OUT: Bright Dike (ACL surgery), David Horst (R tibia plateau surgery), Brent Richards (L ACL surgery), Mikael Silvestre (ACL surgery), Dylan Tucker-Gangnes (concussion)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
Portland is third in the West, with 30 points from 17 games.
- The Timbers are on an incredible 18-match unbeaten run. They have lost just once under coach Caleb Porter.
- Columbus is in seventh in the East, its 21 points from 18 matches putting it just two points back of Houston and the final playoff berth.
- Prior to Thursday's game against the LA Galaxy, the Crew were the only team in MLS with a goal difference of zero. They had scored 21 goals and allowed 21 goals, until Los Angeles won 2-1.
- Portland's defensive record of 16 allowed is the best int he West and the second-best in MLS.