Chivas USA arrived Friday night in Houston ahead of the Red-and-White’s Western Conference showdown Saturday evening against the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium.
With a daytime high of 82 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity expected to hit 50 percent by kickoff time, Preki’s men took the opportunity Saturday morning to stretch their legs and acclimate themselves to the Bayou City weather.
Ahead of the match, midfielder Francisco Mendoza, Chivas USA’s all-time leader in fouls suffered vs. the Dynamo, took time to highlight importance of a good start at Robertson Stadium, where the Red-and-White were held scoreless in two meetings between the teams last season:
“Houston is a tough team to play against, especially in their house. But in all our games we’ve gone toe-to-toe with them, we’ve made things difficult for them. Now it’s a question of getting some goals. … We hope that [tonight] is a good night for us and we can turn things around.
“After all the games we’ve played, I think a rivalry has developed to the point that they and we see this game as a Clásico, because of the confrontations we’ve had in Playoffs, in league play. … I think that for [Chivas USA] this is an even bigger Clásico than against the Galaxy.”
Chivas USA faces the Dynamo Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Central Time (5:30 p.m. Pacific). The match can be heard live in Spanish throughout Southern California on W Radio 690, with the TV broadcast tape-delayed at 8:30 p.m. PT on FSN West. Pregame shows on both outlets start 30 minutes before kickoff.