The Portland Timbers are off to the Lone Star State today where they will look to break the Houston Dynamo's season-long unbeaten streak at BBVA Compass Stadium. Still, the Timbers will be without a number of players due to injury while others will be limited after seeing significant minutes with their respective countries at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, so any points gained from the Dynamo would be a positive.
Despite the rough patch the Timbers are trying to climb out of, starting with last weekend’s win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, the side are only two points behind Houston in the Western Conference — although Houston have a game in hand. A win would bring the Timbers back up to third place in the West and, should Sporting Kansas City stumble, striking distance of second.
Storylines: “Houston is currently averaging almost 2 goals a game (1.7). After re-watching some of the match from March and a few others, Houston loves to sit back on the counter and then hit you where it hurts. They are willing to give up a bit of possession to let this happen (47% pos for the season).
It’s the one of the main things that the Timbers need to be worried about - and keeping an eye on Cubo Torres at all times.”
Keep in mind that the Timbers should have six players available on Saturday night they didn’t have in Vancouver. Darlington Nagbe, Darren Mattocks, Alvas Powell, and David Guzman are all returning from Gold Cup duty and, depending on evaluation, could see minutes on Saturday. Fanendo Adi and Victor Arboleda will also be available after finishing their red card suspensions.
Make sure to stop by the Rose City Forecast and make your predictions about today’s match.
Watch it on: ROOT Sports
When: Saturday, July 29th at 5:00 p.m. PT
Where: BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX
Portland Timbers: 8-8-6, 4th place in the Western Conference, 2-1 win at Vancouver Whitecaps
Houston Dynamo: 9-7-5, 3rd place in the Western Conference, 3-1 win at D.C. United