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April 6, 2013 10:38 PM EDT
Providence Park — Portland, Oregon
Referee:‬ R. Salazar‎
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MLS Preview: Portland Timbers - Houston Dynamo

Portland chases a first-ever win over Houston in MLS as well as a first-ever win under new coach Caleb Porter.

By Zac Lee Rigg

Caleb Porter, Portland Timbers, MLS
Steve Dykes
Portland Timbers (4-3-3): Ricketts; Zemanski, Jean-Baptiste, Silvestre, Harrington; Chara, W. Johnson, Jewsbury; R. Johnson, Piquionne, Valeri.

Injury Report:

OUT: Bright Dike (L ACL surgery), Brent Richards (L ACL surgery), Sal Zizzo (L medial meniscus tear)
Houston Dynamo (4-4-2): Hall; Chabala, Boswell, Taylor, Ashe; Boniek Garcia, Moffat, Clark, Davis; Bruin, Barnes.

Injury Report:

OUT: Calen Carr (L knee)

QUESTIONABLE: Kofi Sarkodie (Concussion)
  • The Timbers have never beaten the Dynamo in MLS, posting two losses and a draw.
  • Portland came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 with the Colorado Rapids last week. Will Johnson scored twice of the first time in his career. The Timbers have now drawn three of four games under Caleb Porter.
  • Johnson's second goal came from a penalty, which marked Portland's first spot kick since Oct. 22, 2011. The span between the two Timbers penalties, 37 games, is fifth-longest in MLS history.
  • With a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes last weeks extended the Dynamo's unbeaten run in Houston to 34 matches, tying an MLS record set by Real Salt Lake.
  • Houston reached and lost the last two MLS Cup finals.

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Head to Head
USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Apr 6, 2013 Portland Timbers 2 - Houston Dynamo 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ May 15, 2012 Houston Dynamo 0 - Portland Timbers 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Oct 14, 2011 Portland Timbers 0 - Houston Dynamo 2
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Aug 14, 2011 Houston Dynamo 2 - Portland Timbers 1
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Available Squads
1Donovan RickettsGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
18David HorstDefender
18Mikael SilvestreDefender
4Will JohnsonStriker
8Diego ValeriMidfielder
13Jack JewsburyDefender
21Diego Ferney CharáMidfielder
6Darlington NagbeStriker
22Rodney WallaceDefender
-Ryan JohnsonDefender
-Milos KocicGoalkeeper
-Ryan MillerDefender
16Andrew-Jean BaptisteDefender
11Kalif AlhassanMidfielder
14Ben ZemanskiMidfielder
9Frédéric PiquionneStriker
20A. ValenciaStriker
1Tally HallGoalkeeper
4Jermaine TaylorDefender
8Kofi SarkodieDefender
26Corey AsheDefender
32Bobby BoswellDefender
11Brad DavisMidfielder
13Ricardo ClarkMidfielder
6Adam MoffatMidfielder
20Andrew DriverMidfielder
23Giles BarnesMidfielder
23Cam WeaverStriker
24Tyler DericGoalkeeper
2Eric BrunnerDefender
5Warren CreavalleMidfielder
-Mike ChabalaDefender
17Luiz CamargoMidfielder
7Omar CummingsStriker
-Brian ChingStriker
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