HOUSTON – Houston Dynamo FCâ¯will partner with Austin FC, FC Dallas and San Antonio FC in the inaugural La Copita preseason tournament in April, the teams announced today.
The Dynamo open La Copita – dubbed “The Best Little Tournament in Texas” – in the state capital against Austin FC at 3 p.m. CT on April 3. Houston will welcome the first guest of the tournament, OKC Energy, at 12:00 p.m. on April 6 at Aveva Stadium. Houston will close the tournament against FC Dallas at 4 p.m. CT on April 10 at BBVA Stadium. The Dynamo will face OKC Energy due to a scheduling conflict for FC San Antonio; however, the points from the match will be counted toward San Antonio’s total for the tournament.
“Organizing this preseason tournament with Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, provides each of our clubs and fans strong competition in the state of Texas as we prepare for the season,” said Dynamo Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Jordan. “It took a lot of hard work and cooperation from each club to work together to plan and we are all hopeful that this can grow into an annual event that the Texas soccer community can be proud of.”
The match against FC Dallas on April 10 will be open to fans and will be included for Dynamo365 season ticket members as a complimentary match as part of their 2021 Membership. Tickets will be distributed electronically and members will receive tickets in the same temporary location as their seats for Welcome Back to BBVA Stadium night on April 16 against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Single game tickets will go on sale later this month following the release of the full 2021 MLS regular season schedule. To gain pre-sale access for single game tickets, visit HoustonDynamoFC.com/SingleGame.
Fans can stream the opening match of La Copita on April 3 and the final match on April 10 against FC Dallas on HoustonDynamo.com/Live. Glenn Davis and Eddie Robinson will call the match from BBVA Stadium on April 10 to kick off their 10th season as a broadcast team.
The Dynamo will play a pair of tune-up matches in front of fans prior to La Copita. On March 24, they will take on FC Tulsa in College Station at Ellis Field, the home of Texas A&M Soccer, at 4 p.m.; and on March 31 against Austin Bold FC at BBVA Stadium in a 1 p.m. kickoff. Both matches are free and open to the public. BBVA Stadium recently announced updated fan safety protocols that are available here. Fans can register for free tickets to both matches at BBVA Stadium here. The match at Ellis Field will be open on a general-admission basis and will follow Texas A&M’s COVID health and safety protocols.
La Copita will feature traditional 90-minute games and winners will receive three points for a victory. Penalty kicks will be used to resolve draws and the team victorious following the shootout will earn two points, while the losing team will earn a point. Teams may choose to play additional minutes following the two 45-minute halves, but any additional time will not reflect in the tournament results.
The winner of the inaugural “Best Little Tournament in Texas” will be decided by points. The round-robin style tournament will include FIFA tiebreakers beginning with goal difference in all matches and followed by the greatest number of goals scored in all matches. If teams remain equal the tournament will be decided by the greatest number of points obtained in matches between the teams disputing the top spot. Followed by the goal difference from the matches between the teams concerned. Two additional remedies will be available should the teams reach a deadlock, beginning with awarding the top spot to the team with the greater number of goals scored in the matches between teams involved in the impasse. Finally, a drawing of lots may be held by the tournament committee.
Teams will be allowed unlimited substitutions in tournament play, though players will not be allowed to re-enter after exiting a match. Teams may stop the game throughout the first half for substitutions and are limited to three windows in the second half to make changes. Players participating in the tournament are not required to be on the official club roster.
Cautions and ejections will also feature a twist. A player may be replaced in the first half if he receives a red card. That rule will not carry over to the second half; and a team will have to play down a man if a player receives a red card. Suspensions will not carry over to future La Copita matches.
The full Dynamo preseason schedule can be found below.
DATE TIME EVENT VENUE NOTE
March 20 12:00 p.m. Houston Dynamo FC vs. Austin Bold FC BBVA Stadium Closed
March 24 4:00 p.m. Houston Dynamo FC vs. FC Tulsa TAMU Open to fans
March 28 1:00 p.m. Houston Dynamo FC vs. Louisville City BBVA Stadium Closed
March 31 1:00 p.m. Houston Dynamo FC vs. Austin Bold FC BBVA Stadium Open to fans
April 3 3:00 p.m. Houston Dynamo FC at Austin FC TBD Closed
April 6 12:00 p.m. Houston Dynamo FC vs. OKC Energy Aveva Stadium Closed
April 10 4:00 p.m. Houston Dynamo FC vs. FC Dallas BBVA Stadium Open to fans
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