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24 October 4:16 pm

The Houston Dynamo will try to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League for the second consecutive year and the third time in the last six years on Thursday night when they travel to Panama to face second-place Árabe Unido in the final Group 1 match. Houston (2-0-1, 7 pts) can advance to the quarterfinals with a win or a tie, while Árabe Unido (2-1-0, 6 pts) need a win to advance.

Broadcast Info

TV: FOX Soccer Plus / Univision Deportes

Starting Lineups

Dynamo: Tyler Deric; Michael Chabala, Kofi Sarkodie, Bobby Boswell, Eric Brunner; Andrew Driver, Servando Carrasco, Alexander Lopez; Omar Cummings, Jason Johnson, Cam Weaver
Subs: Tally Hall, Calen Carr, Warren Creavalle, Will Bruin, Anthony Arena, Giles Barnes, Corey Ashe

Árabe Unido: Miguel Lloyd; Rigoberto Nino, Harold Cummings, Jose Gonzalez, Luis Fraiz; Humberto Ward, Orlando Rodriguez, Paul Roderick, Abdiel Macea; Angel Patrick, Fidel Caesar
Subs: Alexander Andreve, Felix Gondola, Enrico Small, Abdiel Arroyo, Reynaldo Anderson, Alejandro Velez, Joseph Cox


Get up-to-the minute stats throughout the match


23 October 4:52 pm

We've been feeding you updated MLS standings and scenarios weekly with Standings Watch, but today we turn our attention to CONCACAF Champions League before the Dynamo's final group match on Thursday vs. Árabe Unido (7 p.m. CT; FOX Soccer Plus).

While the Dynamo's MLS situation is a little messy, the CCL scenario is pretty clean: get a result and you're through to the knockout stages. A win or a tie in Panama sends Houston past the group stage for the second consecutive year.

The Dynamo (7 pts) are currently ahead of Árabe Unido (6 pts) and W Connection (1 pt) in Group 1. W Connection have played all of their matches and have been eliminated from contention.

A win puts the Dynamo at 10 points and clearly ahead of Árabe Unido. A draw would keep El Expreso Azul a point behind Houston.

Getting through the group stage of the regional tournament is commendable, but the Dynamo are keen to improve upon last year's result when they pulled out a 1-0 home win over Mexican side Santos Laguna before falling out of the tournament on the return leg.

The eight group winners advance to the knockout rounds, and are seeded 1-8 according to their group stage performances, with the No. 1 seed paired against No. 8, No. 2 with No. 7, etc. These are the ranking tiebreakers:

  1. Points
  2. Goal differential
  3. Goals scored
  4. Away goals scored
  5. Wins
  6. Away wins
  7. Drawing of lots

Last year, the Dynamo were the No. 7 seed. Here's how this year's rankings look right now, with games to be played Thursday night:

Seed Team Points GD Games left
1. Toluca (MEX) 12 +11 none
2. Cruz Azul (MEX) 12 +8 none
3. Tijuana (MEX) 10 +8 none
4. LA Galaxy (USA) 9 +6 10/24 at Isidro Metapán
5. Alajuelense (CRI) 9 +3 none
6. Kansas City (USA) 8 +4 none
7. Houston (USA) 7 +3 10/24 at Árabe Unido
8. San Jose (USA) 6 +2 none

Group 1 is the only group that has not been decided.

A Dynamo win would push them to at least the fifth seed. The Dynamo could catch the Galaxy and go into fourth if LA loses to Isidro Metapán tonight, or if the Galaxy tie and the Dynamo make up the tiebreakers. Catching Tijuana would require defeating Árabe by at least a five goal margin. A tie gets the Dynamo to the knockout stage, but keeps them in seventh.

23 October 9:52 am

Steph is back to preview a "Do or Die-namo" week for our MLS Cup Playoffs and CONCACAF Champions League hopes. Cameos include Darth Vader and Van Halen's "Panama".

22 October 7:32 pm

The Dynamo headed to Panama for their final CONCACAF Champions League group match against Árabe Unido on Thursday (7 p.m. CT; FOX Soccer Plus). Currently at the top of the group, Houston just needs a draw from the match to secure their passage to the knockout stages of the tournament. Check out the travel roster for the trip, and let us know what you think the starting XI will be on Thursday night.

Goalkeepers: Tyler Deric, Tally Hall

Defenders: Anthony Arena, Corey Ashe, Bobby Boswell, Eric Brunner, Mike Chabala, Kofi Sarkodie

Midfielders: Servando Carrasco, Ricardo Clark, Warren Creavalle, Andrew Driver, Alexander López

Forwards: Giles Barnes, Will Bruin, Calen Carr, Omar Cummings, Jason Johnson, Cam Weaver

Not suprisingly, Brad Davis didn't make the trip a week after ending Panama's World Cup hopes with two assists. It's doubtful he would receive a warm reception, and we'd rather not find out what would happen if the lights went out.

22 October 5:34 pm

As the 2013 MLS regular season draws to a close, look back with Dynamo TV at some of the best moments of this year. Of course, we're waiting to add some more playoff memories to this in the next few weeks.

22 October 1:01 pm

Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! Glenn will cover the Dynamo's playoff and CCL situation, UEFA Champions League and more!

Tune in and give Glenn a call with your thoughts!

Tonight's episode airs from 7-9 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 FM or online at

The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.

21 October 10:07 am

The Dynamo Girls and our very own fox, Diesel, perform Ylvis' viral hit, "The Fox" during halftime of the Dynamo's match vs. the New York Red Bulls.

21 October 9:57 am

We all know what happened this weekend. The Dynamo lost, and pretty much everyone else won. We won't rehash that. You're here for "how do the Dynamo get into the playoffs," and that's just what you'll get. First, the games that matter this weekend (in chronological order; all times CT):

  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m.: Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City (NBC Sports Network)
  • Saturday, Oct. 26, 3 p.m.: Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact (MLS Live)
  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 12:30 p.m.: D.C. United vs. Houston Dynamo (NBC)
  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 3 p.m.: Columbus Crew vs. New England Revolution (MLS Live)
  • Sunday, Oct. 27, 4 p.m.: New York Red Bulls vs. Chicago Fire (UniMas)

The Dynamo can still finish anywhere from third- to seventh-place. We'll focus on what gets them into the playoffs (fifth-place or higher).

If the Dynamo win vs. D.C. United

AND one of Montreal, New England or Chicago ties or loses, the Dynamo will finish in fifth place

If the Dynamo win vs. D.C. United

AND two of Montreal, New England or Chicago ties or loses, the Dynamo will finish in fourth place

If the Dynamo win vs. D.C. United

AND all three of Montreal, New England or Chicago ties or loses, the Dynamo will finish in third place

If the Dynamo tie vs. D.C. United

AND New England loses AND Philadelphia ties or loses the Dynamo will finish in fifth place.

(Any result that has the Dynamo tied with other teams at 49 points will not favor the Dynamo in tiebreaker scenarios)


  1. Wins
  2. Goals for
  3. Goal differential
  4. Fewest disciplinary points
  5. Road goals
  6. Road goal differential
  7. Home goals
  8. Home goal differential
  9. Coing toss (two teams) or drawing of lots (three or more teams

Clear as mud? If you have questions on any of these scenarios, leave them in the comments below and we'll try to answer them as best we can. The easiest way in is for the Dynamo to take care of business in D.C. and for at least one of the teams above Houston (Montreal, New England, Chicago) to not win.


20 October 7:39 pm

Houston Dynamo fans honor retiring forward Brian Ching during his final regular season home match with a card stunt during the 25th minute of the Dynamo's match vs. the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 20, 2013.

For more information on Ching's career, retirement and testimonial match coming at the end of this season, click here.