Houston Dynamo 2008
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February 20, 2008: The Dynamo, as defending MLS Cup champions, compete in the Pan-Pacific Championship in Hawaii and open the tournament with a 3-0 win over Australian club Sydney FC. Hawaiian native Brian Ching notches two assists, but the Dynamo lose the tournament final three days later.
February 26, 2008: Dynamo parent company Anschutz Entertainment Group announced its intention to bring on Oscar De La Hoya and the Brener International Group as equity partners. AEG retained 50 percent ownership and operating responsibility of the franchise. De La Hoya was introduced to Houston at a downtown rally three days later.
March 19, 2008: The Dynamo beat Guatemalan champion CSD Municipal 3-1 at home to win their CONCACAF Champions' Cup quarterfinal series on aggregate and advance to the semifinals, where they lose to Costa Rican power Deportivo Saprissa.
July 29, 2008: The Dynamo shut out Mexican rival Pachuca 2-0 at Robertson Stadium behind goals from Bobby Boswell and Corey Ashe to advance to the SuperLiga championship game, the first international final in team history.
August 5, 2008: The Dynamo play to a 2-2 tie with the New England Revolution in the SuperLiga championship game but fall short of the title in an eight-round shootout.
September 30, 2008: Playing their second game in the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League, the Dynamo take a 2-0 lead but wind up with a 4-4 draw against Mexican power Pumas in Mexico City. The result makes the Dynamo the first United States club team to ever earn a point from a road match in Mexico.
October 18, 2008: The Dynamo roll to a 3-0 win over the LA Galaxy before a sellout crowd of 30,361, clinching a first-place finish in the Western Conference for the first time.
November 9, 2008: Tied 1-1 after the first leg, the Dynamo are stunned in a 3-0 home loss to the New York Red Bulls in the Western Conference semifinals, ending Houston's reign as MLS Cup champions.
November 26, 2008: The Dynamo edge Salvadoran club Luis Angel Firpo 1-0 to become the only U.S. team to advance to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.