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Preview: AC St. Louis Takes on the Timbers

Saturday night AC St. Louis travels to PGE Park in Portland for their second of four 2010 matches against the Timbers.  Last night, the Timbers dropped their first game of the season as the previously winless Crystal Palace Baltimore boys snatched the 3 points with a 1-0 win in front of a crowd of over 8,000 at PGE. (See Dave’s previous recap of last night’s game).

AC St. Louis travels to Portland in search of their first road points.  Steve Ralston will not play tomorrow on the turf surface in Portland, giving him another week to heal.  Also midfielder Chris Salvaggione will not be making the trip because of a re-aggravated injury.  Christian Nzinga  continues to be out with a quad injury, Zach Bauer is on the mend with a fractured foot, and Elvir Kafedzic is still recovering from his knee injury from the last Portland game.  Backliner John Lesko made the travel squad after not playing for several games — good for you John, hope you get a chance to get on the field and show them what you can do.  John almost scored a goal on a headed ball in the season opener at Carolina.  Manuel Kante and Jack Traynor also rejoin the team after having to sit out last week’s Rochester game with injuries.  Thanks to Tony Hubert of the AC St. Louis front office for the update on the injury situation. 

As with the last Portland road game, Saturday’s contest will be televised on Fox Sports Northwest (Channel 687 on DirecTV and 426 on Dish) as well as being streamed online, and fans will be gathering at the Amsterdam Tavern in South City for the 9:00 pm kickoff.   I am looking for our boys to get a result, although the Timber’s players got a big wake-up call after last night’s upset.  Still, playing two games in three days is difficult for any club, and I think AC St. Louis can take advantage.  Despite being shut out in our last trip to Portland, AC St. Louis played its best offensive game and with an improved defense, good things can happen.

After tomorrow’s game, Coach Claude Anelka’s squad returns home for a match with the FC Tampa Bay Rowdies on Saturday, May 22 at AB Soccer Park.   GO AC !!!!

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