Preview: Houston Dynamo v Portland Timbers

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April 6, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Houston Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell (32) heads the ball over Portland Timbers forward/midfielder Ryan Johnson (9) in the second half at Jeld-Wen Field. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The Teams

Portland Timbers (0-3-4) 4 points, 8th West, 17th Overall

BBVA Compass Stadium Seating Chart

Answer: Team with a worse start this season than the Houston Dynamo.

Question: Who are the Portland Timbers?

If there is a team with worse luck than the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer, then my condolences go out to them and their fan base.  They come into BBVA Compass Stadium without a single victory in their first seven games of the season. However, it cannot be said that they have not put in the effort to get some victories. They have scored in every single one of their first seven games except two. In contrast, Houston has not scored in their last three games. The Timbers have scored an average of over a goal per game but still haven’t recorded a win. Houston has scored an average of one goal per game and have two victories to their name. The Timbers head to BBVA Compass Stadium being one of only a few teams in Major League Soccer to have not suffered a defeat to Houston in their new stadium. The way Houston heads to this game, that may be a record that will stand for another season. Especially since Portland has multiple players that the Dynamo have to be on the lookout for. Diego Valeri is a player that loves to get into open space and is not afraid to take a shot. He has recorded 19 shots with 8 of those being on target. While he has only scored a single goal so far, the law of averages are on his side and one feel like eventually he will get on a streak of converting some of those shots into goals. If one takes the time to look at Portland’s stats it will quickly become apparent that there are multiple players on the team that are looking to get on the score sheet every single game, because Will Johnson and Maximiliano Urruti have similar numbers in shots taken.

Houston Dynamo (2-4-1) 7 points, 8th East, 14th Overall

The Houston Dynamo are winless in five games. That’s right, they have not won a game since their second game of the season. In that time, they’ve gained only a single point out of a possible fifteen. Houston hasn’t even scored a goal in almost 320 minutes. That’s 3 and a half games without a single goal in their favor. The Dynamo have become a shell of their former selves. The argument can no longer be made that their defense is their one good trait, because they have let in 4 goals in two different games. One of those games can be blamed on a questionable red card, but the other game was with a team at full strength. I seriously cannot even guess where our goals will come from. In our last game, New York made us into their punching bag. Houston was nothing but shot practice. It was like watching a professional team go against a college team. The saddest part of it all is the fact that New York came into the game looking like one of the worst teams in the league. I don’t think I have the stomach to write more about how we have looked in the past few games. I’ll just say we have not looked this bad since 2010, our only season to not qualify for the playoffs.

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