By Garret Heinrich

Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Dynamo will launch their 2017 MLS season against the defending MLS Cup Champion Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday, March 4 at BBVA Compass Stadium, the club and Major League Soccer announced Wednesday. The match is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. CST kickoff time.

The full schedule for the 2017 season, presented by 76®, will be released at a later date.

The 2017 season will be the first in Houston for newly appointed head coach Wilmer Cabrera, who plans to bring a an exciting, entertaining possession-based style of play to the Dynamo. The former Colombian national team defender has a wealth of coaching experience at multiple levels in North America, including time as a head coach and assistant coach in Major League Soccer, United States Under-17 Boys National Team head coach, and most recently the head coach of the Rio Grande Valley FC Toros, the Dynamo’s hybrid affiliate in the USL.

The Dynamo continued to reshape the roster on Tuesday afternoon when the club announced the signing of Alberth Elis, a 20-year-old forward with electrifying speed and a nose for goal. The Honduran international joins a young and diverse Dynamo attack highlighted by the trio of 21-year-old Colombian forward Mauro Manotas, 25-year-old Pennsylvania-born winger Andrew Wenger and 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder Alex, who combined for 17 goals in MLS play last season.

Seattle will look to defend their MLS Cup championship behind MLS Rookie of the Year Jordan Morris and Uruguayan playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro, and may be rejoined by Texas native Clint Dempsey, who missed the end of the 2016 season and the playoffs due to health issues.

The Dynamo open at home for second straight year.  Last year they played to a 3-3 draw in their 2016 home opener against the New England Revolution, breaking a streak of four consecutive victories in home openers dating back to the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium in 2012. Houston is 6-1-4 all-time in home openers and 5-2-4 all-time on Opening Day.

Single-game tickets are on sale now starting at $20 at, by phone at 713-276-GOAL, or at the BBVA Compass Stadium ticket office. Inventory is limited and locations are based on availability.


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