MLS Week 3: Nanchoff out after sports hernia surgery

The Portland Timbers will be without midfielder Michael Nanchoff for their match at Sporting Kansas City on Saturday as he will be out for about a month recovering from sports hernia surgery. He is the fourth Portland player to require surgery in the last five months.

Nanchoff, 26, was in Santa Monica, California, on Monday for the procedure performed by Dr. William Hutchinson at the Surgery Center of the Pacific. Recovery time for the procedure is 4-6 weeks.

Already sidelined are Diego Valeri, Will Johnson and Ben Zemanski.

Nanchoff, a native of North Royalton, Ohio, played at Akron University for Timbers head coach Caleb Porter and after signing a Generation adidas contract was selected by Vancouver in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

He played 14 MLS games for the Whitecaps, who traded him to Portland prior to the 2013 season. He's played five league matches for the Timbers and has 11 appearances in all competitions.

Both his father, George Nanchoff, and his uncle, Louis Nanchoff, played for Akron and the U.S. national team.

MLS, Week 3 Schedule:
Friday, March 20
Philadelphia vs. FC Dallas, 7 pm UniMas
Saturday, March 21
New England vs. Montreal, 3 pm
Colorado vs. New York City, 4 pm
Orlando City vs. Vancouver, 7:30 pm
Sporting KC vs. Portland, 8:30 pm
LA Galaxy vs. Houston, 10:30 pm
Sunday, March 22
NY Red Bulls vs. D.C. United, 5 pm ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
San Jose vs. Chicago, 7 pm Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes

Week 3 Byes: Columbus, Real Salt Lake, Seattle, Toronto FC.


MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
4 New York City 1-0-1 3/1
4 Orlando City 1-0-1 2/1
3 Columbus 1-1-0 2/1
3 D.C. United 1-0-0 1/0
3 Toronto FC 1-1-0 3/3
2 Philadelphia 0-0-2 3/3
1 NY Red Bulls 0-0-1 1/1
0 Montreal 0-1-0 0/1
0 Chicago 0-2-0 0/3
0 New England 0-2-0 0/5

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
6 FC Dallas 2-0-0 4/1
3 Seattle 1-1-0 5/3
4 LA Galaxy 1-0-1 4/2
3 San Jose 1-1-0 3/3
3 Houston 1-1-0 1/1
3 Vancouver 1-1-0 2/3
2 Real Salt Lake 0-0-2 3/3
2 Portland 0-0-2 2/2
1 Sporting KC 0-1-1 2/4
1 Colorado 0-0-1 0/0

Leading MLS Scorers:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
3 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
3 Clint Dempsey (Seattle)
2 Fanendo Adi (Portland)
2 Fernando Aristeguieta (Philadelphia)
2 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
2 Obafemi Martins (Seattle)
2 Octavio Rivero (Vancouver)
2 David Villa (New York City)
2 Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)
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