Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season - Week 12
Houston Dynamo vs. Portland Timbers
BBVA Compass Stadium — Houston
May 15 - 8:30 PM ET


The Houston Dynamo return to BBVA Compass Stadium, where they are one of five undefeated home teams and average 2+ goals per game, looking to bounce back from a road loss to the Seattle Sounders when they host the Portland Timbers in a Western Conference showdown.

Houston (6-2-1) had a strong performance, but fell just short in a 1-0 loss to the Sounders at CenturyLink Field Saturday night with Cristian Roldan scoring his second screamer in as many weeks for the game's lone goal five minutes after kickoff. 

The Timbers (3-6-1) had their three-match winning streak snapped at BC Place, also conceding inside the opening 10 minutes in a 1-0 loss to the Whitecaps in a Cascadia Cup showdown. Fredy Montero scored the decisive goal in the 9th minute. Diego Valeri had a golden chance to equalize in the 72nd minute, but Maxime Crepeau came up with the point-blank save. 

Houston has never lost at home to Portland (4W-4D inc. playoffs). The Dynamo have averaged 1.9 goals per game in those eight games, while only conceding multiple goals once. Portland has conceded in 17 consecutive road games, a franchise record and tied for the ninth-longest streak in MLS since 2010.

Houston Dynamo

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Eric Bird (M) - left ankle injury
    • OUT: DaMarcus Beasley (D) - left knee surgery
    • OUT: Ronaldo Peña (F) - left knee injury
    • OUT: Marlon Hairston (M) - right hip injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Portland Timbers

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Aljaz Ivacic (GK) - knee surgery
    • OUT: Kendall McIntosh (GK) - left thigh strain
    • QUESTIONABLE: Marvin Loria (M) - right foot injury
  • Suspended: Diego Chara (M)
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup at Dynamo

  • Dynamo: 4 wins, 15 goals
  • Timbers: 0 wins, 7 goals
  • 3 draws


  • Referee: Ted Unkel
  • Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel, Gjovalin Bori
  • 4th Official: Rosendo Mendoza
  • VAR: Malik Badawi