Revolution vs. Timbers 2013 Lineups: Back Line Ravaged, Midfield Untouched

Tom Hauck

The Revolution will take the pitch in Portland tonight with just one first-choice defender in the starting lineup. Their midfield and attack, however, remain untouched after Saturday's excellent 2-0 performance over Philadelphia.

Jay Heaps had some serious changes to make going into tonight's match against the Portland Timbers, and he went ahead and made them. The New England Revolution will start the same midfield and attack tonight as they did on Saturday, but their back line features only two returning players, with the fullbacks cycled out to account for injury and suspensions.

With Andrew Farrell gone due to injury and Chris Tierney suspended, Heaps had to look high and low for help at the outside back position. Bilal Duckett was called up from Rochester to fill a role, and Darrius Barnes will also get a start. Barnes will be at left back, while Duckett gets the nod at right. Stephen McCarthy and Jose Goncalves - an early candidate for Revs MVP - pair up in the middle.

In the center of the pitch, Heaps has stuck with the formula that worked so well against Philly. Lee Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe will pair up as dual playmakers in the middle, with width provided by Ryan Guy and Diego Fagundez. Kalifa Cisse anchors the midfield in the deep areas, with Jerry Bengtson once again starting up front.

Final note: Jose Goncalves gets the armband tonight in the absence of usual choices Simms, Reis, and Tierney.

Lineups

Revolution: Shuttleworth; Barnes, Goncalves, McCarthy, Duckett; Cisse; Guy, Rowe, Nguyen, Fagundez; Bengtson

Bench: Reis, Caldwell, Toja, Dorman, Nyassi, Sene, Imbongo

Timbers: Ricketts; Jewsbury, Danso, Silvestre, Harrington; Chara, Valeri, W. Johnson; Nagbe, R. Johnson, Wallace

Bench: Kocic, Jean-Baptiste, Miller, Alhassan, Zemanski, Piquionne, Valencia

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