Dynamo will advance to tournament quarterfinals with win or draw against Honduran powerhouse
HOUSTON, TX (Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012) – The Houston Dynamo will host C.D. Olimpia of Honduras tonight at 7 p.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium in the final CONCACAF Champions League group stage game for both clubs. With a win or a draw, the Dynamo will advance to the tournament quarterfinals. Tickets are still available at www.HoustonDynamo.com, by calling (713) 276-GOAL or at the stadium box office (2200 Texas St., Houston).
Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and Univision Deportes Network (Spanish). It can be heard on SportsTalk 790 AM and La Ranchera 850 AM (Spanish).
The Dynamo (2-0-1; 7 points) and Olimpia (1-1-1; 4 points) played to a 1-1 draw in their previous group stage encounter, played on Aug. 30 in Honduras. Adam Moffat scored a second-half equalizer and the Dynamo hung on for the road point despite playing down a man after Nathan Sturgis was issued a red card. Olimpia had seized an early lead in the seventh minute when Douglas Caetano produced a goal from a diving header for a 1-0 advantage.
Olimpia is the former club of Dynamo midfielder Boniek Garcia. The Albos are one of the most successful clubs in Honduras, with 25 league titles and two CONCACAF Champions Cups. Olimpia celebrated its 100th anniversary in May and were ranked as the second-best club in Central and North America in the 1900s by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics.
A consistent Honduran powerhouse, Olimpia is one of only three clubs to qualify for all five CONCACAF Champions League tournaments since its reformatting in 2008. Defender Johnny Palacios, along with brothers Wilson and Jerry, became the first trio of brothers in history to be named to the same World Cup roster in 2010.
Los Leones also feature five of the 23 players on Honduras’ roster for the recent October World Cup qualifying matches. Goalkeepers Noel Valladares and Donis Escobar, defender Juan Carlos Garcia, midfielder Luis Garrido, and forward Roger Rojas were part of the squad that led Honduras to the final round of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Olimpia is off to a fast start – 8-1-5, 29 points – in the current Honduran League season, with a +18 goal differential (27 GF, 9 GA) through 14 games. Rojas leads the league with eight goals.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON DYNAMO
The Houston Dynamo are a Major League Soccer club that has won two MLS Cup championships and three conference championships in its first six seasons and qualified to represent the United States in international competition five times, including in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League. The team currently trains in the Methodist Champions’ Field at Houston Amateur Sports Park (HASP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas. The Houston Dynamo play at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston.
For more information, log on to www.HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500.