Houston, Monterrey to meet Sept. 4

Rivalry originally hit fever pitch in first Dynamo Charities Cup

The Houston Dynamo will have one fewer off date than originally
thought. The Dynamo announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club will
host Mexican Primera División club CF Monterrey on Sept. 4 at Robertson
Stadium.

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The match will be Houston’s second friendly of the season — the Dynamo
dropped the Dynamo Charities Cup to Bolton Wanderers on July 20 in a 2-0
defeat. It will also be a rematch of the inaugural Dynamo Charities Cup
match that Houston won 2-1 over los Rayados in 2009.

“It’s an off weekend for us in MLS play and an international fixture
date, and this is a game that we feel will be received well by our fans
and by Mexican fans as well,” said Chris Canetti, Dynamo president of
business operations.

Monterrey have won two of the last four Mexican first-division titles
and will provide the Dynamo with a stiff test. The Rayados are the
reigning CONCACAF Champions League winners, defeating Real Salt Lake 3-2
on aggregate to earn a spot in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup in
December. Monterrey are led by forwards Humberto Suazo of Chile and Gold Cup standout Aldo de Nigris of Mexico.

The teams’ match in 2009 was competitive and is remembered for the
game’s physical nature. Nine cautions in total were handed out, and four
players — Houston’s Eddie Robinson and Monterrey’s Felipe Baloy, Luis
Pérez, and Omar Ortiz — were ejected for a scuffle that ensued after a
Robinson foul. In addition to the misconduct, 2011 All-Star Corey Ashe
suffered an injury in the match.

The competitive nature of the contest is just one example in a line of
tough and exciting friendlies the Dynamo have played against Mexican
top-flight clubs. Against Monterrey, the Dynamo will look to improve on
their 7-7-4 record against teams from south of the border.

“We always enjoy playing against teams from Mexico,” Dynamo head coach
Dominic Kinnear said in a team release. “Monterrey is one of the more
celebrated teams in Mexico, especially over the last couple of years,
and they have great players and a great following here in Houston. We played them two years ago in the Charities Cup and had a great
game, and we’re looking forward to another one in September.”

Darrell Lovell covers the Houston Dynamo for MLSsoccer.com. Follow him on twitter at @Dynamoexaminer.