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27 February 12:08 pm

In this week's Kickin' it with Corey Ashe, presented by BMC Software, the Dynamo defender discusses his offseason, his transition to defender and his role on the team.

27 February 10:41 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 1:09 pm

As part of his preview for the 18th season of Major League Soccer, SI.com's Grant Wahl surveyed 19 players from around the league about various topics both on and off the field. Players were promised anonymity in response for their honest answers.

We cannot confirm if any Dynamo players were questioned for the survey, but it was nice to see some Dynamo representation in one of the answers.

When asked who is the one coach you would like to play for that is not currently your coach, Dominic Kinnear finished tied for second in the polling behind LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena. It's no surprise that those two coaches finished 1-2 as they are arguably two of the most successful coaches in MLS history.

A lot has been written about Kinnear over the past few days, from his longevity with the franchise to his success on the field. But it's always good to see a player, coach, executive earn praise and respect from their peers in the game.

So how about it Dynamo fans? If you were a player in the league and you could choose any coach to play for aside from Dominic Kinnear, who would it be?

26 February 10:18 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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Return to the blog on Wednesday for #3 on our Countdown to Opening Day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day 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

 

25 February 7:54 pm

With the official unveiling of the 2013-14 Houston Dynamo jerseys, we take a walk down memory lane and look at Dynamo jerseys through the years. Do you have a favorite design? Let us know in the comments section below!

25 February 3:52 pm

Jonathan Kaplan and Eddie Robinson break down a week's worth of Dynamo events leading up to Saturday's season opener against D.C. United.

25 February 12:44 pm

With only five days before the start of the 2013 season, the Dynamo have formally unveiled the jerseys the team will wear for their upcoming campaign. Starting Tuesday, the jerseys will be available for purchase at the adidas Dynamo Team Store at BBVA Compass Stadium.

“Introducing a new uniform is always exciting for a team and its fans,” said Dynamo president Chris Canetti. “We are proud of the new look and how it represents the club. The base concept remains the same, but the new version provides a fresh, new look for the club.”

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Although the jerseys were designed to highlight features that represent the club, it was also designed with competition advantages in mind. With no collar and lighter material, the 2013 and 2014 kits will provide an advantage for Dynamo players as they play games during the summer months in Houston.

Along with the Dynamo’s goal to be the most environmentally friendly club in Major League Soccer, the new kits are made from 100% recyclable materials. Other features that will hit home to Dynamo fans are:

  • The Texas flag patch sewn on to the front of the jersey
  • The Dynamo’s signature Forever Orange slogan on the upper-left hand side of the kit
  • The back-neck tape design is inspired by the design of the Dynamo’s stadium, BBVA Compass Stadium

“We wanted to maintain a traditional looking uniform that met the standards of top clubs from around the world,” Canetti added. “We also wanted it to be a stark contrast to our previous uniform. It was important for us to incorporate elements that represent our club and fan base, such as the Forever Orange tag and the Texas flag. Overall, I think we have met our objectives and have a quality new uniform that players and fans will enjoy.”

25 February 12:21 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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Return to the blog on Tuesday for #4 on our Countdown to Opening Day.

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 1:55 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.

BUY TICKETS FOR MARCH 2 OPENING DAY: DYNAMO VS. D.C. UNITED

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

24 February 9:47 am

Following Saturday night's matches at Blackbaud Stadium, the 2013 Carolina Challenge Cup has officially come to a close. The Dynamo finished the tournament 1-2-0, with their lone win coming against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Here are the final standings from the tournament.

Final Standings
Team Games Played Points GF GA
Chicago Fire 3 7 6 4
Vancouver Whitecaps 3 4 5 5
Charleston Battery 3 3 5 6
Houston Dynamo 3 3 5 6

The Dynamo will now turn their attention to the MLS regular season and the CONCACAF Champions League. Houston has two games in four days beginning with Saturday's season opener against D.C. United. The match can be seen nationally on NBC Sports Network and heard locally on ESPN 97.5, 1560 AM and La Ranchera 850. Great seats are still available and can be purchased by calling (713) 276-GOAL or by clicking here.