It was a hard fought match between the Houston Dynamo and Portland Timbers filled with a lot of yellow cards, minor injuries and poor calls. It was a strong outing for the Dynamo defense that saw Raul Rodriguez starting at right back for the second week in a row. Brad Davis returned to the lineup after missing last week due to a hamstring injury.
Houston was awarded a free kick after Giles Barnes was brought down by Portland in the ninth minute of the game. Brad Davis sent in a perfect ball on the set piece and Will Bruin headed it home to give the Dynamo an early 1-0 lead. Houston thought they had a second goal a few minutes later when Davis took a free kick in almost the same spot, but this time the referee whistled the play dead before the kick. However, the players didn't appear to hear it as the ball was played and the Dynamo appeared to scored.
The Timber leveled things in the second half after the referee failed to call a foul when Luis Garrido was fouled by Diego Chara and down on the field. Diego Valeri picked up the ball and passed it to Adi who was running across the box. Fanendo Adi put the ball past Tyler Deric and into the net.
The Dynamo had a great chance to take the lead in the 66th minute when the Dynamo had a great counter off of a Portland corner kick. Boniek Garcia crossed the ball to Barnes who headed it towards goal. Unfortunately for the Dynamo it went well over the bar. A few minutes later David Horst also put a header towards the net but once again it went over the bar instead of in the net.
Alex Lopez came on for Garcia and a few minutes later helped the Dynamo finally get the lead back. Lopez danced around looking to shoot the ball in the box but was unable to get it past the Timber's defense. He instead passed the ball back to Barnes who sent it rifling past Kwarasey for the 2-1 lead.
The Dynamo weren't done scoring however. Dynamo defender Jermaine Taylor sent in a long ball right to Bruin. The forward turned on the burners to outrun everyone and chip the ball over Portland's keeper to make it 3-1.
With that the Dynamo were done scoring as the 3-1 scoreline held until the end of the match. Having put in good back to back performances the Dynamo will look for a third good performance on Friday against the LA Galaxy. Houston will be traveling to LA for the May 22 match.