One week after their 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City, the Timbers should aim for consistency in today's match, looking for another strong defensive showing and dominating midfield performance while hopefully adding in some more precision in front of goal.
For their part, the Dynamo may still be in the "figuring things out" phase, but the side at least seems to consist of players who will be with the team at the start of the season.
Match Preview: "In the Timbers' first team the defensive group of Adam Kwarasey, Jorge Villafana, Alvas Powell, Nat Borchers, and Norberto Paparatto will likely remain intact. While Jeanderson got some positive mentions from Caleb Porter over the last week, particularly with regard to his ability to get forward, it was Villafana's ability in one on one defensive situations and chemistry with Rodney Wallace that put him a step ahead of the new signing."
Preview Interview: "While not everyone was not 100% on board when Owen Coyle was hired I think fans have come around. We have made a lot of changes to our roster this offseason as well which has fans really excited. The players seem to be buying into Coyle and his coaching and I think that helps the feeling around the club as a whole."
Watch it on: Streaming on Timbers.com or embedded below
Kick off: 6:00 pm pacific at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, AZ
Portland Timbers: 1-0-0 in preseason, finished 12-9-13 in 2014
Houston Dynamo: 1-0-0 in preseason, finished 11-17-6 in 2014