In the inaugural edition of the Dynamo Charities Cup between CF Monterrey and the Houston Dynamo, a Corey Ashe injury and a tough-played match resulted in anything but a friendly on Sunday night.
Second-half substitutes Geoff Cameron and Dominic Oduro scored to give Houston a 2-1 victory and the inaugural Charities Cup trophy. CF Monterrey came out attacking from the start, and Houston was initially put on its back feet.
Pachuca put a damper on Houston’s hopes of advancing by stealing a road win thanks to a first-half goal from Edgar Benitez. The Dynamo completely dominated the first half, but their best chance was a Brian Mullan shot off the post, and they could not break the Pachuca back line.
With just 17 players available due to injuries, suspension, and eligibility, the Dynamo turned in a strong first half but still trailed their Mexican rival, only to see another red card – this one to Dominic Oduro – ruin their chances of a comeback. Paul Aguilar sealed the game for Pachuca in the second half.
The Houston Dynamo escaped La Chorrera, Panama Wednesday night with a point in the CONCACAF Champions League Group A standings – and their health, mostly – after a crazy game that included five red cards, a power outage, and projectiles thrown from the crowd. In the end, after a 12-minute delay during stoppage time, the Dynamo and Panamanian club Árabe Unido finished level at 1-1.
Second-half substitutes linked up when Stuart Holden delivered a beautiful ball tofor the game's only goal as the Dynamo opened CONCACAF Champions League play with a victory against Isidro Metapán of El Salvador on Wednesday night at Robertson Stadium.