Carolina Challenge Cup Update – Houston Dynamo
- Three Dynamo players called into USMNT camp
- Houston Dynamo to open MLS campaign versus DC United
Charleston, SC – With just over one month until the Carolina Challenge Cup kicks off the Houston Dynamo have begun preparations for the upcoming Major League Soccer season. Three Dynamo players were called in the USMNT camp this week and Houston also learned who it will face on the opening day of the MLS season.
The Houston Dynamo have a strong tradition of putting players in the US national team picture and another strong run to MLS Cup in 2012 sees a new group primed to carry on that tradition as midfielder Brad Davis, forward Will Bruin and goalkeeper Tally Hall were all called into this weeks USMNT camp.
Based on their performances, the call-ups should come as no surprise, as all three set career marks in 2012. Bruin and Davis established career highs in goals and Hall set the franchise record for shutouts as the Dynamo advanced to MLS Cup, where they fell to the LA Galaxy.
Now a little over a month after their MLS Cup disappointment, the trio will venture back to California for a national team camp that will culminate with a match against Canada in Houston on January 29.
Houston open league schedule March 2 vs D.C. United
Major League Soccer announced the 2013 league schedule on Wednesday, including the Houston Dynamo’s 34-game slate for its eighth season in Houston. The Dynamo will play 17 regular season home games in addition to at least three CONCACAF Champions League matches.
The 2012 Eastern Conference champions open their season on Saturday, March 2 with a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship against D.C. United at 7 p.m. at BBVA Compass Stadium. The match will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network.
The Dynamo carry a 25-game regular season home unbeaten streak (30 games in all competitions) into 2013, the second-longest streak in league history.
For more news about the Houston Dynamo please visit www.houstondynamo.com.
Carolina Challenge Cup tickets
The Carolina Challenge Cup is the premier pre-season tournament in the US. Each year for the past decade the Battery has been joined by three teams from Major League Soccer for the round-robin competition. For more information or to purchase tickets please call (843) 971-GOAL (4625) or visit www.charlestonbattery.com.
2013 Carolina Challenge Cup tournament schedule
Saturday, February 16
Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo, 5 PM
Charleston Battery vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 7:15 PM
Wednesday, February 20
Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 5 PM
Charleston Battery vs. Chicago Fire, 7:15 PM
Saturday, Feb 23
Chicago Fire vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 5 PM
Charleston Battery vs. Houston Dynamo, 7:15 PM