PORTLAND, OR Joey Webber--otherwise known as "Timber Joey" slices "slabs" for each goal scored by the home side. The Goats will aim to keep his saw silent tonight. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
We're just about off. Alicia is at a wedding in the Bay Area so we wish her well. In the interim, an important three points hang in the balance here. I don't think either side will be happy with a draw. In case you missed it, you can read our preview for the match. The weather is partly cloudy and it's currently just a shade below 70F.
Line-ups and all the goodies after the jump!
Chivas USA lineup: Dan Kennedy; Ante Jazic, John Valencia, Danny Califf (C), James Riley; Ben Zemanski, Nick LaBrocca, Cesar Romero, Paolo Cardozo, Miller Bolanos; Juan Pablo Angel
Chivas bench: Tim Melia, Jorge Villafana Alejandro Moreno, Casey Townsend, Jose Correa, Juan Agudelo
Portland Timbers lineup: Troy Perkins; Kosuke Kimura, Hanyer Mosquera, David Horst, Stephen Smith; Darlington Nagbe, Jack Jewsbury (c), Diego Chara; Brent Richards, Kris Boyd, Franck Songo'o
Timbers bench: Joe Bendik, Futty Danso, Rodney Wallace, Eric Alexander, Kalif Alhassan, Mike Fucito, Danny Mwanga
Portland only starting four of the players--all internationals--(Mosquera, Kimura, Chara and Songo'o) that started last week in Dallas. Brent Richards from nearby Camas, Washington is the Timbers first homegrown player and is making what I believe to be his first MLS start tonight.
Go get your popcorn!