Our football match prediction:
A place in the Western Conference finals will be at stake when Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers face each other in the two-legged tie. Houston Dynamo defeated Sporting Kansas City in the conference quarter-finals, with Alberth Elis scoring the winner for the hosts in the extra-time. Wilmer Cabrera’s men had 20 goal attempts in the 1-0 victory over Sporting, but they will have to be at their sharpest in Tuesday’s football game against Portland Timbers if they are to make it to the finals. Portland impressed in the regular part of the season, with the team finishing the process in top position in the Western Conference, but seeing that Houston are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on the BBVA Compass Stadium outfit this time out. You should bear in mind that the Dynamo recorded 12 wins at home in the regular season.
Highlighted Player (Tyler Deric):
Tyler Deric is a product of Houston Dynamo football academy. On February 27, 2009 the USA goalkeeper signed a professional development deal with the Dynamo and he made his senior debut for the club on October 16, 2010. The shoot-stopper, who was born on August 30, 1988 played for the likes of Austin Aztex, San Antonio Scorpions and Rio Grande Valley FC Toros in the past as well, but he has yet to earn his first call-up for USA national soccer team. Speaking of his personal life, it has to be noted that Tyler Deric and his teammate Warren Creavelle were arrested in 2012 following a row with a police officer. The 191-cm-tall goalkeeper conceded six goals in 10 appearances for Houston Dynamo in the 2016 MLS campaign and he did well to keep six clean sheets. During his youth career Tyler played for North Carolina Tar Heels, but, as previously mentioned, Houston Dynamo coaches helped him improve his goalkeeping skills.
Highlighted Team (Portland Timbers):
Founded in 2009, Portland Timbers are a soccer club based in Portland, Oregon. The Timbers are well known for their green kit and their secondary colours are red and black. Portland welcome their opponents at Providence Park and the capacity of their home ground is 21.144. The club hold a long-running rivalry with Seattle Sounders as the two clubs used to face each other in the North American Soccer League. In 2015 Portland Timbers did remarkably well to win the MLS Cup and that is considered the club’s biggest success. The Timbers defeated Columbus Crew in the final of the tournament and it has to be noted that the title game was hosted by Mapfre Stadium (Columbus). Former Premier League footballer Liam Ridgewell played for Portland in the 2015 MLS Cup final against Columbus Crew. Speaking of the club’s supporters, you should have in mind that the Timbers sold out almost every home game in the MLS. Portland’s main supporters group is the Timbers Army.