Soccer Notes: Mexico Comes to Town, Again
Marco Torres They may not have the comfort of a climate-controlled stadium, but at least the weather should be nice
If you're a fan of watching a big-time football team beat up a small program, then October 12 at BBVA Compass Stadium is the place to be.
And no, Texas Southern won't be hosting an SEC or Big 12 team.
Soccer promoter Planet Futbol announced yesterday that Guyana - the only South American country in soccer's CONCACAF region - was moving its home World Cup Qualifier match against Mexico to the States. Mexico doesn't seem to be taking this game lightly either, even if it is playing Guyana. European enforcements such as Chicharito Hernandez and Andres Guardado headline El Tri.
As it turns out, BBVA wasn't the first choice for this game. As Planet Futbol president Eduardo Beltramini said at Thursday's press conference at BBVA, "we tried to look at the option of bigger stadiums."
"We found ourselves with the problem that most of the bigger stadiums are for the NFL. Since they're in season, they aren't available."
Guyana usually hosts its home games in its capitol and largest city, Georgetown. Their stadium, however, is unavailable due to the country's national pastime: cricket.
The only problem BBVA Compass Stadium has now: how to keep from looking like a pumpkin patch with the orange seats and green shirts.
Dynamo could be without Davis
The Dynamo's lead over the Columbus Crew for the fifth and final spot in Eastern Conference playoff is one point. Needless to say, the remaining three matches for the Dynamo are critical if they hope to repeat last year's playoff run.
And at this critical time, they could be without their MVP, midfielder Brad Davis. Davis has been hampered this week with a left calf injury.
Although Davis isn't too overly worried that the injury is severe, he did confirm to MLSsoccer.com that his status for Saturday's match against the Montreal Impact at BBVA is doubtful.
"Speaking with the doctor and how it's responded the last few days we're thinking it's going to be tough for me to go Saturday, but I told [head coach Dominic Kinnear] I don't want to be counted out just yet because it has responded very well the past couple of days."
Luck is on Davis's side though. MLS is taking the next week off due to the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying fixtures. If Davis does sit out Saturday's match, he should be ready to go when the Philadelphia Union come to town on October 20.