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.
Countdown to Opening Day: 1 Day -- After magical first season at BBVA Compass Stadium, Dynamo fans hoping for encore
With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 1 day – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to Opening Day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.
Each day, we’ll post a description of what makes the number significant. If you have any thoughts on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.
Today, we conclude the countdown with #1:
By now, we have covered most of the big moments in the opening season at BBVA Compass Stadium. From the long-awaited opening last May to epic playoff wins over Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United in November, it was a magical first year at the downtown jewel. How do you match a debut season like that? The Dynamo will give it their best shot.
Here on the eve of the opening of the 2013 season, we feel a mixture of nostalgia for the incredible debut season at the new stadium with a sense of anticipation for what 2013 could bring. All 11 starters from the 2012 MLS Cup final return for the Dynamo in 2013 and the club will enjoy the benefit of beginning the season with Boniek Garcia and Ricardo Clark in camp, two key figures of the 2012 team who joined midseason. In addition, newcomers Omar Cummings and Andrew Driver will augment a Dynamo attack that produced a club-record 48 goals in 2012.
Here are some of the big dates for the new season:
March 2 vs. D.C. United: The Dynamo will raise four conference championship banners before facing United in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship.
March 5 vs. Santos Laguna (Champions League quarterfinals): For anyone inside BBVA Compass Stadium for the Dynamo-Valencia game last May or the Dynamo-Olimpia Champions League duel in October, they can attest that there is a different feel when an international opponent arrives in Houston. With a unique opponent to watch and vocal support of the visiting clubs from its fans, international games offer something different. On Tuesday the Dynamo and Santos Laguna will meet for the first time in a home-and-home quarterfinal series.
March 30 vs. San Jose Earthquakes: The Dynamo face the club from their original home in a meeting of the 2012 Supporters' Shield winners and MLS Cup finalists. There are also longtime friendships between the coaching staffs, including Dominic Kinnear and Frank Yallop, who shared the same bench in San Jose from 2001-03.
April 28 vs. Colorado Rapids: If the Dynamo win or tie their first four regular season home games of 2013, a win against the Rapids would set a new MLS record for the longest home unbeaten streak in league history, at 30 regular season games, surpassing Real Salt Lake's record (29 games).
May 12 vs. Sporting Kansas City: On the anniversary of the stadium opening, the Dynamo will meet their Eastern Conference rivals in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals, when the Dynamo knocked out top-seed Sporting Kansas City for the second straight season.
August 17 vs. Seattle Sounders: The club that very easily could have been the Dynamo's opponent in the 2012 MLS Cup final, the Sounders visit BBVA Compass Stadium for the first time. In last year's Western Conference Championship, the Galaxy carried a 3-0 lead into the second leg in Seattle. The Sounders scored two early goals and were pressing for a series equalizer before a Galaxy penalty goal sealed the series win for LA. The Dynamo and Sounders met in the 2009 playoffs and Brian Ching scored a goal in the 96th minute of the second leg at Roberston Stadium for a 1-0 win after the clubs played 185 minutes over two legs without a goal.
October 9 vs. Sporting Kansas City: The Dynamo finish the 2013 schedule in the exact manner as 2012- with three home games before a finale on the road. This meeting with SKC is the middle game of the final three-game homestand and could be vital for both club's playoff position.
October 20 vs. New York Red Bulls: A year to the date of Houston's 3-1 win over Philadelphia that capped an unbeaten home season, the Dynamo will finish the 2013 home schedule against the Red Bulls with a season finale at D.C. United looming a week later.
*It was a lot of fun writing these posts every day as we celebrated Dynamo history over the past twenty days. I hope some of you learned a little bit about the club's history and its accomplishments over the first seven seasons. Here's to more memories in year eight!
Complete Countdown to Opening Day List