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Dynamo statement game

The Houston Dynamo travel to Portland for an MLS match that could be a turning point in the season. Now before you laugh too loudly, hear me out. Houston which has dominated its last two opponents at home has an opportunity to do the same against an opponent on the road. The Dynamo who were 3-9-5 on the road in 2012 have lost both away games this season. In fact since the 2007 season when the men in orange posted a 7-5-3 road record, Houston is 16-35-28 on the road. In Houston's last visit to Portland's Jen-Weld Field, they battled to a 0-0 draw. Prior to that the Dynamo had posted two wins in 2011 winning 2-1 and 2-0. Three of those four goals came in the first 45' of play. A trend the Houston eleven hope to continue on Saturday night. Surrendering the early goal has haunted the Portland Timbers all season. Of seven goals allowed by Portland's defense, six have come in the first thirty minutes of play and three of those in the first 18 minutes. This bodes well for the Dynamo who broke through for the first time in the first half in their last outing against Vancouver. Giles Barnes and Will Bruin who each scored in that game are quickly becoming a feared nemesis for opposing defenses. Portland has yet to lead or win a game this season scoring just once in the opening 45 minutes. The Dynamo defense meanwhile has become stronger with each match since Kenny Cooper's suspect goal in stoppage time of the Dynamo's only loss three weeks ago. So yes the Dynamo have an opportunity to send a message to the rest of the league with a dominant win Saturday night. A win that would clearly say on the road or at home, it's going to be tough to stop this offense or solve this defense.

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