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MLS Regular Season

01 April 1:56 pm

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.

31 March 10:45 am

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.

Team

Home unbeaten streak

Dates

Sport

Chicago Bulls

44

3/30/1995 to 4/4/1996

NBA

Houston Dynamo

34

7/9/2011 to present

MLS

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.

29 March 5:17 pm

In the latest Friday Forecast, Jonathan Kaplan and Eddie Robinson discuss the Dynamo's winning streak, Dominic Kinnear's lineup options, stopping Wondo and the emergence of Andrew Driver.

26 March 7:15 pm

Warren Creavalle speaks on his first ever goal for the Dynamo. We're all glad that he managed his way out of the bathroom for this. #freewarren

26 March 2:35 pm

Without three key players due to international duty, Houston’s 2-1 victory over Vancouver pushed them to No.3 in both week 4 power rankings for MLSsoccer.com and Sports Illustrated.

MLSSoccer.com's writers moved Houston up two spots from last week’s rankings. This is what they had to say about the Dynamo:

Even without Brad Davis and Boniek García, Houston looked very smooth and fairly dangerous in possession. They also didn't look nearly as vulnerable to set pieces as they have been, but could very easily have dug themselves a 2-0 hole based purely on counterattacks. A good fightback at home is nice work, but there is still tinkering to be done by Dominic Kinnear.

Sports Illustrated’s Avi Creditor moved the Dynamo up one from last week’s rankings, after they extended their home win streak to 27 regular season games and 33 games in all competitions (includes playoffs and Champions League). Here is Creditor's take on the Dynamo: 

The Dynamo's home dominance continued. More impressively, it continued without starters Brad Davis, Oscar Boniek Garcia and Jermaine Taylor, all on international duty. Andrew Driver, Eric Brunner and Warren Creavalle stepped up (it took Creavalle a couple overhit shots to warm up, but still) to deal Vancouver its first loss.

Yahoo Sport’s Zac Wassink moved Houston from its previous No.10 spot up to No.6 in this week’s power rankings. This is what Wassink had to say about Houston’s home dominance:

The best home team in all of North American pro sports plays in MLS. It's hard to imagine the Dynamo losing in Houston; ever.

Meanwhile, Houston’s next opponent, the San Jose Earthquakes, are ranked No.3 by Wassink after their 1-0 win over Seattle. Here is Wassink on the Earthquakes:

And some of you were concerned about Chris Wondolowski and the 'Quakes. They may not win 3-0 every weekend, but they will likely be one of the best teams in the West when all is said and done.

Houston will remain at home this week to host the San Jose Earthquakes at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  (BUY TICKETS)

25 March 7:00 pm

Here are five big talking points ahead of Saturday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes. Tickets are still available here.

25 March 1:17 pm

Take a look behind the scenes from Saturday's match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Things got a little hairy in the tunnel this week with a possible arachnid threat. Watch the video to get more!