Nigel Brooks

Match Preview: Dynamo vs. Monterrey

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
McDonald's 4-packs

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 Conference.

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

3/15/07CCC SemisPachucaW 2-013,007Ching, C.Wondolowski
4/5/07CCC Semisat PachucaL 2-5 (ET)30,000Mullan, Ching
7/25/07SuperLigaClub América
W 1-018,112Jaqua
7/29/07SuperLigaMoreliaT 1-111,236Ngwenya
8/14/07SuperLiga SemisPachucaT 2-2 (ET) (3-4 PKs)21,712De Rosario, Robinson
7/12/08SuperLigaAtlanteW 4-013,105De Rosario, Holden 2, Mullan
7/15/08SuperLigaChivas GuadalajaraL 0-128,723 
7/29/08SuperLiga SemisPachucaW 2-016,679Boswell, Ashe
9/30/08CCL Group Bat PumasT 4-49,179Waibel 2, Kamara 2
10/22/08CCL Group BPumasL 1-38,741own goal
2/24/09CCL QuartersAtlanteT 1-110,203Boswell
3/3/09CCL Quartersat AtlanteL 0-310,000 
9/16/09CCL Group Aat PachucaL 0-218,000 
9/30/09CCL Group APachucaL 0-110,130 
10/11/09Charities CupMonterreyW 2-110,456Cameron, Oduro
7/15/10SuperLigaPachucaW 2-110,400Ngwenya 2
7/21/10SuperLigaPueblaW 1-010,033Oduro
8/5/10SuperLiga SemisMoreliaL 0-17,641 

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