The Houston Dynamo hold high hopes as they open their 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League campaign in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday evening with a Group 1 match against W Connection.
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Dynamo: Hall, Sarkodie, Brunner, Taylor, Chabala; Driver, Creavalle, López, Johnson; Ching (C), Weaver
Subs: Marscheider, Moffat, Dixon, Arena, Ownby, Barnes, Boswell
W Connection: Figueroa, Ananias, Frederick, Jones, Viveros, Williams, Arcia, Benjamin, Santos, Williams, Delia
Subs: Archibald, Russell, Spann, Pacheco, Williams, Lozano, Britto
The Dynamo have arrived in Trinidad & Tobago ahead of their CONCACAF Champions League match against W Connection on Tuesday night (7 p.m. CT; Fox Sports 1). Check out the travel roster for the Caribbean trip, and let us know what you think the starting XI wil be Tuesday night!
Goalkeepers: Tally Hall, Erich Marscheider
Defenders: Anthony Arena, Bobby Boswell, Eric Brunner, Mike Chabala, Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor
Midfielders: Warren Creavalle, Alex Dixon, Andrew Driver, Boniek García, Alexander López, Adam Moffat, Brian Ownby
Forwards: Giles Barnes, Brian Ching, Jason Johnson, Cam Weaver
Tyler Deric and Dominic Kinnear share their thoughts on the CONCACAF Champions League draw that grouped the Dynamo with Panamanian side Árabe Unido and W Connection of Trinidad and Tobago for the 2013-14 tournament.
Full Name: W Connection Football Club
Location: Marabella, Trinidad and Tobago
Stadium: Manny Ramjohn Stadium
League: TT Pro League
Championships: TT Pro League (4); FA Trophy (3); First Citizens Cup (6); CFU Club Championships (3)
CONCACAF History: 5 appearances; 2002 First Round, 2003 First Round, 2007 Quarterfinals (first round of competition), 2009-10 Group Stage, 2012-13 Group Stage
How they qualified: Group 1 winners in Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship (Two group winners and one playoff winner enter Champions League)
Record vs. Dynamo: This will be the first meeting of the two clubs, and the first Caribbean team the Dynamo have faced in the competition. W Connection have faced MLS sides twice in CONCACAF play, losing 3-0 on aggregate to Kansas City in the first round of the 2002 tournament and defeating the New York Red Bulls 4-3 on aggregate in the 2009-10 preliminary stage.
Full name: Club Deportivo Árabe Unido
Location: Colón, Panama
Stadium: Estadio Armando Dely Valdés
League: Liga Panameña de Fútbol (Panamanian Football League)
Championships: 12 (2 LINFUNA, 7 ANAPROF, 3 LPF)*
CONCACAF History: 4 appearances; 1996 Qualifying Stage, 2003 First Round, 2009-10 Quarterfinals, 2010-11 Group Stage
How they qualified: 2012 LPF Apertura Champions
Record vs. Dynamo: 0-1-1; The Dynamo faced DAU in the group stages of the 2009-10 Champions League. The first match, a 1-1 draw in Panama, was marred by five red cards and two power outages. The return leg in Houston was much kinder to the Dynamo, as they powered to a 5-1 victory. It wasn't enough for the Dynamo, however, as Árabe Unido advanced out of the group stage along with Mexican club Pachuca.
Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis and goalkeeper Tally Hall spoke with the media following Houston's 3-0 loss to Santos Laguna in the second leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series.
Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear spoke with the media following Houston's 3-0 loss Wednesday night in leg two of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series with Santos Laguna.