Leagues Cup

Match Preview: Charlotte FC vs. Houston Dynamo FC in Leagues Cup Round of 16

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Match: Charlotte FC vs Houston Dynamo FC | Leagues Cup Round of 16

When: Monday, August 7

Where: Shell Energy Stadium

Kickoff: 9:30pm ET

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Previous Matches – Round of 32:

Charlotte FC 0 – 0 Cruz Azul (Charlotte FC wins 4-3 in penalty kick shootout)

Houston Dynamo FC 0 – 0 Pachuca (Houston Dynamo FC wins 5-3 in penalty kick shootout)

Charlotte FC continue in the knockout round of the inaugural Leagues Cup against Houston Dynamo FC on Monday, August 7th. As the Crown look to claim a place in the quarterfinals against Inter Miami CF, here is everything to know ahead of the match.

The Results

After advancing as group winners from the South 4 Group, after a penalty shootout win over FC Dallas and a home win over Necaxa, Charlotte FC hit the road to take on Mexican giant Cruz Azul in the Round of 32 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

In oppressive heat, the Crown traded blows with Cruz Azul over the course of 90 minutes, but neither side could find the breakthrough in regulation. Kristijan Kahlina then came up huge in Texas yet again, making three stops in the shootout to send Charlotte FC through to the Round of 16.


Houston Dynamo FC, meanwhile, advanced out of a group containing Orlando City SC and Santos Laguna to set up a home match versus Pachuca in the Round of 32. The Mexican side had earned a group stage bye after being crowned Liga MX champions last year, but exited the tournament after just one game when Houston took them down in a penalty shootout.

The Knockout Rounds Ahead

On Sunday night, Inter Miami CF went on the road and took down FC Dallas in a wild and dramatic Round of 16 match. Despite being up by two goals on two separate occasions, Dallas lost the game in a penalty shootout after a late Lionel Messi free kick equalizer.

This means the winner of tonight’s match will take on Inter Miami in the quarterfinals later this week. Hosting priority for games featuring two MLS teams is determined by 2022 Supporters’ Shield standings. Since Miami finished above both Charlotte and Houston in 2022, the game will take place in Fort Lauderdale.

Before a date with Miami, though, Charlotte FC need to focus on the game and team right in front of them. Houston is in good form in both MLS and Leagues Cup, and the oppressive Texas heat in August will now be familiar to the Charlotte FC players. CLTFC writer and reporter Caleb Adams previewed the Ingredients of the Match for the Crown to move on to the quarterfinals.


The Competition

Leagues Cup is a first-of-its-kind competition featuring all 47 first division clubs from MLS and Liga MX in a World Cup-style club tournament taking place from July 21 to August 19.

Both leagues have paused their respective regular seasons to participate in the tournament. The champion, as well as the second and third place finishers, will qualify for the Concacaf Champions Cup and thus have an opportunity to earn a spot in the FIFA Club World Cup. All matches are scheduled to be played in the United States and Canada.

In the Group Stage, teams were placed in groups of three for a round robin. Each team plays two total Group Stage games, and the top two from each group advance to the single-elimination Knockout Round. LAFC and Pachuca, as the most recent champions of their respective leagues, earned a bye and entered the tournament in the Round of 32.

Charlotte FC won their group that included FC Dallas of MLS and Necaxa of Liga MX before taking down Cruz Azul in the Round of 32.



Leagues Cup Round of 16 vs. Houston Dynamo

August 7th @ 9:00PM | Kickoff at 9:30PM @ Big Ben Pub