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25 February 8:54 pm

With the official unveiling of the 2013-14 Houston Dynamo jerseys, we take a walk down memory lane and look at Dynamo jerseys through the years. Do you have a favorite design? Let us know in the comments section below!

25 February 4:52 pm

Jonathan Kaplan and Eddie Robinson break down a week's worth of Dynamo events leading up to Saturday's season opener against D.C. United.

25 February 1:44 pm

With only five days before the start of the 2013 season, the Dynamo have formally unveiled the jerseys the team will wear for their upcoming campaign. Starting Tuesday, the jerseys will be available for purchase at the adidas Dynamo Team Store at BBVA Compass Stadium.

“Introducing a new uniform is always exciting for a team and its fans,” said Dynamo president Chris Canetti. “We are proud of the new look and how it represents the club. The base concept remains the same, but the new version provides a fresh, new look for the club.”

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Although the jerseys were designed to highlight features that represent the club, it was also designed with competition advantages in mind. With no collar and lighter material, the 2013 and 2014 kits will provide an advantage for Dynamo players as they play games during the summer months in Houston.

Along with the Dynamo’s goal to be the most environmentally friendly club in Major League Soccer, the new kits are made from 100% recyclable materials. Other features that will hit home to Dynamo fans are:

  • The Texas flag patch sewn on to the front of the jersey
  • The Dynamo’s signature Forever Orange slogan on the upper-left hand side of the kit
  • The back-neck tape design is inspired by the design of the Dynamo’s stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium

“We wanted to maintain a traditional looking uniform that met the standards of top clubs from around the world,” Canetti added. “We also wanted it to be a stark contrast to our previous uniform. It was important for us to incorporate elements that represent our club and fan base, such as the Forever Orange tag and the Texas flag. Overall, I think we have met our objectives and have a quality new uniform that players and fans will enjoy.”

25 February 1:21 pm

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 5 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday, 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 #5:

The Dynamo have reached five conference finals in seven seasons. They have won four, and lost the fifth to the LA Galaxy in a game remembered by Dynamo fans by a pair of power outages at The Home Depot Center.

Here are Houston's five conference finals appearances:

2012 - EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP (DYNAMO WIN SERIES 4-2)

Houston Dynamo vs. D.C. United 
Eastern Conference Championship – Leg 1
November 11, 2012 – BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston

RECAP AND HIGHLIGHTS

Scoring Summary:

DC: Nick DeLeon 2 (unassisted) 27
HOU: Andre Hainault 1 (Boniek Garcia 1, Brad Davis 2) 51
HOU: Will Bruin 4 (unassisted) 68
HOU: Kofi Sarkodie 1 (Luiz Camargo 1) 81

Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie, Andre Hainault, Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe; Adam Moffat (Giles Barnes 25), Luiz Camargo, Brad Davis (Warren Creavalle 88); Boniek Garcia, Will Bruin (Brian Ching 88), Macoumba Kandji

D.C. United: Joe Willis; Robbie Russell, Brandon McDonald (Emiliano Dudar 56), Dejan Jakovic, Chris Korb; Nick DeLeon, Perry Kitchen, Marcelo Saragosa (Raphael Augusto 40), Chris Pontius (Lewis Neal 12)

Attendance: 22,101

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Eastern Conference Championship – Leg 2
November 18, 2012 – RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.

RECAP AND HIGHLIGHTS

Scoring Summary:

HOU: Boniek Garcia 1 (Brad Davis 3) 33
DC: Branko Boskovic (unassisted) 83

 

Houston Dynamo: Tally Hall; Kofi Sarkodie, Jermaine Taylor, Bobby Boswell, Corey Ashe; Adam Moffat, Ricardo Clark (Luiz Camargo 66), Brad Davis (Giles Barnes 84); Boniek Garcia, Will Bruin (Cam Weaver 77), Macoumba Kandji

D.C. United: Bill Hamid; Robbie Russell, Emiliano Dudar (Dwayne De Rosario 62), Dejan Jakovic, Chris Korb; Branko Boskovic, Perry Kitchen, Marcelo Saragosa (Lewis Neal 45), Nick DeLeon; Lionard Pajoy (Hamdi Salihi 57), Maicon Santos  

Attendance: 20,015

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2011 - EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL (DYNAMO 2, SPORTING KC 0)

Houston Dynamo vs. Sporting Kansas City

November 06, 2011 -- LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS

Eastern Conference Final

RECAP

Scoring Summary:

HOU -- Andre Hainault 2 (unassisted) 53

HOU -- Carlo Costly 1 (Luiz Camargo 1) 87

Houston Dynamo -- Tally Hall, Andre Hainault, Bobby Boswell, Geoff Cameron, Corey Ashe, Danny Cruz, Adam Moffat, Luiz Camargo, Brad Davis (Jermaine Taylor 39), Brian Ching (Carlo Costly 78), Calen Carr (Will Bruin 68).

Sporting Kansas City -- Jimmy Nielsen, Chance Myers, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Seth Sinovic (Omar Bravo 85), Julio Cesar (Jeferson 82), Roger Espinoza (Davy Arnaud 75), Graham Zusi, Kei Kamara, Teal Bunbury, C.J. Sapong.

Attendace: 20,839

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2009 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL (GALAXY WIN 2-0 AFTER EXTRA TIME)

Houston Dynamo vs. Los Angeles Galaxy

November 13, 2009 -- The Home Depot Center, Carson CA

Western Conference Final

RECAP

Scoring Summary:

LA -- Gregg Berhalter 1 (unassisted) 103

LA -- Landon Donovan 3 (penalty kick) 109

Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Andrew Hainault, Geoff Cameron, Bobby Boswell, Wade Barrett, Brian Mullan (Corey Ashe 82), Ricardo Clark, Stuart Holden, Brad Davis (Eddie Robinson 96), Brian Ching, Dominic Oduro (Luis Angel Landin 72).

Los Angeles Galaxy -- Donovan Ricketts, Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, A.J. DeLaGarza, Chris Klein (Jovan Kirovski 63), Dema Kovalenko, David Beckham, Landon Donovan, Edson Buddle (Alan Gordon 96), Mike Magee (Eddie Lewis 101).

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2007 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL (DYNAMO 2, KANSAS CITY O)

Kansas City Wizards vs. Houston Dynamo

November 10, 2007 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX

Western Conference Final

RECAP

Scoring Summary:

HOU -- Nate Jaqua 1 (Richard Mulrooney 1) 35

HOU -- Dwayne De Rosario 1 (Craig Waibel 1) 81

Kansas City Wizards -- Kevin Hartman, Jack Jewsbury (Ryan Pore 75), Jimmy Conrad, Nick Garcia, Michael Harrington, Davy Arnaud, Kurt Morsink, Kerry Zavagnin (Carlos Marinelli 46), Sasha Victorine (Eloy Colombano 66), Scott Sealy, Eddie Johnson.

Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Craig Waibel, Ryan Cochrane, Eddie Robinson, Wade Barrett, Brian Mullan, Richard Mulrooney, Dwayne De Rosario (Stuart Holden 85), Brad Davis, Brian Ching (Joseph Ngwenya 70), Nate Jaqua.

Attendance: 30,972

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2006 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL (Dynamo 3, Colorado 1)

Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo

November 11, 2006 -- Robertson Stadium, Houston TX

Western Conference Final

RECAP

Scoring Summary:

COL -- Jovan Kirovski (penalty kick) 4

HOU -- Paul Dalglish 1 (Dwayne De Rosario 2, Ricardo Clark 1) 10

HOU -- Paul Dalglish 2 (Brad Davis 1, Brian Mullan 2) 21

HOU -- Brian Mullan 1 (Alejandro Moreno 1, Brad Davis 2) 71

Colorado Rapids -- Joe Cannon, Matt Crawford (Dan Gargan 45), Aitor Karanka, Mike Petke (Jacob Peterson 74), Chris Wingert, Kyle Beckerman, Nicolas Hernandez, Pablo Mastroeni, Alain Nkong (Thiago Martins 63), Jovan Kirovski, Clint Mathis.

Houston Dynamo -- Pat Onstad, Wade Barrett, Eddie Robinson, Adrian Serioux (Ryan Cochrane 93+), Craig Waibel, Ricardo Clark, Brad Davis, Dwayne De Rosario, Brian Mullan, Brian Ching, Paul Dalglish (Alejandro Moreno 65).

Attendance: 23,107

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Return to the blog on Tuesday for #4 on our Countdown to Opening Day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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

24 February 2:55 pm

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 6 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 #6:

Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear is the longest-tenured head coach in Major League Soccer after completing his ninth consecutive season with the Earthquakes/Dynamo in 2012. He was promoted from assistant coach to head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes after the 2003 season and managed the Quakes in their final two seasons in San Jose before the franchise moved to Houston. He's remained in charge of the Dynamo since their inception, guiding the club to two MLS Cup titles and four MLS Cup final appearances in seven seasons. 

Only six head coaches/managers in American professional sports have been with their current club longer than Kinnear. The list below details the longest-tenured head coaches in American professional sports.

FIRST SEASON NAME CLUB (LEAGUE) NOTE
1996 Greg Popovich San Antonio Spurs (NBA)  
1998 Barry Trotz Nashville Predators (NHL)  
2000 Bill Belicheck New England Patriots (NFL)  
2000 Mike Scioscia LA Angels of Anaheim (MLB)  
2002 Ron Gardenhire Minnesota Twins (MLB)  
2003 Marvin Lewis Cincinnati Bengals (NFL)  
2004 Dominic Kinnear San Jose Earthquakes/Houston Dynamo (MLS) Named head coach December 2003
2004 Tom Coughlin New York Giants (NFL) Named head coach January 2004
2004 Doc Rivers Boston Celtics (NBA) Named head coach April 2004
2005 Charlie Manuel Philadelphia Phillies (MLB) Named head coach November 2004

Kinnear has guided two of the four clubs in the history of MLS that completed an unbeaten home season (2012 Dynamo and 2005 Earthquakes). He leads the Dynamo into the 2013 season with a 25-game regular season home unbeaten streak that can be extended on Saturday as the Dynamo open the season against D.C. United in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship.

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Return to the blog on Monday for #5 on our Countdown to Opening Day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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

24 February 10:30 am

As the Dynamo closed out their preseason campaign on Saturday, CCL foe Santos Laguna continued their trek through the 2013 LigaMX Clausura.

On Friday, Santos upset second-place Club America at Estadio Corona, defeating the Mexico City-based club 1-0 behind a first-half goal from Darwin Quintero. The goal was Quintero's second of the season and his second in as many games.

Friday's match was a chippy affair between the two Mexican clubs, as seven yellow cards were handed out. Former Mexican national team goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez made three saves for his fourth clean sheet of the season.

Current men's national team striker Herculez Gomez played 62 minutes for Los Guerreros, while current Mexican national team striker Oribe Peralta played the full 90 minutes and assisted on Quintero's goal.

Following the win, Santos now sits in sixth place in the LigaMX standings. Here is a list of their upcoming fixtures:

Date / Time (CT) Opponent Location
Friday, March 1 - 7:30 pm at Jaguares Estadio Victor Manuel Reyna
Tuesday, March 5 - 7 pm at Houston Dynamo BBVA Compass Stadium
Friday, March 8 - 9:30 pm vs. Atlanta Estadio Corona
Wednesday, March 13 - 7 pm vs. Houston Dynamo Estadio Corona

 

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