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Houston Dynamo 2012: Time To Protect The Home Field

The Houston Dynamo is done with the emotional high of opening their brand new stadium. Aside from that part of the story, the Dynamo is looking to gain points over a struggling and underachieving Portland Timbers squad.

Portland particularly struggles on the road and the team is desperate for some points coming into BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday. The Timbers have only managed to score one goal in their last four games and none in the last three.

Also, as noted at the Dynamo Theory, it should be warm and muggy for a Portland team that enjoys playing in cooler climates.

Here is some analysis from the Theory:

Kinnear has been tinkering with the lineup a great deal over the past week in an attempt to keep his players as fresh a possible, so it's a bit difficult to predict exactly what we'll see tomorrow night. I'm guessing we'll see Corey Ashe return since he was not used on Saturday, Calen Carr will probably be on the bench after starting two matches in a row. Colin Clark should take his place after subbing in against DC and looking very good. Luiz Camargo also saw limited minutes so I expect him to start.

Brian Ching expended a ton of energy on Saturday so it wouldn't surprise me to see Macoumba Kandji start alongside Will Bruin up front.

It comes down to riding an emotional wave versus a rested team, if the Dynamo can dig down and find the energy, this is a winnable match for them.

Read more about the Houston Dynamo at SB Nation Houston and The Dynamo Theory.

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