When BBVA Compass Stadium opened last May, the promise of not only Dynamo soccer but international soccer was a major appeal to the Houston community. Since then, the downtown venue has hosted a Mexico-Guyana World Cup qualifier and the penultimate match of the U.S. women’s national team gold medal victory tour. Next Tuesday, BBVA Compass Stadium will have its first opportunity to host a U.S. men’s national team match, and after this morning’s news from CONCACAF, another high-quality national team fixture might not be far away.
CONCACAF announced Wednesday morning that BBVA Compass Stadium is one of the 13 venues that will host matches in the 2013 Gold Cup that will run from July 7-28. With its rich soccer history and diverse population, it’s no surprise that Houston was chosen as a host city for the tournament. Reliant Stadium hosted the 2011 Gold Cup semifinals and was packed to the rafters with fans of the El Tri and the U.S. national team.
“It’s great to see the Gold Cup coming to BBVA Compass Stadium,” said Dynamo president Chris Canetti. “I think it makes a statement that BBVA Compass Stadium is highly regarded as a top venue and Houston as a top market for international soccer matches. I am happy that CONCACAF recognizes these very important aspects and has awarded us with the games.”
Aside from the stadium being decked out in orange, the Dynamo could have at least one player participating in this summer’s tournament. Boniek Garcia’s Honduran squad qualified for the 2013 Gold Cup after finishing the Central American Cup group stage with an 0-0-2 record. Los Catrachos will face Belize on Friday in the semifinals, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s final to take on the winner of Costa Rica and El Salvador.
The Dynamo will not lose any of their Jamaican players for this summer’s tournament, after the Reggae Boyz failed to advance out of their group in the 2012 Caribbean Cup. With three Dynamo players currently in camp with the U.S. men’s national team, it’s possible any of Will Bruin, Tally Hall and Brad Davis could earn a call-up this summer, but official rosters will not be announced until late June.
The U.S. men's national team played a closed-door scrimmage yesterday afternoon against Club Tijuana's reserves at the Home Depot Center. We don't expect any highlights to surface, but reports have said that Dynamo forward Will Bruin scored two goals in his side's win. Wasserman Media Group agent Aaron Maines appears to have had a front-row seat for the scrimmage (as evidenced by his Twitpic) and sent the following update:
— Aaron Maines (@Amaines) January 23, 2013
This is definitely good news for Bruin, who is in his first camp with the USMNT. It's too early to say if this type of showing might earn Bruin a spot on a World Cup qualifying squad, but if he continues to show well in training, there is a good chance to see Bruin line up against Canada for the January 29 match at BBVA Compass Stadium.
More than 200 fans, sponsors and dignitaries packed House of Blues Monday night to commemorate the new partnership between the Houston Dynamo and GOW Media. Last week, the two entities announced they would be joining forces to make Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM and ESPN 97.5 the new radio home for Dynamo soccer.
The event began with Afternoon Delight hosts Adam Clanton and John Wessling broadcasting their show live from House of Blues. The radio hosts chatted with Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and first round draft pick Jason Johnson, among others. Listen to their interview with Kinnear:
The event continued with a special presentation, as each radio host from GOW Media was presented with a personalized Dynamo jersey from head coach Dominic Kinnear, team president Chris Canetti and the Dynamo Girls.
As part of the new agreement, Dynamo All-Access with Glenn Davis will air on 1560 AM or ESPN 97.5 every Monday from 7-9 p.m. CT. Davis hosted his first All-Access show under the new partnership last night. All-Access featured interviews with Kinnear, Dynamo defenders Corey Ashe and Bobby Boswell and Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark. (We'll post the link to the podcast as soon as it's online).
Thank you to all the fans that came out to celebrate this new partnership. Here are a few reactions from the Twitterverse about last night's event:
— Jerry Peruchini (@peruchini) January 22, 2013
— Glenn Davis (@GlennDavisSoc) January 22, 2013
— dave morales (@daveBackstageOL) January 22, 2013
— D Rock (@frederickercia) January 22, 2013
The 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft will be held Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT. The Dynamo enter the draft with three picks; a first round, third round and fourth round pick. Houston traded its second round pick to Colorado when it acquired Omar Cummings in the off-season.
The Supplemental Draft is another mechanism for MLS teams to acquire players. Players who are drafted today will have the opportunity to enter preseason camp and earn a contract with the first team. In 2012, the Dynamo selected Brian Ownby with the No. 7 overall pick. Ownby signed a first team contract with Houston and featured in seven regular season matches.
For updates of this year's selections, follow the Dynamo on Twitter @HoustonDynamo. We'll have a full recap with player bios later today on HoustonDynamo.com.
With the grass cut low and the sun shining bright, the Dynamo opened up their 2013 training camp Monday morning at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
A mix of old and new faces emerged from the locker room, as the Dynamo underwent little turnover following their 2012 MLS Cup runner-up finish. Notable absences from the squad include Brad Davis, Will Bruin and Tally Hall, who are currently with the U.S. men's national team, and Boniek Garcia, who is with the Honduran national team. Calen Carr was also not present, as he is currently rehabbing his knee following off-season surgery.
It was a light first day for the men in orange, as the club resumes training only seven weeks after the 1-0 loss to the Galaxy in the MLS Cup final, and only 40 days before the season opener.
Monday's scrimmage was a mix of footwork / speed drills using ladders and cones, and small-sided keepaway games.
Kinnear's first opportunity to see his team (and the trialists) in a full-sided game will be on Thursday, when the Dynamo first team takes on the Dynamo Academy U-18 squad, presented by Statoil, at 3 p.m. at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
Following Monday's trianing session, Kinnear and the players spoke to the media about the opening of camp.
Sports Illustrated and FOX Soccer's Grant Wahl joined Rob Stone on Goals on Sunday to talk a variety of topics including the possibility of Brad Davis sticking with the USMNT for the upcoming qualifiers.
Elsewhere around the internet, Ives Galarcep, of the blog Soccer by Ives, spoke with Davis about his time in camp and the differences between playing with the national team and the Dynamo. It's an interesting read as Davis discusses the differences in tactics between Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and U.S. men's national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.
Check out the final mock draft on MLSsoccer.com as Jason Saghini, Matt Doyle and Simon Borg predict the 38 players that will be drafted in Thursday's SuperDraft.
Over the past four years, Dynamo Charities, presented by The Halliburton Charitable Foundation, has parterned with the Teammates for Kids foundation to fund various initiatives in the Houston community. Originally founded by country music star Garth Brooks, Teammates for Kids focuses on helping children in the areas of health, education, and inner-city outreach.
Each year, Teammates donates a grant to Dynamo Charities. That money has been put toward projects including Soccer for Success, Big Brother Big Sister mentoring programs as well as Soccer Night in Newtown.
Why are we talking about this partnership now? Because from now until January 18, Garth Brooks will donate $1 to the foundation for every new follower to the @Teammates4Kids Twitter account.
Brian Ching did it and so should you!
— Brian Ching (@brianching) January 13, 2013