As the Houston Dynamo dropped out of the CONCACAF Champions League, they got a perfect glimpse of some of the tournament's uglier traits.
As the club looked to push back after falling behind to Árabe Unido just after the hour mark of their 1-0 loss, the Panamanian club employed some unseemly, yet effective, tactics to kill off their eventual quarterfinal clinching win.
The Houston Dynamo’s tough week continued as a 61st minute goal from Arabe Unido’s José Gonzalez proved enough to send the MLS club crashing out of the CONACACAF Champions League.
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.
TV: FOX Soccer Plus / Univision Deportes
Houston Dynamo at Árabe Unido
Thursday, October 24, 7:00 p.m. CT
Estadio Agustín "Muquita" Sánchez, La Chorrera, Panama
FOX Soccer Plus - 7:00 p.m.
Univision Deportes - 7:00 p.m.
Do or die match against Árabe Unido prepares Houston Dynamo for similar situation against D.C. United
A century ago the United States completed the Panama Canal, a miracle of engineering that is still one of the most important shipping lanes in the world.
Tonight the Dynamo play the club from the city at the canal's northern entrance. Like the vessels just a couple of miles from Colon, the team is seeking safe passage, a straightforward way through on a long and difficult journey.
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).
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
Go behind the scenes of the Dynamo's CCL group stage match against W Connection at BBVA Compass Stadium with Dynamo TV's TunnelVision.