The Austin Aztex, coached by former Dynamo forward Paul Dalglish, won their first Player Development League title on Sunday, overcoming an early deficit for a 3-1 win over the Thunder Bay Chill in the 2013 PDL Championship Game. Sito Seoane scored twice and added an assist to earn MVP honors for the title game. The Aztex finished the season with an impressive 15-1-2 record.
The championship capped a marvelous season for Dalglish, who was named PDL Coach of the Year on Saturday. Dalglish’s squad had an extraordinary 38-8 goal difference this season, with just eight goals against in 14 regular season games.
Dalglish, 36, spent two seasons with the Dynamo, winning consecutive MLS Cup titles in 2006 and 2007. Dalglish inserted his name in early franchise lore on November 5, 2006, when he scored two goals in a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference Championship. Dalglish is one of three players in club history to score two goals in a playoff game, later joined by Brian Ching (2007 Western Conference semifinal vs. FC Dallas) and Will Bruin (2012 Knockout Round vs. Chicago).
Moreover, Austin native Kristopher Tyrpak was named PDL Most Valuable Player of the Year. Tyrpak, a forward at Houston Baptist University, had 9 goals and 19 assists for the Aztex this season.
After a season of strong attendance, a home crowd of 4,253 filled House Park on Sunday night as the largest for the PDL Championship Game since 2007. The Aztex also led the PDL in attendance this season, with an average crowd of 2,048 at House Park.
The Houston Dynamo announced the signing of Honduran international Alexander López today.
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! The Dynamo broadcaster will be discussing everything going on in the world of soccer, including Clint Dempsey's transfer to the Seattle Sounders and what that means for Dempsey and MLS.
Tonight's episode airs from 7-9 p.m. and can be heard on the radio on 97.5 FM or online at www.espn975.com.
The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.
Relive the experience of the Dynamo's win over the Columbus Crew on August 4, 2013 with Dynamo Rewind from Dynamo TV.
Each week MLSsoccer.com gives you a chance to vote on which players you think had the best performances of the round.
The nominees for Week 23 (in alphabetical order):
Conor Doyle (DC) – 1 goal, 1 assist in 3-1 win over MTL
Boniek Garcia (HOU) – 2 assists in 3-1 win over CLB
Tally Hall (HOU) – 5 saves, 1 goal against in 3-1 win over MTL
Eddie Johnson (SEA) – 1 goal, 1 assist in 3-0 win over DAL
Kei Kamara (SKC) – 1 goal, 1 assist in 3-2 loss to NY
Mike Magee (CHI) – 1 goal, 4 shots in 2-1 win over PHI
Nick Rimando (RSL) – 8 saves, 2 goals against in 2-2 draw vs. COL
Lloyd Sam (NY) – 1 goal, 1 assist in 3-2 win over SKC
Diego Valeri (POR) – 1 assist in 1-1 draw vs. VAN
Chris Wondolowski (SJ) – 2 goals, 7 shots in 2-0 win over CHV
Cast your vote now, and check back on Tuesday to see the results (Poll closes on Monday at 8pm ET).
The Dynamo Girls perform "Lose Control" by Missy Elliott featuring Ciara and Fat Man Scoop during halftime of the Dynamo's match against the Columbus Crew on August 3, 2013.
The Houston Dynamo fell 2-0 to the Columbus Crew in MLS Reserve League action on August 4, 2013.
Go behind the scenes at BBVA Compass Stadium during the Dynamo's match against the Columbus Crew in this week's edition of TunnelVision.
Check out the nominees for AT&T MLS Goal of the Week for Week 23 of the 2013 regular season!
Which goal was the best? You decide. Cast your ballot before voting ends for your favorite Goal of the Week! The winner is determined by the total number of votes cast online and in text voting and will be announced on Friday.
Vote online or text goal code to 22442.
Voting runs until 11:59 pm PT on Thursdays. For complete coverage of the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week — including an archive of all of this season's winners — click here.