Our prediction for this MLS match:
Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers face each other at Shell Energy Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Monday’s program. The Orange Crush aim to put an end to their five-game winless run in MLS and you should know that they are eyeing their eighth home win of the process. All Achara, Hadebe, and Schmitt have been struggling with injuries of late, while Colombia midfielder Luis Caicedo is pushing for a start after coming as a substitute in the League Cup clash with Charlotte.
The Timbers, on the other hand, have been struggling on the road this season, with the team recording only one win away from home and that is the main reason why we are going to bet on Houston Dynamo. Both David Ayala and Eryk Williamson are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club.
Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup.
During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
Highlighted Team (Portland Timbers):
Founded in 2009, Portland Timbers is 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.