This weekend I was invited to a Houston Dynamo Soccer Game against the Montreal Impact at the BBVA Compass Stadium as part of the Houston Social Media Influencers Group. I haven’t been to too many stadiums before but boy the BBVA Compass is nice! It isn’t a huge stadium but it is clean, easy to walk around, and there is always plenty of staff to help you out.
We had the privilege to dine at the West Club which dinning area includes Air Conditioner and a Bar. The food was good, freshly made and the sitting area was spacious and (again) clean. The only downside was the lack of (as always) vegetarian options – apart from salad – but oh well hopefully this will improve.
We also went to the regular stadium sitting area getting up and close to the players during the game. I think the best part of watching a Live game at the stadium is the atmosphere. Many Dynamo fans were there sporting their orange #ForeverOrange shirts, faces, tutus, and skirts. Even babies were dressed in Orange. A live band was at one end of the stadium, and fireworks sparked out of the stadium when Dynamo scored their first goal against Montreal Impact.
As part of the media group I got to meet Mr. Tim Hanley – Goalkeepers Coach at a pre-game press conference. Hanley has coached in Major League Soccer for 15 seasons and in American soccer for more than 20 years. Hanley coached three Goalkeeper of the Year winners in a four-year span from 2002-05 (Joe Cannon 2002; Pat Onstad 2003, 2005). Hanley worked in MLS with the San Jose Clash and San Jose Earthquakes and has also coached in the A-League, in the Premier Development League, and at Stanford University (2002-05). During the press conference, Hanley talked about their strategy for the game and of each one of his players. (very nice chap!)
We also had the privilege to meet President of Business Operations, Chris Canetti just before the game. Canetti joined the Dynamo in May of 2006 as the team’s Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to President in November 2010. He oversees all aspects of the Dynamo organization.
Overall was a fantastic experience, a night of goals and excitement among the #ForeverOrange crowd. Speaking of crowd, Dynamo tailgaters are fantastic! The atmosphere outside the stadium was just as vibrant as it was inside. Many Dynamo fans parked around the stadium awaited for their team to play. BBQs sprang around the parking lots inundating the air with the scent of fresh grilled meat and herb (and hopefully some grilled veg too!) It is one of those things you must do at least once in your lifetime even if you aren’t a soccer fan (or football – correctly said lol)
Oh and by the way, Houston Dynamo won 3-2 against Montreal Impact.
GAME INFO by mlssoccer.com
REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos. AR1 (bench): Chris Strickland; AR2 (opposite): Matthew Nelson; 4th: Ismail Elfath
MLS Career: 31 games; FC/gm: 25.7; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 6; pens: 10
SUSPENDED: HOU: Kofi Sarkodie (caution accumulation; through Sept. 7) … MTL: Hassoun Camara (through Sept. 7)
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: HOU: Ricardo Clark … MTL: Karl Ouimette
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: HOU: Will Bruin … MTL: Hernan Bernardello, Matteo Ferrari, Felipe Martins, Andres Romero, Dilly Duka, Krzysztof Krol
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (8 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 8 goals … Impact 4 wins, 15 goals … Ties 1
AT HOUSTON (4 meetings): Dynamo 3 wins, 6 goals … Impact 0 wins, 1 goals … Ties 1
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Thanks to Lopez Negrete Communications, Juan Alanis Senior account Supervisor and Houston Dynamo.