It's finally time for MLS First Kick. We've been waiting a while but the cup defense can finally begin against the newest member of our MLS family, the Timbers.
This here is your gamethread. For any new readers (heh) this is meant to be the official place of game discussion. Discuss the game before, during it and after the game has ended until the official recap is up.
Projected Portland Lineup by Geoff of Stumptown Footy -
Adin Brown; Steve Purdy, Eric Brunner, Kevin Goldthwaite, Rodney Wallace; Ryan Pore, Jack Jewsbury, Peter Lowry, Jeremy Hall; Kenny Cooper, Jorge Perlaza
Projected Rapids lineup by me (And yes, it's the old standard!) -
Matt Pickens; Anthony Wallace, Drew Moor, Marvell Wynne, Kosuke Kimura; Jamie Smith, Pablo Mastroeni, Jeff Larentowicz, Brian Mullan, Omar Cummings, Conor Casey
On the bench you can probably expect to see Caleb Folan as the back-up striker. Let's get this first kick started, go Rapids.