For the Portland Timbers, this afternoon’s match against the Houston Dynamo is win and in for the Western Conference Finals. After finishing leg one in Houston with a 0-0 draw and a long list of injuries, the Timbers return to Providence Park today knowing that any win puts them through, but any scoring draw or loss ends this year’s playoff run.
Just who will be healthy for today’s match remains to be see, but no matter what the Timbers will be leaning on their depth to see them through against a dangerous counterattacking Houston side that has nonetheless struggled on the road all season.
Storylines: “The Dynamo haven’t beaten the boys in green and gold at home in 6 years, and the Timbers have turned Providence Park into a fortress. This is an obviously positive thing, though it’s not something we should count on. A hostile environment is waiting for the Dynamo but the Timbers need to be clinical finishers.”
Watch it on: FOX Sports 1
Where: Providence Park in Portland, OR.
When: Sunday, November 5th at 4:30 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
Aggregate Score: Timbers 0 - Dynamo 0