When BBVA Compass Stadium opened on May 12, 2012, the city of Houston new that great things would be in store for the downtown gem. Eight months later, the city was treated to an undefeated Dynamo campaign, a World Cup qualifier for Mexico's El Tri and a stop by the Olympic gold-medal winning U.S. women's national team.
With today's announcement that BBVA Compass Stadium will host a U.S. men's national team match in January, Houstonians are in store for one more treat.
"I think it's great that we are going to have the U.S. men's national team make its debut at BBVA Compass Stadium" Dynamo president Chris Canetti said. "BBVA Compass Stadium is a beautiful stadium in one of the best soccer markets in the country."
The USMNT is 1-0-2 all-time in Houston. The squad was last here in 2011 when they defeated Panama 1-0 in the semifinals of the Gold Cup at Reliant Stadium. With the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying Hexagonal schedule announced last month, fans will wonder if BBVA Compass Stadium will be on the list of venues selected by US Soccer as a potential host city.
"Hopefully, this match is the start of a long relationship between the city of Houston, BBVA Compass Stadium and US Soccer in making it a frequent home for U.S. national team matches," added Canetti.
There is no timetable for when the squad for the January camp and friendly will be announced. Historically, the January camp has been very MLS heavy with some players mixed in who play in Scandinavia.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, Dec. 21, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-888-929-7849, and at the BBVA Compass Stadium ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Groups of 20 or more can obtain an order form at ussoccer.com or call 312-528-1290.
There were many great moments from the 2012 season, but for Dynamo fans, one moment will stand out from the rest. On May 12, the Houston Dynamo opened BBVA Compass Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd. With the game destined for a scoreless draw, Brad Davis pulled a rabbit out of a hat and curled a ball into the upper corner past an out-stretch Bill Hamid to give the Dynamo a 1-0 victory.
The writers at MLSsoccer.com took notice as Davis' strike has been nominated for MLS Moment of the Year.
Between the regular season and the playoffs, the Houston Dynamo scored 57 goals. Did you miss any of them? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
In honor of today being 12/12/12, I've decided to take a look at the number 12 and see its place in the 2012 season. Are some of these numbers a stretch? Absolutely. Does it make this less fun? Absolutely not.
12 - Goals by Will Bruin (also wears number 12)
12 - Assists by Brad Davis
12 - Shutouts by Tally Hall
12 - Shots attempted by Andre Hainault
12 - Shots on goal by Boniek Garcia
12 - Number of times Will Bruin was offside
12 - Number of goals the Dynamo allowed at home
12 - Number of shots Geoff Cameron blocked for the Dynamo
12 - The Dynamo opened up BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12 with a 1-0 win over D.C. United
-12 - The Dynamo's road-goal differential in 2012
Interestingly enough, three players in Dynamo history have worn the No. 12: Will Bruin, Julian Nash and James Georgeff. We all know the contributions that Bruin has made to the Dynamo, but what of the other two?
Nash was a Dynamo original, moving with the Earthquakes to Houston after the 2005 season. In two seasons in Houston, Nash made six appearances and played only 95 minutes. Nash is currently a Senior Associate at Silicon Valley Bank in San Francisco.
Georgeff was drafted by the Dynamo in the fourth round of the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft. The Australia native did not feature for Houston and most recently played for Torgelower SV in the fifth tier of the German football pyramid.
On Wednesday, the U.S. women’s national team will continue their gold-medal celebration victory tour with a match against China at BBVA Compass Stadium. This will be the penultimate match of the Fan Tribute Tour, as the USWNT celebrates its gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT and tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
Wednesday's match will be the second of three for the USWNT against China. The USWNT defeated China 2-0 Friday night in front of 17,371 fans at Ford Field in Detroit.
The USWNT is currently 6-0-2 on its victory tour. 2012 U.S. Soccer Female Athlete of the Year Alex Morgan has scored eights goals on the tour, while the team's all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach has added five. The women have outscored their opponents 28-6 in the past eight matches.
The USWNT have attracted more than 18,000 fans per match during their Fan Tribute Tour and Wednesday's match is expected to sell out.
For fans who want to get an early look at the squad, there will be an open training session on Tuesday at BBVA Compass Stadium at 5 p.m. Fans may enter through the Statoil gate only (northeast side of stadium) beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will be parking available on a first come, first serve basis in lot C.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): 1-Hope Solo, 18-Nicole Barnhart
DEFENDERS (6): 2-Heather Mitts, 3-Christie Rampone, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn, 5-Kelley O'Hara, 6-Amy LePeilbet, 16-Rachel Buehler
MIDFIELDERS (5): 7-Shannon Boxx, 9-Heather O'Reilly, 10-Carli Lloyd, 15-Megan Rapinoe, 17-Tobin Heath
FORWARDS (5): 8-Amy Rodriguez, 11-Sydney Leroux, 12-Lauren Cheney, 13-Alex Morgan, 14-Abby Wambach
With the 2012 season in the books, Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear and his staff must now turn their attention to the 2013 season. One player who will not be a part of the squad next year is midfielder Colin Clark. Clark and the Dynamo agreed to part ways at the conclusion of this past season.
“It’s been decided that we’re going to part ways with Colin Clark and let him go in another direction in his career,” Dynamo president Chris Canetti told the Houston Chronicle.
Clark was acquired by the Dynamo in a trade with the Colorado Rapids in September 2010. In two full seasons in Houston, Clark made 43 regular season appearances (23 starts) and tallied five goals and three assists. Clark's lone goal of the 2012 season came in a 1-0 home win over Real Salt Lake on Sept. 6. The Colorado native also started all four CONCACAF Champions League group stage matches in 2012 and recorded two assists as the Dynamo advanced out of their group and into the quarterfinals of the tournament.
I'd like to thank the @houstondynamo Staff, FO, & Fans for the opportunity to represent your outstanding franchise.
— Colin Clark (@cOlin_cLark7) December 3, 2012
Major League Soccer announced today that the 2013 MLS SuperDraft presented by adidas will be held on Thursday, January 17 at the Indiana Convention Center, in Indianapolis, Ind. The SuperDraft, which will include two rounds and 38 overall selections, will begin at 11 a.m. CT. Broadcast details for the event were not announced.
The Dynamo will have two picks in the SuperDraft. They traded their natural first round pick to the Montreal Impact for Brian Ching, but acquired the Portland Timbers' second first-round pick in exchange for the rights to negotiate with Scottish forward Kris Boyd. That Timbers first-round selection was originally acquired from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for Kenny Cooper. As a result, the Dynamo are currently slated to pick 13th in the first round and 18th in the second round (37th overall).
Don't be surprised, though, if there is more movement of draft picks in the days leading up to the draft or on draft day.
In 2011, Dominic Kinnear had the No. 7 overall pick and selected Akron standout Kofi Sarkodie. Minutes later, Kinnear traded with then-Portland coach John Spencer to acquire the No. 11 pick, which he used to take Indiana striker Will Bruin.
In 2012, Kinnear held on to both of his picks, drafting Louisville forward Colin Rolfe with the No. 17 pick in the first round and Central Florida defender/midfielder Warren Creavalle with the No. 37 pick in the second round.
At the conclusion of each day at the USSF Development Academy Showcase, the folks at US Soccer put together a highlight reel of the day's best goals. Check out the two Dynamo Academy goals that made the daily package.
Jose Rodriguez heads home the equalizer in stoppage time to earn a 4-4 draw vs. Varder (1:00 mark)
Bryan Salazar slices through San Jose defenders to put the Dynamo ahead 1-0 (2:30 mark)
The final power rankings for the 2012 season have been posted on MLSsoccer.com and despite the Dynamo’s 3-1 defeat to the LA Galaxy this past weekend they have escalated from No. 9 to the No. 2 spot. Here are their final thoughts on the Dynamo’s 2012 season:
Had the Galaxy on the ropes for 60 minutes, and you could very easily argue that the Calen Carr injury is what turned the game. They clearly need another speed option up top, but other than that this team is very, very well put together for a serious Supporters' Shield run in 2013 and, if Dominic Kinnear wants, maybe even a CCL moment to remember.
Overall a good and fair assessment of the Dynamo’s final performance. As victors of the MLS Cup there is no question as to why LA has secured the No. 1 spot in the final poll. Here’s what the writers at MLSsoccer.com had to say about the Galaxy:
Major League Soccer just spent nine months trying to figure out what some fans already knew: It's awfully tough to keep the Galaxy down...Best defender in the league, best striker in the league, best playmaker in the league, arguably the best d-mid in the league. And definitely the best coach in the league. See that picture up there? Bruce is laughing at you because he is Bruce and you are not.
Quite complementary of the MLS Cup Champions who sat in the lower echelon of the power rankings at No. 17 earlier in the season. Do you agree with their final appraisal of the Galaxy? Is Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzales the best in the league? Please share your thoughts below!