WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 28: Robbie Russell #3 of D.C. United battles with Will Bruin #12 of the Houston Dynamo at RFK Stadium on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Houston Dynamo Vs. D.C. United: Dynamo Open BBVA Compass Stadium With A Win

Your Houston Dynamo open up their new stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, today against DC United.

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Houston Dynamo 2012: Time To Protect The Home Field

The Houston Dynamo is done with the emotional high of opening their brand new stadium. Aside from that part of the story, the Dynamo is looking to gain points over a struggling and underachieving Portland Timbers squad.

Portland particularly struggles on the road and the team is desperate for some points coming into BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday. The Timbers have only managed to score one goal in their last four games and none in the last three.

Also, as noted at the Dynamo Theory, it should be warm and muggy for a Portland team that enjoys playing in cooler climates.

Here is some analysis from the Theory:

Kinnear has been tinkering with the lineup a great deal over the past week in an attempt to keep his players as fresh a possible, so it's a bit difficult to predict exactly what we'll see tomorrow night. I'm guessing we'll see Corey Ashe return since he was not used on Saturday, Calen Carr will probably be on the bench after starting two matches in a row. Colin Clark should take his place after subbing in against DC and looking very good. Luiz Camargo also saw limited minutes so I expect him to start.

Brian Ching expended a ton of energy on Saturday so it wouldn't surprise me to see Macoumba Kandji start alongside Will Bruin up front.

It comes down to riding an emotional wave versus a rested team, if the Dynamo can dig down and find the energy, this is a winnable match for them.

Read more about the Houston Dynamo at SB Nation Houston and The Dynamo Theory.


Houston Dynamo Looking For Sellouts At BBVA Compass Stadium

The experience at the brand new BBVA Compass Stadium is what Houston Dynamo brass is focusing on to make sure their stat-of-the-art facility produces frequent sellouts. With more than 12,000 season-ticket holders in a 22,000-seat stadium, the Dynamo are looking to grow their fan base and sell out every match this season.

Los Angeles business man and part owner of the Dynamo Gabriel Brener said this about the stadium:

"I don't know all of the stadiums in MLS, but if this isn't the best, it's among the top three."

Not only does it seem like one of the best, but one fan who commented on this Houston Chronicle article, going by the name JoeK, says he just became a new season ticket holder because he enjoyed the experience so much.

"I'm a new season ticket holder and I'm so glad I signed up! The experience was awesome. The organization and SPEEDINESS of the concessions, "un-rude" ushers helping you around the stadium (which the Astros and Texans should learn something about) just the overall atmosphere was exciting. I know it's brand new and there's that love like a new toy but I really think they're going to be committed to keeping it that way. The tailigating reminded me of a smaller version of a Texan's game but more family oriented, the crowd base is a younger crowd and extremly diverse. We heard Russian being spoken behind us, Chinese beside and Brits on the other. Even if you're not a soccer fan, and you want to get out and do something different that also doesnt cost you an arm & leg, go check out aa Dynamo game, bet you'll go again."

Read more about Dynamo at SB Nation Houston and Dynamo Theory.


Full Time: Dynamo Open BBVA Compass Stadium In Style, Beat DC United 1-0

Dynamo win!

It wasn’t the prettiest game, but all that counts is the final score of 1-0 with the Dynamo coming out on top. Brad Davis’ strike in the 67th minute was difference between the two side, but Dynamo fans are just happy to finally have a place of their own to call home.

More commentary coming after player interviews and coach’s press conference.


67' - Brad Davis Strike Breaks The Deadlock

Brad Davis struck the Dynamo into the lead with a shot from distance in the 67th minute to give the Houston Dynamo the lead over DC United. Davis collected the ball about 30 yards from goal, drove in on his left foot and struck a wonderful shot that Bill Hamid got his hands to but found the back of the net.

That’s the goal that should wake Houston’s crowd up a bit.


Half Time: Dynamo and DC All Even At 0-0

It’s been a bit of a tepid affair here in Houston for the opener of BBVA Compass Stsdium. The Dynamo have had the better of the chances but neither team has found the back of the net.

The Dynamo have looked most dangerous from corner kicks, nearly scoring the game’s opening goal towards the end half. DC United nearly broke multiple times on counter attacks, but the Dynamo defense has been fairly tight and Tally Hall has had a quiet afternoon.

Expect a bit more of the same in the second half, but Houston could capitalize on the injury of Perry Kitchen, who left the game with a knee injury.

For more updates check here, Dynamo Theory, and @FCShambles on twitter.


DC United Starting Line-Up

Here’s DC United’s starting XI for today’s game against the Houston Dynamo.

F: Maicon Santos
F: Chris Pontius
M: Andy Najar
M: Perry Kitchen
M: Dwayne De Rosario ©
M: Danny Cruz
D: Chris Korb
D: Daniel Woolsrd
D: Brandon McDonald
D: Robbie Russel
GK: Bill Hamid

Subs: Joe Willis, Lewis Neal, Branko Boskovic, Stephen King, Hamdi Salihi, Ethan White, Josh Wolff


Game Stream: Houston Dynamo Open BBVA Compass Stadium Against DC United

Your Houston Dynamo open up their new stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, today against DC United.

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