CHIVAS USA: Goats open vs. Dynamo

December, 6, 2011
12/06/11
3:47
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The Houston Dynamo are returning to Home Depot Center -- as Chivas USA's opening-day foe.

The Dynamo, who lost to the Galaxy in the MLS Cup final a little more than two weeks ago at HDC, will play the Goats on Sunday, March 11, at 4 p.m.

The league unveiled four first-week matchups Tuesday as games that will be shown on national television. The Chivas-Houston game will be televised by Spanish-language network Galavision.

The other games announced were Montreal at Vancouver on Saturday, March 10 (3 p.m. PT,. on two Canadian networks), New York at FC Dallas on March 11 (noon PT, NBC Sports), and Philadelphia at Portland on Monday, March 12 (6:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes).

The Galaxy's opener is March 11 at HDC, but the opponent has not been announced.

In other Chivas news, goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, the team's 2011 MVP, has been signed to a multiyear contract -- general manager Jose Domene said securing the deal was "one of our priorities this offseason" -- and Costa Rica has called up defender Michael Umaņa for its friendly Sunday against Cuba in Havana.

Elsewhere around the league:
  • Veteran midfielder Andy Williams, 34, retired after 14 years when he wasn't selected in Monday's first-stage re-entry draft. Williams, who is out of contract at Real Salt Lake, will become a scout for RSL.
  • Former South Korean national-teamer Lee Young Pyo, a left back who has played for Tottenham and Borussia Dortmund, signed a one-year contract (with option) with Vancouver.
  • Houston exercised its option to bring back Brazilian midfielder Luiz Camargo next season.
  • Chicago signed captain Logan Pause, a holding midfielder, to a contract extension through 2013.
  • Colorado announced that managing director Jeff Plush is leaving the organization after nearly six years. Former Rapids head coach Fernando Clavijo, who played for the U.S. in the 1994 World Cup, tweeted Tuesday that Jim Martin, president and chief executive of club owner Kroenke Sports Enterprises, will take charge.

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