The Dynamo opened their new downtown stadium in grand style on Saturday, with original Dynamo player and all-time games played leader Brad Davis delivering the game-winning goal, a sensational 30-yard bending strike into the upper corner of the net for a 1-0 win over D.C. United.
Houston is 3-3-2 (11 points) after the win. The Timbers are 2-5-2 (8 points) after a 0-0 home draw against the Columbus Crew on May 5. Portland head coach John Spencer was an assistant coach with the Dynamo from 2006-10 before taking over the Timbers in 2011. The Timbers roster also features two former Houston Dynamo players, midfielder Lovel Palmer and defender Mike Chabala, who were sent to Portland in exchange for midfielder Adam Moffat.
The Dynamo defeated the Timbers in both meetings with the expansion club in 2011. Houston won 2-1 at Robertson Stadium on Aug. 14 and secured a vital 2-0 road win on Oct. 14.
Tonight’s weather should be cool and wet in Houston, which should support Portland’s style of play. However, Houston will hold home field advantage in what should be a very exciting game. This will be the first ever night game at BBVA Compass Stadium.