Texas Professional Soccer Weekly Preview

PREVIEWS FOR MLS WEEK 21 and USL WEEK 19:

Major League Soccer (MLS):

Houston Dynamo (9-7-5-32 points-3rd place) vs. Portland Timbers (8-8-6-30-points-4th place)-BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston-7:00 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Match Preview from mlssoccer.com:

  • Portland has never won in Houston
  • AJ DeLaGarza’s comments after road win in DC last Saturday:

“We didn’t come into the season wanting to win one road game,” DeLaGarza said. “We still have a lot of work to do. We have [six] more road games. We have to continue to get points, and if we don’t win this weekend then what really did that win at D.C. do for us?”

  • New playmaker Tomas Martinez, a classic Argentine No. 10 who officially joined up with the club on July 17, will not play this weekend as he gets acclimated to Houston and the club.

https://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2017-07-29-houston-dynamo-vs-portland-timbers/preview

Preview article from the Oregonian including press conference with Timbers head coach Caleb Porter:

http://www.oregonlive.com/timbers/index.ssf/2017/07/portland_timbers_looking_for_a.html

FC Dallas (9-3-7-34 points-1st place) vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (8-8-3-27 points-6th place)-Toyota Park, Frisco-7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2017

Match Preview from mlssoccer.com:

  • The teams have evenly split their last six MLS games, dating back to the beginning of the 2015 season (2-2-2).  Dallas has won both of their home games by a 2-0 scoreline during this six-game stretch
  • Head coach Oscar Pareja commenting on Christian Colman finally breaking through with 2 goals in Montreal last Saturday:

“It’s important for Cristian to score, we have been waiting for this moment,” Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said after the match that night. “As a kid, he worked hard. He has been trying to adapt to the league, trying to adapt to the culture of the group, and all what he has done is just kept working. And today the game rewarded him and I’m very happy for him.”

  • FC Dallas get international players back, but will need to play with a makeshift back line again as outside backs Maynor Figueroa and Hernan Grana are suspended for yellow-card accumulation

https://matchcenter.mlssoccer.com/matchcenter/2017-07-29-fc-dallas-vs-vancouver-whitecaps-fc/preview

Canadian National post article on Whitecaps Yordy Reyna:

FC Dallas will need to account for Peruvian midfielder and difference maker Yordy Reyna who may make his first start this season after returning from a broken foot injury suffered in the preseason:

http://nationalpost.com/g00/sports/soccer/mls/vancouver-whitecaps/whitecaps-reyna-looking-to-turn-the-page/wcm/c92fa34b-b1aa-42e7-8b97-48e5ce46f918?i10c.referrer=

United Soccer League (USL):

Phoenix Rising (6-6-4-22 points-11th place) vs. San Antonio FC (10-1-7-37 points-3rd place)- Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex, Scottsdale, AZ-10:00 p.m. C.D.T.

  • This will be the first time San Antonio FC faces legendary forward Didier Drogba
  • Just over the halfway mark of the 2017 campaign, San Antonio FC matched its points total from last year in just 17 matches this season. The club’s 10-1-6 record 17 matches into the season added up to 36 points, which was the same amount that the team reached after their 30 matches in 2016

USL Stat-Pack on uslsoccer.com

http://www.uslsoccer.com/news_article/show/818114?referrer_id=2349190

Match Preview on the Phoenix Rising Website:

http://www.phxrisingfc.com/news_article/show/818202?referrer_id=2717359

Portland Timbers 2 (T2) (1-15-3-6 points-last place) vs. Rio Grande Valley FC (RGV FC) (6-9-3-21 points-12th place)-Providence Park, Portland, OR-10:00 p.m. C.D.T.

  • Rio Grande Valley FC starts a 3 game Pacific Northwest trip in Portland
  • The Toros are 2-5-1 on the road this season and have been outscored 18-6

Match Preview on Portland T2 website:

https://www.timbers.com/post/2017/07/27/usl-match-preview-stream-t2-host-rio-grande-valley-fc-toros-providence-park-saturday

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