August 14, 2012
A look at the upcoming games
LA Galaxy (11-11-3, 36 pts)@ Columbus Crew (8-8-4, 28 pts), 7:00 pm ET (NBCSN)
The LA Galaxy are coming off a dominating 4-0 SuperClasico win over Chivas USA, but have not had even three days to recover before taking on the Columbus Crew Wednesday night at Crew Stadium. They also will be without Landon Donovan, who matched an MLS record by setting up all four goals on Sunday night, but will be with the U.S. National Team in Mexico on Wednesday. LA have owned the Crew over the past couple of seasons, winning four straight. Columbus will be paying for the first time since the sudden death of rookie Kirk Urso, and will honor him before the match. Wednesday also kicks off a depth-testing seven-games-in-21-days stretch for the Crew, who are seventh in the MLS East, but have games in hand on every one of their conference rivals.
Portland Timbers (5-12-5, 20 pts) @ Toronto FC (5-13-4, 19 pts), 7:30 pm ET (ROOT, TSN)
Major League Soccer’s two bottom-dwellers face off on Wednesday at BMO Field. The Portland Timbers not only can’t win on the road – they can’t even score, netting only two goals in ten road games while allowing 20, a situation veteran goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts will try to rectify in his Timbers debut . The Reds will be shorthanded for the match due to international callups, however, and will be missing defenders Doneil Henry, Darren O’Dea and Dicoy Williams, as well as Jamaican forward Ryan Johnson, who has scored two goals in TFC’s last three league games.
FC Dallas @ Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 10:00 pm ET (TSN/RDS, FS-SW+)
Injury and international callups have depleted the Vancouver Whitecaps lineup in advance of Wednesday night’s match at BC Place, but fortunately for them their opponent is FC Dallas, who have lost ten of their last 11 road games. Vancouver is coming off a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake, but the game cost them the services of captain and defensive mainstay Jay DeMarit because of a concussion. The Caps also will be without scoring leader Darren Mattocks and dangerous winger Dane Richards, as well as three others, because of national team commitments. Midfield starter Gershon Koffie also will miss the match due to a suspension. Scotland international Kenny Miller is expected to make his MLS debut up front for the Whitecaps, teamed with Camilo, who snapped a 12-match scoring drought in last Saturday’s win. FCD also will be shorthanded on Wednesday, with Brek Shea, Julian De Guzman and Carlos Rodriguez all away with their national teams. Dallas defeated the shorthanded Colorado Rapids 3-2 last Saturday, with David Ferreira scoring his first goal in over a year.