The Dynamo Charities match went to another level last night at the new BBVA Compass Stadium. The attachment to a 93 year old club in Valencia was a great one and a wonderful connection.
The Dynamo would ultimately go down 2-1 in a friendly match but fans left satisfied seeing three goals and a night of great passing and moving from Valencia.
Dynamo midfielder Calen Carr scored the goal of the night for the Dynamo cutting in on his left and smashing a finish into the upper corner.
Here are a few notes:
It was great to see Spanish Football and it’s playing style on display live.
The passing and movement of Valencia was a thing of beauty and one hopes that many youth players were able to take it all in.
Bottom line it did not have to be Barcelona and Real Madrid to provide entertainment.
Sure, Valencia was missing players but in the end this was a winner for all involved.
It was a “friendly” and for large portions of the game players had alot of time on the ball leading to an open an entertaining match with both teams creating chances.
One has to marvel at the skill set of the Valencia players and their comfort in tight areas with the ball at their feet.
GOAL OF THE GAME:
That goes to Calen Carr who cut inside to strike a vicious finish into the upper corner that brought the Dynamo even at 1-1. All three goals were scored in the first 17 minutes on the night.
A great turn-out made one pinch themselves in awe that we were witnessing our first “international” night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The fans thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the “different” playing style that Valencia brought.
DIFFERENCE IN PLAYER BUDGET:
How about in the neighborhood of $60 million for Valencia and 2.8 million for the Houston Dynamo. Pretty remarkable.
COACH WALKS OUT
Unknown to most at last night’s game, coach Unai Emery walked out on Valencia in Portland and the club was coached by assistant Juan Carlos Carcedo.
He had been their manager for four years and is now headed to Spartak Moscow in Russia.
DYNAMO USE 19 PLAYERS
Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear used 19 players last night getting experience for many including Tyler Deric, Warren Creavalle, Josue Soto, Brian Ownby, Oscar Recio, Colin Rolfe.
A great night of gathering experience for young players.
TYLER DERIC SHINES
Dynamo back-up Tyler Deric had a great week with two strong games against both San Antonio and Valencia. Tally Hall has an able back-up and his play controlling the area outside the 18 was excellent.
His decision making strong for a gk who has had limited games.
CREAVALLE GETS MINUTES
Warren Creavalle got two straight games at right back which could mean his insertion into the Dynamo in MLS play might not be far off especially since veterans are being called into national team duty.
Prior to the game I visited with FC Groningen manager Robert Maskaant who attended the match. Maskaant was formerly the coach of Wisla Krakow in Poland.