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Timbers move on without Eryk Williamson vs. Dynamo


The Portland Timbers will begin moving on without standout midfielder Eryk Williamson when they visit the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.

The 24-year-old Williamson, who also plays for the United States Men’s National Team, is done for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during Sunday’s 2-0 victory over the host Seattle Sounders.

The loss of Williamson, who has four goals and seven assists in 42 MLS appearances for Portland over three seasons, represents a major blow for the Timbers (8-10-3, 27 points).

“It’s so unfortunate, Eryk worked so hard to grow as a player,” Portland coach Gio Savarese told reporters earlier this week. “He put himself in good situations, like being called up to the national team and starting the Gold Cup final. … He had so much desire to do well with us and he’s a very important player for us.”

The Timbers will try to regroup as they battle for a playoff spot. They are tied for sixth in the West with Real Salt Lake. Only the top seven teams qualify for a postseason spot and there are four other teams within three points in a tight race.

Houston (3-9-10, 19 points) isn’t part of it after losing five of its past six matches. The club is mired in a 15-match winless drought (0-7-8) since beating the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 on May 22.

The Dynamo are tied for last with expansion FC Austin. And earlier this week, the team parted ways with general manager Matt Jordan.

Houston struck first in its most recent match as Adalberto “Coco” Carrasquilla scored in the opening minute, but Minnesota United rallied to win a 2-1 road decision.

It was the first goal in five games with the Dynamo for the 22-year-old Carrasquilla, who was lent to Houston by Spanish club FC Cartagena in early August.

“With Coco right now, he has to adapt to the pace of the league,” Dynamo assistant coach Omid Namazi said. “The MLS is a physical, fast-paced game, and it is going to take him time to adjust to the pace and go 90 minutes. … After the 60th minute, you see his level go down.”

Houston coach Tab Ramos is back after missing the Minnesota game due to a family medical emergency.

Forward Maximiliano Urruti and midfielder Fafa Picault share the Dynamo lead of six goals.

Felipe Mora leads Portland with eight goals and fellow forward Dairon Asprilla has five.

–Field Level Media


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