As these two former MLS champions head in different directions, here’s what to look for during the Dynamo vs. Timbers game at BBVA Stadium in Houston.
While the Portland Timbers look to climb further in the West standings, the Dynamo have fallen on hard times. Just a year ago, the Houston Dynamo were MLS Western Conference finalist. However, they find themselves amidst a 10-game winless streak. Unfortunately for fans of the men in orange, it looks like Houston will miss the playoffs. On the bright side, there is the US Open final to be excited for.
Meanwhile, after losing four straight, the Timbers have rallied to win three in a row. With a victory over the Dynamo in Houston, Portland would move up to third place in the west. After losing to rivals FC Dallas 4-2, Houston would like nothing more than a victory against a very good team.
With all of that said, let’s take a look at the projected starters, injury updates, and possible suspensions to be aware of.
Dynamo Suspensions Watch
No suspensions for this week. However, there are a few players for Houston that have to be careful this weekend.
These players will be suspended if they are placed on yellow cards during Saturday’s game:
M- Boniek Garcia, M- Darwin Ceren, M- Adam Lundqvist
Dynamo Injury Watch
In total, the Dynamo have three players out with an injury.
Out for season: D- A.J. DelaGarza (Torn left ACL)
Out for the time being: M- Juan David Cabezas (Left quad injury), F- Max Steeves (Left Hip Injury)
Dynamo Projected XI
Goalkeeper: Joe Willis, Defenders: Andrew Wegner, Philippe Senderos, Leonardo, Demarcus Beasley, Midfield: Boniek Garcia, Darwin Ceren, Alberth Elis, Tomas Martinez, Romell Quioto, Forward: Mauro Manotas
Player to watch
Houston’s top goal scorer is Mauro Manotas, with 12 goals in 26 games. While he is the lone forward, watch for him to provide a spark for the Dynamo up front.
Timbers Suspension Watch
As it turns out, the Timbers are also suspension free this week. In fact, only one player is on caution this week. That lone player is M- Sebastian Blanco.
Timbers Injury Watch
Out for extended time and possibly the rest of the season: GK- Jake Gleeson (Bilateral tibial stress fracture)
Out for time being: D- Roy Miller (Right thigh injury), GK- Jeff Attinella (Hamstring injury)
Timbers Projected XI
Unfortunately for the Timbers, this season is their battered goalkeeping has held them back.
Goalkeeper: Steve Clark, Defenders: Zarek Valentin, Larrys Mabiala, Liam Ridgewell, Jorge Villafana, Midfield: Diego Chara, Lawrence Olum, Andy Polo, Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco, Forward: Jeremy Ebobisse.
Player to watch
Meanwhile, for Portland, it is their little magician, Diego Valeri that leads the team in goals and assists. Ten goals and eight assists in 26 games.
Unfortunately for Houston, this game is more about pride. However, that won’t stop the team from competing in this one. While the Dynamo fight for pride, the Timbers fight for better seeding as the playoffs approach. As a matter of fact, Portland looks to gain as many points as possible during this three games in eight days span.
Expect a fun one at BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas while hopefully avoiding the rain.