The Portland Timbers take on the Houston Dynamo today in their first match of the 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. After a first place finish in the Western Conference gave the Timbers a bye through the Knockout Round, they find themselves up against a Houston side that gritted out a nearly unwatchable 120 minutes against Sporting Kansas City on Thursday before eventually grabbing the game’s only goal in extra time.
Storylines: “It took Houston 94 minutes to get the game-winning goal against a disorganized and sometimes seemingly disinterested SKC. Usually, Houston is built for speed, not keeping clean sheets and the only reason they did this time was: Sporting KC. The Sporks looked terrible as did Houston. This is something that Portland needs to jump on, not only did the Dynamo not look good they’re going on three days rest.”
Watch it on: FOX Sports 1
Where: BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX
When: Monday, October 30th at 6:30 p.m. PT
Portland Timbers: 15-11-8, Finished 1st in the Western Conference, Bye in the Knockout Round
Houston Dynamo: 13-10-11, Finished 4th in the Western Conference, Beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 in the Knockout Round