With MLS off last weekend due to a FIFA break, four Houston Dynamo players took the field for their respective countries, looking to secure a berth in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, otherwise known as the Hexagonal. Dynamo defender Andre Hainault was the only victor of the group, as his Canadian side defeated a short-handed Cuba 3-0 at BMO Field in Toronto. Hainault started and played 90 minutes for the Reds, picking up a yellow card in the 82nd minute.
As Houston's international contingent depart to join their respective national teams, they're finding they're stepping from one pressure-packed situation straight into another.
Fans of the U.S. national team will be happy this morning, following the team's crucial 1-0 win over Jamaica in the second leg of their home-and-home series with the Reggae Boyz. Dynamo fans, on the other hand, might have some mixed emotions, as two Dynamo players were on the wrong end of the result.
Although the U.S. national team fell 2-1 Friday night in their World Cup qualifying match against Jamaica, Houston Dynamo players had a successful weekend with their respective national teams, going 3-0-0.
Dynamo defender Jermaine Taylor and midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson started and played 90 minutes in the Reggae Boyz' 2-1 win over the United States. Taylor was strong along the Jamaican backline, helping stifle the U.S. attack after the home side gave up the early goal.
The Houston Dynamo and BBVA Compass Stadium today announced that Tigres UANL of Mexico and C.D. Aguila of El Salvador will meet in a friendly match at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Houston Dynamo’s new home.
Both clubs have enjoyed recent success, with Tigres capturing the Mexican Primera Division’s Apertura title in 2011 and Aguila winning the Salvadoran Primera Division’s Clausura championship in May, its fifteenth title in the club’s 87-year history.
Three of the four Dynamo men on international duty were in action on Tuesday, and each of them came out of their matches with a draw.
Here we go.
The US men’s national team plays the first game of a five-match stretch on Saturday against Scotland in Jacksonville, Fla. The match, to be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports and Galavision, is the first of three friendlies the US face before kicking off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a June 8 home game against Antigua and Barbuda and a June 12 match against Guatemala in Guatemala City.