The Houston Dynamo hold high hopes as they open their 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League campaign in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday evening with a Group 1 match against W Connection.
TV: FOX Sports 1 (Channel listings)
Dynamo: Hall, Sarkodie, Brunner, Taylor, Chabala; Driver, Creavalle, López, Johnson; Ching (C), Weaver
Subs: Marscheider, Moffat, Dixon, Arena, Ownby, Barnes, Boswell
W Connection: Figueroa, Ananias, Frederick, Jones, Viveros, Williams, Arcia, Benjamin, Santos, Williams, Delia
Subs: Archibald, Russell, Spann, Pacheco, Williams, Lozano, Britto
Tonight's Dynamo game is where Paul Caligiuri's goal sent the United States to its first World Cup in 40 years
Tonight the Dynamo open their CONCACAF Champions League group stage at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. It is the national stadium for Trinidad and Tobago and the sight of one of the most famous goals in American soccer history. In 1989, the United States national team was engulfed in the CONCACAF Championship, which was the final round of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup and the predecessor to today's "Hexagonal round" that the United States is currently leading ahead of next year's World Cup.
Back then, only 24 countries made the World Cup, so CONCACAF was allotted only two slots. The U.S. visited Hasely Crawford Stadium in November for what amounted to a play-in game for the 1990 World Cup. In front of 35,000 fans partial to the Soca Warriors, American midfielder/defender Paul Caligiuri scored the game's only goal for a 1-0 U.S. win. Caligiuri appeared in 110 games for the United States and scored five goals. The goal below secured the U.S.' first place in a World Cup since 1950. Since this goal, the United States has not missed a World Cup, appearing in the last six.
For more on the goal, take a look at this ESPN article from 2010, which called it, "The goal that changed U.S. soccer."
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Once tabbed to be the next big thing in English football, Barnes has revived his career here in Houston. Read about Barnes' early career, his decision to come to the U.S. and his impressions of MLS.
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! Listen in on ESPN 97.5 while you watch tonight's Dynamo match vs. W Connection. Glenn will talk everything soccer, including interviews with Dynamo players.
Tonight's episode airs from 7-9 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 FM or online at www.espn975.com.
The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.
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The Dynamo have arrived in Trinidad & Tobago ahead of their CONCACAF Champions League match against W Connection on Tuesday night (7 p.m. CT; Fox Sports 1). Check out the travel roster for the Caribbean trip, and let us know what you think the starting XI wil be Tuesday night!
Goalkeepers: Tally Hall, Erich Marscheider
Defenders: Anthony Arena, Bobby Boswell, Eric Brunner, Mike Chabala, Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor
Midfielders: Warren Creavalle, Alex Dixon, Andrew Driver, Boniek García, Alexander López, Adam Moffat, Brian Ownby
Forwards: Giles Barnes, Brian Ching, Jason Johnson, Cam Weaver