Preview: Houston Dynamo vs. Árabe Unido

Dynamo look to take control of Group 1 in Champions League group stage

THE BASICS
Houston Dynamo vs. C.D. Árabe Unido
Tuesday, August 27, 7:00 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX

BROADCAST INFORMATION
FOX Sports 2 - 7:00 p.m. (Check local listings)
Univision Deportes 2 - 7:00 p.m. (Check local listings)

PREVIEW

The Houston Dynamo continue group play in the CONCACAF Champions League with an important home game against group leader Árabe Unido on Tuesday at BBVA Compass Stadium. After one of four group stage games, Árabe Unido currently leads Group 1 with 3 points after a 3-1 home win over W Connection. The Dynamo and W Connection are tied for second place in Group 1 with one point each after the clubs drew 0-0 last Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago.

REFEREES

Hugo Cruz. AR1 (bench): Warner Castro; AR2 (opposite): Javier Rojas; 4th: Ricardo Cerdas

INJURY REPORT, PRESENTED BY HOUSTON METHODIST (as of Thursday, August 22)

HOUSTON DYNAMO -- Omar Cummings – Left knee MCL sprain; Tyler Deric – Right thumb fracture; QUESTIONABLE: Calen Carr – Left knee; Ricardo Clark – Illness

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL-TIME (2 meetings): Dynamo 1 win, 6 goals … Árabe Unido 0 wins, 2 goals … Ties 1
  • AT HOUSTON (1 meeting): Dynamo 1 wins, 5 goals … Árabe Unido 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0
  • FUTURE MATCH: 10/4: Árabe Unido vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:00 p.m. CT
  • The teams are playing for the first time in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
  • The teams met during the 2009-10 edition of the tournament, with the Dynamo winning their home match and drawing the away fixture.

A LOOK AT THE OPPONENT: ÁRABE UNIDO

Full name: Club Deportivo Árabe Unido

City: Colón, Panama

Founded: 1994

Manager: Richard Parra (Colombia)

League: Liga Panameña de Fútbol

Titles: 10-time Panama League champion. Most recent: Apertura 2012.

Nicknames: Los árabes, Blue Express, La furia colonense

Current season: Third place. The Blue Express are 3-2-2 (11 points), three points back of first place Tauro F.C. After a slow start to the season, Árabe Unido has won its last three league games. Humberto Ward leads the club with two goals this season. 

Árabe Unido is making its third appearance in the Champions League, and first since the 2010-11 tournament. The club earned a 3-1 home win over W Connection in the opening game of this group stage. Humberto Ward scored twice and Jose Gonzalez added a third as the Panamanian club rolled to an opening win.

The Dynamo and Árabe Unido were in the same Champions League group in the 2009-10 tournament. Houston secured a 1-1 draw at Árabe Unido in August 2009 in a memorable game that included eight yellow cards, five red cards and two power outages. A month later, the Dynamo produced a 5-1 win over Los árabes, with two late goals from Stuart Holden.