By Adam Spolane

Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium, the Dynamo will look to earn for the second straight match when they take on the Portland Timbers at 8:00.

Houston is coming off a 1-0 win last Saturday at Real Salt Lake, just its second road win of the season, and is starting a stretch of three straight MLS games on its home pitch. The win against Real Salt Lake followed a 3-3 draw against Sporting Kansas City.

Alex scored the Dynamo’s goal against Real Salt Lake, and has scored in three straight matches, matching a team record, so against the Timbers, he has a chance to be the first player to score in four straight.

Portland comes to Houston on a 2-match win, which has them in fifth place in the Western Conference table. The Timbers have won their last two matches, inclduding a 2-1 win over Philadelphia last week, but they have yet to win away from home.

Fanendo Adi is the fourth leading scorer in MLS with 15 goals scored this season. Diego Valeri is 11th with 12 goals.

The Timbers are three points behind Sporting Kansas City for fourth place in the West, which would give them a home match in the knockout round of the Western Conference Playoffs.

Saturday’s match is a rematch of Portland’s 3-2 win over the Dynamo June 26 at Providence Park. The Tumbers won the match converting on two late penalty kicks with the game winner coming in the 91st minute. Andrew Wenger and Will Bruin scored goals for Houston.


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