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Houston Dynamo FC Face Club Santos Laguna in Leagues Cup Group Play

July 24, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Houston Dynamo FC News Release

HOUSTON - Houston Dynamo FC play their second of two group stage Leagues Cup matches on Tuesday, July 25 when they face Liga MX side Club Santos Laguna at Shell Energy Stadium.

WHO: Houston Dynamo FC vs. Club Santos Laguna

WHEN: Tuesday, July 25 - 7:30 p.m. CT

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English: Tyler Terens and Devon Kerr

Spanish: Sergio Ruiz and Miguel Gallardo

RADIO: ENGLISH: ESPN 97.5 FM (Glenn Davis and Bobby Boswell)

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Houston Dynamo FC returns to international competition for the first time since 2019 when they hosted Club America in the quarterfinals of the Leagues Cup. This will mark Houston's fourth matchup versus Santos.

The revamped format of Leagues Cup features 47 clubs that currently compete in Major League Soccer and Liga MX. Both leagues have paused their regular season to compete in the World Cup-style tournament. After Houston hosts Club Santos Laguna on Tuesday, the group will be decided on July 29 when Santos face Orlando in Florida.

The Dynamo, who currently sit in an MLS playoff position, earned one point in their opening Leagues Cup group stage match at Orlando City SC on Friday night. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in regulation, while Orlando won the ensuing penalty shootout 5-4 to earn an extra point. Forward Amine Bassi converted a penalty kick in the final minutes of the first half to open scoring, while Duncan McGuire tied the match for Orlando in the open minutes of the second half.

The penalty shootout started with a miss from Dynamo midfielder Héctor Herrera, whose attempt was saved by a diving Pedro Gallese to the left side. Every player from both teams converted on the ensuing attempts, as Facundo Torres scored the winning penalty with a strong shot into the inside of the right-side netting.

Three matches into the Liga MX season, Santos currently sits in 10th place with four points and a 1-1-1 record (WLD). The club started the season with a 2-0 home loss to Querétaro, before defeating Puebla 3-2 on the road and playing to a scoreless draw with Atlas at home. Santos qualified for postseason play in both the Apertura 2022 and the Clausura 2023.

Here are three key points ahead of Wednesday's match:

HOUSTON DYNAMO VERSUS SANTOS LAGUNA: Houston has faced Santos three times in its history - twice in the CONCACAF Champions League and once in a Charities Cup match. The two sides faced off in the CCL quarterfinals in 2013, resulting in a 3-1 aggregate win for Santos. Houston hosted the first match, winning 1-0 thanks to a goal from midfielder Brad Davis that extended the club's home unbeaten streak in all competitions to 32 games. Santos hosted Houston a week later in Torreon, Mexico, resulting in a 3-0 victory to the home side. Houston fared much better in the 2015 Dynamo Charities Cup, earning a 4-0 victory versus the Liga MX side.

RECENT ROAD POINTS: Houston enters Tuesday's match having earned a point in back-to-back away matches. Earlier this month, the team posted its 11th clean sheet this year in a scoreless draw at the Colorado Rapids to end the first portion of the MLS season with the Dynamo in a playoff position. Houston then earned a point in the opening Leagues Cup match at Orlando City SC with a 1-1 draw. Despite some struggles on the road to start the year and a 3-8-4 (WLD) record in all competitions, Houston boasts a 9-2-2 record at Shell Energy Stadium this year and will look to continue that good form versus Santos to advance to the knockout stage of Leagues Cup play.

PENALTY KICK PROWESS: Forward Amine Bassi added to his team-leading goal total versus Orlando City SC on Friday, netting his 10th goal of the season in all competitions. Six of those goals have come from the penalty spot from which he boasts a 100 percent conversion rate this season. The 25-year-old will look to add to his goals total in front of a home crowd at Shell Energy Stadium on Tuesday.

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