Portland chases a first-ever win over Houston in MLS as well as a first-ever win under new coach Caleb Porter.
|Portland Timbers (4-3-3): Ricketts; Zemanski, Jean-Baptiste, Silvestre, Harrington; Chara, W. Johnson, Jewsbury; R. Johnson, Piquionne, Valeri.
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.||
OUT: Calen Carr (L knee)
QUESTIONABLE: Kofi Sarkodie (Concussion)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- 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.