CCL Preview: Dynamo look to control Group 3 vs. FAS
HOUSTON DYNAMO VS. CD FAS
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
CONCACAF Champions League, Group 3
Sept. 20, 2012
8 pm ET (Fox Soccer)
The Houston Dynamo continue their 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League campaign on Thursday at BBVA Compass Stadium with the return leg against CD FAS. The Dynamo defeated FAS 3-1 in the first meeting between the two clubs on August 22. Brian Ching, Cam Weaver and Je-Vaughn Watson provided the goals for Houston in San Salvador. The Dynamo are currently tied with CD Olimpia for first place in Group 3, but would move into sole possession of first with a win or a draw, Thursday night. FAS are currently in last place, having lost their first two matches to Houston and Olimpia.
Francisco Chacon (MEX). AR1 (bench): Juan Joel Rangel; AR2 (opposite): Salvador Rodríguez; 4th: Miguel Flores.
INJURY REPORT (As of Tuesday, September 18)
HOUSTON DYNAMO -- OUT: DF Corey Ashe (L hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: DF Jermaine Taylor (L quad contusion)
HOUSTON DYNAMO: Nathan Sturgis
WATCH: Weaver, Carr "know what to expect"
- The Dynamo are 1-0-0 all-time vs FAS
- The Dynamo are 4-1-1 all-time vs. clubs from El Salvador
- FAS are 0-1-0 all-time against a team from the United States
LAST MEETING (CCL)
- 8/22: HOU 3, FAS 1 (HOU - 12' Ching, 19' Weaver, 60' Watson ; FAS - 64' Aguila)
- The Dynamo took an early lead off a header from Brian Ching in the 12th minute. Cam Weaver doubled Houston's lead when he out-jumped a defender to head home a cross from Kofi Sarkodie. Je-Vaughn Watson sealed the game with a header off a Nathan Sturgis corner kick in the 60th minute. Jonathan Aguila pulled one back for Aguila in the 64th minute.
- HOUSTON DYNAMO: Tyler Deric; Kofi Sarkodie, Bobby Boswell, Nate Sturgis, Warren Creavalle (Brian Ownby 70); Je-Vaughn Watson, Adam Moffat, Luiz Camargo (Brad Davis 81), Colin Clark (Josue Soto 86); Brian Ching, Cam Weaver
- FAS: Luis Contreras; Jose Granadino, Carlos Carrillo, Alexander Mendoza, Juan Carlos Moscoso; Emerson Reis (Edwin Sanchez 75), Alexander Larin, Cristiam Alvarez (Williams Reyes 85), Elder Figueroa; Ricardo Ulloa, Alejandro de la Cruz (Jonathan Aguila 64)
LAST MATCH (MLS / SALVADORAN FIRST DIVISION)
- The Dynamo are coming off a 1-1 draw at Livestrong Sporting Park against Sporting Kansas City on September 14.
- Brad Davis put the Dynamo ahead in the 58th minute off a feed from Boniek Garcia.
- C.J. Sapong equalized for the home side in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
- Goalkeeper Tally Hall tied a season high with seven saves including a Save of the Week candidate in the first half off a Sapong header.
- Lineup: Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie, Bobby Boswell, Jermaine Taylor, Corey Ashe (Andre Hainault 74); Luiz Camargo, Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis; Macoumba Kandji (Giles Barnes 81), Will Bruin (Brian Ching 88)
- FAS drew Santa Tecla 2-2 on September 15 at Estadio Las Delicias in Santa Tecla
- Santa Tecla took an early lead in the 11th minute before FAS stormed back in the second half behind goals from William Reyes and Ramón Flores.
- Sntamaria equalized for the home side in the 84th minute
- Lineup: Contreras, González, Flores (Valle 82), Moscoso (Águila 43), Larín, Granadino, Mendoza, Morán, Álvarez (Figueroa 75), Reyes, Reis.