Match Preview: Dynamo at Portland Timbers
Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers
Friday, October 14, 9:30 p.m. CT
JELD-WEN Field, Portland, OR
All-time series: Houston leads 1-0
SportsTalk 790 - 9 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 9 p.m.
KHOU 11.2 - 9:30 p.m. (Dynamo Weekly on KHOU 11.2 from 9-9:30 p.m.)
FS Houston Plus - 9:30 p.m.
TV Azteca-51 - 8:30 a.m. (Sunday morning)
A massive game in the chase for places in the MLS Cup Playoffs is ahead at Jeld-Wen Field on Friday night when the Portland Timbers play host to the Houston Dynamo. The teams are separated by just three points in the MLS overall table – with the Dynamo holding the final wild card berth ahead of the Timbers, who have a game in hand. The Timbers are coming off a 1-0 win at Vancouver two weeks ago, while the Dynamo haven’t lost in four after a 1-1 home draw with Chicago in their last action.
REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. SAR (bench): Frank Anderson; JAR (opposite): Ian Anderson; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal
Toledo MLS Career: 123 games; FC/gm: 24.8; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 47; pens: 47
INJURY REPORT (as of Tuesday, October 11): PORTLAND TIMBERS – OUT: GK Adin Brown (concussion); DF Kevin Goldthwaite (L knee ACL rupture); FW Eddie Johnson (concussion); FW Spencer Thompson (R knee); PROBABLE: DF David Horst (L groin strain); GK Troy Perkins (R hip soreness); FW Jorge Perlaza (lower back soreness) … HOUSTON DYNAMO – OUT: FW Cam Weaver (R hip)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: POR: Mike Chabala, Diego Chara, James Marcelin, Rodney Wallace … HOU: Brad Davis, Adam Moffat
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: POR: Kalif Alhassan, Jack Jewsbury … HOU: Bobby Boswell, Danny Cruz, Hunter Freeman, Je-Vaughn Watson, Cam Weaver
HEAD-TO-HEAD ALL-TIME (1 meeting): Timbers 0 wins, 1 goal … Dynamo 1 win, 2 goals … Ties 0
- In the clubs’ first meeting, Adam Moffat and Brian Ching scored first-half goals as the Dynamo took a 2-1 victory, Aug. 14 at Robertson Stadium.
- Coaches record: Dominic Kinnear v POR: P1 W1 L0 T0 … John Spencer vs. HOU: P1 W0 L1 T0