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Leon casino, Wow! What a week in sports as the
 Houston Dynamo started their season with a home opening win last
 Saturday against DC United. Houston went ahead in the 80th minute when 
Houston’s Brad Davis shot a corner kick toward the penalty area where
Houston’s Ricardo Clark and DC United James Riley were battling for
 the ball.  Riley headed the ball accidentally in the wrong direction 
into his own goal giving Houston a 1-0 lead. Ricardo Clark came back
 and scored again for Houston in the 89th minute when he received a 
pass from substitute Warren Creavalle making it 2-0. That’s how it ended.

Houston started the season off well, extending their undefeated at-home streak to 26 (30 in all competitions and the second longest in 
MLS history). Their success went on into Tuesday’s matchup at home
 against Santos Laguna of Mexico in the first game of the CONCACAF
 Champions League quarterfinals. Boniek Garcia was able to head the ball
 back into the Santos goal area after a goal kick for Santos. Brad
 Davis received the ball and quickly passed the ball wide to Corey Ash. Ash took the ball into the penalty area before passing the ball in 
front of the net where Brad Davis was ready to execute a low shot into 
the far side of the net for the winner.

Houston kept their home 
winning streak alive and will now go on to play the second leg of their 
CONCACAF quarterfinal matchup with Santos today at the 
Estadio Corona in Torreon, Mexico at 7:30 p.m. CT.

More news from the world 
of soccer:

It was announced that Houston will host the Men’s Mexican
National Team on May 31, 2o13 as part of Mexico’s three-match tour in the
 United States as they prepare for World Cup qualifying and the 
CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer.  Their match in Houston will be against
 Nigeria better known as the Super Eagles. The Super Eagles are coming off their
 dramatic 1-0 victory over Burkina Faso in the African Cup of Nations
last month. They are one of the strongest sides in African football 
and they now prepare to go to Brazil in July to participate in the 
FIFA Confederations Cup where they will compete against World Cup Champions 
Spain, along with Uruguay and Tahiti in the group stages.

Mexico’s team is also heading to Brazil to participate in the 
Confederations Cup and will be grouped with Italy, Japan, and Brazil. The other two matches of the three-match tour include Denmark, who they played to a 1-1 draw, and Peru who they will play
 in San Francisco at Candlestick Park on April 17,2013. When Mexico has come to
 Houston in the past, their games usually sellout as they have had over 70,000 fans
 come out to see them play. Tickets are now on sale for this match and available at your local Ticketmaster.

In international

In a recent match, Real Madrid knocked Manchester United out of the
 round 16 of the European Champions League with a 2-0 win at Old 
Trafford in Manchester.

In other matches, Italy’s Juventus rolled over Scotland’s Celtic 2-0 and advanced. Paris Saint-Germain 
drew 1-1 with Spanish club Valencia and advanced. Borussia Dortmund 
defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0.

This week, Barcelona plays AC
 Milan and Schalke 04 takes on Galatasaray. Bayern Munich will take on Arsenal and Malaga will take on Porto FC.

In local rugby news:

The Houston Athletic Rugby Club better known as HARC men’s
 side took on the Huns from Austin this past Saturday in two matches.

Rad Rich