The quarterfinal round of the first ever CONCACAF Champions League will kick off Tuesday with MLS’s lone remaining representative hosting Atlante F.C. of Mexico.
Who: Houston Dynamo (USA) vs. Atlante F.C. (Mex)
When: 10:00 pm ET, Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Where: Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
T.V.: Fox Soccer Channel/ Galavision
The Houston Dynamo will kick off their 2009 schedule Tuesday night with a quarterfinal CONCACAF Champions League match against Atlante F.C. of
Many things have changed in
The team could be further hampered on Tuesday night by the questionable status of Stuart Holden. The Olympic veteran who has been tabbed as De Rosario’s replacement missed the tail end of
The onus will fall on veterans like forward Brian Ching, midfielder Ricardo Clark, and defenders Bobby Boswell and Wade Barrett to help
The good news for the Dynamo is that Atlante has seen its fair share of struggles of late.
With just one win from seven matches, the Iron Colts are buried at the bottom of Group 1 in
Atlante qualified for the CCL quarterfinals as winners of Group C, but managed only a goal a game in the group stage. With
On the bright side for Atlante, Luis Gabriel Rey is in fine form. The Columbian striker has scored or assisted on six of the eight goals posted by Atlante in league play and is without question one of the top players remaining in the CCL.
Teaming with Rey will be Argentine midfielder Gabriel Pereyra and Venezuelan striker Giancarlos Maldonado. While none of the three foreign players featured heavily for the Iron Colts during group play, all will likely see action in Tuesday’s quarterfinal as Atlante try to right the ship.
Players To Watch:
Atlante F.C.: Christian Burmudez. The diminutive Mexican starlet can cause problems for any defense. Like most of the Atlante squad, Burmudez has struggled in the early goings of this season. However, the 21-year-old will likely be a big part of any success Atlante has in the CCL.
Allen Ramsey, Goal.com