Ryan Sanders Shootout

CORPUS CHRISTI – The two-time MLS Cup champion Houston Dynamo are coming to the Coastal Bend.

And Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christi Hooks and defending two-time North American Minor League sports venue of the year, is adding to its menu.

This time, soccer takes center stage – on the eve of the World Cup – as the Dynamo faces the Laredo Heat on Thursday, June 10. Kickoff is 7 p.m. The event is presented by Amigo Energy.

And South Texas fans can kick off a month-long soccer celebration with the Dynamo exhibition. Thirty-one days later, FIFA crowns its champion in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Dynamo captured back-to-back MLS Cup titles in its first two years of existence (2006-07) under head coach Dominic Kinnear. The club has represented the United States in four consecutive regional (CONCACAF) championships.

Forwards Brian Ching and Luis Angel Landin, midfielders Geoff Cameron and Brad Davis, defender Bobby Boswell, and goalkeeper Pat Onstad lead the Dynamo in 2010. Last season, Onstad and his mates tied Seattle for the league’s stingiest defense (29 goals allowed), a third straight first-place showing by Houston.

To learn more about the Dynamo, log on to HoustonDynamo.com or call (713) 276-7500. Houston began the MLS season March 27 at rival FC Dallas. The Dynamo open at home Thursday vs. defending MLS Cup champion Real Salt Lake.

Hooks season-ticket holders have an exclusive Dynamo-Heat ticket-buying window between Wednesday, March 31, at 9 a.m. and April 5 at 5 p.m. Season-ticket holders should call 361-561-HOOK, visit the box office or go to ryansandersentertainment.com

Tickets go to public sale at ryansandersentertainment.com and the Whataburger Field Box Office on Tuesday, April 6, at 9 a.m. Phone purchasers dial 361-561-HOOK.

That evening at 6, the Hooks entertain Triple-A sister club Round Rock.

The June 10 Dynamo-Heat contest was announced at a noon Whataburger Field press conference today by Oliver Luck, president and general manager of the Dynamo, Reid Ryan, founder and CEO of Ryan-Sanders Baseball, and J.J. Vela, GM of the Heat.

Said Luck: “We’re excited to bring the game of soccer to the City of Corpus Christi. As an organization, we always look for opportunities that enable us to grow the sport, and this game against the Laredo Heat is a great avenue by which we can showcase the quality of our team to fans, not only in this city, but also in the South Texas region. We look forward to an exciting match against a team which in the past has proven to be a good opponent.”

“We are pleased and proud to partner with the Dynamo in bringing this historic event to Corpus Christi and South Texas,” Ryan said. “As the first appearance by an MLS team south of San Antonio, this is a wonderful opportunity for soccer fans in the region and from across the border to see a Major League power from the nation’s fourth-largest city.”

Dynamo-Heat benefits the Coastal Bend Youth Soccer Association. Led by Pat Kasperitis, the CBYSA boasts 10,000 members. It’s part of STYSA (South Texas Youth Soccer Association), an organization of 100,000.

“This event is a great way for our players to see the professionals up close and personal,” Kasperitis said. “Youth soccer is huge in South Texas and the kids in our association have heroes who play for the Dynamo. What a thrilling experience the match will be for all of us who are committed to the growth of soccer.”

Whataburger Field is utilized by Hooks Baseball for Texas League action and college and high school games. Ryan-Sanders Entertainment has presented a concert and seven-fight card since August. The show featured Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Friends and John Mellencamp August 5. Boxing headliners were Jerry Belmontes and Brandon Rios in mid-October.

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Michael Macias