Now that the Dynamo have completed their first mission - a 2-0 defeat of D.C. United in their MLS opener - they can now turn their attention to their second mission.
On Tuesday, Houston will play its first of two CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal matches against Mexican club Santos Laguna. The two teams will square off at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday, before concluding the series at Estadio Corona in Torreon on Wednesday, March 14.
After a sluggish start to their LigaMX campaign, Santos has rebounded of late to the tune of back-to-back wins and a three-game unbeaten streak.
Los Guerreros followed up their win over second place Club America with a 3-1 win over Jaguares de Chiapas. U.S. men's national team striker Herculez Gomez scored two goals for Santos, while Mexican national team striker Oribe Peralta added a third. Peralta currently leads Santos with five goals on the season and is tied for third in LigaMX.
With the win, Santos improved to 4-3-2 and sits in sixth place in the league, only six points behind first place Tigres UANL. If the Dynamo advance past Santos in the two-game series, they will face the winner of the Tigres / Seattle Sounders quarterfinal series.
It's important to note that while the Dynamo have a bye from MLS play next weekend, Santos will host Atlante on Friday night.
Here is a list of their upcoming fixtures:
|Date / Time (CT)||Opponent||Location|
|Tuesday, March 5 - 7 pm||at Houston Dynamo||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Friday, March 8 - 9:30 pm||vs. Atlante||Estadio Corona|
|Wednesday, March 13 - 7 pm||vs. Houston Dynamo||Estadio Corona|
Saturday's win over D.C. United not only gave the Dynamo three points to kick off the 2013 season, but it extended the team's unbeaten streak at home. The streak now stands at 26 games in MLS play and 31 games in all competitions.
Real Salt Lake currently holds the all-time record with 29 games in MLS play and 34 games in all competitions.
The Dynamo's last loss in Houston was June 11, 2011, a 2-0 defeat to the Columbus Crew. Since then, Houston has gone on a tear at home, compiling a 22-0-9 record in their past 31 matches in Houston.
The Dynamo are also 15-0-7 in all competitions at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Houston's unbeaten streak will be tested on Tuesday when they host Mexican giant Santos Laguna in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal series. Santos is unbeaten in its last three matches but is only 1-1-3 in road matches this season.
Tickets are on sale for Tuesday's match and can be purchased at HoustonDynamo.com/Tickets or by calling (713) 276-GOAL.
Dynamo broadcaster Eddie Robinson discusses the keys to the game for Saturday's match, presented by Kroger.
If you haven't seen it already, I highly suggest you pick up a copy of today's Houston Chronicle, featuring a special section previewing the 2013 Dynamo season. If you can't get to a newstand, here' s a rundown of articles you can read.
Familiar Dynamo lineup has look of another contender
By Jesus Ortiz
Dynamo, Sounders start at top
By Jesus Ortiz
Dynamo set to start season with home as final destination
By Jesus Ortiz
Dynamo at forefront of growth movement in MLS
By Randy Harvey
This just a sample of articles you can see in today's paper. Be sure to visit pick up your copy for the complete section and then come to the stadium tonight for the season opener vs. D.C. United (7 pm, BUY TICKETS).
When the Dynamo take the field Saturday against D.C. United, it will mark the eighth season in Houston for the men in orange. Hard to believe that it's already been seven years since Brian Ching took the Bayou City by storm, scoring four goals in the first match at Robertson Stadium.
With that in mind, we take a look back at the past seven home openers in Dynamo history:
Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids
Date: April 2, 2006
Result: W 5-2
Recap: In the inaugural match for the Houston Dynamo, Brian Ching became an immediate Houston hero, scoring four goals in a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids. Alejandro Moreno put the icing on the cake with a stoppage-time bicycle kick that earned MLS Goal of the Week honors.
Houston Dynamo vs. LA Galaxy
Date: April 8, 2007
Result: T 0-0
Recap: After raising the 2006 MLS Cup championship banner, the Dynamo were unable to pull out a win on the field in their home opener. Pat Onstad and the defense held on for a shutout despite a late red card to defender Ryan Cochrane.
Houston Dynamo vs. FC Dallas
Date: April 6, 2008
Result: T 3-3
Recap: In the MLS home opener, the Dynamo fell behind 2-1 and 3-2 to their in-state rivals, but a sensational 93rd-minute goal from rookie Geoff Cameron, making his first start, lifted Houston into a tie.
Houston Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew
Date: March 21, 2009
Result: T 1-1
Recap: Brian Ching and Guillermo Barros Schelotto traded second-half goals as the Dynamo earned a point against the defending MLS Cup champions.
Houston Dynamo vs. Real Salt Lake
Date: April 1, 2010
Result: W 2-1
Recap: Brad Davis converted two second-half penalties two minutes apart as the Dynamo pulled out a 2-1 win over defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake in the 2010 home opener.
Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union
Date: March 19, 2011
Result: L 1-0
Recap: A fifth-minute Danny Califf goal was enough for the Philadelphia Union who pulled out a 1-0 victory to spoil the Dynamo’s 2011 home opener at Robertson Stadium.
Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United
Date: May 12, 2012
Result: W 1-0
Recap: In the inaugural match at BBVA Compass Stadium, the Dynamo and D.C. United looked destined for a draw before Brad Davis’ 67th-minute goal brought the crowd to its feet and gave the Dynamo three points few will ever forget.