On Sunday, December 1, Brian Ching was introduced as an Honorary Captain at the Houston Texans' game versus the New England Patriots. Joining Ching were Robert Horry of the Houston Rockets, Larry Dierker of the Houston Astros and Chester Pitts of the Houston Texans.
In the first part of our interview series with Brian Ching, Brian chats with Sebastian Salazar about his early years of soccer in Hawaii, his relationship with his mother and his move to Gonzaga.
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! Glenn will look back at the 2013 for the Dynamo, as well as their recently announced partnership with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL PRO.
Dynamo president Chris Canetti will join Glenn on the program.
Tune in and give Glenn a call with your thoughts!
Tonight's episode airs from 8-10 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 FM or online at www.espn975.com.
The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.
Welcome to the family, Riverhounds fans!
We look forward to bright things in the future as our two clubs begin this new partnership together. A couple of things about us you may want to know:
We’re Orange – Just about everything—from our jerseys to our stadium and everything in between—is orange.
We win – Since moving to Texas from San Jose for the 2006 MLS season, we’ve hardly taken our foot off the pedal. Seven playoff trips, six conference final appearances, four MLS Cup Finals and, of course, two championship trophies in just eight years of existence.
We’ve got a steely resolve – Sorry for the steel pun, but over the years the Dynamo have developed a reputation as one of MLS’ toughest teams. When it comes to crunch time, we don’t back down from anybody and we get the job done. Our name itself means “power in motion,” with a nod to our city’s place in the energy sector as well as our team’s play on the field.
We have a new stadium – Yes, yours is newer. But ours still has that new stadium smell to it! Opened in May 2012, BBVA Compass Stadium holds just over 22,000 people and with the atmosphere from our fans and our famous Houston heat, it’s one of the toughest places to play in MLS. In fact, we hold the record for the longest unbeaten streak at home in MLS history. Oh, and as previously mentioned: it’s orange.
We may have 1,336 miles between us, but if you’re ever in the area stop by and catch a game! We’ll be within driving distance of Western Pennsylvania a few times in the 2014 MLS season as well, so feel free to grab some orange and check us out on the road as well (some dates are listed below).
The Hounds are first in your heart, as they should be, but if you’ve been looking for an MLS team to support, we’d love to have you around.
April 19 at Philadelphia Union
May 21 at D.C. United
July 12 at Toronto FC
August 23 at Columbus Crew
September 20 at Philadelphia Union
October 8 at Toronto FC
League: USL PRO
2013 record: 10-8-8, 38 points (7th seed in playoffs, lost in quarterfinals to eventual champions Orlando City SC)
Colors: Blue and yellow
Head coach: Justin Evans
Technical director: Gene Klein
Supporters group: Steel Army
Forward Jose Angulo was named USL PRO MVP in 2013 after tying with Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC) for the league lead in goals with 15 … Midfielder Matthew Dallman led the league in assists with 12, earning All-League First Team honors along with Angulo … Defender Andrew Marshall was named All-League Second Team … Pittsburgh recently announced the signing of former Dynamo forward Joseph Ngwenya, and midfielder Anthony Obodai … Ngwenya played for Houston in 2007 and 2010, scoring eight goals, while Obodai was on the squad in 2010 … Head coach Justin Evans, a native of Western Pennsylvania, was the first ever player to sign for the Hounds in 1999 … He made 101 appearances in five different stints with Pittsburgh, scoring 14 goals … The Riverhounds hosted FA Cup winner Wigan Athletic in a friendly on July 19, 2013, losing 4-1
Opened: April 13, 2013
Surface: Artificial turf
2013 average attendance: 3,316 (14 league games)
Pittsburgh is only the third USL Pro team to have their own soccer-specific stadium; Charleston Battery and the Rochester Rhinos are the others … Fourth highest attendance numbers out of 13 clubs … Stadium has room for expanded seating in the future … Also hosts the Pittsburgh Passion (women’s football) as well as high school and college soccer, lacrosse and rugby … Seating on three sides, the north side is adjacent to the Monongahela River, looking across to downtown Pittsburgh … Located just to the south of the confluence of the Monongahela and Alleghany Rivers into the Ohio River
The 2013 season has come to a close for the Dynamo, but with the release of the 2014 MLS schedule today, it’s not too early to look ahead to next year. Here’s five of the biggest games at BBVA Compass Stadium in 2014:
March 8 vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.
There’s a little over four months until the 2014 campaign kicks off, and the Dynamo will start it off at home against a young, talented New England Revolution squad. The Revs finished third in the Eastern Conference in 2013 behind a deep attacking front led by Diego Fagundez (13 goals) and Kelyn Rowe (7 goals, 8 assists) and a defense held down by MLS Defender of the Year candidate Jose Goncalves.
Bonus game: These two teams will square off again in the Dynamo’s home finale on Oct. 16.
April 5 vs. FC Dallas, Time TBD
The Texas Derby returns to Houston in just the fourth game of the season. It’s the only meeting between the Dynamo and FCD during the MLS regular season, but that doesn’t mean the teams are buddy-buddy. A straight red to Jair Benitez got tempers flaring in 2012, and a controversial finish left a bad taste in Houston’s mouth earlier in 2013. This will likely be the last time these two teams only meet once in the season, as the introduction of New York City FC and Orlando City SC in 2015 will likely bring the two Texas teams back into the same conference. It's time to bring El Capitán back to BBVA Compass Stadium.
May 17 vs. LA Galaxy, 7:30 p.m.
Old foes missed each other in the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but they’ll get together at BBVA Compass Stadium this May for their only regular season matchup in 2014. The Dynamo took a 1-0 win in LA this past year and a 2-1 victory in the third game in BBVA Compass Stadium history in 2012. The Galaxy’s trio of Designated Players—Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez—will be looking to turn the tables.
June 6 vs. Sporting Kansas City, 7:30 p.m.
Revenge, anyone? After the Dynamo ended Kansas City’s season in 2011 and 2012, Sporting returned the favor on Saturday in the Eastern Conference Championship. The rivals’ first meeting of 2014 will come almost midway through the year, but neither team will soon forget the history that has built up over the past few seasons. This is the also the Dynamo’s final game before taking a three-week break for the World Cup group stage.
July 4 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.
Independence Day at BBVA Compass Stadium against the defending Supporters’ Shield champions? Cue the fireworks clichés! In all seriousness, though, the combo of Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill return to Houston after New York went 3-0-1 here in 2013. The Dynamo, however, came through with a 2-1 victory in extra time at Red Bull Arena in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to advance in the playoffs.
That’s just five of the 17 regular season home games at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo will also face the Western Conference runner-up Portland Timbers (April 27, 2 p.m.) and champions Real Salt Lake (May 11, 6 p.m.). You won’t want to miss the end of the season, as the Dynamo will host five home games in the final two months as they look to secure an eighth playoff appearance in nine years.
To make sure you see all the great matchups for 2014, sign up on our season ticket waiting list or call (713) 276-GOAL.
The Houston Dynamo (No. 4 seed) and Sporting Kansas City (No. 2 seed) will complete the Eastern Conference Championship with leg two on Saturday after playing to a 0‐0 draw in the first leg on Nov. 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The winner of Saturday’s game at Sporting Park will advance to MLS Cup 2013 and meet the winner of the Western Conference Championship between Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers. 2013 marks the third time Houston and Kansas City have met in a conference championship after the Dynamo won the 2007 Western Conference Final and 2011 Eastern Conference Final.
TV: NBC Sports Network (Channel listings)
Radio: 1560 AM / 101.7 FM
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Brunner, Ashe; Creavalle, Davis ©, Barnes; Boniek, Weaver, Driver
Subs: Deric, Cummings, López, Carrasco, Johnson, Arena, Chabala
Sporting Kansas City: Nielsen ©; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Rosell, Nagamura, Feilhaber; Zusi, Dwyer, Sapong
Subs: Kronberg, Opara, Bessone, Saad, Peterson, Bunbury, Bieler