A 51st-minute Hans Denissen penalty kick was enough for the San Antonio Scorpions to best the Houston Dynamo as they claimed a 1-0 victory in the third round of the US Open Cup on Tuesday.
Denissen got his chance when crafty former Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes forward Pablo Campos drew a foul from rookie right back Warren Creavalle a yard inside the 18-yard box. Both players were chasing a hopeful, bouncing ball and Creavalle wrapped his leg around Campos, who had position, drawing the whistle.
As the Houston Dynamo prepare to get their US Open Cup campaign started this week, they will have to make due with their available resources.
In years past, tournament play has been a chance for reserves to shine. But with international duty, injuries and the squad taxed after a long May, head coach Dominic Kinnear will have to mix and match as he takes his club west on I-10 to face the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL in the third round of the US Open Cup on Tuesday.
Still, the Dynamo boss has no intentions of fielding a weakened side.
Houston Dynamo at San Antonio Scorpions
Tuesday, May 29, 7:30 p.m. CT
Heroes Stadium, San Antonio, TX
Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third round
All-time series: This is the first meeting between the two clubs
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U.S. Soccer has announced the fourth-round possible pairings and locations for the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. If the Houston Dynamo win their third-round match against the San Antonio Scorpions (BUY TICKETS), the club will either host the Charlotte Eages (USL PRO) or play at FC Dallas. If the Dynamo host Charlotte, the match will be played at BBVA Compass Stadium. If the Dynamo play at Dallas, the match will be played at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco.
The Houston Dynamo will begin their quest for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy when they travel to San Antonio on Tuesday, May 29 for a matchup with the San Antonio Scorpions. The Scorpions advanced to the third round of the tournament following their 2-0 win over the Laredo Heat, Tuesday evening at Blossom Athletic Center. The match between the Dynamo and the Scorpions will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio.
U.S. Soccer has announced the third-round possible pairings and locations for the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Results from the second round of play next Tuesday, May 22, will determine the matchups for the third round taking place one week later on Tuesday, May 29.
The Houston Dynamo will be one of 16 MLS teams to enter the tournament in the third round. Houston will play the winner of next Tuesday's match between the Laredo Heat and the San Antonio Scorpions.
In the past month, the United States Soccer Federation and CONCACAF announced changes to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League competition formats. The Houston Dynamo will take part in both tournaments this year, with USOC set to kick off May 15 and CCL set to begin late July.