HOUSTON - There were no soccer balls or nets anywhere in sight. Instead, hammers, drills and rakes were the tools of today s trade.

I m not someone that ever had a construction job, but I m not afraid to get out there and get dirty and mix it up, said Dynamo defender Bobby Boswell.

Volunteers, along with the members of the Houston Dynamo and the MLS All-Star squad teamed up at Golden Acres Elementary School in Pasadena to build the students a brand new playground on Tuesday. The design for the new set was developed by the students and it took only 5 hours to build.

Their playground got destroyed last year and you know it s a good opportunity for the community to come together and build a nice playground for the kids, said Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron.

This morning s activities were just one of many that players will take part in leading up to Wednesday night s game at Reliant Stadium.

So far, MLS officials are happy the way Houston has responded.

You can truly sense that a big event is here in town, said Dynamo COO Chris Conetti. Every where you go it s evident.

The minute you get off the plane there is signage everywhere and fans are coming out to autograph sessions and watching training, said MLS commissioner Don Garber. The city really rolled out the red carpet and it s a great city to host a big time sports event.

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