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21 February 11:16 am

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 9 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to Opening Day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a description of what makes the number significant. If you have any comments on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #9:

Heading into a Sunday night meeting with D.C. United on July 15, 2012, the Dynamo needed to make a statement on the field. After consecutive scoreless draws against Sporting Kansas City and Chicago, the Dynamo stood at 6-5-7 on the season entering a crucial three-game homestand against Eastern Conference contenders. The homestand was ultra-rare: Three games in seven days, against D.C. United (second place), Sporting Kansas City (first place) and Montreal (defeated the Dynamo 4-2 on June 23). 

With the team in need of results on the field, the front office made a bold statement away from it, declaring "3 Games, 7 days, 9 Points" as the homestand mantra. The Dynamo backed up the bold proclamation, securing three wins and a rare nine point week.

Houston opened the week with a 4-0 drubbing of D.C. United, capitalizing after the visitors lost goalkeeper Bill Hamid to a red card when he took down Macoumba Kandji in the penalty area. Four players - Brad Davis, Will Bruin, Boniek Garcia and Brian Ching - each scored as the Dynamo set the tone for a big week with their most lopsided win of the season.

Three days later, the Dynamo met Sporting Kansas City for the second time in 11 days. The clubs had played to a 0-0 draw on July 7, with a game time temperature of 105 degrees in Kansas. The rematch, in Houston, turned on a red card to Sporting KC midfielder Peterson Joseph moments before halftime. His reckless challenge on Calen Carr left Sporting KC with ten men for the second half, and the Dynamo won 2-1 behind Carr's two-goal performance. 

With two wins in the bag, a third seemed very possible with the Impact coming to town. After beating the top two teams in the Eastern Conference in a four day span, the expansion club from Quebec seemed like an easier assignment. Macoumba Kandji delivered an early lead in the seventh minute, and late goals from Bobby Boswell and Kandji's second of the night sealed a 3-0 win.

The mission was complete. The Dynamo had accomplished a nine-point homestand in resounding fashion, outscoring opponents 9-1. In a season full of memories in the first year at BBVA Compass Stadium, the week of July 15-21 stands among the best. 

Return to the blog on Friday for number 8 on our countdown to Opening Day.

BUY TICKETS FOR MARCH 2 OPENING DAY: DYNAMO VS. D.C. UNITED

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#10 - Boniek Garcia improved Dynamo's goal difference by +10 after arrival

#11 - Dynamo set another club record with 11 home wins in 2012

#12 - Tally Hall sets club record with 12 shutouts in 2012

#13 - 13 different goal scorers in 2012

#14 - Dynamo win 14 regular season games in 2012

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

20 February 10:50 am

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 10 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to Opening Day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a description of what makes the number significant. If you have any comments on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #10:

When Boniek Garcia joined the Dynamo from Olimpia of Honduras on June 27, the club was 5-5-5 after one of the worst defeats of the season, a 4-2 setback in Montreal on June 23. Garcia was expected to help the club, adding a dynamic attacking dimension to the midfield. But few could have envisioned the significant impact the Honduran would have on Houston's 2012 season, which ended at the MLS Cup final. 

From Garcia's debut on June 30 through the end of the season, the Dynamo had a +10 goal differential, with 28 goals scored and 18 goals allowed in 19 games. Before his arrival, the club had scored 20 goals and conceded 23, for a -3 goal difference. Granted, Houston's first seven games of the season were on the road, so the first 15 games of the year were under different circumstances than the final 19 with Garcia. Still, one cannot deny that the crafty midfielder was a major part of the Dynamo's summer surge, as the club went 9-4-6 with Garcia after the 5-5-5 start to the season. 

The Dynamo did not lose any of Garcia's first eight games with the club, going 5-0-3 beginning with his June 30 debut against Philadelphia. At the end of the season, Garcia was voted by his teammates as the Dynamo Players' Player of the Year, the ultimate sign of respect from teammates. It seemed like Garcia impacted every game he played, and he played 90 minutes in all 17 regular season appearances, and 90 minutes in all six playoff games. Below are some of Garcia's stand out performances from his debut season in orange.

DATE OPPONENT SCORE NOTE
6/30 Philadelphia W, 2-1 After just two days of training with the club, assists on Brad Davis' opening goal just 19 minutes into debut
7/15 D.C. United W, 4-0 Assists on Will Bruin's goal and then scores his first goal with Houston, which he declares the first header goal of his career
7/28 @ Toronto FC W, 2-0 Combines with Davis to setup Brian Ching's late goal, sealing first road win since March as unbeaten streak reaches seven games
8/19 Columbus T, 2-2 Continues blossoming partnership with Davis, assisting on his goal in 19th minute
8/25 Toronto FC T, 1-1 Garcia is provider on Bruin's goal, marking fifth assist in 11 games with Houston 
9/14 @ Sporting KC T, 1-1 Garcia sets up Davis' second half goal as partners team up again
9/23 @ Philadelphia L, 3-1 Honduran provides first half equalizer with rocket off far post
9/29 New England W, 2-0 Garcia seals big win with stoppage time volley goal, followed by memorable knee-slide celebration in corner
10/20 Philadelphia W, 3-1 On night Eastern Conference playoff field is settled, Garcia's provides game-winning goal in 71st minute, followed by a two-fist celebration through raining streamers

Return to the blog on Thursday for number 9 on our countdown to Opening Day.

BUY TICKETS FOR MARCH 2 OPENING DAY: DYNAMO VS. D.C. UNITED

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#11 - Dynamo set another club record with 11 home wins in 2012

#12 - Tally Hall sets club record with 12 shutouts in 2012

#13 - 13 different goal scorers in 2012

#14 - Dynamo win 14 regular season games in 2012

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

 

19 February 12:42 am

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 11 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to Opening Day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a description of what makes the number significant. If you have any comments on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #11:

The Dynamo set a club record with 11 regular season home wins in 2012, completing a season that was record-setting in many ways. The Dynamo also set franchise records for goals (48) points (53) and average home attendance (21,015) while Will Bruin and Tally Hall set individual records as the club reached its fourth MLS Cup final in seven years.

Moreover, the club with the best home record in MLS history also completed the first unbeaten home season in team history with an 11-0-6 regular season mark. The 11 wins surpassed the previous club record of 10 home wins, set in 2011 and 2008. The Dynamo carry a 25-game regular season home unbeaten streak into 2013 (30 games in all competitions) and can set a new MLS record by extending the undefeated streak to 30 regular season games.

Below are details on each home win in 2012, along with the most home wins per season in Dynamo history. 

2012 Home Wins

DATE OPPONENT SCORE NOTE
5/12 D.C. United 1-0 Win Brad Davis' 30-yard goal opens BBVA Compass Stadium with win
5/26 LA Galaxy 2-1 Win Andre Hainault's header delivers victory in 2011 MLS Cup final rematch
6/16 FC Dallas 2-1 Win Adam Moffat's upper-corner rocket seals win in first Texas Derby at BBVA Compass Stadium 
6/30 Philadelphia Union 2-1 Win Boniek Garcia's debut sparks eight-game unbeaten streak
7/15 D.C. United 4-0 Win Dynamo open season-changing three-game homestand with biggest win of the year
7/18 Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Win Calen Carr scores twice as Dynamo maintain supremacy over East-leading Sporting KC
7/21 Montreal Impact 3-0 Win Four weeks after worst loss of season in Montreal, Dynamo gain revenge and cap nine-point week, perfect homestand
8/3 New York Red Bulls 2-0 Win Dynamo steamroll Red Bulls to gain first place with fifth straight win as unbeaten run reaches eight games
9/6 Real Salt Lake 1-0 Win On a night when stomach flu reduced Dynamo bench to six players, Colin Clark's stoppage time penalty seals unlikely win
9/29 New England 2-0 Win Scoreless game reaches 77th minute before Ricardo Clark, Boniek Garcia find net, ensuring win on rain-soaked night
10/20 Philadelphia Union 3-1 Win

Win completes fourth unbeaten home season in MLS history as Dynamo clinch playoff spot for sixth time in seven years; 11th home win sets a franchise record

Most home wins per season, Dynamo history

YEAR HOME WINS HOME RECORD (W-L-T)
2012 11 11-0-6
2008 10  10-1-4
2011 10 10-3-4
2009 8 8-1-6
2007 8 8-3-4
2006 8 8-3-5

 

Return to the blog on Wednesday for number 10 on our countdown to Opening Day.

BUY TICKETS FOR MARCH 2 OPENING DAY: DYNAMO VS. D.C. UNITED

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#12 - Tally Hall sets club record with 12 shutouts in 2012

#13 - 13 different goal scorers in 2012

#14 - Dynamo win 14 regular season games in 2012

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

 

17 February 10:29 pm

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 12 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #12:

Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall had 12 shutouts in 2012, the most in a season by a goalkeeper in club history. The previous mark was set by Pat Onstad, who had 11 clean sheets in 2007. Hall's rise to the elite of MLS goalkeepers has been swift: In two seasons, he has reached two MLS Cup finals, been named an MLS all-star (in 2011), and set the club record for shutouts. Along the way, he also set a club record by starting 67 consecutive games, from opening day 2011 to the final game of 2012, when the Dynamo rested most starters at Colorado to prepare for the playoffs. 

Half of Hall's 12 shutouts came in a remarkable 30-day stretch in which Hall and the Dynamo recorded six shutouts in seven games. The remarkable defensive run began on July 3 with a 0-0 draw against the Chicago Fire and continued through a 2-0 home win over the New York Red Bulls on August 3. In between, Hall and his teammates allowed a single goal, a penalty in a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on July 18, which was the only goal allowed in the seven-game run. 

After two stellar years as a starting goalkeeper, the 27-year-old was rewarded with his first invitation to a U.S. senior national team camp in January.

Below is a list of all of Hall's regular season shutouts in 2012:

DATE OPPONENT SCORE NOTE
3/11 @ Chivas USA 1-0 W Opening Day shutout began seven-game road trip
3/17 @ San Jose 1-0 W Clean sheet led to San Jose's only home loss in 2012; Earthquakes scored 43 goals in 16 other home games
5/12 D.C. United 1-0 W Shutout in BBVA Compass Stadium inaugural match
5/15 Portland Timbers 0-0 T Three days after stadium opener, Hall holds Timbers 
7/3 Chicago Fire 0-0 T Hall begins seven-game defensive run with shutout of Fire
7/7 @ Sporting KC 0-0 T With temperature over 100 degrees, Hall limits Sporting KC's powerful home attack
7/15 D.C. United 4-0 W Dynamo begin three-win homestand with big victory
7/21 Montreal Impact 3-0 W Dynamo cap nine-point week with revenge win over Impact
7/28 @ Toronto FC 2-0 W Defensive run continues with first road win since March 17
8/3 New York Red Bulls 2-0 W Unbeaten run extended to eight games with comprehensive win over first-place Red Bulls
9/6 Real Salt Lake 1-0 W Two huge late saves allow Dynamo to win with stoppage time penalty despite flu-ravaged squad
9/29 New England 2-0 W On rainiest night of the season, Hall holds Revs before offense provides two late goals

Return to the blog on Tuesday for number 11 on our countdown to opening day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#13 - 13 different goal scorers in 2012

#14 - Dynamo win 14 regular season games in 2012

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

17 February 6:34 pm

The Dynamo held their first training session in Charleston on Sunday morning at the Charleston Battery's practice facility. It was a cold morning, with conditions similar to the first few days in Tucson on the club's preseason trip three weeks ago. The picture below confirms the stories from the Chicago Fire, which encountered a live alligator ambling up the shore and laying out beside the field at their training session on Friday morning. Apparently the gator is known to live in the pond, and he came out on Friday. Unfortunately, there were no gator sightings at the field today. 

Today's practice included some technical work before the group engaged in a full field game that was sharp and crisp. The session ended with a bit of conditioning, highlighting the business-like nature of this trip, or any preseason trip for that matter.

With opening day just 13 days away, the club is getting ready for D.C. United and the long season ahead. After several scrimmages in Houston, this trip represents the final phase of preseason, with the regular season coming into clear view.

The team will train again on Monday and Tuesday before facing the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday. The match is at 4 p.m. CT and can be seen at www.USLnation.com. 

17 February 9:50 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 14 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #13:

13 different Dynamo players scored goals in the 2012 regular season. 13 goal scorers is roughly average for the Dynamo in their seven-year history. The club set a franchise record with 17 goal scorers in 2011. Goal scorers by season: 2010: 15; 2009: 15; 2008: 12; 2007: 12; 2006: 13. 

Dynamo players who scored in the 2012 regular season:

Name Goals
Will Bruin 12
Brad Davis 8
Brian Ching 5
Boniek Garcia 4
Calen Carr 4
Macoumba Kandji 4
Adam Moffat 2
Andre Hainault 2
Bobby Boswell 2
Luiz Camargo 1
Jermaine Taylor 1
Colin Clark 1
Ricardo Clark 1

Return to the blog on Monday for number 12 on our countdown to opening day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#14 - 14 regular season wins in 2012

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

16 February 12:49 am

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 14 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #14:

The Dynamo won 14 regular season games en route to a 14-9-11 record in 2012. The 14 wins were one shy of a franchise record, set in 2007. Despite the Dynamo finishing one short of a franchise record, Houston was in a dogfight for a playoff spot in 2012. It was the most competitive playoff race in Dynamo history, as Houston set a franchise record with 53 points but only secured the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Prior to 2012, the Dynamo were a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in all five playoff appearances in team history.

For context, compare the 2012 Eastern Conference playoff teams to the same field in 2011. The five East playoff teams averaged 57.6 points in 2012 after the same group averaged just 48.2 in 2011. That difference is more than 9 points, meaning the 2012 playoff field averaged 3 more wins than 2011. The Dynamo had 49 points in 2011 - four fewer than 2012 - but earned a No. 2 seed.

How many games will the Dynamo win in 2013? Will take advantage of a full nine-month season at home as supposed to starting on the road for seven straight games ( a la 2012)? Will the desire to give itself the best chance to host MLS Cup in 2013 help the club break 15 wins? The answers will be here soon. The season starts in 14 days. 

Here is a list of the most regular season wins per season in Dynamo history:

YEAR WINS RECORD TOTAL GAMES POINTS
2007 15 5-8-7  30 52
2012 14 14-9-11 34 53
2008 13 13-5-12   30 51
2009 13 13-8-9 30 48
2011 12 12-9-13 34 49
2006 11 11-8-13 32 46

 

Return to the blog on Sunday for number 13 on our countdown to opening day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

13 February 9:20 pm

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 16 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #16:

Dynamo forward Will Bruin set a franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions in 2012, with 12 in the regular season, and 4 more in the playoffs. With 16 goals, Bruin broke Brian Ching's club record of 14 goals in all competitions, accomplished twice, in 2006 and 2008.

On his way to 16 goals, Bruin set or matched a few more club records. He set a new mark for most goals in a single postseason (4) and became just the third player in club history to record a two-goal game in the playoffs with his two-goal performance at Chicago in the Knockout Round.

Bruin scored many important goals to help the Dynamo reach their fourth MLS Cup final in seven seasons. Here are some of the biggest:

• November 11, Eastern Conference Championship leg 1: 68th minute goal gives Dynamo 2-1 lead in home leg

• November 4, Eastern Conference semifinals leg 1: 75th minute strike was a psychological blow to Sporting KC and proved to be the decisive goal in a 2-1 series win

• October 31, Knockout Round: Bruin had never started a playoff game before Halloween Night in Chicago, but the sophomore striker rose to the occasion, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win. His header in the 12th minute may have surprised the Fire, but his second goal, just 19 seconds after the halftime whistle, was a shock to the hosts, and ultimately the difference as the Dynamo handed the Fire just its second loss in 22 home playoff games in team history.

• June 20, vs. Toronto FC: Facing their only two-goal halftime deficit of the season, Bruin scored twice in the second half - a clean finish from the top of the box in the 73rd minute and a header in the 90th minute - to salvage a home draw. Bruin nearly bagged a hat trick moments later when his strong header hit the face of a Toronto defender on its way to goal.

Most goals in a season, Dynamo history:

YEAR PLAYER REGULAR SEASON GOALS PLAYOFF GOALS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GOALS TOTAL
2012 Will Bruin 12 4 0 16
2008 Brian Ching 13 0 1 14
2006 Brian Ching 11 3 0 14

 

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

Return to the blog on Friday for number 16 on our countdown to opening day.

 

 

12 February 11:34 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 17 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day. See bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #17:

The Dynamo scored 17 goals in the final 15 minutes of games in 2012. The number of late goals is easily a franchise record, eclipsing the previous mark of 14, set in 2011.

Houston rallied for 14 wins, salvaged a lot of important ties and completed an unbeaten home schedule in 2012. What is one thing that helps make all three possible? Late goals.

It is simple: A late goal can turn a tie into a win, a bad loss into a draw, and of course, preserve a home unbeaten streak and undefeated home season. The Dynamo specialized in late-game dramatics in 2012, with 17 goals after the 75th minute of regular season games. Houston scored a total of 48 regular season goals in 2012, with the goals in the final 15 minutes of matches accounting for a full 35% of its goals.

17 late goals in a season is historic, with only the 2012 San Jose Earthquakes (22) and 2009 Real Salt Lake (19) scoring more goals after the 75th minute in a season since the Dynamo entered the league in 2006. 

Consider this: With 17 goals after the 75th minute in 34 regular season games, the Dynamo averaged a late goal in half of their games. 

Now there are reasons why generally more goals are scored late in games. Players are tired and perhaps more mistake-prone, and teams that are desperate for a goal take more risks, leading to more goals in their favor and also leaving them vulnerable to allow a goal. Still, the Dynamo's 17 goals in the final 15 minutes of games set a franchise standard for clutch. 

Most late goals in a season (since 2006)

Year Club Late Goals (76th minute or later)
2012 San Jose Earthquakes 22
2009  Real Salt Lake 18
2012 Houston Dynamo 17

 

Late goals that helped the Dynamo achieve important results in 2012:

Date Opponent Goal scorer Minute  Result
March 12 @ Chivas USA Andre Hanianult 92+ 1-0 Win
April 21 @ Columbus Brian Ching 81 2-2 Draw
May 19 @ New England Luiz Camargo 87 2-2 Draw
June 16 FC Dallas  Adam Moffat  76 2-1 Win
June 20 Toronto FC Will Bruin 90 3-3 Draw
June 30 Philadelphia Brian Ching 82 2-1 Win
July 18 Sporting KC Calen Carr 79 2-1 Win
August 19 Columbus Adam Moffat 82 2-2 Draw
September 6 Real Salt Lake  Colin Clark  94+ 1-0 Win
September 29 New England Ricardo Clark 77 2-0 Win
 

Houston Dynamo late goals, year-by-year

Year Total goals Goals after 75th minute
2012 48 17
2011 45 14
2010 40 8
2008 45 8
2006 44 8
2009 39 5
2007 43 5

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

Return to the blog on Thursday for number 16 on our countdown to opening day.

 

11 February 9:48 pm

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 18 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day. See bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #18:

In seven seasons, the Houston Dynamo have played 119 MLS home games. They have lost only 18 of them. The win percentage is staggering - .714 - offering credence to the notion that Houston is the most difficult place to win in Major League Soccer. Many elements have played a part in the remarkable home success, including: great teams (4 MLS Cup appearances and 2 MLS Cup titles in 7 seasosn), great fans (21,015 average attendance in 2012; 4th best in MLS) and perhaps the most-discussed factor, the weatther.

Consider this: A third of Houston's 18 home losses occured in a single season, 2010, when the club went 6-6-3 at home. If you remove the 2010 season from the equation, the Dynamo have averaged just two MLS home losses per season. Outside of the 2010 season, the Dynamo have lost three or fewer home games in every season, and have twice recorded seasons with just one regular season loss: 2008 and 2009. 

18 home losses in 119 home games is a remarkable number, and with the Dynamo riding a 25-game regular season home unbeaten streak into 2013, the Dynamo will look to continue their home dominance. There are many reasons to come out to BBVA Compass Stadium in 2013. I think the fact that Houston has been the toughest place to win in Major League Soccer since the Dynamo arrived in 2006 should be near the top. Houstonians should be proud of their part in the home field advantage, and look forward to more home wins in 2013.

The Dynamo have the best regular season and postseason home win percentages in league history. The charts below detail the Dynamo's year-by-year home records and the top five home clubs in league history.

Dynamo year-by-year home records

Year Wins Losses Draws
2012 11 0 6
2011 10 3 4
2010 6 6 3
2009 8 1 6
2008 10 1 4
2007 8 3 4
2006 8 3 5
TOTAL 61 17 32

Best regular season home records, MLS history (minimum 20 games)

Team Wins Losses Draws Win %
Houston Dynamo 61 17 32 .700
LA Galaxy 155 65 43 .671
Seattle Sounders 35 14 15 .664
Chicago Fire 122 55 55 .644
Real Salt Lake 64 28 34 .643
D.C. United 144 72 46 .637

Best postseasons home records, MLS history (minimum 5 games)

Team Wins Losses  Draws Win %
Houston Dynamo 8 1 0 .889
Chicago Fire 17 2 3 .841
LA Galaxy 25 7 2 .765
D.C. United 13 3 5 .738
Sporting Kansas City 13 4 2 .737

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

Return to the blog on Wedesday for number 17 on our countdown to opening day.