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04 April 3:28 pm

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:

Date acquired Player Transaction
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

2006                   2

2007                   1

2008                   1

2009                   3

2010                   0

2011                   7

2012                   6

2013                   7

*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 SuperDraft   5
MLS Supplemental Draft   2
Trade   6
Home-Grown Player     3
San Jose original     2
Transfer     2
Loan       2
Trialist     1
Free agent     4

 

29 March 4:25 pm

With the Dynamo unbeaten in 33 consecutive home games in all competitions, many have wondered how the streak compares to other professional sports. While the Miami Heat (and 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers) have received a lot of coverage for their historic win streaks, here we look into the longest home unbeaten streaks in American pro sports history. Thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau, we can compare the best home streaks in U.S. pro sports history. 

The Dynamo’s 33-game home unbeaten streak is the third-longest in the annals of American pro sports. Only the Chicago Bulls of the NBA (44 games, 1995-96) and Real Salt Lake of MLS (34 games in all competitions, 2009-11) have longer home unbeaten streaks in the five major American professional sports. Here is a list of the longest home unbeaten runs in other pro American sports:

Team

Home unbeaten streak

Dates

Sport

Chicago Bulls

44

3/30/1995 to 4/4/1996

NBA

Real Salt Lake 34 6/6/2009 to 4/27/2011 MLS

Houston Dynamo

33

7/9/2011 to present

MLS

Miami Dolphins

27

10/17/1971 to 12/15/1974

NFL

New York Giants

26

9/7/1916 to 9/30/1916

MLB

Detroit Red Wings

23

11/5/2011 to 2/19/2012

NHL

*Now, many college sports fans will cite their favorite school's impressive streak. There are many, including University of Kentucky men's basketball's stunning 129-game home win streak that spanned 13 years, from 1943-1955. In college football, the Miami Hurricanes kept a mind-boggling 58-game home winning streak from 1985-1994. There are other extraordinary streaks in the college ranks, but in terms of American pro sports, the Dynamo are among the very elite.

Tickets: Watch the Dynamo try to match the MLS record on Saturday vs. San Jose.

 

 

06 March 6:04 pm

 

Here is today's look at Dynamo and MLS news from various news outlets:

·         Dynamo take first step in Champions League (Washington Post)

·         Davis’s late goal gives Dynamo a leg up (Houston Chronicle)

·         Solid home display hands Houston narrow edge over Santos Laguna (Goal.com)

·         Salazar developing skills as member of Dynamo Academy (Houston Chronicle)

·         89th minute goal gives Houston advantage in CCL quarterfinals (AP/Sports Illustrated)

·         Dynamo emboldened by victory (MLSSoccer.com)

·         Dynamo snatched another win in the final minutes (MLSSoccer.com)

·         Davis sparks Houston with late goal (NBC Pro Soccer Talk)

·         Late Davis goal gives Houston crucial first-leg win (SB Nation)

·         Dynamo vs. Santos Laguna, 1st leg recap (Dynamo Theory)

01 March 4:57 pm

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 1 day – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday – 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 conclude the countdown with #1:

By now, we have covered most of the big moments in the opening season at BBVA Compass Stadium. From the long-awaited opening last May to epic playoff wins over Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United in November, it was a magical first year at the downtown jewel. How do you match a debut season like that? The Dynamo will give it their best shot.

Here on the eve of the opening of the 2013 season, we feel a mixture of nostalgia for the incredible debut season at the new stadium with a sense of anticipation for what 2013 could bring. All 11 starters from the 2012 MLS Cup final return for the Dynamo in 2013 and the club will enjoy the benefit of beginning the season with Boniek Garcia and Ricardo Clark in camp, two key figures of the 2012 team who joined midseason. In addition, newcomers Omar Cummings and Andrew Driver will augment a Dynamo attack that produced a club-record 48 goals in 2012.

Here are some of the big dates for the new season:

March 2 vs. D.C. United: The Dynamo will raise four conference championship banners before facing United in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference Championship.

March 5 vs. Santos Laguna (Champions League quarterfinals): For anyone inside BBVA Compass Stadium for the Dynamo-Valencia game last May or the Dynamo-Olimpia Champions League duel in October, they can attest that there is a different feel when an international opponent arrives in Houston. With a unique opponent to watch and vocal support of the visiting clubs from its fans, international games offer something different. On Tuesday the Dynamo and Santos Laguna will meet for the first time in a home-and-home quarterfinal series.

March 30 vs. San Jose Earthquakes: The Dynamo face the club from their original home in a meeting of the 2012 Supporters' Shield winners and MLS Cup finalists. There are also longtime friendships between the coaching staffs, including Dominic Kinnear and Frank Yallop, who shared the same bench in San Jose from 2001-03.

April 28 vs. Colorado Rapids: If the Dynamo win or tie their first four regular season home games of 2013, a win against the Rapids would set a new MLS record for the longest home unbeaten streak in league history, at 30 regular season games, surpassing Real Salt Lake's record (29 games).

May 12 vs. Sporting Kansas City: On the anniversary of the stadium opening, the Dynamo will meet their Eastern Conference rivals in a rematch of the 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals, when the Dynamo knocked out top-seed Sporting Kansas City for the second straight season. 

August 17 vs. Seattle Sounders: The club that very easily could have been the Dynamo's opponent in the 2012 MLS Cup final, the Sounders visit BBVA Compass Stadium for the first time. In last year's Western Conference Championship, the Galaxy carried a 3-0 lead into the second leg in Seattle. The Sounders scored two early goals and were pressing for a series equalizer before a Galaxy penalty goal sealed the series win for LA. The Dynamo and Sounders met in the 2009 playoffs and Brian Ching scored a goal in the 96th minute of the second leg at Roberston Stadium for a 1-0 win after the clubs played 185 minutes over two legs without a goal. 

October 9 vs. Sporting Kansas City: The Dynamo finish the 2013 schedule in the exact manner as 2012- with three home games before a finale on the road. This meeting with SKC is the middle game of the final three-game homestand and could be vital for both club's playoff position. 

October 20 vs. New York Red Bulls: A year to the date of Houston's 3-1 win over Philadelphia that capped an unbeaten home season, the Dynamo will finish the 2013 home schedule against the Red Bulls with a season finale at D.C. United looming a week later. 

*It was a lot of fun writing these posts every day as we celebrated Dynamo history over the past twenty days. I hope some of you learned a little bit about the club's history and its accomplishments over the first seven seasons. Here's to more memories in year eight! 

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Complete Countdown to Opening Day List

#2 - Dynamo carry two historic home streaks into 2013 season

#3 - Three road celebrations on way to 2012 MLS Cup final

#4 - Dominic Kinnear is fourth on MLS all-time wins list

#5 - Dynamo have played in five conference championships in seven years

#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

 

28 February 11:01 am

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 2 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday – 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 #2:

With only 90 days between the 2012 MLS Cup final and Saturday's 2013 season opener between the Dynamo and D.C. United, it is easy to remember the buzz inside BBVA Compass Stadium at the end of the 2012 season. The Dynamo completed the fourth unbeaten home schedule in league history with a win over Philadelphia in the home finale and won both home playoff games, extending a home unbeaten streak that stretches back 20 months to June 11, 2011, a 2-0 loss to Columbus at Robertson Stadium.

The Dynamo enter 2013 with a pair of historic home unbeaten streaks that will be on the line in the first two games of the season. The Dynamo hold a 25-game regular season home undefeated streak, the second-longest in league history behind Real Salt Lake's 29-game streak from 2009-11. The Dynamo also carry a 30-game home unbeaten streak in all competitions (including Champions League and playoffs) into 2013, which is also the second-longest in league history, trailing Real Salt Lake, which went 34 games without a home loss in all competitions during the same run.

To have a chance to break both league records, the Dynamo will have to take care of business in their first two home games of the season: Saturday vs. D.C. United and Tuesday vs. Santos Laguna in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal series. If the Dynamo win or draw in both of those games, both streaks will continue as the Dynamo host Vancouver on March 23 and San Jose on March 30.

If the Dynamo make it through the four home games without defeat, they could break the 34-game, all-competitions streak on April 14, when they host the Chicago Fire in their fifth overall home game of the campaign. The Dynamo would have to defeat Colorado on April 28 in their fifth MLS home game of the season to break the 29-game regular season record. The home atmosphere should be electric as the Dynamo try and extend both streaks beginning Saturday vs. D.C. United. 

  The chart below details the longest regular season home unbeaten streaks in Major League Soccer history:

Team

Home unbeaten streak

Streak start date

Streak end date

Real Salt Lake

29

6/6/2009

5/14/2011

Houston Dynamo

25

7/9/2011

???

Columbus Crew

22

6/28/2008

9/26/2009

LA Galaxy

18

10/24/2010

10/16/2011

San Jose Earthquakes

18

9/25/2004

10/8/2005

Houston Dynamo

17

6/26/2008

6/20/2009

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Return to the blog on Friday for #1 on our Countdown to Opening Day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List

#3 - Three road celebrations on way to 2012 MLS Cup final

#4 - Dominic Kinnear is fourth on MLS all-time wins list

#5 - Dynamo have played in five conference championships in seven years

#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

 

27 February 11:41 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 3 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 #3:

The Dynamo orchestrated a historic run to the MLS Cup final a year ago, becoming the first team in league history to advance to the Cup final with the last game of three consecutive preliminary playoff rounds on the road. While they didn't win all three road playoff games on their way to L.A., they did enough in each of the three road games to win each series. Now, the MLS Cup playoffs have only featured three rounds of playoffs in advance of the Cup final since 2011, so the history with three preliminary rounds is very brief. Still, the list of teams to advance to the Cup final with the deciding game of each round coming on the road is brief.

In 2009, Real Salt Lake reached the MLS Cup final (and won it) with road victories at Columbus and at Chicago. The 2008 New York Red Bulls reached the final with road wins at Houston and Real Salt Lake, before falling to Columbus. In 2005, the LA Galaxy reached the final (and won) with road victories at San Jose and Colorado.

The Dynamo followed those three clubs and added a third road celebration for good measure. Here is a brief look at the three road triumphs: 

Houston began its run in Chicago on Halloween Night and earned a 2-1 road win, its first road victory since July 28 at Toronto. Will Bruin scored two goals in his first career playoff start and Houston's win was reminiscent of a 2-1 win at Philadelphia in the 2011 Eastern Conference semifinals that also began a journey to the Cup final.

In the first leg 2012 Eastern Conference semifinals, the Dynamo secured a vital 2-0 home victory over No. 1 seed Sporting Kansas City on beautiful goals from Adam Moffat and Bruin. The second goal from Bruin was the difference when Houston travelled to Kansas three days later. Under attack from Sporting KC for 90 minutes, the Dynamo conceded a late goal, but turned away Sporting's late charges for a memorable series win. For the second time in eight days, the Dynamo were celebrating a victory on their opponent's field.

The 2012 Eastern Conference Championship against D.C. United followed a similar script. The Dynamo rallied in the second half of the home leg for a 3-1 win on goals from Andre Hainault, Bruin and Kofi Sarkodie. In the second leg a week later at RFK Stadium, a goal from Boniek Garcia just before halftime widened the series lead to 4-1. A late goal from United made the final minutes interesting, but the Dynamo reached full time with a 4-2 series win, and for the third time in as many weeks, staged a celebration inside the enemy's stadium.

The 2012 Eastern Conference Championship rivals will reunite on Saturday in the opener of the 2013 season. The schedule makers further stoked the budding rivalry by pairing the Dynamo and D.C. United in the season finale on Oct. 27 at RFK Stadium. After a memorable playoff series a year ago, the regular season for both clubs will start and end against a familiar foe.

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Return to the blog on Thursday for #2 on our Countdown to Opening Day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List

#4 - Dominic Kinnear is fourth on MLS all-time wins list

#5 - Dynamo have played in five conference championships in seven years

#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

26 February 11:18 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 4 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 #4:

Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear is not only one of the longest-tenured head coaches in American pro sports, he is also among the most successful in Major League Soccer history. Kinnear is tied for fourth on the MLS all-time wins chart with 114 regular season wins as a head coach. With a 2-0 win over New England on Sept. 29, 2012, Kinnear passed longtime New England head coach Steve Nicol on the list. Kinnear is tied for fourth on the wins list with old friend and coaching mentor Frank Yallop, who made Kinnear his assistant coach in San Jose in 2001. It is ironic that two coaches with such a connected history - Kinnear and Yallop - have the exact number of wins. If Kinnear wins 11 games or more in 2013, he will pass former U.S. men's national team head coach Bob Bradley on the list. Below is a list of the most wins by MLS coaches in league history. 

MOST REGULAR SEASON WINS BY MLS HEAD COACHES, ALL-TIME

COACH

TEAM

WINS

LOSSES

DRAWS

WIN %

POINTS

Sigi Schmid

Seattle*

172

118

94

.570

608

Bruce Arena

LA Galaxy*

144

86

46

.605

454

Bob Bradley

Chivas USA

124

94

54

.555

416

Dominic Kinnear

Dynamo*

114

76

92

.567

434

Frank Yallop

San Jose*

114

101

78

.522

420

Steve Nicol

New England

112

108

81

.507

415

*Active head coach

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#5 - Dynamo have played in five conference championships in seven years

#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

 

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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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

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