Timbers might need 'Captain Jack' on defense

Portland's defense seems ready for Jewsbury; women's soccer emerges
May 2, 2012
Kris Boyd, left, and Jack Jewsbury.
File photo.

There's more line-up changes headed for the Portland Timbers roster, most likely because of injury.

Goalkeeper Troy Perkins is unlikely to play as is defender Steve Purdy.

That sets up reserve Joe Bendik to start in goal, and Jack Jewsbury possibly moving from midfield to right back if news from Thursday's closed practice becomes a reality.

Jewsbury, who has not played defender in Portland, praticed at right back, according to at least one reporter who was able to view the practice.

If Jewsbury does move to the backline, he would be the ninth player to start on defense.

In addition, striker Mike Fucito, a recent acquisition from Montreal, is a possible starter on the frontline.

Portland plays host to Columbus Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Timbers will be looking to not only score on offense for the first time in five halves, but score in both halves of a game for the first time this season.

The Timbers (2-5-2, 7 points) enter the game at No. 18 in the MLS Power Rankings of the league's 19 teams. Columbus (2-4-1, 7 points) is No. 17.

In other news, the Timbers have agreed to support a women's team in Portland.

The Portland Rain, which has been in Portland for four seasons, will return to the WPSL this summer with support from the Timbers.