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AJ DeLaGarza demands respect for underdog Dynamo after Timbers upset

Did the Portland Timbers lose that Western Conference Semifinals series, or did the Houston Dynamo win it?

Much of the analysis of Houston's unexpected 2-1 second-leg and aggregate victory centered around the Timbers' crippling plague of injuries, which reduced Caleb Porter's side to a skeleton crew at the most crucial juncture of the season. 

But AJ DeLaGarza isn't having it. 

The Dynamo's veteran defender has been a huge element in La Naranja's dramatic rebirth under coach Wilmer Cabrera, and he himself can attest to the injury bug biting Houston, too: DeLaGarza sustained a torn ACL on Decision Day and faces as much as a year on the sidelines. 

So as he took in Sunday's road win at Portland at a watch party at a Houston pub, he made sure to stand up for his squad, demanding that they get their due in a response to journalist Ives Galarcep:


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