Toronto FC vs. Portland Timbers: Game Thread

PORTLAND, OR - MAY 21: Members of the Portland Timbers including, Eric Brunner #5 and Mamadou Danso #98 of the Portland Timbers who hold up log slabs, cheer with the fans after the game between the Columbus Crew and the Portland Timbers at PGE Park on May 21, 2011 in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers won the game 1-0. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
TORONTO FC vs.
PORTLAND TIMBERS
5-13-4, 10th in the East
5-12-5, 9th in the West
LS: Koevermans (9)

LS: Kris Boyd (7)
2012 Major League Soccer Season, Game 23
BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
7:30 PM EDT (5:30 PM MDT)
TV: TSN (Canada), ROOT Sports NW (USA)
Radio: Sportsnet 590
Referee: Geoff Gamble
Forecast: Clear, 23°C, Wind W 13 km/hr

Last Meeting: 7/30/2011, PDX 2-2 TFC

As we move around the room, whispering things with my eyes closed.
I feels that you're here, then the music stops I open my eyes,
My fantasy ends; we're not even friends.

So leave me to catch my ride, pay my fare on my way home.
The same thing every week on my own, next time around you might be there.
My luck might change; but until then...

- "Another Night", The Hollies

Two teams, two bad seasons...really, really bad seasons with a lot going wrong. Seriously, how much bad luck can some teams get? But alas, here we are again...in the midst of another basement bowl battle. For both these teams, it's been the story of the season so far: day-in and day-out, it's just trying to avoid being in the basement -- for us it's not exactly a place we're strangers to.

And thanks to international call-ups, the battle just gets better. As you may have read in Duncan's preview, both teams will have players missing due to the slew of friendlies that will be happening on this day: Darren O'Dea's debut is delayed due to an Ireland friendly, Terry Dunfield and Doneil Henry will be in Florida with the Canadian team, the Jamaicans will have Lovel Palmer, Dicoy Williams and Ryan Johnson, and El Salvador will be occupying Steve Purdy. For further reading on all this, check out James' usual Know Your Enemy and our How You Doin'? grilling session Q&A with Stumptown Footy.

Jeremy Hall will be absent due to an injury sustained during the Chicago match, while Portland will likely be test-driving their new keeper Donovan Ricketts (acquired during a recent trade with Montreal...who else?), as their current backup keeper Jake Gleeson is listed as "probable". Despite this, most of both teams' big stars will be available: Kris Boyd will likely be clashing with Torsten Frings, while Jack Jewsbury and Darlington Nagbe will try to outduel Eric Hassli, Eric Avila and Luis Silva.

It's not going to be an easy slog for either team, given how much changes they've been through (remembering that Portland has also fired their coach this year) but it should be an entertaining match nevertheless. So do join us before-and during the match for news and chat. Should be a good one...or another one. Let's see which one.

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