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U.S. U-17 MNT Opens BBVA Compass Stadium on Thursday

Houston Dynamo Academy Hosts U-17s in Soft Opening Event of New Venue

CHICAGO (May 7, 2012) – The U.S. Under-17 Men’s National Team faces the Houston Dynamo Academy team on Thursday, May 10, in what is the official soft opening event to introduce the newly built BBVA Compass Stadium.

The game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. CT) and is open to Houston Dynamo season ticket holders, sponsors and select guests. It is not open to the public.

The match is a prelude to the grand opening of BBVA Compass Stadium, when Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo hosts D.C. United on Saturday, May 12.

The U.S. U-17 MNT is coached by Richie Williams, who is preparing his group for the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. This will be the second time the U.S. U-17s and the Dynamo Academy have met, with the two teams playing to a scoreless draw on May 22, 2010.

The U.S. U-17s also will face FC Dallas’ Academy team on Saturday, May 12, at Houston Amateur Sports Park (10 a.m. local, 11 a.m. ET).

BBVA Compass stadium is MLS’s 11th soccer-specific venue, dating back to the 1999 debut of Columbus Crew Stadium – the host site of the U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against Jamaica on Sept. 11 in Semifinal Round qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The other soccer-specific stadiums include The Home Depot Center (LA Galaxy, Chivas USA), FC Dallas Stadium, Toyota Park (Chicago Fire), Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (Colorado Rapids), BMO Field (Toronto FC), Rio Tinto Stadium (Real Salt Lake), Red Bull Arena (New York Red Bulls), PPL Park (Philadelphia Union) and LIVESTRONG Sporting Park (Sporting Kansas City).