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Game #7 Preview: Philadelphia at Portland

Posted on 05 May 2011 by Breton Bonnette

The Union head to Portland charged with the opportunity to do what Salt Lake, Chicago, and FC Dallas could not do at JELD-WEN Field. Win. It’s Major League Soccer’s best defense against a team that somewhat resembles that  ‘strong home, struggle away’ expansion Union squad we remember from a little over a year ago. Who will come out on top?

Courtesy of OregonLive.com

Portland Timbers (3-3-1) vs. Philadelphia Union (4-1-1)
Friday, May 4, 2011
JELD-WEN Field, Portland, OR, 10:30PM

Portland Timbers Projected Starting XI

——————————–Perkins—————————-

Hall—————Brunner———-Danso————Wallace

Nagbe————-Jewsbury———Chara———-Alhassan

———————Cooper———-Perlaza———————

OUT: FW Bright Dike (R Achilles rupture); FW Eddie Johnson (R Achilles tendinitis); FW Brian Umony (R knee MCL sprain); PROBABLE: GK Adin Brown (hamstring strain); DF David Horst (R ankle sprain); GK Jake Gleeson (L elbow sprain); MF Peter Lowry (R knee MCL strain)

Philadelphia Union Projected Starting XI

——————-—————––Mondragon——————–————-

Williams————–Califf——————–Valdes-———-M.Farfan

——-————–—-Carroll——————Okugo————————-

Le Toux–————————————–—————————-Daniel

————————–Mwanga—-————-–Ruiz—————————

OUT: GK Thorne Holder (concussion); PROBABLE: MF Gabriel Farfan (R toe dislocation); MF Stefani Miglioranzi (R groin strain); DF Danny Califf (illness); MF Keon Daniel (R foot contusion)

Game Notes:

The Union will look to be the first team to beat Portland at JELD-WEN Field in regular season play this Friday. The Timbers most recent was an impressive 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake, a team struggling with the disappointment of losing in the CONCACAF Champions League final. The Timbers did, however, drop a recent decision to San Jose in an Open Cup qualifier. Ike Opara scored an extratime gamewinner that ended the Timbers participation in the tournament but head coach John Spencer made it clear at the outset of the game that USOC play was not a priority to him, the match-up with Philadelphia was. He fielded a team of reserves in the 1-0 loss.

In two out of the three Portland wins, the Timbers defense surrendered late goals that made things relatively interesting (3-2, 4-2 respectively). Ruiz, Le Toux, and Mwanga building upon previous performances will be key. Hopefully, Le Toux getting that first goal of the year will open the floodgates for him. In Portland’s 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake, the away team created opportunities but in many cases, they failed to follow through with them.

Timbers striker Jorge Perlaza was at one time a Union target during the offseason. Since joining Portland, however, he has started down the road of fan favorite – scoring the first goal in JELD-WEN Field history and linking well with Kenny Cooper up top. Head coach John Spencer also has an impressive amount of speed on the wings, something that could potentially cause the Union backline a little trouble. Darlington Nagbe – #2 draft pick – and Kalif Alhassan (four assists so far) were problems for Real Salt Lake this past weekend.

The Union could be without Danny Califf in central defense due to sickness. If that’s the case, it will most likely be Juan Diego Gonzalez in replacement of Califf and Michael Farfan, fresh off his professional debut, at left back for Harvey.

The Union neutralized Steven Lenhart for the most part against San Jose but Kenny Cooper is a different story. He’s a technical target man, one that can actually beat you on the dribble if given the chance. If an undersized back like Gonzalez is forced to take Cooper for the whole 90 minutes with Perlaza looming, it could make for an unsettling 90 minutes.

The Colombian connection isn’t only prevalent with the Union. The Timbers have two Colombians in their probable starting lineup – a newly signed Diego Chara and Jorge Perlaza. Both have known each other since the age of 12. Chara should provide a calming influence in the center of the pitch while Perlaza has already shown what he can do, bagging a brace in the first game at JELD-WEN Field.

If the Union can strike first at JELD-WEN, there’s no telling how the Timbers will react along with the crowd. They are 0-3-1 when conceding first but the majority of those contests were on the road. To silence the crowd early and force them to start from behind should be a main Union concentration.

The announcement of the Broad Street Run/Union photo contest winners will be this SUNDAY night!

Predictions for the scoreline this weekend? Worried – especially since Portland are 3-0-0 at home – or are you excited to see how the Union’s defense withstands the pressure?

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Kenny Cooper loaned to Plymouth Argyle

Posted on 28 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Kenny Cooper in his FC Dallas days

Where there’s smoke, there’s (sometimes) fire. 1860 Munich have agreed to loan Kenny Cooper to Plymouth Argyle, the German club announced Jan. 28. The move follows speculation in German and English press by mere hours.

The loan deal lasts through June 30, the end of Plymouth’s season. Paul Mariner’s club is caught in a struggle for relegation. With just 24 points from 25 games Argyle is 22nd in the 24-team Championship, three points from 21st place that would allow it to avoid relegation.

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Kenny Cooper to Plymouth Argyle?

Posted on 28 January 2010 by ASN Staff

Kenny Cooper in his FC Dallas days

1860 Munich striker Kenny Cooper, who has been sidelined with an injury since November, is apparently pining for a loan deal to English Championship side Plymouth Argyle. So says a report in Germany’s kicker magazine.

At issue is playing time–or lack of it–as Cooper hopes to win a spot in Bob Bradley’s U.S. squad for South Africa. The kicker piece attributes Cooper’s desire for a move to 1860 manager Miki Stevic. A (English-language) story by Sky Sports makes the same assessment, quoting Cooper’s agent, Kon Schramm.

Plymouth Argyle is now managed by a guy who probably knows Cooper pretty well from his days in Major League Soccer: Former New England Revolution assistant coach Paul Mariner.

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Kenny Cooper injures knee in training

Posted on 17 November 2009 by ASN Staff

Kenny Cooper in his FC Dallas days

Former FC Dallas striker Kenny Cooper injured his knee in Monday’s training session for his club team, German second division side 1860 Munich but the injury is not serious, it was determined Tuesday, Nov. 17. Cooper will miss three weeks and will not need to be operated, according to German media reports.

The injury was feared to be serious: Germany’s Bild Zeitung reported it could likely be an ACL tear, which would have ended any hope for a World Cup spot next summer.

That would have been a tough blow for the 25-year old, who despite the lamentations of fans has been given little time on Bob Bradley’s first team. Yet with Charlie Davies’ injuries, the door had opened for Cooper to make his mark.

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First Place Crew Heads To Dallas

Posted on 27 August 2008 by Jim Baird

After two straight home victories the Columbus Crew hit the road to tussle in Texas.

The first place Crew square off against F.C. Dallas this Saturday at Pizza Hut Park. The two clubs recently locked horns August 16 in Columbus. The Black-and-Gold won that contest 2-1 in large part to Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who notched two assists, bringing his league-leading total to 14.

Both clubs are in tight conference races, and with 9 games left before the playoffs start, the margin of error razor-thin. In the East, Columbus is tied for first place with New England on 37 points; F.C. Dallas currently sits at third place in the West with 26 points.

For visitors, earning a victory at Pizza Hut Park hasn’t been easy this season. F.C. Dallas has a 4-2-4 record this year defending their home turf. The Crew enters the match straddling .500 on the road with a 4-4-2 record.

Columbus will bring to town the third highest scoring office in the league lead by the creative midfield work of Schelotto as well as play up front from Alejandro Moreno and Robbie Rogers. F.C. Dallas counters with forward Kenny Cooper, the league’s second leading scorer this season with 13 goals.

Game Info:

Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, Aug. 30
TV: ONN, DK, MLSLive.tv
Radio: 610 AM WTVN

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Cooper chased by Rosenborg, Cardiff

Posted on 28 July 2008 by ASN Staff

Coca Cola Championship side Cardiff City have offered £2 million ($4 million) for FC Dallas’ Kenny Cooper, according to Welsh press reports. Cardiff will compete with Norway’s Rosenborg BK for Cooper’s signature.

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