The Houston Dynamo are entering their third season as two-time Major League Soccer champions. We know everybody is going to be after us, defender Eddie Robinson said at a recent press conference. This is especially true of the teams first two opponents for 2008: the New England Revolution and FC Dallas. The Dynamo started the season last Friday with a 3-0 loss against New England, who lost the MLS Cup to Houston in 2007. Today, the Dynamo face FC Dallas the team they beat to win the Cup in 2006 in their first home game of the season. Not surprisingly, Dallas is also the Dynamos biggest rival, which guarantees a game packed with as much tension as action.
The Dynamo did suffer some losses in the off-season: Forwards Joseph Ngwenya and Nate Jaqua left Houston to try their luck in the Austrian Football league, Paul Dalglish is off to the Scottish Premier Leagues and the defender Ryan Cochrane and backup goalkeeper Zach Wells were lost in expansion trades. But Coach Dominic Kinnear is known for his ability to keep the team together no matter who comes and goes. 2 p.m. Robertson Stadium, University of Houston 3874 Holman. For tickets and information, call 713-276-7500 or visit www.houstondynamo.com. $20 to $72.
Sun., April 6, 2 p.m., 2008