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On Saturday, the Dynamo announced that the first five home games of 2013 are now sale to the general public. The first five games of the season represent some of the most important for the Dynamo, as they look to reassert themselves as a contender in the Eastern Conference.
The other important note about those games is that the Dynamo enter the 2013 season with a 30-game home unbeaten streak in all competitions. Real Salt Lake currently holds the all-time record with a 34-game unbeaten streak at home. If Houston gets through the first five games without a loss, they will pass RSL for the all-time record.
So who does Houston play in its first five games this year? Let’s take a look.
Game 1: Dynamo vs. D.C. United March 2 - 7 p.m.
The 2013 season opener is a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference championship series. Houston has never lost to D.C. United at home, entering this year’s opener with a 7-0-1 home record in the regular season, with a +13 goal differential.
United is once again led by former Dynamo midfielder Dwayne De Rosario (pictured, right), who was part of the Canadian squad that tied the United States 0-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium on January 29.
Game 2: Dynamo vs. Santos Laguna March 5 – 7 p.m.
The Dynamo clinched a berth in the 2012-13 CCL quarterfinal round with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Olimpia at home last October. As a reward for finishing first in the group, the Dynamo earned a date with Mexican club Santos Laguna, the 2011-12 CCL runner-up.
Santos brings a loaded squad to BBVA Compass Stadium including U.S. men’s national team forward Herculez Gomez (pictured, right), Mexican national team striker Oribe Peralta and former Mexican national team goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez. Entering the weekend, Santos is 2-1-2 in league play and sits in sixth place in LigaMX.
Game 3: Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps March 23 – 7:30 p.m.
The Dynamo will welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps to BBVA Compass Stadium for the first time this year, when the two squads square off on March 23. Both squads finished as the fifth seed in their respective conferences in 2012, but took very different paths once the playoffs began. The Dynamo defeated the Chicago Fire in the Wild Card round while the Whitecaps fell 2-1 to eventual champion LA Galaxy.
The Whitecaps will come to a Houston with a slew attacking talent including top draft picks Omar Salgado (No. 1 in 2011 SuperDraft), Darren Mattocks (pictured, right) (No. 2 in 2012 SuperDraft) and Kekuta Manneh (No. 4 in 2013 SuperDraft).
Game 4: Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes March 30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Earthquakes took the league by storm in 2012, running away with the Supporters’ Shield and scoring a league-best 72 goals. San Jose is led by former Dynamo striker Chris Wondolowski, who has 65 goals in the past three seasons, including a record-tying 27 in 2012.
This will be San Jose’s first trip to BBVA Compass Stadium. The two sides met at AT&T Park last year with the Dynamo winning the match 1-0 on a Brad Davis penalty kick.
Game 5: Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire April 14 – 4 p.m.
Few teams were more active in the offseason than the Chicago Fire. Frank Klopas’ club brings back the core of a squad that finished 2012 fourth in the Eastern Conference, but added midfielders Dilly Duka (trade from Columbus) and Jeff Larentowicz (trade from Colorado) and forward Maicon Santos (Re-Entry Draft). With a full year of midfielder Chris Rolfe (pictured, right), you can expect the Fire to be a contender in the East once again.
The Dynamo are 3-2-3 all-time against the Fire in Houston, including two draws in their two home matches in 2012.
On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo announced the full schedule for the 2013 regular season. Although this will be the Dynamo's second season at BBVA Compass Stadium, it's the first season in which Houston can play home games starting in March. Last year's home schedule did not start until May 12, and as a result, there were a lot of Houston home games in a short period of time.
Here are some key takeaways from the 2013 Dynamo schedule:
As previously announced, the Dynamo will open the season at home against D.C. United on Saturday, March 2. The re-match of last year's Eastern Conference Championship will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
Similar to last year, the Dynamo and FC Dallas will square off only once in 2013. That match will take place on Sunday, March 17 as part of Major League Soccer's Rivalry Week. Since last year's match was played at BBVA Compass Stadium, this year's match will be played at FC Dallas Stadium. The winner of the match will take home El Capitan, a Civil War-era mountain howitzer.
The Dynamo and Sporting KC have played each other in each of the past two playoffs. In 2011, the Dynamo knocked off Sporting in the Eastern Conference Championship. In 2012, Houston defeated SKC in the Eastern Conference semifinals. In total, the two teams have played each other nine times in all competitions over the past two years. This year, the two squads will meet an additional three times, with the May 12 home match to be broadcast nationally on ESPN and the May 26 road match to be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
Speaking of national broadcasts, the Dynamo will play on national TV 13 times in 2013. They will play three times on ESPN2, once on ESPN, three times on NBC Sports Network, once on NBC and five times in Spanish on UniMás.
Potential Road Trips?
The fun part of the schedule announcement is the chance to figure out which games Dynamo fans will be able to travel to. You can expect a large contingent will make the trek up I-45 for the Texas Derby on March 17. Chicago (Sept. 1) and Sporting KC (May 26) are also drivable for those fans wanting to see their club on the road. If you want to see the LA Galaxy this year, you will have to make the trek to California, as the two-time defending MLS Cup champions do not come to Houston in 2013 (at least not during the regular season).
In 2012, the Dynamo had five home games on weeknights and 12 on weekends. In 2013, the Dynamo will have only one weeknight game, with the remaining 16 MLS home games to be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The lone weeknight game is Wednesday, Oct. 9 against Sporting KC.
So what do you think Dynamo fans? Do you like the schedule? Which match are you circling on your calendar?
According to Major League Soccer, the full 2013 schedule will be released Wednesday at 11 am CT.
We already know that the Dynamo will open the season on Saturday, March 2 at BBVA Compass Stadium against D.C. United. We also know that as a result of the Dynamo advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League tournament, Houston will have the second week of the MLS season off. The Dynamo will host Mexican club Santos Laguna in the first leg of their home-and-home series on Tuesday, March 5 and then travel to Torreon for the second leg on Wednesday, March 13.
While the full MLS schedule will be unveiled on Wednesday, we do know that the Dynamo's opponents will flip from 2012. For instance, if the Dynamo played an Eastern Conference foe twice at home in 2012 and once on the road, they will play them twice on the road and once at home. That means that Dynamo fans will more than likely have the chance to see the New York Red Bulls at BBVA Compass Stadium twice in 2013. The only caveat is that there are two Eastern Conference teams that the Dynamo will only play twice - once home and once away - in 2013 (similar to 2012).
With regard to Western Conference opponents, if the Dynamo played the team on the road in 2012, they will play them at home in 2013 and vice versa. So that means Houston fans should expect to see Vancouver, San Jose, Colorado, Seattle and Chivas USA at home this year. The Dynamo will hit the road to Dallas, Portland, LA and Real Salt Lake.
So which teams are you most looking forward to seeing in 2013? What road trips are you most looking forward to planning? Let us know in the comments below!
On Tuesday, Major League Soccer announced the 2013 home openers for all 19 MLS clubs. The Dynamo will open next season at home on March 2 against D.C. United. This will be the second consecutive year the Dynamo play United in a home opener.
The Dynamo are 9-4-2 all-time against United in the regular season and are 10-0-1 against D.C. in Houston in all competitions. That record includes two SuperLiga wins against United and last year's 3-1 playoff victory in their Eastern Conference Championship series.
It's important to note that just because the Dynamo are not listed again on the chart, does not mean they have the next three weekends off. It just means they are not any other club's home opener.
Following the MLS opener against D.C. United, the Dynamo will take on Santos Laguna in the quarterfinals of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions Leauge. The exact dates of the two-legged series have not been confirmed, but the first leg will be either March 5, 6 or 7 with the second leg to be played March 12, 13 or 14. One of those matches will be at BBVA Compass Stadium with the other match to be played at Estadio Corona in Torreón, Mexico.
As a result of those matches against Santos, the Dynamo will have a bye the second week of the MLS season. The Dynamo should resume MLS play the weekend of Saturday, March 16 but whether the Dynamo have a match that weekend and whether that match is home or away will not be announced until after the new year.
At this time, the only way to secure tickets to both the home opener and the match against Santos are through full or partial season ticket packages. Fans are encouraged to act quickly to secure their seats as both matches are expected to sell out.
Between the regular season and the playoffs, the Houston Dynamo scored 57 goals. Did you miss any of them? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
Have an opinion on today's MLS Cup final? Matt Pedersen and Glenn Davis are hosting a call-in show on KPRC 950 until 8 p.m. CT. To voice your opinion on the Dynamo's 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy or to talk about last season or the one ahead, call (713) 212-5950.
All stats are courtesy of Opta Sports
First Half Stats
|LA Galaxy||Houston Dynamo|
|4||Attempts on Goal||7|
|0||Shots on Target||3|
|4||Shots off Target||1|
|7||Open Play Crosses||11|
|0||First Yellow Cards||0|
|0||Second Yellow Cards||0|
|51%||Duels Won %||48%|
|77%||Passing Accuracy %||81%|
With less than an hour before kickoff, lineups have been released for both the Dynamo and the Galaxy. Heading into the match, the only question mark for the Dynamo was the health of forward Calen Carr. Although he was not listed on Friday's injury report, it was not known if he was fit to go a full 90 or if Kinnear would use the energetic Macoumba Kandji to start the match. That question was answered with the release of today's lineup.
GK: Tally Hall
RB: Kofi Sarkodie
CB: Bobby Boswell
CB: Jermaine Taylor
LB: Corey Ashe
RM: Boniek Garcia
CM: Adam Moffat
CM: Ricardo Clark
LM: Brad Davis (C)
FW: Will Bruin
FW: Calen Carr
With Carr back in the lineup, Kinnear has chosen to go back to the 4-4-2 formation that has worked so well for him throughout his coaching career. Here are the Dynamo's available subs:
GK: Tyler Deric
DF: Andre Hainault
MF: Giles Barnes
MF: Luiz Camargo
FW: Mac Kandji
FW: Cam Weaver
FW: Brian Ching
Today's Galaxy starting lineup is:
Josh Saunders; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez, Tommy Meyer, Todd Dunivant; Christian Wilhelmsson, David Beckham, Juninho, Mike Magee; Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane.
Their available subs are:
Brian Perk, Marcelo Sarvas, Michael Stephens, AJ DeLaGarza, Edson Buddle, Pat Noonan, Bryan Gaul
Today's match can be seen nationally on ESPN and TeleFutura. It can also be heard locally on KPRC 950 with an extended postgame call-in show to follow.
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