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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Dynamo Game

So the real purpose of us wondering around the UH campus last weekend was to see a Houston Dynamo game. It's on our 101 in 1001 list because this is a *new* MLS soccer team to Houston, and they were the champions in 2006 and 2007. We'd been to soccer matches in Buenos Aires and Rio, so we wanted to see what they were like in the US.

They are currently playing at Robertson Stadium on campus, but are looking to have their own stadium built. I wasn't quite sure how the MLS teams worked, but this particular game was part of a several week tournament called Super Liga with the best MLS teams and the best teams from premier division in the Mexican league.

It was great to see such a diverse crowd here in Houston, especially that the fans were crazy into the game like in South America. They had banners and flags and noisemakers and bands.

We had pretty good seats, but it's tough being a sports photographer. Not enough light, not enough lens, and not enough ISO to make it work well ;)

I was entirely fascinated by all the heading going on during the game. It was supposed to start at 9, but was delayed until 9:30 for TV. We were treated to quite a first half with lots of excitement down on our end of the field.

An amazing act of athleticism and talent (and grain).

We were playing a team from Cancun, and things started to get a little heated between the two teams after we scored a goal, then another goal quickly after that.

The game was very exciting with all the action and all the goals. I even caught this goal as the ball went into the net (far left side at the bottom of the net).

We were even treated to a little pushy-shovey fight after the 3 goal in just a few minutes.

The ref was none too impressed and issued a red card and an ejection to players on both teams. I'll confess that we were wusses and left at half-time, which was after 10:30 since we needed to head to church on Sunday. We had a great time, but we still want to see one of the *HUGE* international games that come to Reliant Center periodically.

GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: It's catch up day to hopefully do some work, blog my photos from last weekend at the museum & yesterday in College Station.

1 comment:

Dennis the Vizsla said...

Looks like quite a game! I was in the AYSO as a kid and it was a lot of fun but very, very rough.

I still can't get used to sports teams with singular names, like "Houston Dynamo". It sounds like it's referring to a power plant! ;-)