HOUSTON – Barring an unforeseen and rapid change of events, the Houston Dynamo will play the second and final leg of their Western Conference semifinal matchup in Portland against the Timbers without goalkeeper Tyler Deric.
Deric was suspended by the league on Wednesday following his Tuesday morning arrest in connection with an alleged domestic dispute. He was charged with misdemeanor assault.
In a statement released by the team, the Dynamo said, “We take these matters very seriously and working closely with Major League Soccer and local authorities. We support the league’s decision to suspend the player pending further investigation.”
Deric helped the Dynamo keep Portland scoreless in the first leg of their Western Conference finals match that ended in a 0-0 draw. The second leg will be played on Sunday in Portland.
The Dynamo, with Deric minding the net, had pitched shutouts in four consecutive games.
Statement from Major League Soccer:
"Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with misdemeanor assault in connection with an alleged domestic incident. Deric has been suspended pending investigations by MLS and the Houston Police Department. Major League Soccer will remain in close communication with the Houston Dynamo, local law enforcement, and the MLS Players Union during this investigation.
"MLS will not have further comment on this matter until the conclusion of the League’s investigation."
Statement from Houston Dynamo:
"Houston Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with an alleged domestic dispute.
"We take these matters very seriously and are working closely with Major League Soccer and local authorities. We support the League's decision to suspend the player pending further investigation.
"The club will have no further comment until the investigation into this alleged incident is complete."