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21 January 3:57 pm

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.

20 January 2:38 pm

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.

17 January 1:15 am

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.

Part 1

Part 2

16 January 3:19 pm

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!

16 January 9:28 am

It's a topic that is hotly debated among the Dynamo faithful. No, it doesn't have to do with Houston's upcoming draft pick. And no, it doesn't have to do with a potential designated player signing. It's something that hits closer to home, and by home I mean the within the confines of BBVA Compass Stadium.

Since the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium, fans have asked the Dynamo front office to allow streamers at Dynamo games and in 2013 their prayers have been answered. Check out the following change to the BBVA Compass Stadium policy guide: 

Streamers
Streamers are permitted at Houston Dynamo home games. Each guests will be limited to 3 rolls per person, 81 ft long/4.5 inches in diameter (same policy as 2012 playoffs). Throwing objects at players, referees, personnel, or guests is subject ejection from the stadium. Guests are encouraged to throw streamers after the national anthem and at Dynamo goals. The streamer policy for non-Houston Dynamo events is at the discretion of BBVA Compass Stadium management. Confetti is prohibited.

So what do you say Dynamo fans? Are you happy about the policy change? Will you be bringing your streamers when the Dynamo open the season on March 2 against D.C. United?

 

 

16 January 7:46 am

Houston Dynamo SuperDraft History

2006 - January 20, 2006 - Philadelphia, Pa
Round Name College
1 - 8th overall Patrick Ianni UCLA (Generation adidas)
3 - 32nd overall Andrew Schmid St. John's
4 - 44th overall Mike Chabala Washington
2007 - January 12, 2007 - Indianapolis, Ind.
Round Name College
1 - 13th overall John Michael Hayden Indiana
2 - 26nd overall Corey Ashe North Carolina
3 - 39th overall Mike Sambursky South Carolina
4 - 52nd overall Eric Ebert Cal
2008 - January 15, 2008 - Baltimore, Md.
Round Name College
3 - 42nd overall Geoff Cameron Rhode Island
4 - 56nd overall Jeremy Barlow Virginia
2009 - January 15, 2009 - St. Louis, Mo.
Round Name College
3 - 41st overall Danny Cruz UNLV (Generation adidas)
4 - 56nd overall Marcus Tracy Wake Forest
2010 - January 14, 2010 - Philadelphia, Pa.
Round Name College
3 - 43rd overall David Walker California - Santa Barbara
3 - 46th overall Samuel Appiah Boston
4 - 62nd overall Euan Holden New Mexico
2011 - January 13, 2011 - Baltimore, Md.
Round Name College
1 - 7th overall Kofi Sarkodie Akron (Generation adidas)
1 - 11th overall Will Bruin Indiana (Generation adidas)
2012 - January 12, 2012 - Kansas City, Mo.
Round Name College
1 - 18th overall Colin Rolfe Louisville
2 - 37th overall Warren Creavalle Central Florida
2013 - January 16, 2013 - Indianapolis, Ind.
Round Name College
1 - 13th overall TBA TBA
2 - 37th overall TBA TBA

Tune into this year's SuperDraft at 11 a.m. CT. This year's draft will be streamed across all MLS networks including HoustonDynamo.com. For complete coverage leading up to the draft visit http://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft/2013

15 January 2:39 pm

Tune in to ESPN 97.5 tonight to hear from Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis and Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden as they chat with Glenn Davis on Soccer Matters from 7-9 p.m.

Brad Davis will be chatting about his time in camp with the U.S. men's national team as well as potentially playing at BBVA Compass Stadium on January 29 vs. Canada. Holden will be chatting about his return from injury. The former Dynamo midfielder played 65 minutes in a reserve match last week and was in the 18 for today's FA Cup match against Sunderland.

Turn on your radio to 97.5 FM or listen on http://espn975.com/

15 January 9:58 am

In any sport, draft day provides a wide range of emotions for players who hope to have their name called by that sports' commissioner. Some players enter full of confidence, others enter full of nerves, while others are there to just enjoy the ride. We caught up with four Dynamo players to discuss their draft-day experience and get their thoughts on the day that changed the course of their professional career.

Corey Ashe
Houston Dynamo (2nd round No. 26 overall in 2007)

Thoughts on draft day

"I had attended the draft with my dad and my agent. It was a pretty exciting experience because it determines where you are gonna go. It’s a big step for any professional soccer player. I remember being a little nervous. There was a group of us sitting together and one-by-one everyone around me was getting drafted. Then the second round rolls around and I didn’t think Houston would draft me. I was told Kansas City or Real Salt Lake would take me. Sure enough, Dom and the staff selected me and it was a sense of relief."

Had you spoken to the Dynamo ahead of the draft?

"I had no idea I was even on their radar. At the combine, I had spoken with RSL head coach John Ellinger - also my coach at Residency - and KC head coach Curt Onalfo. KC was coming up after Houston so I was sure I was going there. Getting picked by Houston was exciting, though, because they were the defending champs. I knew it was gonna be a lot of fun and I would gain a lot of experience."

Will Bruin
Houston Dynamo (1st round No. 11 overall in 2011)

Thoughts on draft day

"I was nervous. It was a rollercoaster of a day. I was told I was going to go top-3 and then I was told I would go No. 5 and then I kept falling, more and more. Teams changed their minds last minute and were scrambling so you have no idea what to expect. My agent was also telling me things all day and eventually he said ‘This one is for sure, you are going to Houston with the trade.’ So I was excited about that.

Eric Brunner
New York Red Bulls (2nd round No. 16 overall in 2008)

Thoughts on draft day

"I wasn’t lucky enough to meet my fiancé yet, but my cousins and my parents were there and I was just soaking up the experience with them. It’s cool to experience first-hand what you previously had watched on TV. It was a little overwhelming having the fans, coaches and general managers there, but it was definitely an experience I will never forget."

Calen Carr
Chicago Fire (1st round No. 10 overall in 2006)

Thoughts on draft day

"I remember it very well. It was in Philadelphia. My mom flew in and one of my closest childhood friends, who lived in New York at the time, took the train in. I remember the excitement of becoming a professional and the feeling of accomplishment of realizing your dreams.  It was just a fun experience to be sitting in that room, not knowing where you were going, but knowing you would be a professional soccer player no matter what."

Did you have an idea of where you might get drafted?

"It was pretty wide open for me. Just looking at the draft coverage from then to now, there is so much more coverage now. The process has really evolved, which is another good indicator of how far the league has come."
 

14 January 5:17 pm

A lot of times I come across stats that I find interesting that I think others will find interesting as well. Other times I come across stats that I find interesting that I fully admit no one else will find interesting. I think this stat falls in the middle.

Since 2006, 20 first-round draft choices of have played for the Houston Dynamo. By first-round draft choices I'm including players who were selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft (2000-present), as well as players were selected in the first round of the MLS College Draft (1996-1999).

Now the fact that 20 first-round draft choices have played for the Dynamo isn't the interesting part to me. What interests me is that the Dynamo drafted only five of those players. And if you want to include the San Jose franchise that moved to Houston, only eight players of the 20 were drafted by the San Jose / Houston conglomerate. The other 12 were acquired via trade or free agent signing. Here is the complete list.

Year Name Team drafted by
1998 Wade Barrett San Jose Clash
1999 Richard Mulrooney San Jose Clash
2001 Brian Mullan LA Galaxy
2002 Brad Davis NY/NJ MetroStars
2002 Kelly Gray Chicago Fire
2003 Ricardo Clark NY/NY MetroStars
2003 Nate Jaqua Chicago Fire
2004 Joseph Ngwenya LA Galaxy
2004 Ryan Cochrane San Jose Earthquakes
2005 Hunter Freeman Colorado Rapids
2006 Jason Garey Columbus Crew
2006 Patrick Ianni Houston Dynamo
2006 Kei Kamara Columbus Crew
2006 Calen Carr Chicago Fire
2006 Nathan Sturgis LA Galaxy
2007 John Michael Hayden Houston Dynamo
2008 Julius James Toronto FC
2011 Kofi Sarkodie Houston Dynamo
2011 Will Bruin Houston Dynamo
2012 Colin Rolfe Houston Dynamo

Tune into this year's SuperDraft at 11 a.m. CT. This year's draft will be streamed across all MLS networks including HoustonDynamo.com. For complete coverage leading up to the draft visit http://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft/2013