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12 January 2:30 pm

Houston Dynamo Academy goalkeeper Johan Welch has started the first two games for the Trinidad & Tobago national team at the CONCACAF Under-20 championships in Jamaica. The Soca Warriors opened the group stage with a 2-2 draw with Jamaica on Saturday before rolling to a 5-1 win over Aruba on Sunday. T&T will next face Guatemala on Wednesday before rounding out the group stage against Panama (Sunday) and the United States (Jan. 21).

(SEE HIGHLIGHTS FROM BOTH GAMES BELOW.)

Welch, 18, is member of the Dynamo Academy U-18s, currently 8-1-1 on the season and in first place in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's Central Conference Frontier Division. Welch has started four of ten games this season while competing for playing time with goalkeeper Andy Rios.

After the winter break, the Academy U-18s resume USSDA league play on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Sporting Kansas City at Houston Sports Park. Admission is free to the public. 

 

05 January 12:50 pm

The Dynamo brought excitement to the holiday season with the signing of Mexico national team forward Erick “Cubo” Torres as Designated Player on Dec. 23. While the news is nearly two weeks old, here is a rundown of some of the the media reaction to the Dynamo acquisition:

Houston Chronicle (Jesus Ortiz) – Torres signing a “big moment” for the Dynamo

Houston Chronicle (Jesus Ortiz) – Dynamo make international splash with signing of Erick Torres

Fox Sports (Kyle McCarthy) – MLS finds the ideal home for Erick Torres in Houston

NBC Pro Soccer Talk (Nicholas Mendola) – Dynamo “massive winners” in Cubo Torres sweepstakes

Soccer America (Paul Kennedy) – Cubo has landed at Houston

Reuters (Simon Evans) – Coyle delighted with Dynamo’s Torres capture

Latin Times (Michael Duarte) – Torres to play for Chivas Guadalajara and Dynamo in 2015

Orange in the Oven (Hal Kaiser) – The Cubo Torres impact for Houston Dynamo

Dynamo Theory (Justin Jerkins) – Cubo ushers in “New Era” for Dynamo

Bleacher Report (Joe Tansey) – Why the signing of Erick Torres is a game changer for Houston and MLS
 

 

23 December 8:29 pm

The Houston Dynamo signed Mexico international forward Erick “Cubo” Torres as a Designated Player on December 23. As part of the agreement, Torres will be loaned to his boyhood club, Chivas de Guadalajara, for the spring season in Liga MX. Torres will join the Dynamo full-time at the conclusion of the 2015 Torneo Clausura, which runs from January 9 – May 10. Here is some history on the man they call “Cubo”:

  • Erick is often called “Cubo” due to the large, cubical shape of his head. He also has a reputation for good aerial ability and scoring goals using said large head.
  • The 21-year-old is also known for his “robot” goal celebration, which he picked up off of EA Sports' FIFA video games.
  • Torres scored 15 goals in 29 games in 2014, a Chivas USA club record for a single season that was previously held by Ante Razov.
  • Cubo scored 22 goals in 44 appearances in one and a half seasons with Chivas USA, the most goals by a Mexican-born player in MLS history.  
  • The striker made his Mexico national team debut in September 2014 against Bolivia and scored his first goal for El Tri against Panama a month later, a game-winning goal in the 89th minute.
  • A Guadalajara native, Torres made his Mexican Primera Division debut with Chivas in November 2010 at age 17.
  • In his first Súper Clásico, between Mexican super clubs Chivas and Club América, Torres scored the opening goal in a 3-0 win on April 11, 2011.
  • Torres scored six goals in 15 games in the 2011 Clausura season as Chivas reached the semifinals of the Liga MX playoffs.
  • At 18, he was the youngest member of the squad at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup as Mexico finished in third place. Torres appeared in seven games and scored one goal.
  • In November 2014, Torres scored five goals in four appearances—including two goals in the final versus Venezuela—as the Mexico U-21s won the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games.
  • In 2013, Torres scored six goals in his first seven games in MLS.
  • In 2014, Torres scored in each of the first four games of the season and had eight goals through ten games.
  • Torres was a 2014 MLS-All Star and assisted on Bradley Wright-Phillips’ equalizing goal against Bayern Munich.
17 December 9:46 am

Tune in tonight from 7-9 p.m. for a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College, on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM. 

Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis will speak with Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley following his announcement of retirement from the U.S. national team on Monday. Dash head coach Randy Waldrum will also join the show to discuss the offseason and his run to the brink of the Women's World Cup with Trinidad & Tobago.  

The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.

Click here to listen to a live stream.

04 December 10:35 am

Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.

Listen in as Glenn talks with Dynamo forward Will Bruin, director of youth development James Clarkson and Texas A&M women's soccer head coach G Guerrieri ahead of their trip to the Women's College Cup this weekend.

The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.

Click here to listen to a live stream.

20 November 11:33 am

Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis is back on the air tonight with a new episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.

Listen in as Glenn talks with Dynamo captain Brad Davis, general manager Matt Jordan and more.

The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.

Click here to listen to a live stream.

17 November 2:04 pm

As Major League Soccer prepares for its 20th season in 2015, the league’s fans and pundits now have a longer history to analyze and debate. MLSSoccer.com unveiled its unofficial all-time Postseason Best XI and honorable mention list on Monday, and eight former and current Houston Dynamo players made the 34-player cut.

With eight of the 34, the Dynamo contingent comprised 23.5 percent of the group. Not bad, considering the Dynamo have existed for just 9 of the league’s 19 seasons.

The league’s editors gave most credit for postseason accomplishments – MLS Cup titles and appearances seem like large criteria, along with goals and assists in big games. In addition, players who played in a large quantity of postseason games were rewarded.

VIEW THE FULL POSTSEASON BEST XI AND HONORABLE MENTION LIST

Here is a look at the Dynamo delegation included in the list, with a summary of their postseason accomplishments:

Brian Mullan (Best XI: Right Midfielder) – Mullan won five MLS Cups with four different teams, including two with the Dynamo (2006, 2007) and one with his hometown Colorado Rapids (2010). Mullan deservedly gained bonus points for rising to the occasion in big moments. In MLS Cup 2003 he assisted on Richard Mulrooney’s goal just 50 seconds after Chicago’s DaMarcus Beasley cut the Earthquakes lead to 2-1. Then, in MLS Cup 2006, 72 seconds after Taylor Twellman scored to give New England a lead in extra time, Mullan set up Brian Ching’s equalizing goal.

Notable postseason stats: 5 MLS Cups (tied-most); 5 game-winning assists (tied-most); 9 assists (tied-8th); 36 games (9th)

Dwayne De Rosario (Best XI: Forward) – De Rosario has four MLS Cups and two MLS Cup MVPs (2001, 2007) on his resume, and played in all four of his Cup wins, starting three. Like Mullan, he delivered in big moments, scoring the winning goal in extra time in MLS Cup 2001 with San Jose and then bagged the game-winning goal and an assist in MLS Cup 2007 with Houston. De Ro also converted his spot kick in Houston’s 2006 MLS Cup penalty shootout win. 

Notable postseason stats: Went 4-0 in MLS Cup Finals, scoring two goals and adding two assists in the four games

Pat Onstad (Honorable Mention: Goalkeeper) – Like De Rosario, Onstad never lost an MLS Cup Final, starting as the Earthquakes won in 2003 and both of Houston’s cup wins. In 2003, with the ‘Quakes leading the Fire 3-2 early in the second half, Onstad stopped Ante Razof’s penalty kick for a decisive play in an eventual 4-2 win. In 2006, the first penalty shootout in MLS Cup history, Onstad saved Jay Heaps’ penalty to win MLS Cup after Ching’s dramatic equalizer in extra time. A year later, Onstad made seven saves as the Dynamo overcame an early goal from Twellman for a 2-1 comeback win and a second consecutive cup.

Notable postseason stats: 10 wins (4th among goalkeepers); 5 shutouts (tied for 8th); 21 starts (5th among goalkeepers)

Craig Waibel (Honorable Mention: Right Back)  Like many on the list, Waibel won the big games, going 4-1 in MLS Cup Finals, with the lone defeat in 2001 as his LA Galaxy lost to San Jose. Waibel started three Finals (2003, 2006, 2007) and the right back delivered three important playoff assists in Houston: at Chivas USA in the Dynamo’s first ever playoff game in 2006, the clinching goal vs. Kansas City in 2007, and finally, combining with Brad Davis to assist De Rosario’s Cup-winner vs. New England in 2007.

Eddie Robinson (Honorable Mention: Center Back)  Similar to De Rosario and Onstad, Robinson was perfect with MLS Cup on the line going 3-0 in MLS Cup Finals in which he played (2003, 2006,2007). Like Mullan and De Rosario, Robinson is among an elite group with four MLS Cup wins. 

Wade Barrett (Honorable Mention: Left Back) – The Dynamo captain lifted the trophy after MLS Cup triumphs in 2006 and 2007, and won a third Cup with San Jose in 2001. Barrett started all three Cup wins and was 3-0 in three appearances as a player. Barrett started 21 of the 23 playoffs games his teams appeared in during his career. The left back also notched three playoff assists in run to the championship in 2001.

Brad Davis (Honorable Mention: Left Midfielder) – The Dynamo have appeared in 28 playoff games in nine seasons, and Davis has played in all but one (27) and started all but two (26). Davis started both Cup wins in 2006 and 2007 and assisted on De Rosario’s winning goal in the ’07 victory. Davis has three career playoff goals and each was important: A series equalizer vs. Chivas USA in 2006; a series clincher vs. FC Dallas in 2007 and another series equalizer vs. New York in 2013. Davis has nine career playoff assists, five more than second-place De Rosario (4). The lone Dynamo playoff game Davis has missed was MLS Cup 2011 after he suffered a quadriceps injury in the Eastern Conference Championship. 

Notable postseason stats: 9 assists (Tied-8th); 27 games (Dynamo leader); 26 starts (Dynamo leader); 2,376 minutes (Dynamo leader); 92 corner kicks (2nd)

Brian Ching (Honorable Mention: Forward) – Ching’s tying goal in the 114th minute of MLS Cup 2006 is arguably the most important goal in Dynamo history. Six minutes from a heartbreaking extra-time defeat in front of thousands of Dynamo supporters who travelled to Dallas for the game, Ching’s header sent the game to penalties. In the shootout, the Hawaiian was Houston’s fifth penalty taker, and he converted his spot kick moments before Onstad stopped Heaps, and the Dynamo captured the Cup in their first season. Ching won three MLS Cups (2003, 2006, 2007) and is Houston’s all-time postseason scorer, with seven goals. Like De Rosario, Ching was as clutch as they come in the playoffs. In Houston’s first playoff series, Ching scored two of Houston’s three goals in a tight 3-2 aggregate win over Chivas USA. He rose to the occasion a year later, scoring twice late (72’ and 97’) as the Dynamo erased a 2-0 aggregate deficit for a 4-2 series win after extra time over FC Dallas. His late-game playoff heroics continued in 2009 when he scored the series’ only goal in the 96th minute of the second leg vs. Seattle. His final playoff goal, from a Brad Davis set piece, was the last goal at Robertson Stadium and sealed a 2011 series win vs. Philadelphia.

*In all, the list includes 34 of the most accomplished playoff performers in MLS history. If we were looking for a “snub”, Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston would be a candidate. Ralston started four MLS Cup Finals and he helped guide the New England Revolution to the playoffs in eight straight seasons from 2002-09. Ralston appeared in 34 career playoff games (tied for 10th), and is tenth on the minutes list (3,164).

What do you think of the list? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

05 November 2:00 pm

Major League Soccer unveiled the offseason calendar for the 2014-15 offseason on Wednesday, including dates of the MLS Expansion, Waiver and Re-entry drafts, as well as the MLS Combine and SuperDraft.

Like past offseasons which featured an Expansion Draft, this winter will feature a half-day trade window on Dec. 8, shortly before 2015 newcomers New York City FC and Orlando City make their selections on Dec. 10. The lone event with a date still undetermined is the dispersal draft for Chivas USA’s players.

2014-15 MLS Offseason Calendar

TBD - MLS Dispersal Draft for Chivas USA
December 7, 2014 - MLS Cup Final
December 8, 2014 – Half-day Trade Window: Open 9 am ET - 1 pm ET. Teams may trade during that window or may re-sign their own players. Blackout period starts at 1 pm ET, runs through the MLS Expansion Draft.
December 10, 2014  MLS Expansion Draft
December 10, 2014  Trade Window opens at the end of Expansion Draft; closes on December 11, 2014, at 5 pm ET
December 10, 2014 – MLS Waiver Draft
December 12, 2014  MLS Re-entry Draft, Phase One
December 12, 2014 – Trade Window opens at the end of Re-entry Draft Phase One; closes on December 17, 2014, at 11 am ET
December 18, 2014  MLS Re-entry Draft, Phase Two
December 18, 2014 – Trade Window opens at the end of Re-entry Draft Phase Two
January 2-5, 2015  MLS Caribbean Combine
January 9-13, 2015  MLS Combine
January 15, 2015  MLS SuperDraft

05 November 12:29 pm

Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College, is back on the air tonight with a new episode. The show will air on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM from 7-9 p.m.

Matt Pedersen will fill in for Glenn Davis, and listen in as he talks with new Dynamo vice president/general manager Matt Jordan and Dynamo president Chris Canetti. Other guests include: Dynamo director of youth development James Clarkson, Canada-based soccer reporter John Molinaro (Sportsnet) and Ives Galarcep (SBI Soccer, Goal.com). Call in and give your thoughts on the appointment of Matt Jordan and the search for the next Dynamo head coach.

The call-in number for the show is 713-439-1560.

Click here to listen to a live stream.

28 October 1:54 pm

For the first time, the Dynamo Academy is staging a vote for its Goal of the Month. For October, there are eight nominees for the best goal scored in a game this month by a Dynamo Academy player. Watch the video below, and then vote for your favorite goal at the Dynamo Academy Twitter page (@DynamoAcademy) using the hashtag of your favorite goal.

Watch the video and vote now.