KeyBank Match-up: Will Johnson vs. Patrice Bernier

Central midfielders prove to be essential cogs in their respective sides

KBMU vs. Montreal, 3.8.13

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Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer
KeyBank Match-up
Will Johnson vs. Patrice Bernier
 
Canadian National Team veteran   Canadian National Team veteran
31 International Caps   49 International Caps
Experience in Dutch Eredivisie   Experience in Danish Superliga
Vs. NY: 84% Pass Completion Percentage
Last Week
Vs. SEA: 87%
Vs. NY: 5 Ball Recoveries Last Week Vs. SEA: 15
1 (2008) Career MLS Goal of the Year Wins 0

In a league filled will talented holding central midfielder's, Saturday's Timbers vs. Impact match (7:30pm PT, KPTV / estrellaTV, 750 AM The Game / La Pantera 940) presents a look at two supremely valuable players. Johnson--newly minted Timbers team captain--and Bernier--a Quebecois native and fan favorite--have a long history together on the Canadian MNT. Both will be locking down their team's defenses to blunt opposing attacks which means they may not clash as much head-to-head. However, their importance in directing the midfield, breaking out into counterattacks and controlling the flow of the center of the park will be essential to their respective team's fortunes on Saturday.

They said it:

"“He’s a guy that gives 100% all the time and you see that on the pitch. They brought him in because they know that he sets the tone. Training, games… I think that’s why their coach named him captain. He always brings that competitive edge.”."

-Patrice Bernier, Impact midfielder on Timbers' Will Johnson