March 1, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Houston Dynamo
HOUSTON, TX (Friday, March 1, 2013) - The Houston Dynamo open their eighth season in the Bayou City tomorrow vs. D.C. United in the 2013 season opener, presented by Conn's, at BBVA Compass Stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. CT and tickets are still available at www.HoustonDynamo.com or at the stadium box office (2200 Texas St., Houston) from noon through kickoff on Saturday.
Saturday's match will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network. The game can be heard on 1560 AM, ESPN 97.5 FM and La Ranchera 850 AM (Spanish).
The Dynamo enter the season with a 25-game regular season home unbeaten streak (30-games in all competitions), the second-longest streak in league history. The Dynamo have not lost a home game in more than 20 months, with their last home defeat a 2-0 loss to Columbus on June 18, 2011.
Tomorrow's game is a rematch of the Eastern Conference Championship last November, when the Dynamo earned a 4-2 series win to advance to MLS Cup. Saturday's opening day arrives exactly 90 days after the 2012 MLS Cup final, and March 2 is easily the earliest start date in league history. Pregame ceremonies to celebrate the opening of the season will include the unveiling of four conference championship banners inside BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Eastern Conference rivals will meet for the sixth time since last April. The clubs met five times in 2012 (three games in the regular season and two in the playoffs). This is also the fourth meeting in Houston since last May, with the Dynamo winning all three encounters at BBVA Compass Stadium in 2012.
Houston is 9-4-2 all-time in regular season meetings with D.C. United and holds a 7-0-1 mark in home games, outscoring United 17-4.
Dynamo forward Will Bruin has recorded seven of his 21 career goals in only seven career games against D.C. United. Bruin began his run with a hat trick in April 2011 and added a two-goal performance at D.C. last April. He tallied his seventh goal against D.C. in the first leg of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship last November.