Dynamo Weekly: Portland Preview
Unbeaten in 34 straight in the Bayou City, the Houston Dynamo know a thing or two about home field advantages. But when the Dynamo travel to Portland on Saturday, Dominic Kinnear’s squad will find themselves on the wrong side of one of the most intimidating locales in all of Major League Soccer.
“I can only describe it as insanity and obsession,” said Houston defender Mike Chabala, who played for the Timbers in 2011 and the beginning of 2012. “[The fans] put their heart and soul into each and every game and I think even watching on TV, you’ll get chills.”
While the Dynamo have been dominant at home, their record away from BBVA Compass Stadium isn’t as impressive. Houston went 3-5-9 on the road last season and dropped its only road MLS contest this season in Dallas back on March 17.
Portland enters the weekend winless in 2013 (0-3-1), but underestimating the Timbers would be a major mistake. Caleb Porter’s side has twice overturned a two-goal deficit to earn a point this season. Further complicating things for Houston is Thursday's news that the club will be without forward Will Bruin, who is out with a strained left hamstring.
“They have a little bit of everything,” Kinnear said Thursday. “They can attack you with some speed and they can attack you with some guile and technical ability… and the most important thing is they are hard-working.”
Coverage begins at 9:00 p.m. Saturday night with Dynamo Pregame Live from JELD-WEN field, which will air on Comcast channel 110. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 and will be simulcast on channel 110 and Comcast SportsNet Houston (joined in progress after end of Astros Postgame Live). Dynamo Postgame Live will air immediately follow the match.