Sunday, July 15, 2018

Busy week of July 15-21 coming at BBVA Compass Stadium

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Darla S Tamulitis, La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 15, 2018). The week of July 15-21 will be a busy time at Houston's BBVA Compass Stadium. Four events will be held on four consecutive days, beginning on July 18. On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo will host Sporting Kansas City in the quarterfinal round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. CDT. Kansas City is the defending U.S. Open champion, taking their fourth title last year (2017). Their previous titles were in 2002, 2012, and 2015. U.S. Open Cup  is the oldest ongoing national soccer competition in the U.S.

On Thursday, July 19, the AFFL U.S. Open of Football Ultimate Final will be held. The final game will pit Godspeed against Fighting Cancer, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. CDT. The 7-on-7 tournament promises high-scoring offensive fireworks with non-stop action.

Friday, July 20 will see Atletico Nacional and America de Cali play a friendly soccer match in the grand opening event off the Colombian Fest in Houston, with kickoff at 8 p.m. CDT.

The four days of events will conclude on Saturday July 21 with the Houston Dynamo hosting FC Dallas in the first of the three-game series of the Texas Derby, with an 8 p.m. CDT start.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Houston Dynamo secures three-goal shutout against Minnesota United FC

Photo by Darla S Tamulitis,
La Vita Loca Photography
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By Robert H Kelly
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HOUSTON, TEXAS (July 7, 2018) Two goals by Phillipe Senderos (shown left) , in the 36th and 52nd minute, gave lead for the Houston Dynamo to take a 3-0 win over Minnesota United FC on Saturday, July 7 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. The win was the 150th regular-season victory in Dynamo history and extended their home unbeaten streak to six consecutive league matches and eight in a row across all competitions.

On the eighth Houston shot of the contest, Senderos tallied his third goal of the season. The score was the third of his career for the Geneva, Switzerland native. He added his second goal seven minutes into the second half to give the Geneva, Switzerland native his first career brace in Major League Soccer. Sanderson became the second Dynamo defender to score two goals in a single game since Craig Waibel did so 13 years ago, on October 14, 2016, against Colorado.

Photo by Darla S Tamulitis,
La Vita Loca Photography
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Alberth Elis (No. 17, shown right) scored his ninth goal of the season, when he connected in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. It was then forward’s 20th goal in all competitions for the Dynamo this season. He is the ninth player in Dynamo history to score 19 or more goals.

In four previous matches against Minnesota, the Dynamo has come out on top once, a 2-1 win on September 20, 2017 at home. Their first two meetings ended in draws; a 2-2 decision on April 15, 2017 and a scoreless ending on July 19, 2017. The only loss for Houston came earlier this, on April 28, 2018, when Houston fell 2-1 at TCF Bank Stadium.

The win extended the Dynamo’s home unbeaten streak to consecutive MLS matches, in addition to eight in a row across all competitive matches. It also improved their record to 7-6-4 on the season and their 2018 home record to 6-2-1.