Continuing with our 1-on-1 interview with Brian Ching, Sebastian Salazar asks for some of Ching's favorite memories with the U.S. men's national team. Ching goes through his thoughts on being the first Hawaiian to play for the national team, the best atmosphere to play in and more.
Steph caught up with your Dynamo favorites at our year-end Dynamo Celebration. Does Tally dress Brad? What was the worst rookie prank pulled on Anthony Arena? Who has the best "winning face"? All that and more in a special On Location edition of The Pulp.
Congrats to former Dynamo defender and current University of Washington assistant coach Craig Waibel for being named Regional Assistant Coach of the Year in the Far West region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)!
Waibel and the Huskies, led by head coach Jamie Clark, have compiled a 16-1-4 record in 2013 and will host New Mexico this Saturday in the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament with a trip to the College Cup on the line. Washington went into the tournament as the No. 2 overall seed and Pac-12 champions.
After finishing his playing career with the Dynamo in 2010, Waibel went to the University of Michigan as an assistant coach in 2011 before accepting the same position at Washington, his alma mater, in 2012. In his two seasons, the Dawgs have gone 29-6-6, including 3-1-0 in the NCAA Tournament.
"The Peaceful Warrior" is scheduled to be at BBVA Compass Stadium next Friday for Brian Ching's Testimonial Match, presented by BBVA Compass, but the College Cup begins the same day at PPL Park in Philadelphia. We'll understand if he has other commitments, such as winning a championship.
Dominic Kinnear, Brad Davis and Chris Canetti give their final thoughts on the 2013 Dynamo season and provide a glimpse ahead to 2014.
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