Gordon Williams, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Jamaica international Jermaine Taylor is still not a certainty to return to Houston Dynamo's starting team for the club's Major League Soccer (MLS) second-leg conference final game today against D.C. United.
Taylor suffered a knee sprain in the first leg of the MLS Eastern Conference semi-finals against Sporting Kansas City on November 4 and was substituted in the 55th minute. The injury forced him to miss the second leg of that round, plus the first leg of the conference final last Sunday in Houston.
According to the MLSsoccer.com's injury report released on Friday evening, the defender has been listed as "probable", meaning the decision to play Taylor could be left up to just before kick-off in Washington DC.
Houston beat D.C. United 3-1 in the first leg of the conference final and are favourites to return to the MLS Cup final, where they lost to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2011.
Taylor's national teammate Je-Vaughn Watson is also a member of Houston's roster, but the midfielder has not seen any action in the play-offs so far.
The winners of the Eastern Conference will play the winners of the Western Conference - either Los Angeles or Seattle Sounders - in the MLS Cup final on December 1. Today, Los Angeles take a 3-0 lead into Seattle for the second leg of their conference final.