In this thrilling match, the Houston Dynamo FC shone brightly, securing an impressive 5-0 victory over the Portland Timbers at Shell Energy Stadium. The game began with the Dynamo scoring three goals in the first 15 minutes, a fourth before halftime, and a fifth towards the end, demonstrating undeniable superiority over the visitors.
Dynamo’s coach, Ben Olsen, emphasized the importance of starting strong, especially at home and in the adverse weather conditions of Texas. He highlighted that doing so can demoralize the opponent and make it harder for them to mount a comeback.
On the other hand, Timbers’ coach, Gio Savarese, was clearly disappointed with his team’s performance. He described the defeat as unacceptable and expressed concerns about the team’s trajectory for the 2023 Audi MLS Cup playoffs. Savarese noted that his team had shown more consistent performances against high-level opponents like Monterrey and Tigres than in games like this one, and questioned if they were ready for the playoffs.
One of Dynamo’s standouts was Nelson Quiñones, at just 21 years old, who scored a spectacular goal. Coach Olsen praised Quiñones’ development and how he has grown in recent months.
The Dynamo now prepares for the US Open Cup semifinal against Real Salt Lake, expecting a challenging match. Olsen acknowledged that RSL is a strong team, especially with their summer signings, and that the match will be a different task for his team.
The Houston Dynamo FC delivered an impressive performance in this game, while the Portland Timbers face questions about their consistency and readiness for the playoffs. The US Open Cup semifinal promises to be an exciting clash between two talented teams.