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The Houston Dynamo’s Memo Rodriguez celebrates after scoring a goal in a game played earlier this year.

Wharton County’s Memo Rodriguez and his Houston Dynamo team will not be advancing in the Major League Soccer Tournament.

The Dynamo needed a win over the LA Galaxy Thursday, July 23 to advance to the knock out stage of the tournament. 

After leading 1-0 for nearly the entire match, a late goal by the Galaxy in stoppage time ended the Dynamo’s run in the group stage of play.

Rodriguez, who graduated from El Campo High School, scored two goals for the Dynamo during the tournament. Both scores came during the Dynamo’s 3-3 tie with Los Angeles FC.

Rodriguez started all three games and took 11 shots, four coming on goal. 

While Rodriguez grew up in Wharton County and went to school in El Campo, he didn’t play high school soccer locally. 

Rodriguez played for the Dynamo Academy and ended up signing a homegrown contract in 2015 and has been with them ever since.

He is in his fifth year with the Dynamo. In his career, he has 12 goals and six assists. 

The tournament is taking place in Orlando with no fans in attendance and it’s unclear if or when the Dynamo’s season will be re-started. The tournament is scheduled to conclude on Aug. 11.

Before the MLS season was put on hold due to COVID-19, Rodriguez started and played in the Dynamo’s first two games. As a midfielder, he leads the team with five shots.

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