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Three Points: Dynamo Welcome Portland Wednesday, Look to Remain Unbeaten at Home

May 14, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Houston Dynamo News Release

HOUSTON - The Houston Dynamo will look to bounce back from a 1-0 defeat at Seattle on Saturday night when they host Portland Timbers FC Wednesday at BBVA Compass Stadium (7:30 p.m. CDT | TICKETS | KUBE 57).

Despite the setback on the weekend, Houston is off to a 6-2-1 record to start the season to sit fourth in the MLS Western Conference, and their 2.11 points-per-game average is second among all MLS clubs through the first two months of the year.

Houston are unbeaten at home this year, at 5-0-1; and Wednesday's match is the first of two big home matches this week. After Wednesday's tilt, the Dynamo host England legend Wayne Rooney and D.C. United on Saturday night (7:30 p.m. CDT | TICKETS | KUBE 57).


Houston Dynamo (6-2-1; 19 pts.) vs. Portland Timbers FC (3-6-1; 10 pts.)


Wednesday, May 15 - 7:30 p.m. CDT


KUBE 57 - Glenn Davis, Eddie Robinson, Cindy Burbano


Univision Radio 1010 AM - Daniel Mejia & Lester Gretsch

Here are three key points ahead of Wednesday night's game:

1. TIMBER MAURO - "Timber Joey" is Portland's chainsaw-wielding mascot, but Dynamo forward Mauro Manotas has made a habit of cutting down the Timbers as well. Manotas has quickly risen up the club's all-time scoring chart over the last three years and currently sits fourth in club history with 40 career goals. "Timber Mauro" been particularly dangerous against Portland, with six career goals in six career appearances against the Timbers, including his only career hat trick in 2016.

2. CHASING BEST 10-GAME START - A win or a draw on Wednesday would put the Dynamo at or over the 20-point mark after 10 matches, which would equal the quickest that the club has ever reached 20 points in a season. Prior to this year, the fastest that the Dynamo reached 20 points was in 2013, when they got to that mark after 10 matches. The Dynamo will attempt to surpass the 20-point mark on Wednesday in the first of two games at BBVA Compass Stadium this week. The Dynamo have been outstanding at BBVA Compass Stadium as they enter the match with a 5-0-1 record at home.

3. TIMBERS ARE ROAD WEARY - Portland enters Wednesday's game with a 3-6-1 record on the year, with all 10 of their matches to date taking place on the road as their home stadium, Providence Park, undergoes renovations. The Timbers won't play their first home match until June 1, which will be their 13th match of the season. After opening the year with a draw and five consecutive losses, the Timbers have found their form and have won three of their last four outings.

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