Four days after opening up their preseason schedule with a 1-1 draw against reigning MLS champions Sporting Kansas City, the Portland Timbers take on the Houston Dynamo today in a match between two 2013 playoff contenders. Look for the Timbers to switch up their line-up and the return of former Timbers Eric Brunner and David Horst in the Houston defense.
Here's all the information you need for today's game:
Watch it on: MLSsoccer.com or embedded below.
Kick off: 4:00 pm at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, AZ.
Portland Timbers - First Half: Weber, Villafaña, Danso, McKenzie, Powell, Long, Zemanski, Alhassan, Nanchoff, Piquionne, Chavez
Portland Timbers - Second Half: Coming Soon.
After a solid performance against SKC in which they could only eke out a tie, the Timbers will definitely be looking for a win against Houston. Priority one, however, still has to be getting the starting line up sorted out and on the same page before March 8th. Luckily, there is still one month and six preseason games in which to do that.
We may get to see some of the youngsters get a run out with the first team today, particularly after strong performances from Schillo Tshuma, Aaron Long, and Taylor Peay on Saturday, but don't look for huge minutes for them just yet as the bigger stretches tend to be made in the third game of the preseson.