After 10-year Chicago Fire veteran left back Gonzalo Segares announced his retirement on Friday, Dynamo captain Brad Davis now has the longest-tenure with one club among active MLS players. (Thanks to Kurt Austin with Sporting Kansas City for alerting us to this note.)
Davis, 33, is entering his tenth season with the Dynamo after following the club from San Jose in December 2005. His nine years of service with the Dynamo eclipse teammate Corey Ashe (eight years) and the veteran Real Salt Lake trio of Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman and Javier Morales (eight years each).
Davis is entering his 14th season overall in MLS and with 112 assists is tied for fourth on the league’s all-time assist list. Davis is also ninth on the all-time games list, with 338 regular-season appearances, and could climb as high as fifth this season.
Below is the list of active MLS players with the longest tenure with one club.
|PLAYER||CLUB||CONSECUTIVE YEARS WITH CLUB (through 2014)||AGE|
|Nick Rimando||Real Salt Lake||8||35|
|Kyle Beckerman||Real Salt Lake||8||32|
|Javier Morales||Real Salt Lake||8||35|
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AUDIO: Listen to interviews with David Horst, Owen Coyle, Chris Canetti, Zach Steinberger & Oumar Ballo
Wednesday's episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College, featured interviews with several Dynamo personalities. Dynamo broadcaster and host Glenn Davis spoke with head coach Owen Coyle and David Horst live from Tucson and caught up with Dynamo draft picks Zach Steinberger and Oumar Ballo. Davis also spoke to club president Chris Canetti about the state of the club entering the 2105 season. Courtesy of Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM, enjoy the interviews below. Dynamo All-Access airs weekly (usually Wednesday or Thursday) from 7-9 p.m. CT.
Zach Steinberger & Oumar Ballo
AUDIO: Listen to interviews with Brad Davis, DaMarcus Beasley, Kofi Sarkodie, Owen Coyle & Matt Jordan
Thursday's episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College, featured interviews with several Dynamo personalities. Host Glenn Davis spoke with Brad Davis, DaMarcus Beasley and Kofi Sarkodie as well as head coach Owen Coyle and general manager Matt Jordan. Courtesy of Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM, enjoy the interviews below. Dynamo All-Access airs weekly (usually Wednesday or Thursday) from 7-9 p.m. CT.
Despite a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids Academy on Saturday, Dynamo Academy U-18 midfielder Christian Lucatero was named U.S. Soccer Development Academy Player of the Week on Monday.
From the U.S. Soccer release:
"Academy Player of the Week: Christian Lucatero of the Houston Dynamo U-18s received high scout ratings for his performance during the team’s match against the Colorado Rapids on Saturday. Lucatero leads the Frontier Division-leading Dynamo with seven goals in 12 games."
The 2-0 defeat was the first defeat for the U-18s since Nov. 15 and ended a five-game winning streak. The U-18s (10-2-1; 31 points) still lead the Frontier Division of the Central Conference by seven points over Texas Rush. Lucatero scored four goals two weekends ago in a two-game sweep of Sporting Kansas City, including a hat trick after entering the game at halftime.
The Dynamo Academy is back in action at Houston Sports Park on Saturday, Jan. 31 against Dallas-based Solar Chelsea SC. The U-18s kick off at 10 a.m., the U-16s start at 12:30 p.m. and the U-14s cap the day at 3 p.m. The Academy U-15s also play at 10 a.m. against Andromeda at Houston Sports Park.
AUDIO: Listen to interviews with Giles Barnes, Morgan Brian, Zach Steinberger, Owen Coyle and Matt Jordan
Wednesday's episode of Dynamo All-Access, presented by Houston Community College, featured a host of interviews with Dynamo and Dash personalities. Giles Barnes joined host Glenn Davis in-studio for 30 minutes and the show included interviews with Dash No. 1 pick Morgan Brian, Dynamo first-round selection Zach Steinberger, as well as Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle and general manager Matt Jordan. Courtesy of Yahoo Sports Radio 1560 AM, enjoy the interviews below. Dynamo All-Access airs on Wednesday's from 7-9 p.m. CT.
Giles Barnes - Part I
Giles Barnes - Part II
Dynamo Academy goalkeeper Johan Welch starts first two games for Trinidad & Tobago at CONCACAF U-20 championships
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.
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
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.
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.
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.