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The Cross-Border Rivalry

Bernardo Fallas explains how it is that the Houston Dynamo's archrival is a Mexican team, Pachuca, which plays the Dynamo Tuesday night in Texas (Telefutura, 10 pm ET).

"The Astros have the Cardinals, the Texans the Titans, and the Rockets the Jazz. The Dynamo? They have Pachuca," writes Fallas. "Considering that soccer is the world's game, it only seems appropriate that one of the Dynamo's biggest foes would be foreign, a Mexican team, nonetheless."

The Houston Dynamo is two-time defending MLS champion. Pachuca, in the last three years, has won two Mexican league titles, two Champions Cups, the Copa Sudameriana and the inaugural SuperLiga, in which it ousted the Dynamo in the semifinals last year. The Tuzos also knocked Houston out of the 2007 CONCACAF Champions' Cup with a 5-4 aggregate win in the semifinals.

"When you look at it, it's brought great soccer to this area, it's brought out some of the best in our team in our fans," Dynamo coach Dominic Kinnear said Monday. "It's been a nice short history these past [two] years."

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