The Portland Timbers (11-13-7) host the Houston Dynamo (10-9-13) tonight at Jeld-Wen Field in the final home match of the regular season.
The Timbers are on the cusp of the last playoff position, and three points Friday night would pull them even with Houston at 43 points. Win, draw, or lose Friday, the playoff picture may not become clear for a few more weeks: only 5 points currently separate Colorado, New York, Houston and Portland for the last spot. The Timbers play two more regular seasons matches, on the road, after Friday.
The match kicks off at 7:30pm, and will be broadcast on Root Sports. Listen to the game on 750 AM The Game and La Pantera 940 AM.
Match previews and intrigue
- Houston Returns After Thirty-One Years by mao at Mao’s Football
- Home-Finale-Eve & Playoff’s by ╭∩╮（︶︿︶）╭∩╮ at Mental and Green
- Houston Dynamo Road Results by pdxnevets at Soccer Watcher
- Timbers Versus Houston: Feeling the Heat by Brenaldo at Timberlandia
- Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo Preview: A Chat With Dynamo Theory by Geoff Gibson at Stumptown Footy
- Portland Timbers and the Health of the MLS by Ryan Gates at Stumptown Footy
- The Road To The Playoffs: Three Games To Go by Geoff Gibson at Stumptown Footy
- Timbers ready for big playoff atmosphere by Paul Danzer at The Columbian
- MLS roundup: Portland Timbers remain ahead of D.C. United and Chicago Fire in playoff race at OregonLive.com
- Former Timbers midfielder Adam Moffat returns to Portland as a key player for Houston by Geoffrey C. Arnold at The Oregonian
- Canzano: Portland Timbers give fans much to appreciate in debut MLS season by John Canzano at The Oregonian
- Behind the Axe: playoff news before Portland Timbers face Houston Dynamo by Kip Kesgard at OregonLive.com
- Home field still a huge edge for playoff-hungry Timbers by Don itel at PortlandTimbers.com
- Dynamo ready for rough reception in Portland crunch clash by Darrell Lovell at MLSsoccer.com
- Dynamo, Timbers trade has produced winning results by Jose De Jesus Ortiz at The Houston Chronicle
- Dynamo entering crucial point of season by Glenn Davis at Fox Sports Houston
- Led by resurgent Cooper, expansion Timbers gearing up for playoff push by Jose M. Romero at Soccer By Ives
- Teaming Up: All For One by Stephen Alexander at The Portland Tribune
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