When the roster for the upcoming U.S. men's national team training camp was announced last week, there was no shortage of Dynamo connections on the list. For starters, midfielder Brad Davis and goalkeeper Tally Hall were named to the roster. Davis will join the team following this weekend's match against Sporting KC. Hall will leave the Dynamo following their June 1 match against the Columbus Crew.
But aside from Davis and Hall, there were two others names on the list that brought a smile to the faces of Dynamo faithful. First was Geoff Cameron, the former Dynamo jack-of-all-trades who now plies his trade with Stoke City of the English Premier League. And second was Stuart Holden, a fan favorite in orange from 2006-2009, who left Houston after the 2009 season to join English club Bolton Wanderers.
So with a week left before the USMNT convenes in Cleveland, it's no surprise that Holden is back where it all began, training hard with the Dynamo (pictured, above) in the hopes of being selected by USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann for one of the team's upcoming matches.
That's the reaction right now in the world of American soccer with today's announcement that Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees have joined forces for New York City FC, the 20th team in Major League Soccer, which will begin play in 2015.
A second team in the New York market has long been the goal of MLS commissioner Don Garber and he has not been shy with his intentions. The addition of the New York Yankees, however, is news to everyone. While some might question whether or not a second team in the New York market is good for MLS, Dynamo president Chris Canetti believes this is a positive step for Major League Soccer.
"This is a great announcement for MLS and a big positive step forward," Canetti said. "I know that Commissioner Garber has worked long and hard to make this project a reality and it is good to see his vision come to fruition. It is another symbol of MLS’ growth and development."
Canetti understands what it takes to be successful in New York City. The Connecticut native joined the New York MetroStars in 2000 and worked for the organization until he joined the Houston Dynamo in May 2006.
"I believe that the New York market can support two teams because of the variable dynamics there," he added. "I think New York City will be an incredible success story given its location and the huge soccer market within a short distance of the stadium."
So while the move to put the league's 20th team might be good for New York sports fans, what does this mean for the Dynamo?
In 2011, the Dynamo were moved from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference to make room for the Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps. When the Montreal Impact joined MLS in 2012, the Dynamo remained in the Eastern Conference, giving the East 10 teams and the West nine teams. With NYCFC beginning play in 2015, does that spell a potential move back to the Western Conference for the Dynamo?
"I can only guess, but it would seem to make sense that the Dynamo are relocated back to the Western Conference," Canetti said. "It would balance out the conferences with 10 teams per side, and it makes the most geographical sense for us to be realigned."
There are lots of things to consider with a potential move back to the Western Conference for the Dynamo. The move would potentially mean a revival of the Texas Derby with multiple games played each year between the Dynamo and FC Dallas. A switch could also halt the budding rivalry between the Dynamo and Sporting KC. In the grand scheme of things, a move back to the Western Conference for the Dynamo could lead to the return of a balanced schedule that fans have long called for.
So what do you think Dynamo fans? Do you like the addition of New York City FC to MLS? Would you like to see the Dynamo back in the Western Conference? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Houston Dynamo forward Brian Ching joined Glenn Davis on Soccer Matters Monday night to talk about Saturday's match against the New England Revolution and the current state of the Dynamo. Davis will be back on the airways Thursday night when he hosts Dynamo All-Access from 7-9 p.m on 1560 AM.
Go behind the scenes at BBVA Compass Stadium during the Dynamo's match against the New England Revolution in this week's edition of TunnelVision.
Dynamo color analyst Eddie Robinson joined John Harris in The War Room on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 this morning to talk about the team's 2-0 loss to New England on Saturday and give a quick preview of next weekend's matchup against Sporting Kansas City.
You can catch Eddie and John every Monday at 11:45 a.m. breaking down the Dynamo's weekend performances on Yahoo! Sports Radio 1560 AM.
Three weeks ago, it was announced the Dynamo would meet Stoke City on July 24 in the fifth edition of the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup.
While many fans know that Americans Geoff Cameron and Brek Shea play for Stoke, we highlighted three other players to watch: forwards Jonathan Walters and Peter Crouch and defender Ryan Shawcross.
Another player worth highlighting is goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who won four club awards last week at the club's End of Season Awards Dinner. The 25-year-old with 20 caps for the Bosnian national team was popular among teammates, coaches andf fans, picking up silverware in four categories: Supporter Clubs' Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year, Coaching Staff's Player of the Year (co-winner with Shawcross), and Fan's Player of the Year.
The goalkeeper told StokeCityFC.com: "I never expected all of this, I came here to play my part in the evening. This gives me the motivation to go away and try even harder next season."
Begovic started all 38 Premier League games this season and recorded 12 shutouts.
2012-13 Stoke City Awards
SUPPORTERS CLUB PLAYER OF THE YEAR
GOAL OF THE SEASON
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR
PLAYERS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR
COACHING STAFF’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Asmir Begovic and Ryan Shawcross
FANS’ PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Stoke City ended its season on Sunday with a 1-1 draw at Southampton. It was the final appearance for Michael Owen, who announced his retirement in March and entered as a substitute for the final game in his career. Owen scored 40 goals in 89 career appearances for the English national team, including goals at the 1998 World Cup, 2000 European Championships, 2002 World Cup and 2004 European Championships to become the first player to score in four major tournaments for England. Owen won the European Player of the Year award (Ballon d'Or) in 2001.
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis. The Dynamo broadcaster will chat about the current state of the Houston Dynamo as well as preview the upcoming Champions League final and Liga MX Clausura final.
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.
The Dynamo Reserves took on the Charleston Battery this past weekend in MLS Reserve League/USL Pro action. Dane Kelly scored the lone goal as Charleston defeated the Dynamo Reserves 1-0.
You can get the full match report here, and check out the highlights below.
In the latest feature for Dynamo TV, CSN Houston's Sebastian Salazar takes a look at the career path of Dynamo forward Will Bruin. The St. Louis native was a standout performer for the Indiana Hoosiers before the Dynamo selected him in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Learn more about Houston's third-year striker.
Goalkeeper Tally Hall and defender Eric Brunner share their thoughts after the Dynamo's 2-0 loss to the New England Revolution.