2015 Houston Dynamo season

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Houston Dynamo
2015 season
OwnerPhilip Anschutz
Head CoachOwen Coyle
StadiumBBVA Compass Stadium
MLSConference: 8th
Overall: 15th
MLS Cup PlayoffsDid not qualify
U.S. Open CupQuarterfinals
(active)
Texas DerbyRunners-Up
Carolina Challenge CupWinners
Highest home attendance22,651
(July 3 vs. Chicago)
Lowest home attendanceLeague: 16,018
(May 5 vs. San Jose)
All: 2,479
(June 30 vs. Colorado)
Average home league attendanceRegular season: 20,618
Playoffs: —
All: 17,725
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The 2015 Houston Dynamo season was the club's tenth season of existence, and their first under new head coach Owen Coyle.

Background[edit]

Review[edit]

Roster[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of August 17, 2015.[1]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Tyler Deric  United States
2 Defender Kofi Sarkodie  United States
3 Midfielder Rob Lovejoy  United States
4 Defender Jermaine Taylor  Jamaica
5 Defender Raúl Rodríguez  Spain
6 Midfielder Nathan Sturgis  United States
7 Defender DaMarcus Beasley (DP)  United States
8 Midfielder Luis Garrido  Honduras
9 Forward Erick Torres (DP)  Mexico
10 Forward Giles Barnes  England
11 Midfielder Brad Davis  United States
12 Forward Will Bruin  United States
13 Midfielder Ricardo Clark  United States
14 Midfielder Alex  Brazil
15 Midfielder Alexander López  Honduras
16 Defender A. J. Cochran  United States
17 Forward Chandler Hoffman  United States
18 Defender David Horst  United States
19 Forward Mauro Manotas  Colombia
20 Midfielder Rasheed Olabiyi  Nigeria
21 Midfielder Zach Steinberger  United States
22 Defender Sheanon Williams  United States
23 Defender Taylor Hunter  United States
27 Midfielder Boniek Garcia  Honduras
28 Midfielder Memo Rodriguez (HGP)  United States
30 Goalkeeper Michael Lisch  United States
31 Goalkeeper Joe Willis  United States
33 Midfielder Leonel Miranda  Argentina

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred From Date Source
28 MF United States Memo Rodriguez United States Houston Dynamo Youth December 4, 2014 [2]
31 GK United States Joe Willis United States D.C. United December 8, 2014 [3]
DF Ghana Samuel Inkoom United States D.C. United December 8, 2014 [3]
17 FW United States Chandler Hoffman United States LA Galaxy December 18, 2014 [4]
6 MF United States Nathan Sturgis United States Chivas USA December 18, 2014 [4]
9 FW Mexico Erick Torres Mexico C.D. Guadalajara December 23, 2014 [5]
5 DF Spain Raúl Rodríguez Spain RCD Espanyol January 9, 2015 [6]
21 MF United States Zach Steinberger United States Butler Bulldogs January 15, 2015 [7]
3 MF United States Rob Lovejoy United States North Carolina Tar Heels January 15, 2015 [8]
22 DF United States Taylor Hunter United States Denver Pioneers January 20, 2015 [9]
14 MF Brazil Alex United States Chicago Fire April 13, 2015
20 MF Nigeria Rasheed Olabiyi Nigeria Enyimba July 9, 2015 [10]
22 DF United States Sheanon Williams United States Philadelphia Union July 23, 2015 [11]
MF United States Christian Lucatero United States Houston Dynamo Youth August 18, 2015 [12]

Out[edit]

Squad # Position Player Transferred To Date Source
DF United States Eric Brunner United States Retired [13]
DF United States Anthony Arena United States Pittsburgh Riverhounds November 25, 2014
FW Jamaica Omar Cummings United States San Antonio Scorpions November 25, 2014
FW United States Brian Ownby United States Richmond Kickers November 25, 2014
MF United States Bryan Salazar November 25, 2014
MF United States Servando Carrasco United States Sporting Kansas City November 25, 2014
FW England Andrew Driver United States D.C. United December 8, 2014
GK United States Tally Hall United States Orlando City SC December 8, 2014 [14]
FW United States Mark Sherrod United States Orlando City SC December 10, 2014
FW Jamaica Jason Johnson United States Chicago Fire April 13, 2015 [15]
DF United States Corey Ashe United States Orlando City SC July 15, 2015 [16]

Loan in[edit]

Squad # Position Player Loaned From Date Source
33 FW Argentina Leonel Miranda Argentina Independiente January 8, 2015 [17]

Loan out[edit]

Squad # Position Player Loaned To Date Source
9 FW Mexico Erick Torres Mexico C.D. Guadalajara December 23, 2014
18 MF United States Memo Rodriguez United States Charleston Battery March 20, 2015 [18]
22 DF United States Taylor Hunter United States Colorado Springs Switchbacks April 11, 2015 [19]

Competitions[edit]

Preseason[edit]

MLS[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Standings[edit]

Western Conference Table[edit]
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification
6 Sporting Kansas City 34 14 11 9 48 45 +3 51 Knockout round
7 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 13 8 41 39 +2 47
8 Houston Dynamo 34 11 14 9 42 49 −7 42
9 Real Salt Lake 34 11 15 8 38 48 −10 41
10 Colorado Rapids 34 9 15 10 33 43 −10 37
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
Overall Table[edit]
Pos Team Pld W L T GF GA GD Pts Qualification[a]
13 San Jose Earthquakes 34 13 13 8 41 39 +2 47
14 Orlando City SC 34 12 14 8 46 56 −10 44
15 Houston Dynamo 34 11 14 9 42 49 −7 42
16 Real Salt Lake 34 11 15 8 38 48 −10 41
17 New York City FC 34 10 17 7 49 58 −9 37
Source: MLS
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) total wins; 3) total goal differential; 4) total goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) away goals scored; 7) away goal differential; 8) home goals scored; 9) home goal differential; 10) coin toss or drawing of lots
Notes:
  1. ^

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Houston will enter the 2015 U.S. Open Cup with the rest of Major League Soccer in the fourth round.[20]

Friendlies[edit]

Statistical Leaders[edit]

Will Bruin led the Dynamo in scoring in 2015
Goals
Name #
1 United StatesWill Bruin 11
2 United StatesRicardo Clark 8
3 JamaicaGiles Barnes 7
4 United StatesBrad Davis 4
5 HondurasBoniek Garcia 3
Assists
Name #
1 United StatesBrad Davis 10
2 HondurasBoniek Garcia 5
3 United StatesWill Bruin 4
4 HondurasAlexander Lopez 3
JamaicaGiles Barnes
Appearances (starts)
Name #
1 United StatesWill Bruin 33 (28)
2 United StatesDavid Horst 32 (28)
3 United StatesRicardo Clark 30 (30)
4 United StatesBrad Davis 30 (29)
5 HondurasLuis Garido 29 (21)

Uniforms[edit]

Home
Home Alt.
Away

Television[edit]

For the 2015 season, Root Sports Southwest serves as the English broadcaster of all 22 non-national Major League Soccer matches. The one-year deal with ROOT SPORTS' regional network includes a 30-minute pregame and postgame show for each game. Games and weekly programing had aired the previous two seasons on Comcast SportsNet Houston, which was purchased out of bankruptcy court by DirecTV and AT&T in October 2014 and rebranded as Root Sports Southwest.[21]

Root Sports initially cancelled the three-year deal signed in 2013[22] with CSN Houston before agreeing on this new deal with the Dynamo. In comparison, the Dynamo lose airtime by way of a weekly show and daily coverage on CSN's daily newscast but gained a higher distribution to homes in Houston that weren't subscribed to Comcast and therefore did not have access to Comcast's exclusive sports network.

On the Spanish side, Telemundo Houston returns as the Dynamo's broadcast partner for the second consecutive season.[23] The Telemundo-owned Houston station signed up for 10 Dynamo games in 2015, a three-game increase from the 2014 season. Five of those matches will air live on TeleXitos, available over-the-air on KTMD's secondary channel 47.2, and select games on TeleXitos include a 30-minute pregame and a 30-minute postgame show. Games on Telemundo, channel 47.1, air deferred at 11 p.m. on the night of the match due to scheduling conflicts with national programming (of which includes Telemundo's home games telecast of Liga MX sides León and Pachuca).

The remaining 12 games of the regular-season will be carried by MLS' national TV partners, including 8 on the Univision family of networks, which shows the Dynamo's appeal to a national Hispanic audience due to its Honduran trio (Boniek, Garrido and López) and the addition of Mexican international Erick Torres.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Players". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "Houston Dynamo sign Memo Rodríguez to homegrown contract". HoustonDynamo.com. Houston Dynamo Communications. 2014-12-04. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  3. ^ a b http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2014/12/08/mls-open-half-day-trade-window-start-offseason
  4. ^ a b "Houston Dynamo select Chandler Hoffman, Nathan Sturgis in Stage Two of MLS Re-Entry Draft". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.houstondynamo.com/news/2014/12/houston-dynamo-sign-mexican-forward-erick-cubo-torres-designated-player
  6. ^ "Houston Dynamo expect signing of La Liga center back Raul Rodriguez to address backline weaknesses". Major League Soccer. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.dynamotheory.com/2015/1/15/7552411/zach-steinberger-houston-dynamo-mls-draft-results
  8. ^ "Houston Dynamo select Zach Steinberger, Oumar Ballo and Rob Lovejoy in 2015 MLS SuperDraft". HoustonDynamo.com. Houston Dynamo Communications. 15 January 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Houston Dynamo select defender Taylor Hunter in third round of 2015 MLS SuperDraft". HoustonDynamo.com. Houston Dynamo Communications. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  10. ^ Akpayen, George. "Olabiyi joins Houston Dynamo". supersport.com. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  11. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2015/07/23/houston-dynamo-acquire-philadelphia-union-defender-sheanon-williams-exchange
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ http://www.houstondynamo.com/news/2014/11/houston-dynamo-defender-eric-brunner-announces-retirement
  14. ^ http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-city-lions/on-the-pitch/os-orlando-city-trades-houston-dynamo-tally-hall-20141028-post.html
  15. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2015/04/13/houston-dynamo-chicago-fire-swap-attacking-talent-alex-jason-johnson
  16. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2015/07/15/orlando-city-sc-acquire-backline-depth-trade-experienced-houston-dynamo-left
  17. ^ Mirando joins Houston on loan - mlssoccer.com
  18. ^ Conover, Dan (2015-03-20). "Three players cleared, one in limbo". CharlestonBattery.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  19. ^ Smith, Amanda (11 April 2015). "SFC Introduces MLS Loanee Taylor Hunter". SwitchbacksFC.com. Archived from the original on 2015-04-17. Retrieved 16 April 2015.
  20. ^ "102nd U.S. Open Cup Unveils Format, Record Number of Teams". ussoccer.com.
  21. ^ Barron, David (March 2, 2015). "Root Sports to air 22 Dynamo games this season". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  22. ^ Tolar, Alicia (September 17, 2014). "DirecTV to cancel Houston Dynamo deal, retain Houston Dash". Dynamo Theory. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  23. ^ Houston Dynamo Communications (March 9, 2015). "Telemundo Houston returns as the official Spanish-language broadcast partner of the Dynamo". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved March 30, 2015.