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27 August 6:35 pm

Tonight’s CONCACAF Champions League group stage game between the Houston Dynamo and Arabe Unido will kick off at 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2

Here is a Houston channel guide for Fox Sports 2:

AT&T Uverse – channel 651

Comcast – channel 111

DirecTV – channel 618

Dish Network – channel 398

20 August 5:13 pm

Tonight the Dynamo open their CONCACAF Champions League group stage at Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. It is the national stadium for Trinidad and Tobago and the sight of one of the most famous goals in American soccer history. In 1989, the United States national team was engulfed in the CONCACAF Championship, which was the final round of qualifying for the 1990 World Cup and the predecessor to today's "Hexagonal round" that the United States is currently leading ahead of next year's World Cup.

Back then, only 24 countries made the World Cup, so CONCACAF was allotted only two slots. The U.S. visited Hasely Crawford Stadium in November for what amounted to a play-in game for the 1990 World Cup. In front of 35,000 fans partial to the Soca Warriors, American midfielder/defender Paul Caligiuri scored the game's only goal for a 1-0 U.S. win. Caligiuri appeared in 110 games for the United States and scored five goals. The goal below secured the U.S.' first place in a World Cup since 1950. Since this goal, the United States has not missed a World Cup, appearing in the last six. 

 

For more on the goal, take a look at this ESPN article from 2010, which called it, "The goal that changed U.S. soccer."

08 August 6:25 pm

Dynamo forward Will Bruin is set for his 75th career regular season game on Saturday at Real Salt Lake. With the third-year striker set to reach the early milestone, it is worth comparing his early career to Dynamo legend Dwayne De Rosario.

The Canadian playmaker helped the Dynamo win consecutive MLS Cups in 2006 and 2007 and was an MLS Best XI selection in both seasons. De Rosario was also the 2007 MLS Cup MVP after scoring the game-winning goal for a 2-1 win. De Rosario has had one of the best careers in league history, with 102 goals and 315 appearances in a 13-year career that includes the 2011 MLS MVP award.   

De Rosario spent three seasons with the Dynamo, 2006-2008. Bruin is in his third year with Houston after Dominic Kinnear traded up to select him in the first round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

Here are the regular season numbers for each player in their time with the Dynamo:

Player

Games played

Games started

Minutes

Goals

Assists

Shots

Shots on goal

Dwayne De Rosario

78

73

6,455

24

11

195

84

Will Bruin

74

69

5,658

22

10

181

72

The numbers are remarkably similar (with an understanding that De Rosario was primarily an attacking midfielder and Bruin a forward). Bruin has nearly accumulated identical goals and assist totals over a similar number of games. Here is a scenario: If Bruin starts the next four games and has two goals and an assist during that span, he will have an identical statistical line to De Rosario after 78 games with Houston: 78 games, 73 starts, 24 goals and 11 assists.

In the playoffs, the story is similar. De Rosario scored two goals and provided four assists in ten career playoff games with Houston (all starts). Bruin has four goals and one assist in nine career playoff games (six starts). 

Moreover, from the 2011 MLS SuperDraft class, no player has scored more goals (22) or tallied more assists (10) than Bruin. Only four players, Perry Kitchen (84 games), Darlington Nagbe (83), Jalil Anibaba (83) and C.J. Sapong (80) have appeared in more games. Sapong is second to Bruin from the 2011 class with 15 goals.  

07 August 3:57 pm

The Austin Aztex, coached by former Dynamo forward Paul Dalglish, won their first Player Development League title on Sunday, overcoming an early deficit for a 3-1 win over the Thunder Bay Chill in the 2013 PDL Championship Game. Sito Seoane scored twice and added an assist to earn MVP honors for the title game. The Aztex finished the season with an impressive 15-1-2 record.

The championship capped a marvelous season for Dalglish, who was named PDL Coach of the Year on Saturday. Dalglish’s squad had an extraordinary 38-8 goal difference this season, with just eight goals against in 14 regular season games.

Dalglish, 36, spent two seasons with the Dynamo, winning consecutive MLS Cup titles in 2006 and 2007. Dalglish inserted his name in early franchise lore on November 5, 2006, when he scored two goals in a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference Championship. Dalglish is one of three players in club history to score two goals in a playoff game, later joined by Brian Ching (2007 Western Conference semifinal vs. FC Dallas) and Will Bruin (2012 Knockout Round vs. Chicago).

Moreover, Austin native Kristopher Tyrpak was named PDL Most Valuable Player of the Year. Tyrpak, a forward at Houston Baptist University, had 9 goals and 19 assists for the Aztex this season.

After a season of strong attendance, a home crowd of 4,253 filled House Park on Sunday night as the largest for the PDL Championship Game since 2007. The Aztex also led the PDL in attendance this season, with an average crowd of 2,048 at House Park.

16 July 5:03 pm

Tonight, the Dynamo Academy, presented by Statoil, U-16 team faces Real Salt Lake-Arizona at 8:30 p.m. at Houston Amateur Sports Park in a crucial U.S. Soccer Development Academy Finals Week group match. Admission and parking are free. 

Former Dynamo defender Eddie Robinson is the head coach of the U-16 club and helped guide the team to the elite Finals Week in just his second season in his new coaching role.

U.S. Soccer spoke with Eddie this week about his new role. From the article:

"The biggest part is understanding the psychology of 15- and 16-year-olds,” Robinson said. “Understanding that there’s so much outside the field that I can’t do anything with. My job is to create an environment that not only teaches them soccer and fundamentals, but also builds character. That’s what we’ve done here.”

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE ON EDDIE ROBINSON.

SEE THE FULL FINALS WEEK SCHEDULE.

24 May 3:23 pm

In their weekly interview on Dynamo All-Access, Glenn Davis spoke with Dominic Kinnear about the New England game and Sunday's match at Sporting Kansas City. 

 

20 May 3:17 pm

Three weeks ago, it was announced the Dynamo would meet Stoke City on July 24 in the fifth edition of the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup

While many fans know that Americans Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea play for Stoke, we highlighted three other players to watch: forwards Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch and defender Ryan Shawcross.

Another player worth highlighting is goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who won four club awards last week at the club's End of Season Awards Dinner. The 25-year-old with 20 caps for the Bosnian national team was popular among teammates, coaches andf fans, picking up silverware in four categories: Supporter Clubs' Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year, Coaching Staff's Player of the Year (co-winner with Shawcross), and Fan's Player of the Year.

The goalkeeper told StokeCityFC.com:  "I never expected all of this, I came here to play my part in the evening. This gives me the motivation to go away and try even harder next season."

Begovic started all 38 Premier League games this season and recorded 12 shutouts. 

2012-13 Stoke City Awards

COMMUNITY CHAMPION 

Andy Wilkinson

SUPPORTERS CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR 

Asmir Begovic

TOP GOALSCORER 

Jonathan Walters

GOAL OF THE SEASON 

Cameron Jerome

YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR 

Steven Nzonzi

PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 

Asmir Begovic

COACHING STAFF’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR 

Asmir Begovic and Ryan Shawcross

FANS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR 

Asmir Begovic

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Stoke City ended its season on Sunday with a 1-1 draw at Southampton. It was the final appearance for Michael Owen, who announced his retirement in March and entered as a substitute for the final game in his career. Owen scored 40 goals in 89 career appearances for the English national team, including goals at the 1998 World Cup, 2000 European Championships, 2002 World Cup and 2004 European Championships to become the first player to score in four major tournaments for England. Owen won the European Player of the Year award (Ballon d'Or) in 2001. 

 

04 April 3:28 pm

The Dynamo roster is currently comprised of 27 players. Creating the roster is an elaborate process, combining salary cap restraints while trying to create the most competitive team possible. Below is a look at how the 2013 Dynamo roster was constructed. It is clear the club has exercised all methods for acquiring players, including: the draft, signing homegrown players, trades, loans and signing players from other clubs. 

The first chart details when and how each player was acquired:

Date acquired Player Transaction
12/16/05 Brian Ching Moved with club from San Jose (SJ acquired 03 Supplemental Draft)
12/16/05    Brad Davis Moved with club from San Jose (SJ acquired 05 trade)          
1/12/07     Corey Ashe 2007 MLS SuperDraft, Round 2 (pick 26)      
12/12/07    Bobby Boswell Traded from D.C. United for Zach Wells
1/23/09     Tally Hall Signed as discovery player on free transfer from Esbjerg (Denmark)
2/27/09 Tyler Deric Signed as home-grown player (first in club history)
6/9/09     Cam Weaver Traded from San Jose Earthquakes for Chris Wondolowski              
1/13/11 Kofi Sarkodie 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Round 1 (pick 7)
1/13/11    Will Bruin 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Round 1 (pick 11)
1/19/11   Alex Dixon Signed as home-grown player
2/16/11   Jermaine Taylor Transferred from St. George’s (Jamaica)
3/23/11 Calen Carr Traded from Chicago Fire for Dominic Oduro
7/21/11 Adam Moffat Traded from Portland Timbers for Mike Chabala and Lovel Palmer
8/9/11 Luiz Camargo Loaned from Clube Paraná (Brazil)    
1/12/12 Warren Creavalle 2012 MLS SuperDraft Round 2 (pick 37)
1/17/12 Brian Ownby 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft Round 1 (pick 7)
2/22/12 Erich Marscheider Signed as trialist
6/7/12 Boniek Garcia Transferred from C.D. Olimpia (Honduras)
8/8/12 Ricardo Clark Signed as free agent (originally moved with club from San Jose)
8/29/12 Giles Barnes Signed as free agent
12/3/12 Eric Brunner Traded from Portland for allocation money
12/22/12 Omar Cummings Traded from Colorado for Nathan Sturgis and allocation money
1/17/13 Jason Johnson 2013 MLS SuperDraft Round 1 (pick 13)
1/22/13 Anthony Arena 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft Round 1 (pick 18)
2/14/13 Bryan Salazar Signed as home-grown player
2/20/13 Andrew Driver Loaned from Heart of Midlothian (Scotland)
3/1/13 Mike Chabala Signed as free agent (Spent 2006-11 with Dynamo before trade to Portland)

Next is a list of when the current Dynamo players were acquired, sorted by their first season with the club. 

Acquisitions by first season* with club

2006                   2

2007                   1

2008                   1

2009                   3

2010                   0

2011                   7

2012                   6

2013                   7

*For players that re-joined the Dynamo (i.e Clark, Chabala), first season is classified by their year of return.

Finally, here is a breakdown of the current Dynamo roster by the amount of players acquired by various methods.

Acquisitions by method**

** Returning players classified by how they re-joined the Dynamo.

MLS SuperDraft   5
MLS Supplemental Draft   2
Trade   6
Home-Grown Player     3
San Jose original     2
Transfer     2
Loan       2
Trialist     1
Free agent     4

 

29 March 4:25 pm

With the Dynamo unbeaten in 33 consecutive home games in all competitions, many have wondered how the streak compares to other professional sports. While the Miami Heat (and 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers) have received a lot of coverage for their historic win streaks, here we look into the longest home unbeaten streaks in American pro sports history. Thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau, we can compare the best home streaks in U.S. pro sports history. 

The Dynamo’s 33-game home unbeaten streak is the third-longest in the annals of American pro sports. Only the Chicago Bulls of the NBA (44 games, 1995-96) and Real Salt Lake of MLS (34 games in all competitions, 2009-11) have longer home unbeaten streaks in the five major American professional sports. Here is a list of the longest home unbeaten runs in other pro American sports:

Team

Home unbeaten streak

Dates

Sport

Chicago Bulls

44

3/30/1995 to 4/4/1996

NBA

Real Salt Lake 34 6/6/2009 to 4/27/2011 MLS

Houston Dynamo

33

7/9/2011 to present

MLS

Miami Dolphins

27

10/17/1971 to 12/15/1974

NFL

New York Giants

26

9/7/1916 to 9/30/1916

MLB

Detroit Red Wings

23

11/5/2011 to 2/19/2012

NHL

*Now, many college sports fans will cite their favorite school's impressive streak. There are many, including University of Kentucky men's basketball's stunning 129-game home win streak that spanned 13 years, from 1943-1955. In college football, the Miami Hurricanes kept a mind-boggling 58-game home winning streak from 1985-1994. There are other extraordinary streaks in the college ranks, but in terms of American pro sports, the Dynamo are among the very elite.

Tickets: Watch the Dynamo try to match the MLS record on Saturday vs. San Jose.

 

 

01 March 4:57 pm

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 1 day – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday – 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 thoughts on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we conclude the countdown with #1:

By now, we have covered most of the big moments in the opening season at BBVA Compass Stadium. From the long-awaited opening last May to epic playoff wins over Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United in November, it was a magical first year at the downtown jewel. How do you match a debut season like that? The Dynamo will give it their best shot.

Here on the eve of the opening of the 2013 season, we feel a mixture of nostalgia for the incredible debut season at the new stadium with a sense of anticipation for what 2013 could bring. All 11 starters from the 2012 MLS Cup final return for the Dynamo in 2013 and the club will enjoy the benefit of beginning the season with Boniek Garcia and Ricardo Clark in camp, two key figures of the 2012 team who joined midseason. In addition, newcomers Omar Cummings and Andrew Driver will augment a Dynamo attack that produced a club-record 48 goals in 2012.

Here are some of the big dates for the new season:

March 2 vs. D.C. United: The Dynamo will raise four conference championship banners before facing United in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship.

March 5 vs. Santos Laguna (Champions League quarterfinals): For anyone inside BBVA Compass Stadium for the Dynamo-Valencia game last May or the Dynamo-Olimpia Champions League duel in October, they can attest that there is a different feel when an international opponent arrives in Houston. With a unique opponent to watch and vocal support of the visiting clubs from its fans, international games offer something different. On Tuesday the Dynamo and Santos Laguna will meet for the first time in a home-and-home quarterfinal series.

March 30 vs. San Jose Earthquakes: The Dynamo face the club from their original home in a meeting of the 2012 Supporters' Shield winners and MLS Cup finalists. There are also longtime friendships between the coaching staffs, including Dominic Kinnear and Frank Yallop, who shared the same bench in San Jose from 2001-03.

April 28 vs. Colorado Rapids: If the Dynamo win or tie their first four regular season home games of 2013, a win against the Rapids would set a new MLS record for the longest home unbeaten streak in league history, at 30 regular season games, surpassing Real Salt Lake's record (29 games).

May 12 vs. Sporting Kansas City: On the anniversary of the stadium opening, the Dynamo will meet their Eastern Conference rivals in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals, when the Dynamo knocked out top-seed Sporting Kansas City for the second straight season. 

August 17 vs. Seattle Sounders: The club that very easily could have been the Dynamo's opponent in the 2012 MLS Cup final, the Sounders visit BBVA Compass Stadium for the first time. In last year's Western Conference Championship, the Galaxy carried a 3-0 lead into the second leg in Seattle. The Sounders scored two early goals and were pressing for a series equalizer before a Galaxy penalty goal sealed the series win for LA. The Dynamo and Sounders met in the 2009 playoffs and Brian Ching scored a goal in the 96th minute of the second leg at Roberston Stadium for a 1-0 win after the clubs played 185 minutes over two legs without a goal. 

October 9 vs. Sporting Kansas City: The Dynamo finish the 2013 schedule in the exact manner as 2012- with three home games before a finale on the road. This meeting with SKC is the middle game of the final three-game homestand and could be vital for both club's playoff position. 

October 20 vs. New York Red Bulls: A year to the date of Houston's 3-1 win over Philadelphia that capped an unbeaten home season, the Dynamo will finish the 2013 home schedule against the Red Bulls with a season finale at D.C. United looming a week later. 

*It was a lot of fun writing these posts every day as we celebrated Dynamo history over the past twenty days. I hope some of you learned a little bit about the club's history and its accomplishments over the first seven seasons. Here's to more memories in year eight! 

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Complete Countdown to Opening Day List

#2 - Dynamo carry two historic home streaks into 2013 season

#3 - Three road celebrations on way to 2012 MLS Cup final

#4 - Dominic Kinnear is fourth on MLS all-time wins list

#5 - Dynamo have played in five conference championships in seven years

#6 - Only six coaches in American pro sports have longer tenure than Dominic Kinnear

#7 - Seven years of Orange memories

#8 - Dynamo among eight remaining teams in CONCACAF Champions League

#9 - Dynamo treat fans to nine-point week

#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