In the second part of our interview with Brian Ching, Brian discusses his beginning of his time in MLS with the LA Galaxy, his year in Seattle, the best team he ever played on, plus the future of Major League Soccer.
Wow, another year of hard work and great results in the community is slowly coming to a close. One more chance to say thank you to Brian Ching on December 13th at his testimonial match (still did not get an invitation to play … maybe Matt wants me for color commentary ….)—tickets still available and remember proceeds go to the House that Ching Built—a Habitat for Humanity project led by the man himself.
I am so proud of the accomplishments of the Dynamo Charities Board in 2013 with tremendous help from Maria Duran, the Sidekicks, and the Dynamo office staff.
We started with the best ever Fire Sale in the history of Fire Sales – and with a team led by the 2013 Forever Orange Award winner Rob Denton (well done, welcome to the Club) and Frank Arnold, and (finally) having bags, we almost doubled our sales from 2012!
Our Dine with the Dynamo led by the Sidekicks was a sellout and raised funds for Community Family Center’s soccer field (we hope to have the grand opening of the field early in 2014). Brad Davis and Tally Hall brought a record number of service personnel to the July 3rd game. Will Bruin and Mike Chabala had their friends come let the kids shave their heads (and Salon on Kirby did just a bit of cleanup work). Bobby Boswell booted breast cancer. Andrew Driver showed us what golf attire really is at the Tommy Bahama Island Classic.
We were the top corporate fundraiser (again) for ADA Tour de Cure, even though the rain cancelled the actual ride. Brian Ching recognized some of the many community champions that are also Dynamo fans through Ching’s Champions. The runners got to go through the stadium for the Go for the Goal 5k—and PWC donated $750 for each home goal to Ronald McDonald house. We even had Diesel step up for the Toy Chest; everyone pitched in this year. In addition to the recognized events, many of the players went to visit hospitals and fire stations and community centers and schools and are Big Brothers.
Thank you to everyone who participated in, donated to, was part of, and/or somehow contributed to our events this year—we hope you will be back with us in 2014. If you have specific comments on how you believe our events could be improved (please be both polite and detailed), please drop me an email at email@example.com I will read them, and we will use the good ideas you provide—this is your chance to help us be greater in 2014!
Special thank you to the University of Houston Bauer College and Dr. Patrick’s marketing classes for their presentations and ideas—we will definitely be looking at them for 2014.
Lastly, every season brings changes to the roster—a big thank you to those players that will no longer be part of the organization next year. You make us at Dynamo Charities what we are—and if we can ever help you out in anyway, please let us know.
We are Dynamo Charities, proud and thankful to be sponsored by Halliburton Charitable Foundation.
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber presents his annual State of the League address.
On Sunday, December 1, Brian Ching was introduced as an Honorary Captain at the Houston Texans' game versus the New England Patriots. Joining Ching were Robert Horry of the Houston Rockets, Larry Dierker of the Houston Astros and Chester Pitts of the Houston Texans.
In the first part of our interview series with Brian Ching, Brian chats with Sebastian Salazar about his early years of soccer in Hawaii, his relationship with his mother and his move to Gonzaga.
Hell froze over in Kansas City, as Sporting KC finally beat us in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Don't worry though, only 100 days until the 2014 season! Let us know what game you are looking forward to most in the comments!
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! Glenn will look back at the 2013 for the Dynamo, as well as their recently announced partnership with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL PRO.
Dynamo president Chris Canetti will join Glenn on the program.
Tune in and give Glenn a call with your thoughts!
Tonight's episode airs from 8-10 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.
Welcome to the family, Riverhounds fans!
We look forward to bright things in the future as our two clubs begin this new partnership together. A couple of things about us you may want to know:
We’re Orange – Just about everything—from our jerseys to our stadium and everything in between—is orange.
We win – Since moving to Texas from San Jose for the 2006 MLS season, we’ve hardly taken our foot off the pedal. Seven playoff trips, six conference final appearances, four MLS Cup Finals and, of course, two championship trophies in just eight years of existence.
We’ve got a steely resolve – Sorry for the steel pun, but over the years the Dynamo have developed a reputation as one of MLS’ toughest teams. When it comes to crunch time, we don’t back down from anybody and we get the job done. Our name itself means “power in motion,” with a nod to our city’s place in the energy sector as well as our team’s play on the field.
We have a new stadium – Yes, yours is newer. But ours still has that new stadium smell to it! Opened in May 2012, BBVA Compass Stadium holds just over 22,000 people and with the atmosphere from our fans and our famous Houston heat, it’s one of the toughest places to play in MLS. In fact, we hold the record for the longest unbeaten streak at home in MLS history. Oh, and as previously mentioned: it’s orange.
We may have 1,336 miles between us, but if you’re ever in the area stop by and catch a game! We’ll be within driving distance of Western Pennsylvania a few times in the 2014 MLS season as well, so feel free to grab some orange and check us out on the road as well (some dates are listed below).
The Hounds are first in your heart, as they should be, but if you’ve been looking for an MLS team to support, we’d love to have you around.
April 19 at Philadelphia Union
May 21 at D.C. United
July 12 at Toronto FC
August 23 at Columbus Crew
September 20 at Philadelphia Union
October 8 at Toronto FC
League: USL PRO
2013 record: 10-8-8, 38 points (7th seed in playoffs, lost in quarterfinals to eventual champions Orlando City SC)
Colors: Blue and yellow
Head coach: Justin Evans
Technical director: Gene Klein
Supporters group: Steel Army
Forward Jose Angulo was named USL PRO MVP in 2013 after tying with Dom Dwyer (Orlando City SC) for the league lead in goals with 15 … Midfielder Matthew Dallman led the league in assists with 12, earning All-League First Team honors along with Angulo … Defender Andrew Marshall was named All-League Second Team … Pittsburgh recently announced the signing of former Dynamo forward Joseph Ngwenya, and midfielder Anthony Obodai … Ngwenya played for Houston in 2007 and 2010, scoring eight goals, while Obodai was on the squad in 2010 … Head coach Justin Evans, a native of Western Pennsylvania, was the first ever player to sign for the Hounds in 1999 … He made 101 appearances in five different stints with Pittsburgh, scoring 14 goals … The Riverhounds hosted FA Cup winner Wigan Athletic in a friendly on July 19, 2013, losing 4-1
Opened: April 13, 2013
Surface: Artificial turf
2013 average attendance: 3,316 (14 league games)
Pittsburgh is only the third USL Pro team to have their own soccer-specific stadium; Charleston Battery and the Rochester Rhinos are the others … Fourth highest attendance numbers out of 13 clubs … Stadium has room for expanded seating in the future … Also hosts the Pittsburgh Passion (women’s football) as well as high school and college soccer, lacrosse and rugby … Seating on three sides, the north side is adjacent to the Monongahela River, looking across to downtown Pittsburgh … Located just to the south of the confluence of the Monongahela and Alleghany Rivers into the Ohio River