Throughout the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, we'll provide you with unique perspectives on the tournament from personnel throughout the Dash and Dynamo organization. First up, Dash managing director and 2006 USMNT World Cup member Brian Ching.
With the Women’s World Cup starting today I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to share some of my thoughts on the U.S. and Dash. When I look at this tournament, I see a very competitive field with a number of teams that have the opportunity to win it. I have the feeling that majority of the fans that don't follow the women’s game feel that the U.S. should win the tournament and are unaware of how close other teams are. Germany, for example, is just one percentage point behind the U.S. as favorites to win in FiveThiryEight's predictive model. The team that I think will be the most dangerous for the U.S. will be France, who beat the Americans 2-0 when they fielded their full squad after beating Germany and Brazil last year.
In recent years the women’s team seemed to have lost that air of invincibility while other countries have really begun to increase their levels of play. I attribute this to the fact that many of these countries have had women’s leagues that have been in existence for a number of years. Germany, France, Japan, Sweden, England, etc.. all have professional women’s leagues that have been around for a number of years. That is why it is so important for the future of U.S. women’s soccer that the NWSL survives. U.S. Soccer understands this and is a big reason why they are fully committed to make this work.
As an organization, we are extremely excited about this year’s World Cup because we have six players representing their countries. Three Canadians and three Americans that will all play significant roles for their squads. We are extremely proud of our players and look for them to return to the Dash with some hardware around their necks. The World Cup has the ability to unite our nation and put a huge spotlight on women’s soccer. We will use this to show Houstonians that we have an amazing team and that they will love the experience once they come out to BBVA and enjoy a Dash game. So make sure you join us at The Phoenix on Westheimer for all of our watch parties and get your tickets for our World Cup players' return on July 12 and beyond. The strength of our national team will come from the NWSL, and the viability of the NWSL comes from your support every weekend in the stands.
I love our Canadians, but I'm USA all the way this month.
USA! USA! USA!
Brad Davis discusses his time with the U.S. Men's National Team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. From the send off series to Tim Howard's heroics versus Belgium, Brad gives his perspective from the biggest sporting event in the world.
Brad Davis returned to Dynamo training this morning fresh off the plane from Brazil and the World Cup. Hear from him and Dominic Kinnear on their plans for him tomorrow and his experience with the USMNT.
Steph chats with fans and Tally Hall at Lucky's Pub as the USA's amazing World Cup run comes to a heartbreaking end vs. Belgium.
Wow, what a fantastic World Cup so far for the U.S.A. and for our friend Brad “Bradzil” Davis. For the first time ever, the U.S. qualified for the knockout stage for the second consecutive World Cup, and for the first time ever, a Houston Dynamo player started for the US in a World Cup game. Fantastic.
We at Dynamo Charities are right there with the team – combining with the Houston SPCA on “World Pup”, hosting viewing parties to collect toys for B.I.G. Love Cancer Care, working with Tommy Bahama’s Woodlands and Woodlands Shooting Stars Special Olympics for the Ninth Annual Island Cowboy Classic Golf Tournament just this past Monday.
In addition to more viewing parties, the next big Dynamo Charities event is the annual Armed Forces Appreciation Night supporting Brad and Tally’s Banded Brigade. You can purchase and donate tickets to the event here that come with the official Banded Brigade tshirt as a thank you – plus everlasting thanks from those service men and women that get to attend the Dynamo game due to your generosity. You also have the ability to bid on signed items from Brad and Tally – including Brad’s U.S. Men’s National Team Centennial Jersey – autographed by the World Cup man himself. The auction is open now, bid at auctions.houstondynamo.com.
Dynamo Charities and Brian Ching dedicated the second House that Ching Built on June 20th for the Garcia-Andrade family. We are only a few thousand dollars away from having raised enough money for a third House that Ching Built Habitat for Humanity house – we WILL raise the needed money and are planning to do the next one in early 2015. We also combined with BBVA Compass and the Houston Dash for a Build a Better Houston project along with Rebuilding Together Houston. And our annual Bald is Beautiful event meant lovely hairdos for several of the players and Theron Enns, the Dynamo athletic trainer, as well as yours truly. We did not break the world record at the shave event at the game, but next year….
Lastly for now, we have the annual BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup on Saturday July 26th against Aston Villa, an English club with a very long history. Villa recently signed Joe Cole, a past England international player, and will prove a good test for the Dynamo. Tickets are available now, and we will be announcing some Dynamo Charities events leading into the match as well.
Steph chats with Tally Hall, Giles Barnes, Sebastian Salazar and a bunch of people skipping work about Thursday's USA match with Germany
Brad Davis, Jermaine Jones, Aron Johannson and Brad Guzan already have one championship in hand while in Brazil: USMNT soccer tennis champions. Could we see Davis and Guzan team up to challenge the indominatable soccer tennis duo of Dominic Kinnear and Steve Ralston when Guzan and Aston Villa come to town on July 26?
Steph brings you the sights from Sunday's USA vs. Portugal viewing party at Lucky's Pub in EaDo. There's convertibles, face paint, sparkle wigs, Dynamo and Dash players. The usual.
Eddie and Sebastian chat about the U.S. win over Ghana, the amazing atmosphere at Lucky's Pub, the growth of the game in the United States and review the other early World Cup action.
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Steph spoke with Tally Hall and DeAndre Hopkins at our crazy USA vs. Ghana Viewing Party at Lucky's Pub.