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23 February 9:56 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 7 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 thoughts on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #7:

Just seven days from today, the Dynamo will open their eighth season in Houston when they host D.C. United at 7 p.m. in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship. In the grand scheme of things, seven years is a short time, but the Dynamo have done their part to accomplish a lot in that time and reward fans with wonderful memories. Today, we look back at some of the biggest accomplishments and brightest moments in Dynamo history.

April 2, 2006: The Dynamo introduce themselves to Houston with a 5-2 win over Colorado in the club's inaugural match before 25,462 at Robertson Stadium. Brian Ching scores four goals and Dwayne De Rosario assists on all four as both players become early fan favorites. Random fact: It was 82 degrees that day for the first Dynamo game in Houston in 2006. Care to guess the temperature on May 12, 2012, for the Dynamo's first game at BBVA Compass Stadium? 82 degrees.

November 5, 2006: The Dynamo beat the Colorado Rapids 3-1 in the Western Conference Final to advance to MLS Cup in their first season. After the Rapids jumped in front with a fourth-minute penalty, the Dynamo rallied behind two goals from Paul Dalglish before the 21st minute. Brian Mullan added a third goal in the second half and the Dynamo were on their way to Frisco. Random fact: Not only was temperature eerily similar in the 2006 and 2012 home openers, but the Dynamo's path to MLS Cup was also familiar. In 2006, the Dynamo's first home game was against Colorado, and they went on to beat the Rapids in the Western Conference Final to reach MLS Cup. In 2012, Houston's first game at BBVA Compass Stadium was against D.C. United, the same team they beat in the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship to reach MLS Cup.

November 12, 2006: In the home stadium of their new rivals, FC Dallas, the Dynamo captured the MLS Cup on penalty kicks, 4-3, over the New England Revolution after the game ended 1-1 after extra time. After a scoreless 90 minutes, the game went to extra time, where Taylor Twellman scored in the 113th minute. Less than a minute later, Brian Ching headed home the equalizer from a Brian Mullan cross. Houston's answer matched the quickest response to a goal in MLS Cup history after the 2003 San Jose Earthquakes followed a goal from the Chicago Fire with a quick equalizer, with Mullan once again the provider. In the shootout, goalkeeper Pat Onstad stopped Jay Heaps' penalty, and the Dynamo celebrated in front of a large traveling party.

November 2, 2007: After FC Dallas won 1-0 in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals at Pizza Hut Park, Carlos Ruiz scored the opening goal in the second leg at Robertson Stadium for a 2-0 aggregate lead. The two-goal margin looked unbearable until the 66th minute, when Stuart Holden scored to cut the margin in half. Six minutes later, Brian Ching found the net to even the series. In extra time, Ching and Davis each scored and the Dynamo had a dramatic comeback win over their rivals to return to the Western Conference Final.

November 10, 2007: With over 30,000 fans inside Robertson Stadium, the Dynamo continued their November magic with a 2-0 win over Kansas City to advance to their second straight MLS Cup. Nate Jaqua headed the Dynamo into the lead in the 35th minute on a cross from Richard Mulrooney. Then, in the 81st minute, Craig Waibel set up Dwayne De Rosario, who made it 2-0 and the Dynamo were on their way to Washington for another MLS Cup Final.

November 18, 2007: A year after rallying to defeat the Revolution in the 2006 MLS Cup, the Dynamo fell behind again, with Taylor Twellman providing New England a 1-0 lead in the third minute on a cross from current Dynamo assistant coach Steve Ralston. Joseph Ngwenya delivered the equalizer in the 61st minute after Brian Mullan and Dwayne De Rosario combined to create the chance. 13 minutes later, the Dynamo found their cup-winning goal. Brad Davis bent in a cross from the right flank, and De Rosario drove a header from the top of the box into the net for a 2-1 lead. After some big saves late from Pat Onstad, the Dynamo lifted the trophy for the second straight year, with De Rosario crowned as MLS Cup MVP.

July 28, 2010: The Dynamo brought Manchester United to Houston for the 2010 MLS All-Star game and 70,728 fans packed Reliant Stadium for the historic day in Houston soccer history. The sellout crowd was among the largest in the history of All-Star games in the United States, in any sport. United defeated the MLS All-Stars, 5-2, but it was a proud day for Houston, with Brian Ching and former Dynamo star Dwayne De Rosario scoring the MLS goals (and Ching assisting on De Rosario's goal). United featured Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Edwin van der Sar, Danny Welbeck, Nani and of its latest signings, Javier Hernandez, who scored a late goal for the Red Devils.

November 3, 2011: In the final MLS game played at Robertson Stadium, the Dynamo offered fans another lasting memory. Brian Ching, the man who introduced Dynamo soccer to the stadium with four goals in 2006, scored the final goal at the stadium, a header from a Brad Davis free kick, and the Dynamo earned a 1-0 win for a 3-1 aggregate series triumph over the Philadelphia Union. A year after the Dynamo missed the playoffs for the first time, they were back, and on their way to their fourth conference final in six years. 

November 6, 2011: Three days later, the Dynamo shocked 20,839 fans within Livestrong Sporting Park with a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference Final. Less than two months before, the Dynamo were thrashed in a 3-0 loss in the same building. But with the stakes raised, the Dynamo turned the tables to advance to their third MLS Cup in six years. Despite losing 2011 MLS MVP runner up Brad Davis to a quadriceps injury in the 39th minute, the Dynamo rallied in the second half for the win. Andre Hainault tapped in the opening goal in the 53rd minute on a play set up by Jermaine Taylor, who entered the game in place of Davis. Carlo Costly put the game away in the 87th minute with a cool finish off an excellent through ball from Luiz Camargo. After struggling on the road all season, the Dynamo had their second road playoff win in a week.

May 12, 2012: After a six-year wait, the Dynamo finally opened their own stadium in downtown Houston. After passing on opportunities that may have led to a stadium sooner, but outside of downtown Houston, the Dynamo were rewarded with a soccer jewel. After raising 2006 and 2007 MLS Cup championship banners and honoring past legends, the Dynamo defeated D.C. United on a 30-yard goal from Brad Davis that was a worthy opening to the $95-million stadium.

October 20, 2012: A brilliant counter attack goal began with a short roll from goalkeeper Tally Hall to Brad Davis, who found Brian Ching at midfield, who carried the ball 30 yards before passing to Boniek Garcia, and the Honduran completed the excellent break with a game-winning goal. The Dynamo defeated the Philadelphia Union, 3-1, to clinch a place in the playoffs and complete the fourth unbeaten home schedule in MLS history.

November 4, 2012: In the first playoff game at BBVA Compass Stadium, the Dynamo produced an encore performance against Sporting Kansas City a year after a knocking the top seed from the Eastern Conference playoffs. Adam Moffat delivered a lead in the 18th minute with a strike he later called the best goal of his life, turning a bouncing ball into a 30-yard laser goal and a 1-0 lead. Will Bruin offered the eventual series-winning goal in the 75th minute, using a cool, side-foot finish from the penalty spot on a ball from Calen Carr for a momentum-shifting 2-0 win.

November 11, 2012: Trailing 1-0 into the 51st minute with a difficult second leg looming at RFK Stadium, the Eastern Conference Championship turned on a quick free kick. Brad Davis played a short, forward pass to Boniek Garcia with United players still jogging into defensive position. Garcia carried the ball toward the near post before spotting an open Andre Hainault at the back edge of the six-yard box, where he fired home for the tying goal. Two more goals arrived over the next thirty minutes. First, Will Bruin bagged his fourth goal of the playoffs for a 2-1 lead after a great run from Giles Barnes. Next, Kofi Sarkodie completed a nice one-two movement with Luiz Camargo for his first professional goal and a decisive 3-1 win.

November 18, 2012: Five years to the date after hoisting their second MLS Cup, the Dynamo lifted their fourth conference championship trophy. A moment of magic between Brad Davis and goal scorer Boniek Garcia offered a 1-0 lead (4-1 aggregate series advantage) just before halftime. All D.C. United could muster in the second half was a late goal to make the final series score 4-2, as the Dynamo celebrated a fourth trip to the MLS Cup Final in the same stadium they captured their second Cup. In a memorable moment, the Dynamo players carried the trophy into the lower bowl of RFK stadium to celebrate with their traveling supporters.

This list is merely a few of the great moments in Dynamo history. What moments are missing? Share your favorites in the comments section below.

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Return to the blog on Sunday for #6 on our Countdown to Opening Day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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

22 February 3:16 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 8 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 #8:

Today's choice for number 8 in our countdown to Opening Day was not easy. We could have selected the Dynamo's eight-game unbeaten streak in 2012, the club's longest since it was unbeaten in 11 straight in 2009. Or we could have highlighted Brad Davis' eight goals in 2012, a career-high for a player mostly known for gaudy assist totals. 

Instead, the focus today is the number of teams still standing in the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League: Eight. The Dynamo are one of the eight clubs remaining in the regional championship that began with 24 clubs last August. After winning Group 3 with a 1-1 draw against Olimpia of Honduras last October, the Dynamo advanced and are now approaching their quarterfinals assignment, Santos Laguna. The quarterfinal series is a two-leg aggregate series (same format as MLS Cup playoffs) beginning on March 5 when the Dynamo host Los Guerreros  at BBVA Compass Stadium. The second leg is on March 13 at Estadio Corona in Torreon, Mexico. The club with more total goals from the two games will advance to the semifinals. 

Santos is currently in seventh place in the Mexican League (2-3-2, 7 points) after finishing in ninth place in the fall season. Despite its current mediocre standing in LigaMX, Santos has been a force in the Champions League. The Torreon club fell to Monterrey, 3-2, in the Champions League final last May and will surely be motivated for another deep tournament run after outscoring its opponents 13-1 in the Group Stage last fall.

The quarterfinals features the following clubs: LA Galaxy, Seattle Sounders and Houston Dynamo (MLS); Monterrey (defending champions), Tigres UANL and Santos (Mexico); Herediano (Costa Rica) and Xelaju (Guatemala). If the Dynamo defeat Santos, they will advance to meet the winner of the Tigres UANL-Seattle Sounders series. On the other half of the bracket, the LA Galaxy will face Herediano and Monterrey will play Xelaju.

The Dynamo will try to advance to the semifinals for the third time after the club reached the final four in 2007, when it fell to Pachuca (Mexico), and 2008, when it was ousted by Saprissa (Costa Rica). 

With the March to Soccer down to its final eight days, the Dynamo are in the final stages of preparation for a busy 2013 campaign that will include the knockout rounds of the 2012-13 Champions League; the group stage of the 2013-14 Champions League (which they qualified for by advancing to the 2012 MLS Cup final); a 34-game MLS regular season and the U.S. Open Cup. If you're ready for soccer, there will be no shortage of games in 2013. As you contain your excitement for the March 2 MLS opener against D.C. United, don't forget about the sizzling Champions League home game with Santos Laguna just three days later. The Tuesday night meeting promises to offer one of the best atmospheres yet at BBVA Compass Stadium.   

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Return to the blog on Saturday for #7 on our Countdown to Opening Day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.