Preview: Dynamo, Pachuca renew old rivalry

New faces added to North America's best international rivalry

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Thomas B. Shea / Houston Dynamo

Who: Houston Dynamo vs. Pachuca

What: SuperLiga 2010, Group A, Match 1

When: Thursday, July 15, 7 pm CT

Where: Robertson Stadium, Houston

Broadcast Info:
Telefutura (Spanish)
MLSsoccer.com & Superliga2010.com (English)
SportsTalk 790 (English)
La Ranchera 850 (Spanish)

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The best international rivalry in North American club soccer renews itself for a
fourth year when the Houston Dynamo host Pachuca Thursday night. Houston is 2-3-1
all-time against Pachuca and has finished behind the Tuzos in three of four
tournaments, including last year's CONCACAF Champions
League.

Both teams have had their successes in SuperLiga. Pachuca defeated
Houston in the semifinals of the inaugural edition of Superliga in
penalties before eventually winning the tournament. Houston returned
the favor in 2008, defeating Pachuca in the semifinals on penalty kicks
before falling to New England on penalties in the final.

Houston Dynamo

Houston enters SuperLiga 2010 with giant question marks. The team is
winless in league play since May 22 but earned ties in each of its last three league matches and has shown signs of turner the corner. A
setback in form during SuperLiga, however, may undo some of that
progress.

“We are at home for three games in a group setup, we should
advance,” Dynamo defender Craig Waibel said. “There is no excuse not to
advance, regardless of who is in our group.”

SuperLiga 2010 will provide the team its first opportunity to
incorporate its newest acquisition, Ghanaian midfielder Anthony Obodai, into
the team. The defensive midfielder played in two exhibitions for
Houston while he was on trial, but the step up in competition here will
go a long way in determining how much of an influence the former RKC
Waalwijk player will have on Houston during the remainder of the 2010
season.

“We’ve played well in this tournament, and we and the fans enjoy the
international competition it brings to Robertson Stadium,” coach
Dominic Kinnear said. “The guys were happy we drew Pachuca just because
we enjoy playing against them and enjoy the way they play.”

Pachuca

Pachuca enter Superliga 2010 with growing American influence - and
popularity. The team recently added U.S. World Cup forward Herculez Gomez
and Dallas-born Marco Vidal to go along with fellow American Jose Francisco Torres.
Longview native Torres has slowly grown over the years with Pachuca from part-time
contributor to regular starter, and MLS fans have had the opportunity
to watch his development in the club's frequent matchups against
domestic sides.

Last year, Gomez made the decision to leave MLS and ply his trade
south of the border. The move turned out to be a perfect one for Gomez,
as he caught fire for Puebla and became the first American to win a
share of the Mexican league’s scoring title. In SuperLiga, however,
Gomez will be looking to establish himself with his new team.

The Tuzos also recently added Vidal, clearly establishing Pachuca as
the the go-to franchise in Mexico for American players. SuperLiga
provides the Tuzos the opportunity to incporporate some of their new
faces into the team prior to starting their upcoming season.