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
The 2013 season has come to a close for the Dynamo, but with the release of the 2014 MLS schedule today, it’s not too early to look ahead to next year. Here’s five of the biggest games at BBVA Compass Stadium in 2014:
March 8 vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.
There’s a little over four months until the 2014 campaign kicks off, and the Dynamo will start it off at home against a young, talented New England Revolution squad. The Revs finished third in the Eastern Conference in 2013 behind a deep attacking front led by Diego Fagundez (13 goals) and Kelyn Rowe (7 goals, 8 assists) and a defense held down by MLS Defender of the Year candidate Jose Goncalves.
Bonus game: These two teams will square off again in the Dynamo’s home finale on Oct. 16.
April 5 vs. FC Dallas, Time TBD
The Texas Derby returns to Houston in just the fourth game of the season. It’s the only meeting between the Dynamo and FCD during the MLS regular season, but that doesn’t mean the teams are buddy-buddy. A straight red to Jair Benitez got tempers flaring in 2012, and a controversial finish left a bad taste in Houston’s mouth earlier in 2013. This will likely be the last time these two teams only meet once in the season, as the introduction of New York City FC and Orlando City SC in 2015 will likely bring the two Texas teams back into the same conference. It's time to bring El Capitán back to BBVA Compass Stadium.
May 17 vs. LA Galaxy, 7:30 p.m.
Old foes missed each other in the playoffs for the first time since 2010, but they’ll get together at BBVA Compass Stadium this May for their only regular season matchup in 2014. The Dynamo took a 1-0 win in LA this past year and a 2-1 victory in the third game in BBVA Compass Stadium history in 2012. The Galaxy’s trio of Designated Players—Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Omar Gonzalez—will be looking to turn the tables.
June 6 vs. Sporting Kansas City, 7:30 p.m.
Revenge, anyone? After the Dynamo ended Kansas City’s season in 2011 and 2012, Sporting returned the favor on Saturday in the Eastern Conference Championship. The rivals’ first meeting of 2014 will come almost midway through the year, but neither team will soon forget the history that has built up over the past few seasons. This is the also the Dynamo’s final game before taking a three-week break for the World Cup group stage.
July 4 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.
Independence Day at BBVA Compass Stadium against the defending Supporters’ Shield champions? Cue the fireworks clichés! In all seriousness, though, the combo of Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill return to Houston after New York went 3-0-1 here in 2013. The Dynamo, however, came through with a 2-1 victory in extra time at Red Bull Arena in the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals to advance in the playoffs.
That’s just five of the 17 regular season home games at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Dynamo will also face the Western Conference runner-up Portland Timbers (April 27, 2 p.m.) and champions Real Salt Lake (May 11, 6 p.m.). You won’t want to miss the end of the season, as the Dynamo will host five home games in the final two months as they look to secure an eighth playoff appearance in nine years.
To make sure you see all the great matchups for 2014, sign up on our season ticket waiting list or call (713) 276-GOAL.
The Houston Dynamo (No. 4 seed) and Sporting Kansas City (No. 2 seed) will complete the Eastern Conference Championship with leg two on Saturday after playing to a 0‐0 draw in the first leg on Nov. 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium. The winner of Saturday’s game at Sporting Park will advance to MLS Cup 2013 and meet the winner of the Western Conference Championship between Real Salt Lake and Portland Timbers. 2013 marks the third time Houston and Kansas City have met in a conference championship after the Dynamo won the 2007 Western Conference Final and 2011 Eastern Conference Final.
TV: NBC Sports Network (Channel listings)
Radio: 1560 AM / 101.7 FM
Dynamo: Hall; Sarkodie, Boswell, Brunner, Ashe; Creavalle, Davis ©, Barnes; Boniek, Weaver, Driver
Subs: Deric, Cummings, López, Carrasco, Johnson, Arena, Chabala
Sporting Kansas City: Nielsen ©; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Rosell, Nagamura, Feilhaber; Zusi, Dwyer, Sapong
Subs: Kronberg, Opara, Bessone, Saad, Peterson, Bunbury, Bieler
Last night, the Houston Dynamo won two awards at the 2013 PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards in New York City.
Dynamo TV received gold for their work on the 2013 intro video (below) as the "Best Team Introduction, Opening or Halftime Video" in MLS. The Dynamo also won in the "Just Cause" category for MLS for the June 22 tribute to the fallen Houston Fire Department firefighters.
The PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards bring together the executives, creative and personalities driving success in the sports media industry and celebrate the best strategic and creative marketing from the global community.
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! Glenn will look ahead to Saturday's second leg match against Sporting Kansas City and the Western Conference Championship between Portland and Real Salt Lake, as well as all the other happenings in the soccer world.
Dynamo forward Brian Ching will be in studio and Glenn will have an interview with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson.
Tune in and give Glenn a call with your thoughts!
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.
Just how did Houston vs. Kansas City get to be the rivalry it is today? Take a stroll down memory lane with Steph G and #ThePulp.