Our football match prediction:
It’s the top-table derby match in Houston on Sunday as Dynamo play host to Portland Timbers who are only two points behind them in the standings. Having scored three goals to dispatch DC United in the previous rounds, Houston Dynamo are looking for some consistency in their results and will be hoping for back-to-back wins for the first time since May. Inconsistency did not cost Wilmer Cabrera’s men too much however, as they very much remain in the running for top spot, trailing only two points behind FC Dallas. Portland Timbers are breathing down Houston’s necks from the fourth place in the Western Conference standings. Caleb Porter’s men are coming from an important victory over Vancouver Whitecaps, which was their first win on the road since April. Ebobisse and Blanco did great to reward their team with important three points, but more importantly with a more boosting victory which will be a huge wind in the back ahead of crucial trip to Houston.
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.