Mar 5, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT
The important number to remember for Houston’s quarterfinal against Mexico’s Santos Laguna tonight in CONCACAF Champions League is …. 31.
As in the number of game’s Houston’s home unbeaten streak has grown to in all competitions. (It’s 26 in league matches.)
Truly, Houston knows how to deliver at home. It was this way previously at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus, and it’s been this way since BBVA Compass Stadium opened along the outskirts of downtown Houston 10 months ago. They just don’t lose there.
That said, tonight’s contest against Liga MX power Santos may be the Orange’s toughest test at BBVA yet. Plus, if we’re honest, it cannot just be a draw tonight for Houston. Dominic Kinnear’s team really needs the win – and the comfort of knowing they would need only a hard-earned draw down in Mexico on the return leg.
What Dynamo veteran defender Bobby Boswell said about the important of a positive result tonight:
The important part here is that it’s two legs and you’ve got to take care of business in the first leg to give yourself a chance in the second leg. If you go down there and have to score two or three goals or don’t have a lead, it’s a tough place to go win.
“We’ve had some teams over the years do it, so it’s not impossible to go down and get results, but you’re not doing yourself a favor if you’re not taking care of things at home.”
More game notes from the Houston Dynamo are here.
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