I make it no secret, I love when MLS teams play teams from the Liga Mx.
The edge in the air is different and it essentially is the United States against Mexico or Major League Soccer against the Mexican League.
It also becomes more intriguing when the match comes in the form of meaningful international competition such as the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals.
Santos will come in to BBVA Compass Stadium with designs on branding themselves internationally and getting to the World Club Championships where they feel it is their only opportunity to play against a European Champions like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United or Bayern Munich.
“It is something we have focused on a-lot in recent years,” says striker Herculez Gomez.
“We want to become an international club and an international brand. The only way to do that is compete against the world’s best and the only way to get there is winning this tournment.”
Up to this point the Dynamo navigated the Champions League wonderfully but will face an opponent of a totally different caliber than teams from Honduras and El Salvador.
Santos features international players like Gomez (US), playmaking wizard Darwin Quintero (Colombia), Oribe Peralta (Mexico) a gold medal winning striker and full Mexican international and Felipe Baloy (Panama) who is a physical presence at center back.
The Dynamo will need to perform at their best and provide themselves a cushion going back to Torreon one would think of two goals.
Clearly the Dynamo will be playing a team that is better in possession and holding the ball than many MLS teams and will have to defend for extended periods of time but will have to have periods of good pressure of their own and force goalkeeper and former Mexican international Oswaldo Sanchez to make plays.
It will be a rare night tomorrow when the Dynamo take on Santos and some will say it is MLS against Liga Mx.
I still find it surprising that some have not jumped on the excitement of teams from different countries competing against each other and re-kindling the U.S./Mexico rivalry and edge.
And no one will ever tell me that these games are not important from the perspective of winning over new and diverse fans to the Dynamo. One way to convince the Mexican soccer league fan is to just win. Opportunity comes tomorrow night.
What do you say and are you in tomorrow night at BBVA Compass Stadium!
Tomorrow I will break this game down and give you insight on Santos and how the Dynamo may approach this game. Plus some of the real challenges and match-ups to look for in this game.
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