How are championship teams built? Discovery en Español presents a unique look into the world of Major League Soccer, the top professional soccer league in the United States and Canada, focusing on the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo won MLS Cup in the club’s first two seasons (2006 and 2007) – but have qualified for the postseason just once in the past four years. Now, with a results-driven coach and serious talent in place, the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champions are ready to make a charge for this year’s MLS Cup. Premiering Tuesday, June 4 at 7 PM ET/PT on Discovery en Español, ACCESO EXCLUSIVO is the first all-access series produced in Spanish about an MLS club, giving audiences unrestricted access inside the locker room – and into players’ homes – to witness the journey from simply a group of talented individuals, into a Cup-worthy team.
Throughout the 6-episode season, ACCESO EXCLUSIVO will spotlight the players showcasing not only their athletic skills, but also their will to make it big in America. With insight into how they and their families adapt to life in the U.S., the new series shares their stories and struggles, both on and off the field – including Mauro Manotas, a 23-year-old Colombian striker whose goal scoring prowess has generated interest from clubs around the world, and forward Ronaldo Peña, a Venezuelan father-to-be whose firstborn child will be an American citizen.
Other characters highlighted throughout the series include head coach Wílmer Cabrera, a retired two-time World Cup defender for Colombia, whose ability to manage a diverse locker room and produce results has earned him the respect of his players. Memo Rodriguez, the 23-year-old Houston native who has battled his way from the developmental academy to the first team, now struggles to earn his coach’s trust as more than a part-time player. Meanwhile, Argentine midfielder Tomás Martínez, signed by Cabrera to be the team’s “No. 10,” adapts to life in a new country as his coach pushes him to strive for a higher level on the field.
Leading the Dynamo on the pitch is American soccer legend DaMarcus Beasley, a veteran of top leagues in England, Germany, the Netherlands and Mexico. The only American to play in four World Cups, and fluent in English and Spanish, Beasley commands the respect of everyone at the club. As his 20-year career nears its conclusion, can he lead his team to a trophy one more time?
Viewers will also meet a local journalist who covers the Dynamo and knows the team inside out; the medical team-behind-the-team that helps ensure the players are in tip-top shape, physically, mentally and emotionally; and El Batallón, the Latino fan group that cheers on the team no matter where they may go.
In addition, exclusive content for ACCESO EXCLUSIVO will be available on Discovery en Español’s social media platforms, as well as the Discovery en Español GO app: Android: http://bit.ly/2w6Spod iOS: http://apple.co/2fiMNE3, Roku: https://bit.ly/2Js7LxZ and Fire TV: https://amzn.to/2JoGT1P. For more information, please follow the series on Facebook at facebook.com/discoveryenespanol and Instagram @discoveryenespanol.
ACCESO EXCLUSIVO is a Discovery en Español production headed by Michela Giorelli, Rafael Rodríguez, and Jimmy Herrera. It was produced by Nippur Media under the executive production of Gerardo Brandy and Martín Solmesky.