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07 March 12:19 pm

For years, MLS commissioner Don Garber has talked about Major League Soccer being one of the best leagues in the world by 2022. And when he talks about that goal, he almost always prefaces the statement by saying MLS needs to be the best league in the region before it can be one of the best in the world.

The differences between MLS and Liga MX are well-documented. With no salary cap south of the border, teams are able to spend freely on top talent, both domestic and abroad. There are more than a handful of players playing in the Mexican first division whose salaries would dwarf most MLS teams outside of New York and LA.

But that competitive advantage has not stopped the Dynamo from being a strong opponenet for Mexican clubs over the past seven years. Since the Dynamo moved to Houston from San Jose in 2006, the team is 9-7-4 all-time against Mexican foes. That includes matches in the CONCACAF Champions Cup, CONCACAF Champions League, SuperLiga, BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup and international friendlies.

Along the way there have many memorable moments.

Who can forget the Dynamo's 4-4 tie at Pumas in the 2008-09 CONCACAF Champions League? With the draw, Houston became the first MLS team to earn a point on Mexican soil in any competition.

Or how about Houston's 2-0 win over Pachuca in the 2007 CONCACAF Champions Cup home match? The match was originally scheduled for Wednesday night, but a power outage forced the game to be pushed to Thursday afternoon. Houston took the first leg, but was unable to take the series, falling at Pachuca 5-2.

You could probably poll 5 people and they might each give you a different favorite memory against Mexican opposition, including last Tuesday's 1-0 win over Santos Laguna.

So what do you say Dynamo fans? What is your favorite memory / game / story against a team from Mexico? Let us know in the comments section below!

Dynamo vs. Mexican opposition (9-7-4 all-time; 9-4-3 home; 0-3-1 road)
Date Opponent Result Location Competition
03/15/07 vs. Pachuca W 2-0 Robertson Stadium CONCACAF Champions Cup
04/05/07 at Pachuca L 5-2 Estadio Hidalgo CONCACAF Champions Cup
07/25/07 vs. Club America W 1-0 Robertson Stadium SuperLiga
07/29/07 vs. Morelia T 1-1 Robertson Stadium SuperLiga
08/14/07 vs. Pachuca T 2-2 (Lost 4-3 on PKs) Robertson Stadium SuperLiga
07/12/08 vs. Atlante W 4-0 Robertson Stadium SuperLiga
07/15/08 vs. Chivas de Guadalajara L 0-1 Robertson Stadium SuperLiga
07/29/08 vs. Pachuca W 2-0 Robertson Stadium SuperLiga
09/30/08 at Pumas T 4-4 Estadio Olimpico Universitario CONCACAF Champions League
10/22/08 vs. Pumas L 3-1 Robertson Stadium CONCACAF Champions League
02/24/09 vs. Atlante T 1-1 Robertson Stadium CONCACAF Champions League
03/03/09 at Atlante L 3-0 Estadio Quintana Roo Atlante CONCACAF Champions League
09/16/09 at Pachuca L 2-0 Estadio Hidalgo CONCACAF Champions League
09/30/09 vs. Pachuca L 1-0 Robertson Stadium CONCACAF Champions League
10/11/09 vs. Monterrey W 2-1 Robertson Stadium BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup
07/15/10 vs. Pachuca W 2-1 Robertson Stadium SuperLiga
07/21/10 vs. Puebla W 1-0 Robertson Stadium SuperLiga
08/05/10 vs. Morelia L 1-0 Robertson Stadium SuperLiga
09/04/11 vs. Monterrey W 3-0 Robertson Stadium Friendly
03/05/13 vs. Santos Laguna W 1-0 BBVA Compass Stadium CONCACAF Champions League