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Three keys for the Dynamo against the Portland Timbers

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What the Dynamo have to do in their two leg aggregate series against the Portland Timbers.

With an ugly extra-time win over Sporting KC on Thursday in the MLS Cup playoff knockout round, the Houston Dynamo advanced to a conference semifinals matchup against the Portland Timbers. The first game is on Monday at BBVA Compass, and the second is Sunday in Oregon.

BBVA Compass Stadium Charities Cup to feature Cruz Azul, raise relief funds

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The ninth annual BBVA Compass Stadium Charities Cup will pit the Dynamo and Mexican club Cruz Azul, with profits going to relief for Hurricane Harvey

The annual BBVA Compass Stadium Charities Cup has been running for eight years, each time pitting the Houston Dynamo in a friendly against an international club.

Penalties, beheadings and what's with this "points" talk?

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Soccer referees are human, they make mistakes, but here's what they SHOULD be calling.

A few weeks back I'm sitting in BBVA Compass Stadium dumbfounded by another Houston Dynamo loss. Almost as important though, is the sheer fire burning in my throat from yelling at the refs for most of the game.

Chichari-doh – Soccer Yanks #22 recorded on 11/6/13

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On this week's podcast: Should he stay or should he go his name is Chicharito, American football at the youth level is shrinking what does this mean for soccer in America, MLS "football" pitches, and old rivals at it again predictions for Arsenal's visit to Old Trafford this Sunday.

Download: chichari-doh-soccer-yanks-22-record-on-11-6-13.

Prematurely Pressing the Panic Button: CCL QF Edition

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Last year, after I joined this blog, I ran a few Panic Button posts, which detailed the playoff race and whether or not mass panic was entirely a good idea at the time. While the week after the season opener isn't a logical place to start panicking over the state of the season, we do have something more immediate that might necessitate panic.

Houston Dynamo vs. Santos Laguna, 1st leg recap: A Match of Missed Chances

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Halfway there. The Houston Dynamo got through last night's first leg against Santos Laguna in relatively good fashion, and will be able to take a slim 1-0 lead down to Torreón next week.

On the surface, it's a solid result. The Dynamo remain unbeaten at BBVA Compass in all meaningful matches, and that home winning stream now stands at 32 in all competitions.

The Rest

Monday After: Playoff Edition

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The Major League Soccer Playoffs got started in earnest over the weekend, with matches in four cities for the first leg of the semi-final round. All of the games were nationally televised on NBC, ESPN or NBCSN (via local RSN telecasts). Despite a putrid viewership of less than 300k on NBC last week, the Peacock doubled down on Houston, with the opener from BBVA getting the broadcast television treatment against the Red Bulls.

El Salvador, Honduras to headline Gold Cup games at Compass

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El Salvador and Honduras, two Central American nations with large followings in Houston, will likely have home-field advantages when they anchor a Gold Cup group stage doubleheader at BBVA Compass Stadium on July 15.

El Salvador will play Haiti, and Honduras will face Trinidad and Tobago in the Gold Cup matches.

USA vs. Canada 2013: So...that was fun?

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I have been to a number of sporting events, soccer and otherwise, in my lifetime, and none have left me wondering why I bothered to spend the money or time attending. Until the game on Tuesday night. As the seconds seems to drone on endlessly, so too did the inability of either team to mount anything resembling a cohesive attack.

25 Players Called for USMNT Camp

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Via Ussoccer.com: U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has named a 25- player roster to report to the team's January camp beginning Monday, Jan. 7, at the National Training Center in Carson, Calif.

The team will train together until Jan. 27, when it departs for Houston in advance of the first match of the 2013 campaign against Canada on Jan.

U.S. women’s national team to face China at BBVA on Dec. 12

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First visit to new stadium in Houston for U.S. national team