Hopefully a good metaphor for the Timbers after the game
OUT: FW Edu (R foot contusion); MF Pablo Mastroeni (headache symptoms); DF Anthony Wallace (L Achilles tear)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Kamani Hill (L quad strain)
PROBABLE: FW Omar Cummings (R ankle soreness)
SUSPENDED AFTER NEXT 2 YELLOWS: MF Jaime Castrillon; DF Tyrone Marshall; MF Drew Moor; MF Martin Rivero; DF Tyson Wahl
Portland is only missing one player. Pretty much the same roster to choose from for the Rapids. My guess at the starting XI:
Castrillon - Casey - Mullan
Larentowicz - Rivero - Nane
Zapata - Moor - Wynne - Freeman
Really, after the disaster of last week, anything could happen. I'm going to stick with what's been the typical lineup but Pareja could throw some curve balls in.
Key To Look For: Defense. Duh.
Prediction: 2-1 win, goals by Casey and Larentowicz. I expect Kimura will get an assist as he helps to break down a defense he knows well, but Portland is a bad team. The Rapids can get two goals against them and take the 3 points.