Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Monterrey

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The Basics
Houston Dynamo vs. Monterrey
Sunday, September 4, 8 p.m. CT
Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX

All-time series: Houston leads 1-0

Dynamo-Monterrey tickets
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6:30 p.m. Season ticket holders may enter AT&T Gate 1
7 p.m. All gates open
More Gameday Information

La Ranchera 850 - 7:30 p.m.
Multimedios Houston - 8:00 p.m.
KPRC 950 - 8:00 p.m.
San Jacinto Post-Game Call-In Show with Glenn Davis - KPRC 950, 10:15 p.m.

United Airlines Autograph Alley

The Houston Dynamo will continue their tradition of facing Mexican opposition when they host reigning CONCACAF Champions League winners Monterrey on Sunday night at Robertson Stadium. Houston has a winning all-time record against Mexican clubs at home and will be looking to regain momentum after a 1-0 loss at Vancouver last week. Monterrey is coming off of a 2-0 win over Santos Laguna last Saturday.

REFEREE: Jasen Anno

INTERNATIONAL CALL-UPS: HOU: Carlo Costly (Honduras; through Sept. 2), Andre Hainault (Canada; through Sept. 6), Jermaine Taylor (Jamaica; through Sept. 2), Je-Vaughn Watson (Jamaica; through Sept. 2) … Walter Ayoví (Ecuador; through Sept. 6), Dárvin Chávez (Mexico U-22; through Sept. 6), Aldo de Nigris (Mexico; through Sept. 4), Hiram Mier (Mexico U-22; through Sept. 6), Sergio Pérez (Mexico; through Sept. 4), Jesús Zavala (Mexico; through Sept. 4).

ALL-TIME (1 meeting): Dynamo 1 win, 2 goals … Monterrey 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0

  • The teams' first and only prior meeting was in the 2009 Dynamo Charities Cup, with the Dynamo taking a 2-1 win.
  • The 2009
    match between the clubs turned feisty, with five yellow cards and four red
    cards (two to players on the bench at the time) issued. Houston’s
    Geoff Cameron opened the scoring,
    but Jesús Zavala tied the match for Monterrey
    in the 82nd minute. The Dynamo responded with the winning strike from Dominic
    Oduro in the 85th minute to take the match.
  • Coaches record: Victor Manuel Vucetich v HOU: P1 W0 L1 D0 … Dominic Kinnear vs. MNT: P1 W1 L0 D0


  • Due to the
    proximity between Houston and Monterrey, youth clubs from the respective organizations
    have already played this year. On July 5, Monterrey
    beat the Dynamo 1-0 in a U-17 match. On July 10, the Dynamo Reserves returned
    the favor with a 3-1 win over the Monterrey U-20s.
  • Dynamo
    midfielder Josue Soto was raised in Monterrey from an early
    age and as a teenager was offered a contract with the club’s U-20 squad. Soto
    turned down the offer in order to attend Prepa Tec High School. He later joined the Dynamo Academy
    and played collegiate soccer in the U.S. before he was signed as a
    home-grown player in January 2011. [More on Soto's Monterrey connection]
  • Teams will be
    allowed 10 substitutions during the match, with no re-entry except in the case
    of a goalkeeper injury.

The Dynamo return to league play next weekend and will play
consecutive road games against the top two teams in the Eastern Conference, second-place
Sporting Kansas City (Sept. 10) and the first-place Columbus Crew (Sept. 14). Houston has not won on the
road this year but has earned five ties in six road games against the Eastern

All-time matches between Dynamo and Mexican opposition. Home team
listed first.

3/15/07 CCC Semis Pachuca W 2-0 13,007 Ching, C.Wondolowski
4/5/07 CCC Semis at Pachuca L 2-5 (ET) 30,000 Mullan, Ching
7/25/07 SuperLiga Club América W 1-0 18,112 Jaqua
7/29/07 SuperLiga Morelia T 1-1 11,236 Ngwenya
8/14/07 SuperLiga Semis Pachuca T 2-2 (ET) (3-4 PKs) 21,712 De Rosario, Robinson
7/12/08 SuperLiga Atlante W 4-0 13,105 De Rosario, Holden 2, Mullan
7/15/08 SuperLiga Chivas Guadalajara L 0-1 28,723  
7/29/08 SuperLiga Semis Pachuca W 2-0 16,679 Boswell, Ashe
9/30/08 CCL Group B at Pumas T 4-4 9,179 Waibel 2, Kamara 2
10/22/08 CCL Group B Pumas L 1-3 8,741 own goal
2/24/09 CCL Quarters Atlante T 1-1 10,203 Boswell
3/3/09 CCL Quarters at Atlante L 0-3 10,000  
9/16/09 CCL Group A at Pachuca L 0-2 18,000  
9/30/09 CCL Group A Pachuca L 0-1 10,130  
10/11/09 Charities Cup Monterrey W 2-1 10,456 Cameron, Oduro
7/15/10 SuperLiga Pachuca W 2-1 10,400 Ngwenya 2
7/21/10 SuperLiga Puebla W 1-0 10,033 Oduro
8/5/10 SuperLiga Semis Morelia L 0-1 7,641  

Houston record: P18 W7 L7 D4 … 25 GF, 26 GA
Houston home record: P14 W7 L4 D3 … 19 GF, 12 GA