PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins knocked Josh William's header over the bar in the 66th minute to keep the Columbus Crew at bay in a scoreless draw Saturday night.
Both teams, struggling with injuries for the match, have just two wins apiece. The Timbers (2-5-2) sit in last place in the Western Conference, while the Crew (2-4-2) are in ninth place, just ahead of winless Toronto, in the East.
Both of Portland's victories have come at Jeld-Wen Field, but Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum didn't let a shot through, making six saves.
The Crew, playing in their 500th regular-season match, have been shutout four times this season, with six total goals and just one goal on the road.
Columbus was without defender Chad Marshall, a late scratch because of concussion-like symptoms from training Friday. The Crew were thin, with midfielder Duka, defender Carlos Mendes and forward Olman Vargas out because of hamstring injuries
Portland defender Steve Purdy was out with a concussion, but Perkins was in goal for the Timbers despite a nasty nose laceration from a collision with Montreal's Sanna Nyassi last weekend in a 2-0 Portland loss.
Perkins wore a mask in goal against the Crew.
Portland saw the return of defender Futty Danso, who missed the season's first eight games because of a fractured bone in his left foot.
Coach John Spencer also shook things up by captain Jack Jewsbury at defender. Jewsbury started 43 matches at defender in Kansas City, and was that team's defender of the year in 2008, but he's been a starting midfielder for the Timbers.
Portland has used different lineups for all its games this season.
Jewsbury's header cleared out a shot on Perkins in the 27th minute.
The Crew's Ethan Finlay got a free kick in the 20th minute, but it was blocked by the line of Portland players. Portland got a free kick of its own in the 58th minute, but Kris Boyd's shot went wide.
This was the only meeting this season between the two teams. Last season they split, with each team winning at home.