With the fanfare of any international soccer match, the Houston Dynamo hosted Aston Villa F.C. in the sixth edition of the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup in front of 20,514 fans on Saturday evening, July 26, 2014.
In a hard fought but friendly match, Aston Villa downed Houston by the score of 1-0 to bring the Dynamo’s Charities Cup record to 3-3 in the six-year history of the event.
The international friendly, which raised money for the “Building a Better Houston” initiative to make improvements in Houston’s East End, was the second game of the Lions pre-season Texas Tour.
The Claret and Blue drew blood first in the 41st minute when forward Andreas Weimann approached the box from the left side; sending a pin-point pass to defender Joe Bennett who in turn drilled it past Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric for the only score of the game.
In previous Charity Cup action, the Dynamo won the first two matches, in 2009 and 2010, securing victories of 1-0 and 4-0, respectively against Monterrey (Mexico) and Aguila of El Salvador.
Their first loss occurred in 2011 when the Bolton Wanderers, along with former Dynamo star Stuart Holden stormed into newly opened BBVA Compass Stadium, and handed the Dynamo a 2-0 defeat.
In 2012 they dropped their second game of the series by the score of 2-1 to Valencia (Spain).
Houston got back on the winning track in 2013 , downing Stoke City, 2-0.
On Thursday, July 24, Aston Villa downed F.C. Dallas 2-0 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
Forwards Andreas Weimann and Charles N'Zogbia connected for the goal against Dallas.
Previously, Alton Villa downed Mansfield Town on July 17 by the score of 3-1 on July 17, 2014 in pre-season action.
The Dynamo will next return to MLS action on Sunday, July 3, 2014 when they face D.C. United with an 8 p.m. CDT kickoff at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
Aston Villa now head home for the start of the 2014 Barclays Premier League schedule, facing Stoke City on August 16, 2014 at Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, England.