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:
|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
*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 Supplemental Draft||2|
|San Jose original||2|
Looking for analysis from yesterday's Champions League matches or this weekend's Dynamo match vs. Portland? Tune in to Dynamo All-Access tonight from 7-9 pm on 1560 AM.
Glenn Davis will preview this weekend's Dynamo match, offering his analysis on the early season starts for both the Dynamo and Timbers.
Guests for the show include Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and defenders Bobby Boswell and Jermaine Taylor. In addition, Glenn will chat with NASL commissioner Bill Peterson and Portland Timbers broadcaster Robbie Earle.
The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.
Sebastian Salazar sat down with Houston Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear to discuss this weekend's opponent, the Portland Timbers.
Good news for Dynamo fans looking to watch Saturday night's match against the Portland Timbers. The folks at MLS have chosen the Houston-Portland match to be this week's MLSsoccer.com Stream of the Week.
This means that if you do not get CSN Houston (the channel broadcasting the match) as long as you have an MLSsoccer.com account (Click here to register FREE account) you will be able to watch the match online.
There are a few restrictions, however, with the free stream. Because Adobe Flash Player is required to watch the stream, the match will ONLY be available on your computer and not on a mobile device. So that means you cannot watch this stream on your iPad, iPhone, Android, Roku, etc.
However, if you pay for an MLS Live subscription, the local blackout restrictions will be lifted and you can watch the match on your mobile device through the MLS Matchday App.
So long story short, there are numerous ways for you to catch your men in orange this weekend against the Portland Timbers.
1. If you have CSN Houston, catch Glenn Davis and Eddie Robinson on the call beginning at 9:30 p.m. CT.
2. If you want to watch the match with fellow Dynamos fans, come to our official viewing party at Firkin & Phoenix.
3. If you want to watch the match in the comfort of your home and don't get CSN Houston, check out the MLSsoccer.com free stream (not available on mobile devices).
4. If you pay for MLS Live and want to watch the match on your mobile device (phone, tablet, roku, etc.) you can watch the match on MLS Live through the MLS Matchday App.
After Houston’s 2-0 home victory over San Jose last weekend, the Dynamo tied the MLS record with 34 consecutive home games unbeaten in all competitions. With the new record in their sights, the Dynamo got some love in this week's power rankings from MLSsoccer.com and Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey. Both sites had the Dynamo in their top spot after the fifth week of the MLS season.
MLSsoccer.com had this to say about Houston:
Got to give it up for the Dynamo: They've weathered preseason injuries, a disappointing CCL elimination, some set-piece worries (we're not 100 percent convinced those are gone) and international call-ups all before the calendar even turned to April. And with all that, they're 3-1-0 – and heating up.
But not everybody agrees that Houston’s current form deserves the top spot in the power rankings. Both ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle and Yahoo Sport’s Zac Wassink placed Houston in the fifth spot in their respective rankings. According to Wassink:
Houston's next three games include trips to Portland and Toronto surrounding a home match against lowly Chicago. The Dynamo could be atop MLS power rankings by the end of April.
Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated’s Avi Creditor did not move the Dynamo after their home victory, keeping them at the No.3 spot, but did emphasize Houston’s attacking force:
The manner in which the Dynamo scored in a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes was a testament to their attacking quality. On one side, Oscar Boniek Garcia used a tremendous individual effort to get by All-Star defender Justin Morrow and send an accurate cross for Will Bruin. On the other, Brad Davis put in his trademark pinpoint service for Giles Barnes. This dynamic team can come at opponents from myriad ways and angles.
Houston will look to win their first road game of the year when they travel to JELD-WEN Field this weekend to take on the Portland Timbers.
Go behind-the-scenes at the Dynamo's March 30 match vs. the San Jose Earthquakes with our latest episode of Tunnel Vision.
Eddie Robinson offers five key story lines to watch for ahead of this weekend's match vs. the Portland Timbers.
Looking for a dose of soccer analysis to kick off your April? Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis. The Dynamo broadcaster has a full lineup of guests including Dynamo defenders Bobby Boswell, Kofi Sarkodie and Jermaine Taylor and midfielder Ricardo Clark. Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter will also be on to talk about the start to their season and this weekend's match with the Dynamo.
Tonight's episode airs from 7-9 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 FM or online at www.espn975.com.
Davis will be talking Dynamo soccer, Chelsea's FA Cup win over Manchester United as well as preview this weekend's Champions League matches.
The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.
The Houston Dynamo's home unbeaten streak has been well-chronicled within MLS circles. As it stands, no team in the 18-year history of the league has a longer home unbeaten streak in all competitions and only one team (Real Salt Lake) has a longer home unbeaten streak in the regular season. The Dynamo will look to tie RSL's regular season streak (29) and sit alone atop the all competitions mark when they host the Chicago Fire on April 14.
But just how difficult is 34 consecutive home games unbeaten? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one North American professional sports team has a longer streak. That would be the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls who won 44 straight home games from March 1995 until April 1996.
Home unbeaten streak
3/30/1995 to 4/4/1996
7/9/2011 to present
|Real Salt Lake||34||6/6/2009 to 4/27/2011||MLS|
Equally as impressive as the Dynamo's home unbeaten run is their run in BBVA Compass Stadium, their downtown home that opened in May 2012. Our friends at Elias tell us that last night, the Dynamo became only the third team in the history of major North American professional sports leagues to go unbeaten in their first 20 regular season games at a home venue. Last night's win gave the Dynamo a 14-0-6 in the first 20 regular season matches at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Care to guess who the other two teams are to accomplish that feat? We promise you won't get the answer.
The first was the Washington Capitols of the Basketball Association of America (predecessor of today’s NBA), who won their first 27 games at Uline Arena in 1946–1947. While Dominic Kinnear is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in MLS history, that Capitols squad was managed by none other than Red Auerbach, quite possibly one of the greatest coaches in American professional sports history.
The other team to accomplish this feat was the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, who won their first 22 games at Staples Center (2001–2002). That sparks squad was led by three-time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie.
So while it's important to recognize the Dynamo's standing among their peers in professional soccer, it's hard not to appreciate the fact that Kinnear's squad has accomplished feats that few in North American sports history have done before.