The Houston Dynamo are back in CONCACAF Champions League thanks to their successful 2018 US Open Cup campaign. Lifting up the US Open Cup trophy last season allowed them to have a berth in the 2019 Champions League which will be the first time since the 2013-2014 season that Houston has taken place in the annual tournament.
Their opponents in the Round of 16 will be Guatemalan club CD Guastatoya. The first leg of the round will be in Guatemala City on February 19th at Estadio Doroteo Guamuch Flores with the second leg being on February 26th at BBVA Compass Stadium.
This will be the first time in five seasons that the Dynamo will take part in the tournament and it will be their seventh trip to Champions League since the club arrived in Houston. The Dynamo have twice made it to the Semifinals, first in 2007 where they lost in extra time to Mexican club Pachuca, and then in 2008 where they fell to Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa.
Tickets for the match will be on sale tomorrow morning, December 20th and are included in the 2019 season memberships with single ticket prices starting at $24.
There have been some entertaining and painful moments in previous CONCACAF games for the Dynamo. We’ve seen things like former goalkeeper Tally Hall score a goal against the El Salvadoran club Isidro Metapan, but there’s also the poor CONCACAF officiating that has lent itself into falling for dives and letting games get out of control. Let’s also not forget how often we’ll see the stretcher squad. That’s where a player will take a knock and wait for the medical staff to stretcher him off to the sideline only for that player to spring up and come back in the game. Oh CONCACAF Champions League, we have missed you.