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City friendly cancelled

Manchester City's friendly against the Houston Dynamo has been cancelled due to an unplayable pitch at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Texas.

Houston had been hit with widespread flooding after record rainfall in the days leading up to the match and on Thursday the Major League Soccer club announced the match was off.

"Tonight's BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup has been cancelled," said a statement on the Dynamo's website.

"Late this afternoon, officials determined that the field did not meet their expectations and therefore have cancelled the match."

The match against Owen Coyle's Dynamo was one of two on City's post-season tour of North America. Manuel Pellegrini's side beat Toronto FC 1-0 on Wednesday with a goal from youngster George Evans.

Pellegrini said in a City statement: "We are bitterly disappointed for our fans, and for those of Houston Dynamo, that the match has been cancelled.

"We had travelled to Houston from Toronto in anticipation of a great game of football and we recognise many fans have also travelled long distances.

"We thank the entire Houston Dynamo team for their efforts in preparing for the match and regret that the game could not be played."

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