Tickets for the 2011 Dynamo Charities Cup, which pits the Houston Dynamo against English Premier League club Bolton Wanderers, went on sale today at 1 p.m. on HoustonDynamo.com and Ticketmaster.com. The third annual charity match, dubbed as the TransAtlantic Challenge this time around, marks the Dynamo’s first-ever game against European opposition. The contest will take place on Wednesday, July 20, at Robertson Stadium.
Bolton Wanderers were founded in 1874 and were founding members of the Football League in 1888. Last season, the club reached the semifinals of the prestigious FA Cup in England, a tournament they have won four times in their history. The 2010-11 season marked the 10th consecutive year Bolton have competed in the English Premier League. The Dynamo and Wanderers are connected by Houston resident Stuart Holden, who played for the Dynamo from 2006-09 before joining Bolton early in 2010.
“We’re really excited to host an English Premier League club for the first time and continue to grow the tradition of the Dynamo Charities Cup,” Dynamo president Chris Canetti said. “Our fans share in this excitement, and we expect these tickets to be in high demand.”
The Dynamo Charities Cup is an annual friendly match pitting the Dynamo against an international opponent, with a portion of the match’s proceeds donated to charity. In 2009, Houston beat Mexican club Monterrey 2-1, with proceeds benefitting Dynamo Charities. Last year, the Dynamo beat Aguila from El Salvador 4-0, with proceeds benefitting victims of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Currently tied for third place in the Eastern Conference, the Dynamo will host conference rival Columbus this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Robertson Stadium. Tickets are available by calling (713) 276-GOAL or logging on to HoustonDynamo.com.
The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships in its first five seasons and represented the United States in international competition four consecutive years from 2007-10. For more information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.