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Houston Dynamo FC Fall to Late Goal at St. Louis CITY SC

February 20, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
Houston Dynamo FC News Release

ST. LOUIS - Houston Dynamo FC fell 2-1 on the road to St. Louis CITY SC at CITYPARK tonight in the in the first leg of the Round One matchup of the Concacaf Champions Cup.

Houston and St. Louis will meet again for the second leg at Shell Energy Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 27, with kickoff scheduled for 9:30 p.m. CT. The Dynamo returned to the regional competition for the first time since 2019 after winning the 2023 U.S. Open Cup.

St. Louis defender Tim Parker scored the opening goal in the 61st minute off a free kick from Indiana Vassilev. The midfielder found Parker at the far post and his header found the bottom corner of the near post.

Houston equalized in the 72nd minute after forward Aliyu Ibrahim won the ball outside the box. Ibrahim found midfielder Sebastian Kowalczyk at the far post for the equalizer and his first goal for the Dynamo.

St. Louis took the lead in the 91st minute after Hosei Kijima won the ball in the penalty box and tucked the ball into the bottom right corner.

Houston had a dangerous chance within the first couple of minutes, as defender Griffin Dorsey found himself in space up the right side and delivered a ball to the head of fellow defender Micael. The Brazilian's attempt went just over crossbar.

Defender Erik Sviatchenko tallied the first shot on goal of the evening for the Dynamo in the 14th minute with a half-volley attempt that was handled by the St. Louis shot stopper.

The Dynamo nearly capitalized on a turnover at the top of the box in the 18th minute after Adalberto "Coco" Carrasquilla intercepted a pass and forced the backline to clear his shot attempt at the near post.

A similar play occurred on the other end of the field with João Klauss intercepting the ball at the edge of the box, but his shot was off target and missed the inside of the far post.

The Dynamo were forced to make a substitution in the 25th minute after forward Sebas Ferreira went down with a lower body injury and was replaced by defender Brad Smith.

Houston nearly took the lead in the 26th minute after Carrasquilla played a ball over the top of the St. Louis backline for Ibrahim, who found the back of the net. The goal was reviewed by the video assistant referee Guillermo Pacheco and ruled offside.

Dynamo goalkeeper Steve Clark beat Samuel Adreniran to a cross in the 55th minute, the first threat of the second half for the local team. The Dynamo shot stopper was called into action four minutes later to deny Adreniran at the far post for the first of three saves in a matter of minutes. Shortly after St. Louis' opening goal, Clark stepped up with another diving stop, sending Tomas Totland's shot behind the goal.

The Dynamo return to Shell Energy Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 24 to host Sporting Kansas City in the regular season home opener, powered by Shell Energy. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CT.


St. Louis CITY SC 2-1 Houston Dynamo FC

Concacaf Champions Cup - Round One, Leg One

CITYPARK - St. Louis, Missouri



St. Louis CITY SC 0 2 2

Houston Dynamo FC 0 1 1

STL: Tim Parker 1 (Indiana Vassilev 1) 61'

HOU: Sebastian Kowalczyk 1 (Aliyu Ibrahim 1) 72'

STL: Hosei Kijima 1 (unassisted) 90+1'


St. Louis CITY SC: Roman Burki; Tomas Ostrak (Celio Pompeu 74'), Chris Durkin (Eduard Lowen 75'), Joao Klauss, Anthony Markanich; Tomas Totland, Josh Yaro, Samuel Adeniran; Indiana Vassilev (Njabulo Blom 62'), Aziel Jackson (Hosei Kijima 86'), Tim Parker

Unused substitutes: Christian Olivares, Benjamin Lundt, Jake Nerwinksi, Joakim Nilsson, Akil Watts, Kyle Hiebert, Noekkvi Thorisson, Nikolas Dyhr

Total shots: 14 (Samuel Adeniran 4); Shots on goal: 5 (five players tied with 1); Fouls: 9 (Eduard Lowen and Samuel Adeniran tied with 2); Offside: 1 (Tim Parker); Corner kicks: 6; Saves: 1 (Roman Burki)

Houston Dynamo FC: Steve Clark; Tate Schmitt, Micael, Erik Sviatchenko, Griffin Dorsey; Artur, Adalberto Carrasquilla (Ján Greguš 84'), Brooklyn Raines; Sebastian Kowalczyk (Daniel Steres 84'), Sebas Ferreira (Brad Smith 25'), Aliyu Ibrahim (Gabe Segal 75')

Unused substitutes: Xavier Valdez, Stephen Annor, Kieran Sargeant, Femi Awodesu, Diego Gonzalez

Total shots: 6 (Micael 3); Shots on goal: 2 (Sebastian Kowalczyk and Erik Sviatchenko tied with 1); Fouls: 12 (Griffin Dorsey 4); Offside: 2 (Adalberto Carrasquilla and Aliyu Ibrahim tied with 1); Corner kicks: 3; Saves: 3 (Steve Clark)


HOU: Steve Clark (caution; time wasting 21')

HOU: Griffin Dorsey (caution; foul 89')


Referee: ADONAI ESCOBEDO (Mexico)

Assistant: CHRISTIAN ESPINOSA (Mexico)

Assistant: MICHEL ESPINOZA (Mexico)

Fourth Official: DANIEL QUINTERO (Mexico)


Weather: 51 degrees, clear skies

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