HOUSTON – FC Tucson refused to back down from one of Major League Soccer's most successful teams Wednesday, going head to head with the Houston Dynamo in a 2-0 loss at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo now advance to the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on June 12, where they will play at FC Dallas.
A crowd of 2,917 saw the Dynamo unable to pull off the expected rout of all-amateur Tucson squad, which was competing in nation's oldest domestic soccer tournament for the first time.
Veterans Brian Ching and Bobby Boswell anchored a youthful side that took the field for the Dynamo.
Defense proved to be the highlight for FC Tucson. Inside backs Greg Carter and Travis Campbell held their own against a Dynamo attack led by MLS legend Ching.
Edgar Reyna and Tin Harbison applied pressure on the outside to keep Dynamo crosses to a minimum. Connor Brandt and David Clemens handled the inside middle.
"I've seen enough Dynamo games to know they are very good in the air," FC Tucson coach Rick Schantz said. "We tried to eliminate those opportunities. Travis Campbell and Greg Carter were dynamite. They played really well."
Read more about FC Tucson's run in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star.