The Portland Timbers are back in Arizona today and set to take on the Houston Dynamo as the Major League Soccer preseason continues. Today’s match, despite coming during the preseason, will have a revenge factor for the Timbers after they lost 3-1 on aggregate to the Dynamo in the playoffs last year.
In addition to having some of the spice expected of a regular season match, the Timbers are approaching a completed roster state, having wrapped up the acquisition of forward Samuel Armenteros since their last preseason match. The Dynamo, on the other hand, have opened up some room on their roster by getting rid of a number of players including pesky forward Erick “Cubo” Torres, but they have yet to bring in any major acquisitions this offseason.
The regular season is rapidly approaching, but don’t expect full ninety minute performances from the Timbers just yet. While some players could see sixty minutes in this match, it seems likely that few will play more than a half as the Timbers continue to ramp up to March 4th.
Watch it on: Streaming on Timbers.com
When: Wednesday, February 14th at 1:00 p.m. PT
Where: Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, AZ
Portland Timbers: Finished 1st in the Western Conference in 2017 with a record of 15-11-8, lost 2-1 to the Seattle Sounders in their most recent preseason match
Houston Dynamo: Finished 4th place in the Western Conference in 2017 with a record of 13-11-10, beat Rio Grande Valley FC 9-0 in their most recent open preseason match