By Jeremy Branham

Houston (CBS Houston) – When the Dynamo and the Timbers meet in Portland on Saturday, first place and an unblemished record will be on the line for both teams.

It’s very early in the 2017 season, but for both the Dynamo and the Timbers the first two weeks of the season have been encouraging. Both teams missed the playoffs last season, the third season in a row for the Dynamo, and the Timbers on the heels of winning the 2015 MLS Cup.

Saturday will be the toughest test of the season for the Dynamo as they face the only team they look up to in the Western Conference standings, and it represents their first true road match of the season.

The Dynamo beat Columbus 3-1 in their last match to improve to 2-0. The Dynamo received goals from all three of their forwards as Romell Quioto, Alberth Elis and Erick Torres each scored.

Erick Torres and Romell Quioto lead the club with two goals each, while Alex leads the MLS with three assists on the season.

Two players are listed on the injury report for the Dynamo. Joe Willis, who is questionable with a knee injury, and DaMarcus Beasley whose injury isn’t listed on the injury report are the two Dynamo listed. Beasley missed the last match as well for the team.

Portland is one of only four teams in the league (Houston, San Jose, and New York Red Bulls), who are 2-0. The Timbers currently sit in the top spot in the league due to their plus five goal differential, which is the highest of the four 2-0 clubs.

Last week, Portland got an eighth minute goal from Diego Chara to put the Timbers ahead of the LA Galaxy, 1-0, which would be the only goal in the game. The match was not without controversy as Jelle Van Damme was given a second yellow card in the 34th minute, replays would show that Van Damme was innocent on both yellw cards.

The win was a bit of a monumental one for Portland, who won their first road match since 2015 after going winless on the road in 2016.

Diego Valeri and Fandendo Adi lead the Timbers with two goals each, and goalie Joe Gleeson is in good form giving up just one goal through two matches and was given the save of the week in the victory against the LA Galaxy.

Listen to Saturday’s match beginning with a 9 p.m. pregame show on Sports Radio 610.


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