|Full name||Houston Dynamo|
|Nickname(s)||Dynamo, Orange Crush,
La Naranja, The Men in Orange
The Orange, Die Oranje
|Founded||2005, as Houston 1836|
|Stadium||BBVA Compass Stadium
|Owner||Philip Anschutz (AEG)|
|Co-Owners||Oscar De La Hoya (GBP)
|League||Major League Soccer|
|2012||Eastern Conference: 5th
|Website||Club home page|
The Houston Dynamo is an American professional soccer club, based in Houston, Texas, that plays in Major League Soccer. Founded in 2005 as Houston 1836, the year the city of Houston was founded, the team name was renamed to Houston Dynamo following protests from Hispanic fans because 1836 could have been taken to refer to the war for Texas independence. The club originally played its home games at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus but moved to the BBVA Compass Stadium during the 2012 Major League Soccer season.
In 2008, under the management of Dominic Kinnear, the Houston Dynamo was the first Major League Soccer club to secure a point on Mexican soil in the CONCACAF Champions League era. The Houston Dynamo won the MLS Cup (2006 & 2007) in their first two years following player and coaching staff relocation of the San Jose Earthquakes; the Earthquakes were put on hiatus until 2008.
The team is owned by majority owners Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) in partnership with Brener International Group (headed by Gabriel Brener), and multiple world and Olympic boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya. The team's head coach is former US international Dominic Kinnear.
The team was created on December 15, 2005 when the San Jose Earthquakes players and head coach Dominic Kinnear were relocated, due to AEG being unable to secure a soccer-specific stadium. Although all of San Jose's players and Kinnear moved to Houston, the team's name, logo, history and statistics were not transferred and remained inactive in San Jose until the Earthquakes were reactivated in 2007. The Dynamo was thus officially a new team, similar to the Baltimore Ravens in the National Football League (NFL).
Choosing a name
On January 25, 2006, Houston 1836 was first announced as the team name. This followed an online survey for the fans to provide unofficial suggestions for the new team name, with given options of: Apollos, Bulls, Eagles, Gatos, Lonestars, Stallions, Toros, Americans, Buffaloes, Generals, Houston 1836, Mustangs, and Stars. According to MLS & AEG, who chose the name, the 1836 name referred to the year that the city of Houston was founded by brothers Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen, though it had perceived ambiguity, as it is also the year of Texan independence from Mexico. Houston 1836's logo featured a silhouette of General Sam Houston, one of Houston's and Texas' most famous historical figures.
The choice of Houston 1836, however, soon became a political issue. While their stated intent was to link to the founding year of the city, it raised a furor among some locals of Hispanic descent, a major target audience, who related 1836 with the war for Texas independence.
Due to protests from Hispanic fans, MLS opted to choose another nickname, "Dynamo". It refers to Houston's energy-based industrial economy, as well as a previous Houston soccer team, Houston Dynamos who played in the Lone Star Soccer Alliance and United Soccer League. The official reason for the name is that "Dynamo is a word to describe someone who never fatigues, never gives up. The name is symbolic of Houston as an energetic, hard-working, risk-taking kind of town." However, the name "Dynamo" also has precedent in the soccer world, specifically in the former Soviet Union and its allies (FC Dynamo Kyiv, FC Dynamo Minsk, Dinamo Bucureşti, FC Dynamo Moscow, Dinamo Zagreb, KS Dinamo Tirana and Dynamo Dresden among others) where the Dynamo Sports Club and its equivalents like the SV Dynamo were prominent Soviet institutions and notoriously held associations with the secret police forces, like the Soviet KGB and the East German Stasi.[dubious ] The team colors are orange, white, and "Space City" blue or "Luv Ya Blue" (light blue), meant as a symbol of the city of Houston flag which is light blue and of yet another team in Houston's sports history - the Houston Oilers of the NFL.
Inaugural season (2006)
The Dynamo kicked off their 2006 season early competing in the Carolina Challenge Cup, finishing 2-1-0; thus, winning it. The Dynamo played their league first game on April 2, 2006. In front of a crowd of 25,462 in Robertson Stadium, the Dynamo beat the Colorado Rapids 5–2. Brian Ching led the charge for the Dynamo with four goals, all of which were set up with assists from teammate Dwayne De Rosario. Later in the season they went on to beat established MLS clubs such as D.C. United, Los Angeles Galaxy, New England Revolution, Chicago Fire and eventually their Texan state rivals FC Dallas.
The Dynamo finished their first season in Houston with an 11-8-13 record, earning them second place in the Western Conference. In the Conference semifinal playoffs, they beat Chivas USA. On November 5, 2006, they beat Colorado Rapids 3-1 in the Western Conference Final to advance to the MLS Cup.
On November 12, 2006 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, Houston beat New England Revolution 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie to win the 2006 MLS Cup. The game was scoreless until the second half of extra time, when New England's Taylor Twellman scored. Only one minute and six seconds later, Brian Ching headed in the tying goal for Houston, and the championship was, for the first time in MLS history, decided by a penalty shootout. Substitutes Kelly Gray and Stuart Holden scored Houston's first two penalty kicks. Dwayne De Rosario and Brian Ching scored the last two. Ching's gave Houston a 4-3 lead, and goalkeeper Pat Onstad saved New England's Jay Heaps penalty kick to secure the MLS Cup for Houston. By winning the MLS Cup, Houston qualified for the 2007 CONCACAF Champions Cup.
2007 season: Repeat
Houston began the 2007 season early, competing in the 2007 CONCACAF Champions' Cup. After winning a dramatic quarterfinal, beating Costa Rican team Puntarenas F.C., Houston went out of the competition in the semifinals, beating Mexican team Pachuca 2-0 in the first leg but losing 5-2 after extra time in the return leg.
Immediately after, Houston began its 2007 MLS league season with consecutive shutouts against Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA. Houston then struggled in the regular season, losing against New York Red Bulls, Chicago Fire, Toronto FC, and New England Revolution. Due to their success in winning the MLS Cup in their first season, Houston were invited to spend the day at the White House on May 29, 2007 and meet with President George W. Bush.
Houston also made some significant trades during the 2007 season They traded Kevin Goldthwaite and a first round pick in the 2008 SuperDraft to Toronto FC for Richard Mulrooney. They also traded Alejandro Moreno to Columbus Crew in exchange for Joseph Ngwenya. And they traded Kelly Gray to Los Angeles Galaxy for Nate Jaqua. After regrouping and pulling off a win against FC Dallas, Houston began an unbeaten streak of eleven games and a shutout streak of 726 minutes, a new MLS record.
Houston was also invited to compete in the inaugural North American SuperLiga, where they dominated the group stages before losing in a semifinal shootout against Pachuca.
They finished in second place in the regular season in the Western Conference, advancing to the 2007 MLS Cup Playoffs, where they met state rivals FC Dallas in the first round. Dallas won the first leg 1-0, but Houston won the second leg at Robertson Stadium, 4-1 in extra time, to win 4-2 on aggregate. Houston faced the Kansas City Wizards in the Western Conference final, winning 2-0 to advance to the MLS Cup championship game for the second year in a row. Just like in 2006, they faced the New England Revolution for the championship, and won it 2-1 on a game-winning goal by Dwayne De Rosario in the second half, thus winning their second MLS Cup in a row.
Partnership with Golden Boy Promotions
Late in 2007, Major League Soccer informed Dynamo owners Anschutz Entertainment Group that they should divest their interest in the Dynamo, as they wanted each ownership group to own only one team. AEG also owns the Los Angeles Galaxy. On November 21, 2007, it was announced that AEG was in negotiations to sell the Dynamo to a partnership of Brener International Group and Golden Boy Promotions, owned by the famed boxer Oscar de la Hoya.
On February 26, 2008 Houston Dynamo President Oliver Luck revealed the planned negotiations to the media stating that the Houston Dynamo would be managed in majority by original owners Anschutz Entertainment Group (who will hold 50% of ownership) along with newfound partners Gabriel Brener, head of Brener International Group, and multiple World and Olympic boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya (each with 25% ownership). De La Hoya has been seen wearing Dynamo colors on his boxing uniform with a small Houston Dynamo logo on his right leg in a fight against boxer Steve Forbes. He has also pledged to help find Dynamo a soccer-specific stadium, though he has been too busy with training to participate significantly in Dynamo decision-making. He has said he would become more involved once he retires in 2009.
2008 season: Mediocre start; Stunning finish
The Dynamo started early competing in the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship debuted on February 20, 2008 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Houston qualified to participate in the tournament via their win as MLS Cup Champions. The Houston Dynamo won their first match against Sydney FC, before finishing second place after their 6-1 loss to Gamba Osaka in the final match. The club also competed in the Texas Pro Soccer Festival presented by Touch-Tel featuring four Major League Soccer teams (Houston, DC United, Toronto, and Chivas USA) during an electrifying week of double-header exhibition games, events, and daily practices. The Houston Dynamo were declared winners of the tournament after a tiebreaker in goal difference was needed between them and D.C. United. Shortly following the Texas Pro Soccer Festival, the Dynamo was back on the pitch competing in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup (qualifying via 2007 MLS Cup Champions). The Dynamo played Municipal in the Quarterfinals winning 3-1 on aggregate (0-0, 3-1) at Robertson Stadium. The club would lose to Deportivo Saprissa on 3-0 aggregate (0-0, 0-3) at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa.
The Houston Dynamo opened its home opener with a high scoring 3-3 draw with Texas Derby rival, FC Dallas, after falling behind twice (1-2 & 2-3) and getting a game-tying goal from Geoff Cameron in the 93rd minute. The Dynamo went 0-2-4 before getting their first league win of the season in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. The Dynamo went on a roller coaster ride throughout the season before going on a 5-0-4 run to finish the season 13-5-12, claiming 1st in the Western Conference and 2nd overall (behind the Columbus Crew). The Western Conference Semifinals was played against the New York Red Bulls with the first leg finishing in a 1-1 draw at Giants Stadium and the second leg moving to Robertson Stadium where the Red Bulls stunned the Dynamo in a 0-3 defeat in front of more than 30,000 fans. The Red Bulls would go to MLS Cup 2008 where they would lose to Columbus.
2009 season: Reaching the Playoffs
The Dynamo started the new year with a quick exit from the 2008–09 CONCACAF Champions League with a 1-4 aggregate loss (1-1, 0-3) to Atlante in the quarterfinals, with the second leg at Estadio Andrés Quintana.
In the regular season, Houston again evolved into one of the league's premier teams, going on an 11-game unbeaten streak (8-0-3) early in the season before losing to Western Conference rival the Los Angeles Galaxy in June. The Dynamo were inconsistent the rest of the season while dealing with international competition but still finished the season tied for first in the Western Conference with a 13-8-9 record. However, despite their better goal differential, they finished second in the Western Conference, because they lost the regular season series to the Galaxy. In the playoffs, Houston beat the Seattle Sounders 1-0 on aggregate in extra time before losing 0-2 in extra time to the Galaxy in the Western Conference final.
The game was interrupted several times due to rolling blackouts in Los Angeles, the first of which occurred in the 18th minute. Andrew Hainault had an opportunity to win the game in regulation, but his 78th minute header was disallowed for an off-the-ball foul by Luis Ángel Landín.
The Dynamo reached the semifinals of the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup before losing to the expansion Seattle Sounders FC 1-2 in extra time after former Dynamo player Nate Jaqua scored the game-tying goal in the 89th minute.
2010 season: Player departures; Miss playoffs
The Houston Dynamo competed in the 2010 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, Florida. The club would lose to the New York Red Bulls in the Semifinals (0-0, 5-6 in PKs), but would claim third place after defeating Texas Derby rival, FC Dallas, by a score of 2-1.
The 2010 season was kicked off with a 1-1 draw against Texas Derby rivals, FC Dallas, at Pizza Hut Park. The home opener hampered the season as Brian Ching was out for 4–6 weeks because of a left hamstring strain suffered during the first half against Real Salt Lake. The Dynamo went on to win the game, 2-1, on a pair of penalty goals by Brad Davis. Geoff Cameron was the next player to be lost during the season after rupturing his PCL during a game against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park; the Fire would win the game, 2-0. Cameron surprised everyone and eturned in August, and scored a 70th minute header from a free kick by Brad Davis against DC United in the Dynamo's 3-1 win on September 25 in RFK Stadium. The majority of the season saw the Dynamo win, lose, and tie almost in that order (while going winless during the months of June and July) with the club losing out on the playoffs by Week 17, going only 4-7-2 since then. The Dynamo would finish the season going 9-15-6 (7th in the West, 12th overall) and would miss the playoffs for the first time since moving to Houston during the 2005-06 offseason. The Dynamo, however, finished strong with the club's only winning streak all season coming at the very end of the season with wins against playoff bound teams at San Jose (1-0) on October 16 and at home against Seattle (2-1) on October 23 with rookie goalkeeper Tyler Deric in goal.
During the 2010 season, the Dynamo continued their season with the 2010 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The club would defeat Miami FC, 1-0, on June 29 before losing to Chivas USA, 1-3 in the Quarterfinals on July 6 (both games at Robertson Stadium). The Dynamo also competed in the 2010 North American SuperLiga, winning the group before exiting quickly after a 0-1 loss to Morelia on August 5 at Robertson Stadium.
2011 season: Back to the Finals
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The Dynamo ended the 2011 season in second place in the Eastern Conference with a record of twelve wins, nine losses, and thirteen draws for 49 points. This record was fueled by the left foot of MVP candidate Brad Davis's league leading 16 assists. In the Eastern Conference semifinals, the Dynamo were matched up against the Philadelphia Union, which the Dynamo won 3-1 in the home and home series. Meanwhile, in the other Eastern Conference Semifinal, the number one seed Sporting Kansas City easily disposed of the Colorado Rapids behind two 2-0 results. Therefore for the Eastern Conference Final, the Dynamo would have to travel to Kansas City play the team they had lost to 3-0 earlier that season. In the first half of the game, midfielder Brad Davis was injured with a torn right quad muscle. Despite this blow to the Dynamo's offensive capabilities, the team fought on to score twice, and earn their ticket to the MLS Final and a chance to face their former Western Conference rival, the Los Angeles Galaxy.
By chance, Los Angeles's own Home Depot Center had been selected to host that year's MLS Final. Just two seasons prior, the Dynamo faced the Galaxy there in the Western Conference Final, during which several momentum killing blackouts occurred, and, in the weeks leading up to the game, a few of the Dynamo players joked that hopefully LA had paid their electricity bill this year. Unfortunately for the Dynamo, they were not able to power through the game, surrendering a goal to Designated Player Landon Donovan in the 72nd minute.
2012 season: Another Finals Appearance, Another Rematch, and a New Stadium
2012 was an exciting year for the Dynamo. Though they were forced to play their first 7 MLS regular season matches on the road, it was for good reason. BBVA Compass Stadium, the new home of the Dynamo, was being constructed and eventually opened on May 12, 2012. Despite the Dynamo only winning 2 away matches during the entirety of the 2011 season, they began the 2012 season with a bang, winning their first two matches (both away), vs. Chivas USA and the eventual Supporters' Shield winners the San Jose Earthquakes. Unfortunately they were only able to scoop another 2 points from their next 5 matches, beginning the season with 8 points from 7 road matches to start the year.
After completion of their new stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium, the Dynamo made their home debut on May 12, 2012 vs. D.C. United. The Dynamo came out victors thanks to a Brad Davis strike from 35 yards out which beat D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid and found the upper corner of the net. The win happened in front of a capacity crowd of 22,039 and would mark the beginning of what would be an unbeaten year for the Dynamo at home, posting a year-end home record of 11-0-6. The Dynamo's MLS regular season was marked by ups and downs and changes in formation from a 4-4-2 to 4-3-3 and back again by long-time manager Dominic Kinnear. Despite star center back Geoff Cameron's transfer to Stoke City midseason, The Dynamo went unbeaten with a record of 5-0-2 from July 3 to August 3, marked by superb play from captain Brad Davis, Calen Carr, newcomer Macoumba Kandji, new designated player Oscar Boniek Garcia, and the emergence of Will Bruin as a prominent goalscorer, who subsequently went on to lead the Dynamo in scoring with 12 regular season goals, the Dynamo seemed poised to finish in the top 3 in the Eastern Conference. However, some late season lapses caused the Dynamo to drop from 2nd to 5th in the Eastern Conference and only make the playoffs as the wild card, where they would travel to Chicago to face the Chicago Fire in the MLS Wild Card Match.
Buoyed by 2 goals by Will Bruin (12th and 46th minute, respectively), the Dynamo held on to a 2-1 victory in Chicago despite a goal from Brazilian Alex in the 83rd minute. The Dynamo were then set to face one of their rivals, and top seed in the Eastern Conference, Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals, which was to be played over two legs. Behind a brilliant first-half strike from Adam Moffat and Will Bruin’s third goal of the postseason, Houston extended their unbeaten streak at home to 29 games in all competitions, handing Kansas City a 2-0 loss in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals in front of 20,689 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium. In front of a wild crowd of 20,894, Kansas City came up just short in their quest to erase a 2-0 first-leg deficit in the Eastern Conference semifinals. They defeated the Dynamo 1-0 but allowed the Dynamo to survive 2-1 on aggregate despite the Dynamo having just 29 percent of the possession. They would advance to face D.C. United in the Eastern Conference Finals, with the first leg being played in Houston. D.C.'s woes in Houston continued in the playoffs as they fell in the first leg 3-1. The Dynamo used goals from Andre Hainault (51st minute), Will Bruin (68th minute) and Kofi Sarkodie (81st minute) to cancel out Nick DeLeon’s (27th minute) opener in front of 22,101 fans. In the second leg, D.C.'s hopes were crushed by a 33rd minute goal from Oscar Boniek Garcia, which moved the tie to 4-1 on aggregate in favor of Houston, and though the game ultimately ended 1-1 due to a very nice tying goal from Branko Boskovic, the Dynamo held on easily for a 4-2 aggregate win, and advanced to their second straight MLS Cup to face the Los Angeles Galaxy
MLS Cup 2012 was hosted by L.A. in a rematch of the 2011 MLS Cup, this time in front of a sellout crowd of 30,510. After controlling large portions of the first half and getting a very nice goal from striker Calen Carr in the 44th minute, the Dynamo were able to take a 1-0 halftime lead into the locker room. However, the 2nd half turned the game on its head beginning with Carr's unfortunate ACL tear suffered in the 59th minute, in which he was replaced by Macoumba Kandji. Only one minute after this injury, the Galaxy equalized through Omar Gonzalez when the towering central defender banged home a header in the 60th minute. Five minutes later, U.S. international and all-time leading goal-scorer Landon Donovan sealed the Dynamo's fate just as he had the year before with a penalty after Ricardo Clark was judged to have handled the ball in the area. Designated Player Robbie Keane added a third for L.A. late in the match (94th minute), when the game was seemingly out of reach for Houston, and L.A. were crowned MLS Champions for 2012.
Despite the heartbreaking loss for the 2nd year in a row to the Galaxy, the Houston Dynamo had a season they could be proud of. During the 2012 season they had gone undefeated at home, in a new stadium, and counting years past they had actually built up an unbeaten streak of 30 matches in all competitions at home. Will Bruin had emerged in his 2nd year with the team as their leading goal-scorer and striker for the future. Newly acquired Designated Player Oscar Boniek Garcia had a productive half-season and by season's end had won MLS Latin Player of the Year honors as voted on by the fans. With their MLS Cup appearance in 2012, it marked the Dynamo's 4th MLS Cup appearance in their 7 year existence in the league, which is the highest appearance percentage in league history. The reserve team for the Dynamo won their division in the MLS Reserve League as well, by topping the Central/Mountain Conference. The Dynamo also used 2012 to top their group in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League, where they would move on to face Santos Laguna in the round of 16 of the competition to be played March 5, 2013. By finishing as runners-up in MLS Cup, they were awarded a berth in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League as well. Overall, the season was filled with ups and downs for the Dynamo, but in the end, it was another very successful season for the club.
Colors and badge
The colors of the Dynamo crest are orange, black and white, with Space City blue added as an accent and border color. The star on the crest is an ad hoc adoption, likely a nod to the "Houston 1836" crest concept. It also retains the soccer ball with the star in the middle from the "1836" logo, though the shadow is changed to Space City blue.
With the 2006 MLS Cup win, a sanctioned star was added above the shield in 2008, after wearing the scudetto in 2007. Since they won the MLS Cup again in 2007. they wore the scudetto for the second consecutive year in 2008. Consequently, a sanctioned star was added to the logo in 2009 for their win at MLS Cup 2007.
|BBVA Compass Stadium||22,039||Houston, TX||2012 – present||Have gone 13-0-6 in first 19 MLS regular season games in new stadium|
|Robertson Stadium||32,000||Houston, TX||2006-2011|
|Carl Lewis Track & Field Stadium||6,000||Houston, TX||2006||Hosted 1 game in US Open Cup|
|Aggie Soccer Stadium||3,500||College Station, TX||2007, 2011||Hosted 1 game in CONCACAF Champions' Cup, 1 game in US Open Cup|
BBVA Compass Stadium
On December 2, 2010, Harris County and the Houston Sports Authority reached an agreement for the 20,000–22,000-seat soccer specific stadium in Downtown Houston east of Minute Maid Park, across Highway 59 which would be the third sporting facility for Downtown Houston. The venue, now known as BBVA Compass Stadium, opened on May 12, 2012 against D.C. United.
On February 5, 2011, Houston Dynamo players, accompanied by Dynamo owner Philip Anschutz and Equity Partners Oscar De La Hoya and Gabriel Brener, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Harris County Judge Ed Emmitt, Houston Dynamo President Chris Canetti, amongst others, participated in the groundbreaking of the Dynamo's new stadium in front of a few thousand fans. Construction began later that month.
According the information contained on the website of the Houston Dynamo as of August 2011, the new Dynamo stadium will be a state-of-the-art, open-air stadium designed to host Dynamo matches as well as additional sporting and concert events. When it opens in 2012, the 22,000-seat stadium will be the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city's downtown district.
Spectators will be able to experience unobstructed views from both the lower and upper seating bowls, which are supported by a single concourse. The concourse provides full access around the stadium with easy access to concession and toilet facilities. The fan experience will be enhanced by modern sound and video elements throughout the stadium. Fully integrated broadcast facilities will allow viewers and listeners to feel part of the atmosphere.
Aside from Major League Soccer and international soccer matches, the new Dynamo stadium also hosts Texas Southern University football, concerts, boxing matches, and much more. With its downtown location, the new stadium is now a part of a true Stadium District, which already features Minute Maid Park and Toyota Center, as well as other amenities and attractions such as the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Hilton Americas, Discovery Green, and Houston Pavilions.
Houston Amateur Sports Park
The training facility for the Dynamo first team and academy teams is located at the Houston Amateur Sports Park (HASP). Opened in 2011, the complex features seven soccer fields, field lighting, and parking. All of the fields feature Bermuda grass, except one that contains FieldTurf. One of the fields, entitled the Methodist Champions Field, is reserved exclusively for use by the Dynamo and visiting professional teams. The remaining fields are available for public rental. Future plans for the complex will see the construction of a Methodist Hospital physical therapy center and a Competitive Edge Sports Performance facility. The complex, located 10 miles south of BBVA Compass Stadium, was built through a partnership with the City of Houston.
The Dynamo enjoyed good fan support in its first season. Their first ever match attracted 25,462 fans against Colorado Rapids on April 2, 2006. Attendance gradually declined throughout the remainder of the spring and summer months. During July and August they played five matches at Robertson Stadium, and the average attendance for those matches was 10,348.
The team's attendance figures received a boost on August 9 when they played a game against Los Angeles Galaxy in Houston's Reliant Stadium as part of a double-header, with the other game being an exhibition match between FC Barcelona and Mexican side Club América, which attracted a crowd of 70,550. Home attendance began to rise again as the weather cooled and the playoffs approached.
For the 2006 season they averaged 18,935 over the 16 regular season home games. Attendance remained high during their playoff run, where home attendance was 17,440 and 23,107 in games against Chivas USA and Colorado Rapids. Dynamo fans contributed greatly to the sell-out crowd of 22,427 in the 2006 MLS Cup, which was played about 275 miles (450 km) from Houston, in Frisco, Texas.
In 2007, Houston started a search for a mascot by asking members of the Art Institute of Houston to submit drawings, from which several finalists were selected and an official mascot would be decided through an online poll, both for the mascot design and name. The winning design, by Eric Hulsey and Leslie Lopez, was of an orange-haired fox and named Dynamo Diesel. He was unveiled at Houston Zoo on April 3, 2007. Dynamo Diesel began working alongside the Houston Dynamo marketing and community outreach programs. He is not only present at games, cheering on the team, but also joins the Houston dancers, the Dynamo Girls helping to promote the Dynamo in Houston. The Dynamo Girls were featured in an episode of the MTV reality series Made.
Houston's main geographic rival is FC Dallas. Each season they compete in the Texas Derby, or El Capitán Clasico, in which the victor wins an 18th century cannon named El Capitán.
|Season||Played||Dynamo Win||Draw||FCD Win||Dynamo Goals||FCD Goals||+/-||Texas Derby Winner|
|Total||20||9||7||4||31||23||+8||Houston Dynamo (5), FC Dallas (3)|
Note ‡: FC Dallas won on away goals rule, 4-2
The team's main international rival is Pachuca. The Houston Dynamo and Pachuca have faced each other in the North American SuperLiga as well as the CONCACAF Champions League since 2007 and have a combined record of 3-3-1.
|*||Neither teams met in the tournament|
|†||Pachuca or Houston did not qualify|
|‡||Neither team qualified|
|Season||Played||Dynamo Win||Draw||Pachuca Win||Dynamo Goals||Pachuca Goals||+/-||SuperLiga Rivalry Winner||Dynamo SL Outcome|
|Total||3||2||1||0||6||3||+3||Houston Dynamo (2), Pachuca (0), Tie (1)||—————————|
Note §: Pachuca won on penalty kicks, 4-3.
|Season||Played||Dynamo Win||Draw||Pachuca Win||Dynamo Goals||Pachuca Goals||+/-||CONCACAF Rivalry Winner||Dynamo CCL Outcome|
|Total||4||1||0||3||4||8||-4||Houston Dynamo (0), Pachuca (2)||—————————|
On August 24, 2007, the Houston Dynamo reached a four-year sponsorship deal with Houston based retail electricity provider, Amigo Energy, worth US$7.5M. Amigo Energy became the official jersey sponsor. The Dynamo were the fifth league team to sign jersey sponsors, after Los Angeles Galaxy, Chivas USA, Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC with Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire each adding jersey sponsors for the 2008 season
The Amigo Energy logo appeared on all team jerseys, along with other on-field gear, and Amigo Energy also became the official home and business retail energy provider of the Dynamo. As part of the deal, Amigo Energy established a focused marketing strategy that uses the Dynamo in co-branded advertising, customer retention, and new customer acquisition programs.
On December 7, 2010, the team announced Greenstar Recycling as their new corporate jersey sponsor. The deal was worth $12.7 million over three-years, with two additional option years, making it the largest sponsor in team history. The Greenstar logo appeared on Dynamo game jerseys and all team apparel. Greenstar had managed all recycling and waste management services at BBVA Compass Stadium. The deal ended amicably after just over two years to facilitate Waste Management's acquisition of Greenstar. Team President Chris Canetti doesn't expect a replacement sponsor before the start of the season, but isn't ruling it out either.
On February 8, 2012 the Houston Dynamo and Spanish-language television partner MultiMedios Houston reached a broadcast agreement for the 2012 season which includes broadcast of 16 Dynamo regular-season games plus a weekly, 30-minute studio show and "Dynamo al Día", a daily 15-minute show that provides interviews and team-related content. MultiMedios was previously a television partner of the Dynamo from 2006 to 2009. Broadcasts, available in high-definition, feature play-by-play broadcaster Ernesto Chavana and color analysts Willie Gonzalez and Heliodoro Hinojosa.
Previous local TV broadcasters
In January 2013 the Dynamo announced the start of a new multiyear deal with Gow Media. Effective for the 2013 season, Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM will broadcast all Dynamo games with play-by-play announcer Matt Pedersen, along with a 30-minute pregame and 30-minute postgame show (home games will be followed by a 1-hour post game radio show). Select games will simulcast on sister station ESPN 97.5 FM, when scheduling allows. The deal also includes a weekly radio show hosted by Houston soccer personality Glenn Davis, Dynamo All-Access, airing on Monday nights from 7 - 9 p.m beginning January 21, 2013. The deal ends the relationship with the only other radio station the club has had since its inception: KBME SportsTalk 790 AM.
Spanish radio broadcasts are carried by KEYH 850 AM La Ranchera, with Daniel Mejia calling play-by-play and Alex Parra providing color.
Players and staff
As of August 29, 2012.
Players on loan
|19||Midfielder||Alex Dixon (HGP; on loan to Tampa Bay Rowdies)||United States|
|22||Forward||Brian Ownby (on loan to Richmond Kickers)||United States|
Notable former players
This list of former players includes those who received international caps while playing for the team, made significant contributions to the team in terms of appearances or goals while playing for the team, or who made significant contributions to the sport either before they played for the team, or after they left. It is clearly not yet complete and all inclusive, and additions and refinements will continue to be made over time.
- See also All-time Houston Dynamo roster
- Owner: Anschutz Entertainment Group
- Equity partners: Oscar De La Hoya, Brener International Group
Senior club staff
- President of Business Operations: Chris Canetti
- Executive Vice President: Steve Powell
- Senior Vice President: David Tagliarino
- Head coach: Dominic Kinnear
- Assistant Coach: Steve Ralston
- Assistant Coach: Wade Barrett
- Assistant Player-Coach: Brian Ching
- Goalkeepers Coach: Tim Hanley
- Head Athletic Trainer: Theron Enns
- Assistant Athletic Trainer: Shane Caron
- Director, Soccer Operations: Nick Kowba
- Equipment Manager: Mike Porter
- MLS Supporters' Shield
- Runners-up (1): 2008
- MLS Western Conference
- Winners (Regular Season) (1): 2008
- Winners (Playoff) (2): 2006, 2007
- MLS Eastern Conference
- Winners (Playoff) (2): 2011, 2012
- North American SuperLiga
- Runners-up (1): 2008
- Pan-Pacific Championship
- Runners-up (1): 2008
- Minor Trophies
|Year||Regular Season||Playoffs||US Open Cup||CONCACAF
|2006||2nd, West (11-8-13)||Won Conference Semifinals (Chivas USA 3-2)
Won Conference Finals (Colorado Rapids 3-1)
Won MLS Cup (New England Revolution 4-3)
|Semi-Finals||Could not qualify|
|2007||2nd, West (15-8-7)||Won Conference Semifinals (FC Dallas 4-1)
Won Conference Finals (Kansas City Wizards 2-0)
Won MLS Cup (New England Revolution 2-1)
|Round of 16||Semifinals|
|2008||1st, West (13-5-12)||Lost Conference Semifinals (New York Red Bulls 1-4)||Round of 16||Champions Cup-Semifinals
|2009||2nd, West (13-8-9)||Won Conference Semifinals (Seattle Sounders FC 1-0)
Lost Conference Finals (Los Angeles Galaxy 0-2)
|2010||7th, West (9-15-6)||Did not qualify||Quarter-Finals||Did not qualify|
|2011||2nd, East (12-9-13)||Won Conference Semifinals (Philadelphia Union 3-1)
Won Conference Finals (Sporting Kansas City 2-0)
Lost MLS Cup (Los Angeles Galaxy 0-1)
|Did not qualify†||Did not qualify|
|2012||5th, East (14-9-11)||Won Knockout Round (Chicago Fire 2-1)
Won Conference Semifinals (Sporting Kansas City 2-1)
Won Conference Finals (D.C. United 4-2)
Lost MLS Cup (Los Angeles Galaxy 1-3)
|Round of 32||Quarterfinals|
Note †: Eliminated in the Qualification Semifinals.
The Dynamo have had a recent run of competition against international clubs for the two years following their inaugural season. By virtue of their MLS Cup victories, the Dynamo have entered prestigious competitions like the CONCACAF Champions Cup and the North American SuperLiga. During the 2008 season, the Dynamo participated in the inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship as well as the inaugural CONCACAF Champions League.
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MLS regular season only, through May 24, 2013
The Dynamo's first year regular season attendance was excellent, placing third only behind the two Los Angeles teams. Playoff attendance, however, was in-line with regular season attendance, with neither game selling out (just under 31,000 at Robertson Stadium).
Although regular season attendance dipped a little bit in 2007, in spite of the Dynamo's MLS Cup win in their first year, they nearly sold out the second leg of their Western Conference Semifinal match against FC Dallas, and then they did sell out the Conference Final match against the Kansas City Wizards.
In 2008, regular season attendance rebounded a bit from the lull in 2007. The attendance for the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinal was nearly identical to the previous year, just under a sellout crowd.
- *Through 11/4/2012
Top five Houston Dynamo matches
|30,972||11/10/07||HOU vs. KC||2007 Western Conference Final|
|30,588||10/7/07||HOU vs. LA||2007 Regular Season Match|
|30,361||10/18/08||HOU vs. LA||2008 Regular Season Match|
|30,088||11/2/07||HOU vs. DAL||2007 Western Conference Semi-Final|
|30,053||11/9/08||HOU vs. NY||2008 Western Conference Semi-Final|
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