Houston Dynamo 2 to face Tacoma Defiance in opening round of MLS NEXT Pro Playoffs
NEED TO KNOW:
- Dynamo 2 advanced to 2023 MLS NEXT Pro Playoffs following 2-1 win over LA Galaxy II on Sunday
- Dynamo 2 fielded seven Dynamo Academy products in the victory over LA Galaxy II and three more Academy players joined the team for the match
- Dynamo 2 will travel to Pacific Northwest for a rematch of last season’s postseason matchup
HOUSTON (Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023) - MLS NEXT Pro announced today the matchups for the opening round of the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro playoffs. As part of the new postseason format, which included a “pick-your-opponent" structure for the first two rounds, No. 7 seeded Houston Dynamo 2 was selected by No. 2 seeded Tacoma Defiance.
The two teams will face off on Sunday, October 1 at Starfire Sports Complex Tukwila, Wash. Kickoff is slated for 9 p.m. CT and the game will stream live on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV.
Houston advanced to its second consecutive playoff appearance after defeating LA Galaxy II 2-1 on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Dignity Health Sports Complex. Forward Papa Ndoye scored his career-high 14th regular season goal in the 23rdminute. Dynamo captain Talen Maples scored the game-winning goal in the 71st minute to put Dynamo Dos back in the lead after Galaxy II had scored. The roster featured 10 players from the Dynamo Academy and seven academy products featured in the decisive game to clinch a berth in the postseason.
Sunday’s game will mark a rematch of last season’s first round playoff match between the two sides that ended in a penalty shootout victory for Tacoma.
ABOUT HOUSTON DYNAMO 2
Houston Dynamo 2 is the MLS NEXT Pro affiliate of Houston Dynamo FC. Houston Dynamo 2 is a part of the Houston Dynamo Football Club, a multi-faceted organization that includes the Dynamo, the Houston Dash, the Houston Dynamo Academy, the Dynamo Dash Youth Club, regional Club youth affiliates, and the Club’s supporters. 2022 marked the inaugural season for the Dynamo 2 and MLS NEXT Pro, both of which were announced in late 2021. The team trains at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays its home matches at SaberCats Stadium. For more information, log on to HoustonDynamoFC.com/Dynamo2 or call (713) 276-7500.
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