The BBVA Dynamo Charities Cup is an annual event bringing prominent international teams to Houston to raise money for charity. A portion of the proceeds from the match are donated to a different charitable cause each year by Dynamo Charities, the charitable arm of the Houston Dynamo presented by the Halliburton Foundation. It began in 2009 when the Dynamo beat Mexican club Monterrey 2-1. In 2010, the Dynamo welcomed Águila from San Miguel, El Salvador, and rolled to a 4-0 win in front of a crowd of 11,843, surpassing the attendance from the inaugural edition.
The 2011 edition saw the Dynamo take on their first European opponent, English Premier League club Bolton Wanderers, and Bolton came away with a 2-0 win.
In 2012, the Dynamo hosted Valencia CF of Spain in the fourth edition of the BBVA Dynamo Charities Cup with the visitors earning a 2-1 victory before a sellout crowd at the new BBVA Stadium.
The Dynamo welcomed former club star Geoff Cameron and Stoke City FC of the English Premier League in 2013, coming away with a 2-0 win over the Potters.
Mauro Manotas and Chandler Hoffman each scored two goals as the Houston Dynamo captured the BBVA Dynamo Charities Cup with a 4-0 victory over Santos Laguna in 2015. Partial proceeds from the 2015 match benefited the Building a Better Houston initiative dedicated to improving Houston's East End.
Manotas starred again in 2016 against Real Socidedad, scoring a goal and causing an own goal. David Rocha added another goal to push the Dynamo to a 3-0 lead. Real Sociedad roared back to tie it up at 3-3, but the Dynamo retained the Charities Cup with a 5-4 victory in penalties. Proceeds from the match benefited the Pursuit for those with disABILITIES bicycle ride, a 3,500-mile cross-country trek to raise money and awareness for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
BBVA DYNAMO CHARITIES CUP ALL-TIME RESULTS
|October 11, 2009||Monterrey (MEX)||2-1||10,456||Cameron 63
|June 19, 2010||Aguila (ELS)||4-0||11,843||Ngwenya 16
Landin pen 74
|July 20, 2011||Bolton Wanderers (ENG)||0-2||13,612||N/A|
|May 31, 2012||Valencia (ESP)||1-2||22,039||Carr 14|
|July 24, 2013||Stoke City FC (ENG)||2-1||14,123||Driver 11
|July 26, 2014||Aston Villa (ENG)||0-1||20,514||N/A|
|October 10, 2015||Santos Laguna (MEX)||4-0||14,640||
|May 24, 2016||Real Sociedad (ESP)||3-3 (5-4)||13,675||
|October 5, 2017||Cruz Azul (MEX)||3-5||12,102||
|June 29, 2018||Monterrey (MEX)||1-2||14,978||Donovan 49|