Houston Dynamo prepare for 2017 MLS Western Conference semifinals vs. Portland
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The Houston Dynamo are in the process of preparing for their second round match of the 2017 Major League Soccer playoffs where they will play the Portland Timbers. The Dynamo reached the Western Conference semifinals on Thursday when they defeated Sporting Kansas City 1-0. 

Dynamo forward Alberth Elis scored the lone Houston goal of the game in the 94th minute after the game went into extra time. Elis's goal came from Vicente Sanchez. 

This is the first time since 2013 that the Houston Dynamo made the MLS Cup playoffs. That year they beat the Montreal Impact 3-0 in the knockout round and then the New York Red Bulls 4-3 in a two-game total point series in the Eastern Conference semifinals before losing to Sporting Kansas City 2-1 in the Eastern Conference finals. It should be noted that the Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City each played in the Eastern Conference in 2013 and moved over to the Western Conference in 2015. 

In 2017, the Dynamo finished in fourth place in the Western Conference with 50 points. The Timbers won the Western Conference with 54 points. The Dynamo played the Timbers twice this season, losing to Portland 4-2 on March 18 and then rebounding with a 2-2 draw on July 29.

The first game of the Western Conference semi-finals against the Portland Timbers will take place on Mon. Oct. 30 at 8:30 pm CT from BBVA Compass Stadium; click here to get your playoff tickets. Game two of the series will then be played in Portland on Nov. 5.