KeyBank Match-up: Will Johnson vs. Boniek Garcia

Will Johnson will clash with Boniek Garcia in the center of the pitch

KBMU vs. HOU, 4.5.13

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Photo by Steve Dipaola
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KeyBank Match-up
Will Johnson
vs. Boniek Garcia
Scored 2 goals last week vs. Colorado   Scored 4 goals/6 assists in 17 games in 2012
Opta: Had 7 ball recoveries, 2 interceptions and blocked 1 shot last week vs. COL   Opta: Had 5 ball recoveries, 3 interceptions and 3 key passes leading to a shot last week vs. SJ
Week 5 MLS Player of the Week & Team of the Week   2012 Latino del Año & Dynamo Players' Player of the Year
33 International caps for Canada   79 International caps for Honduras

Johnson scores against Colorado

The middle of the pitch is often one of the most hotly contested areas of the field in any match. Come Saturday when the Portland Timbers host the Houston Dynamo (7:30pm PT, ROOT SPORTS, 750 AM The Game / La Pantera 940 - Presented by Portland General Electric), this battle shall be no different. For the Timbers, team captain Will Johnson—fresh from his Week 5 MLS Player of the Week performance against Colorado—will look to bring his high energy and tenacious ability both on and off the ball towards helping press the Portland agenda. As always, he’ll have a raucous home crowd behind him as well as the always dangerous Diego Valeri to help feed the ball forward.

Houston brings Designated Player Boniek Garcia into the mix. Like his fellow Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis, Garcia whips numerous balls into the penalty area as well as making slicing runs and playing dangerous through balls. The Honduran international is a talented two-way player who will counter and attempt to dictate their own pace to the game. 

They said it:

"[Houston is] very good at getting service in, their outside backs like to attack as well so they're very good at whipping in crosses and getting numbers in the box and willing to fight. We have a lot of respect for them but at the same time, we've got to go out there and match their intensity and bring it to them on our home field. I think that's a big part of it. We know they're a good team. We respect them. We're aware of their set pieces and crossing strength but at the same time, we're also ready for a good battle ourselves."

-Will Johnson, Timbers midfielder