CCL preview: Houston need a point against visiting Olimpia
Houston Dynamo vs. CD Olimpia
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
CONCACAF Champions League, Group 3
October 23, 2012
8 pm ET / 7 pm CT, FOX Soccer
The Houston Dynamo can advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League with a win or a draw against C.D. Olimpia of Honduras on Tuesday at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo (2-0-1) are in a favorable position in Group 3 after securing seven points from the first three group games. With a win or a draw tonight, the Dynamo will advance to the tournament quarterfinals, set for March 2013.
Houston Dynamo Injury Report:
- PROBABLE: MF Brad Davis (L calf strain)
Dynamo vs. Olimpia - Previous meeting:
The Dynamo and C.D. Olimpia played to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 30 in Honduras. Adam Moffat headed a second-half equalizer from a Nate Sturgis cross and Houston hung on for the road point despite playing down a man after Sturgis was issued a red card.
Olimpia seized an early lead in the seventh minute when Douglas Caetano produced a goal from a diving header off a corner kick from Irvin Reyna for a 1-0 advantage. Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric kept the visitors in the match with several key saves.
In the 24th minute, he stopped a low shot from Sebastian Rosano, who broke free in the box and ripped a shot from 15 yards. Four minutes later, Deric produced another vital stop, deflecting an Olimpia shot towards the far post, where Moffat cleared it off the line. Five minutes before the Dynamo equalizer, Deric came up big again, stopping a low, driven shot from the center of the area to keep his team within a goal.
- Dynamo complete fourth unbeaten home season in MLS history: The Dynamo went 11-0-6 (W-L-T) in regular season home games in 2012, becoming just the fourth team in Major League Soccer history (est. 1996) to complete a season without a regular season home loss. Dominic Kinn• Dynamo clinch playoff spot with 3-1 win over Union: The Dynamo clinched a berth in the 2012 MLS Cup playoffs with a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Macoumba Kandji, Boniek Garcia and Brad Davis each scored for the Dynamo to ensure the Dynamo reach the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons in Houston. The win in the regular season home finale, in front of the ninth sellout crowd of the season, completed an undefeated home schedule for the Dynamo (see page 3 for more details). Houston went 11-0-6 at BBVA Compass Stadium to become the fourth team in Major League Soccer history to complete a home schedule without defeat. The victory also extended the club’s home unbeaten streak to 25 regular season games.
- Ching equals Holden for international goals mark: Brian Ching’s opening goal in Houston’s 3-1 win at C.D. FAS on Aug. 22 was his sixth Dynamo goal in international competition. Ching is now tied with Stuart Holden atop the franchise list
- Bruin nearing Ching’s season goals mark: Will Bruin scored his 12th goal of the season on Oct. 6 vs. Montreal. With his next goal, Bruin will tie Brian Ching, who set a franchise record with 13 goals in 2008. Bruin is one of only three players in team history to reach 10 goals, joining Ching (13 in 2008, 11 in 2006) and Dwayne De Rosario (11 in 2006).
- Second Half Savants: The Dynamo are 7-3-8 in games in which they were tied at halftime and 7-0-2 when leading at the interval. Houston is 14-3-10 when tied or leading at the break.
- Davis extends career-high for goals: Midfielder Brad Davis extended his career-high for goals in a season with his eight goal of the campaign on Saturday vs. Philadelphia. Davis’ previous high for goals was six, set with Dallas in 2003.
- First CCL road win in Dynamo history: The 3-1 win at FAS on Aug. 22 was the first Dynamo road win in Central America in team history. It was Houston’s first road win in international competition since a 3-1 win over D.C. United on July 19, 2008 in the SuperLiga.