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Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers | 2017 Conference Semifinal Preview

Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers
Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs 
– Western Conference Semifinals
BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston, Tex. 
9:30 pm ET – Oct. 30, 2017
WATCH: FS1 (USA) | TVAS, TSN GO (CAN)

The top seed in the Western Conference, the Portland Timbers, kick off their Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs campaign against the hottest team in the West in the Houston Dynamo. The Timbers timed their ascent to the summit just right, as they lost just three of their final 13 MLS regular season games, and with MLS MVP candidate Diego Valeri in fine form, the Timbers are right to be confident of their postseason prospects.

But while the Timbers finished atop the pack in the regular season and are mostly healthy (striker Fanendo Adi remains a question mark coming into the Conference Semifinals), the Dynamo are in blistering form at the moment, unbeaten in seven, including a 1-0 Knockout Round win in 120 minutes against Sporting Kansas City on Thursday. While three of those seven games came against Sporting, leaving one to wonder if the Dynamo's surge is largely connected to figuring out SKC, Wilmer Cabrera's roster, perhaps one of the deeper in the West, has been rolling. While the loss of A.J. DeLaGarza to a season-ending injury just prior to the playoffs and the early exit of Leonardo in the Knockout Round due to injury is a concern in the back, the attacking corps of the Dynamo are among the deepest around, and Cabrera's selections may keep Timbers coach Caleb Porter on his toes.

Houston Dynamo

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next yellow card: D Phillippe Senderos, M Ricardo Clark, D Adolfo Machado, F Romell Quioto, F Alberth Elis
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D George Malki (torn ACL), M Memo Rodriguez (knee), D AJ DeLaGarza (torn ACL); D Leonardo

Projected Starting Lineup
(4-2-3-1, left to right)
GK: Tyler Deric – DaMarcus Beasley, Adolfo Machado, Phillippe Senderos, Jalil Anibaba – Juan David Cabezas, Ricardo Clark – Alex, Tomas Martinez, Alberth Elis – Mauro Manotas

Portland Timbers

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next yellow card: None
  • International Duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: D Gbenga Arokoyo (Achilles), D Chance Myers (ankle); QUESTIONABLE: F Fanendo Adi (hamstring)

Projected Starting Lineup
(4-2-3-1 left to right)
GK: Jeff Attinella – Vytas Andriuskevicius, Liam Ridgewell, Larrys Mabiala, Alvas Powell – Diego Chara, David Guzman – Darlington Nagbe, Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco – Darren Mattocks

All-Time Series

This is the first-ever meeting between the Dynamo and Timbers in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

  • Overall (regular season): Houston 4 wins (19 goals) … Portland 4 wins (19 goals) … Ties 4
  • At HOU (regular season): Houston 3 wins (11 goals) … Portland 0 wins (6 goals) … Ties 3

Referees

Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistant Referees: Joe Fletcher, Mike Rottersman
4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Juan Guzman

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Houston
Portland

Season Goal Leaders

Season Stats

Houston DynamoPortland Timbers
35Games Played34
14Wins15
10Losses11
11Draws8
58Goals60
45Goals Conceded50
372Shots359
172Shots on Target162
447Fouls committed454
380Fouls suffered381
44Offside82
175Corners167

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
HOU115973581.7
POR3121333601.8
01234+Avg
HOU217532.4
POR138232.2
01234+Avg
HOU942200.8
POR295101.3

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
HOU914732451.3
POR713833501.5
01234+Avg
HOU5102100.9
POR583011.1
01234+Avg
HOU445221.6
POR255321.9
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