MLS Regular Season
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.
A year after finishing as the runner-up for the MLS MVP award, Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis finished fourth in this year's voting. San Jose Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski won the league's top honor in a landslide, garnering a combined percentage of 259.07% of the votes. That number is out of 300% when you add the percentage of votes that came from the clubs, players and media. Davis finished behind Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry and Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi.
|PLAYER||% Club Votes||% Media Votes||% Player Votes||WEIGHTED TOTAL|
|1. Chris Wondolowski (SJ)||91.23||96.97||70.83||259.03|
|2. Thierry Henry (NY)||0||3.03||11.46||14.49|
|3. Graham Zusi (SKC)||3.51||0||3.13||6.64|
|4. Brad Davis (HOU)||3.51||0||0||3.51|
As the season nears its end, it's time for the annual voting of the MLS Goal and Save of the Year. Goal of the Year voting opened today and the Dynamo are represented in Group 1 with Brad Davis' game-winning strike in the inaugural match at BBVA Compass Stadium. He is joined in the first group by goals from David Beckham, Kris Boyd and Darren Mattocks.
In case you forgot how good Davis' goal was, here it is:
Quite honestly, watching that goal gives me chills and I know it does the same for so many of you. Now let's do all we can to ensure it makes it to the next round of voting!
The most recent power rankings have been released on MLSsoccer.com and with the Dynamo’s loss against Colorado Rapids, Houston remains at No. 9 on the list. Here is what the writers at MLS had to say about the Dynamo’s performance on the field.
Midway through the summer, it looked like the Dynamo were going to end up as one of the league’s top teams, losing just once in 11 games and ripping off a five-game winning streak. Since then, they’re only 3-3-4, have changed formations a couple of times and seen the goals dry up. Terrifyingly, the key may very well be Mac Kandji. When he’s on, the 4-3-3 works. When he’s not, they’re meat.
Tomorrow, the Dynamo will face the Chicago Fire, a team that MLSsoccer.com has dropped from No. 6 in their rankings to No. 8 after the Fire’s 1-1 draw against D.C. United. Below is what the writer’s had to say about the Dynamo’s upcoming opponent:
If the Fire were clinical in front of the net, they’d probably be No. 3 on this list, but the 1-1 draw vs. United highlighted a disturbing trend of wasting chances. It’s seen them post just one win in their last four, and get relegated to the Knockout Round. The good news, though, is that they get to host it, and that they’re finally fully fit.
What do you think? Have the Dynamo lost the drive they had at the beginning of the season or will they accelerate through the playoffs for a shot at the MLS Cup? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Numbers don't always tell the whole story, but here are a few that help paint a picture of the Dynamo's 2012 regular season:
|0||Numbers of losses at home during the regular season|
|1||Numbers of players who were suspended for yellow card accumulation|
|1||Numbers of red cards issued to Dynamo players (all-time low)|
|5||Longest winless streak of season (happened twice)|
|5||Penalty kicks conceded|
|6||Number of players who made Dynamo debut in 2012|
|7||Penalty kicks won|
|8||Longest unbeaten streak of season (6/30-8/3)|
|12||Number of shutouts by Tally Hall (regular season record for Dynamo goalkeeper)|
|12||Number of goals by Will Bruin (most by Dynamo player since Brian Ching scored 13 in 2008)|
|12||Number of assists by Brad Davis (fourth consecutive year with 12+ assists)|
|13||Number of different goal scorers for the Dynamo|
|14||Number of regular season wins (one shy of team record)|
|48||Number of goal scored (all-time record)|
|53||Number of total points (all-time record)|
|55.93||Possession percentage (highest in the league)|
|81.53||Passing accuracy (second highest in the league)|
|88||Tally Hall's total saves|
|136||Number of corner kicks taken (fewest in the league)|
|149||Number of corner kicks conceded (sixth fewest in the league)|
|157||Number of shots on goal (eighth most in the league)|
|372||Number of fouls committed (third fewest in the league|
|377||Number of fouls suffered (third fewest in the league)|
At this point in the game, there is little reason to suspect fans do not know what is on the line this weekend.
Currently, the Dynamo sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. If the season ended today, they would travel to Red Bull Arena on Wednesday for a one-game wild-card match with the New York Red Bulls.
The only way for the Dynamo to avoid the wild-card game is if the following happens:
- Dynamo defeat Colorado Rapids
- D.C. United defeats Chicago Fire
- New York ties or loses to Philadelphia Union
If any other scenario happens, the Dynamo will be playing a match Wednesday night. The only question will be whether or not that match will be in the fortress of BBVA Compass Stadium or on the road at Red Bull Arena, Toyota Park or RFK Stadium.
With that said, we encourage Dynamo fans to keep a close watch on the matches Saturday afternoon. The Red Bulls and Union kick off an NBC tripleheader at 12:30 p.m. on NBC's main channel. That will be followed by D.C. United and the Chicago Fire at 3 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. The tripleheader concludes with the San Jose Earthquakes and Portland Timbers at 5 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. Although that final match has no bearing on the Dynamo's playoff position, it will be interesting to watch Chris Wondolowski in his pursuit of Roy Lassiter's goal scoring record. Wondolowski needs one goal to tie Lassiter and two to take sole possession of the record.
Although much of the focus is on the Eastern Conference, few are talking about Western Conference matches that also could impact Houston. Currently, the Dynamo have 53 points. That is more than two Western Conference playoff teams; the LA Galaxy (51) and Vancouver Whitecaps (42). Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders sit on 56 points.
Now why is this important to the Dynamo? When two teams are left standing in the MLS Cup final, the team that hosts is the one that had more points in the regular season. The Dynamo could potentially have more regular season points than two Western Conference teams, and as many points as two others.
RSL hosts Vancouver Saturday night and LA hosts Seattle Sunday night. Although we are a month away from it mattering, those matches could come into play if the Dynamo make it to the MLS Cup final and host any of those four teams.
Look back on a memorable first year at BBVA Compass Stadium. Here's to a few more games in 2012...