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16 January 10:28 am

It's a topic that is hotly debated among the Dynamo faithful. No, it doesn't have to do with Houston's upcoming draft pick. And no, it doesn't have to do with a potential designated player signing. It's something that hits closer to home, and by home I mean the within the confines of BBVA Compass Stadium.

Since the opening of BBVA Compass Stadium, fans have asked the Dynamo front office to allow streamers at Dynamo games and in 2013 their prayers have been answered. Check out the following change to the BBVA Compass Stadium policy guide: 

Streamers
Streamers are permitted at Houston Dynamo home games. Each guests will be limited to 3 rolls per person, 81 ft long/4.5 inches in diameter (same policy as 2012 playoffs). Throwing objects at players, referees, personnel, or guests is subject ejection from the stadium. Guests are encouraged to throw streamers after the national anthem and at Dynamo goals. The streamer policy for non-Houston Dynamo events is at the discretion of BBVA Compass Stadium management. Confetti is prohibited.

So what do you say Dynamo fans? Are you happy about the policy change? Will you be bringing your streamers when the Dynamo open the season on March 2 against D.C. United?

 

 

16 January 8:46 am

Houston Dynamo SuperDraft History

2006 - January 20, 2006 - Philadelphia, Pa
Round Name College
1 - 8th overall Patrick Ianni UCLA (Generation adidas)
3 - 32nd overall Andrew Schmid St. John's
4 - 44th overall Mike Chabala Washington
2007 - January 12, 2007 - Indianapolis, Ind.
Round Name College
1 - 13th overall John Michael Hayden Indiana
2 - 26nd overall Corey Ashe North Carolina
3 - 39th overall Mike Sambursky South Carolina
4 - 52nd overall Eric Ebert Cal
2008 - January 15, 2008 - Baltimore, Md.
Round Name College
3 - 42nd overall Geoff Cameron Rhode Island
4 - 56nd overall Jeremy Barlow Virginia
2009 - January 15, 2009 - St. Louis, Mo.
Round Name College
3 - 41st overall Danny Cruz UNLV (Generation adidas)
4 - 56nd overall Marcus Tracy Wake Forest
2010 - January 14, 2010 - Philadelphia, Pa.
Round Name College
3 - 43rd overall David Walker California - Santa Barbara
3 - 46th overall Samuel Appiah Boston
4 - 62nd overall Euan Holden New Mexico
2011 - January 13, 2011 - Baltimore, Md.
Round Name College
1 - 7th overall Kofi Sarkodie Akron (Generation adidas)
1 - 11th overall Will Bruin Indiana (Generation adidas)
2012 - January 12, 2012 - Kansas City, Mo.
Round Name College
1 - 18th overall Colin Rolfe Louisville
2 - 37th overall Warren Creavalle Central Florida
2013 - January 16, 2013 - Indianapolis, Ind.
Round Name College
1 - 13th overall TBA TBA
2 - 37th overall TBA TBA

Tune into this year's SuperDraft at 11 a.m. CT. This year's draft will be streamed across all MLS networks including HoustonDynamo.com. For complete coverage leading up to the draft visit http://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft/2013

15 January 3:39 pm

Tune in to ESPN 97.5 tonight to hear from Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis and Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden as they chat with Glenn Davis on Soccer Matters from 7-9 p.m.

Brad Davis will be chatting about his time in camp with the U.S. men's national team as well as potentially playing at BBVA Compass Stadium on January 29 vs. Canada. Holden will be chatting about his return from injury. The former Dynamo midfielder played 65 minutes in a reserve match last week and was in the 18 for today's FA Cup match against Sunderland.

Turn on your radio to 97.5 FM or listen on http://espn975.com/

15 January 10:58 am

In any sport, draft day provides a wide range of emotions for players who hope to have their name called by that sports' commissioner. Some players enter full of confidence, others enter full of nerves, while others are there to just enjoy the ride. We caught up with four Dynamo players to discuss their draft-day experience and get their thoughts on the day that changed the course of their professional career.

Corey Ashe
Houston Dynamo (2nd round No. 26 overall in 2007)

Thoughts on draft day

"I had attended the draft with my dad and my agent. It was a pretty exciting experience because it determines where you are gonna go. It’s a big step for any professional soccer player. I remember being a little nervous. There was a group of us sitting together and one-by-one everyone around me was getting drafted. Then the second round rolls around and I didn’t think Houston would draft me. I was told Kansas City or Real Salt Lake would take me. Sure enough, Dom and the staff selected me and it was a sense of relief."

Had you spoken to the Dynamo ahead of the draft?

"I had no idea I was even on their radar. At the combine, I had spoken with RSL head coach John Ellinger - also my coach at Residency - and KC head coach Curt Onalfo. KC was coming up after Houston so I was sure I was going there. Getting picked by Houston was exciting, though, because they were the defending champs. I knew it was gonna be a lot of fun and I would gain a lot of experience."

Will Bruin
Houston Dynamo (1st round No. 11 overall in 2011)

Thoughts on draft day

"I was nervous. It was a rollercoaster of a day. I was told I was going to go top-3 and then I was told I would go No. 5 and then I kept falling, more and more. Teams changed their minds last minute and were scrambling so you have no idea what to expect. My agent was also telling me things all day and eventually he said ‘This one is for sure, you are going to Houston with the trade.’ So I was excited about that.

Eric Brunner
New York Red Bulls (2nd round No. 16 overall in 2008)

Thoughts on draft day

"I wasn’t lucky enough to meet my fiancé yet, but my cousins and my parents were there and I was just soaking up the experience with them. It’s cool to experience first-hand what you previously had watched on TV. It was a little overwhelming having the fans, coaches and general managers there, but it was definitely an experience I will never forget."

Calen Carr
Chicago Fire (1st round No. 10 overall in 2006)

Thoughts on draft day

"I remember it very well. It was in Philadelphia. My mom flew in and one of my closest childhood friends, who lived in New York at the time, took the train in. I remember the excitement of becoming a professional and the feeling of accomplishment of realizing your dreams.  It was just a fun experience to be sitting in that room, not knowing where you were going, but knowing you would be a professional soccer player no matter what."

Did you have an idea of where you might get drafted?

"It was pretty wide open for me. Just looking at the draft coverage from then to now, there is so much more coverage now. The process has really evolved, which is another good indicator of how far the league has come."
 

14 January 6:17 pm

A lot of times I come across stats that I find interesting that I think others will find interesting as well. Other times I come across stats that I find interesting that I fully admit no one else will find interesting. I think this stat falls in the middle.

Since 2006, 20 first-round draft choices of have played for the Houston Dynamo. By first-round draft choices I'm including players who were selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft (2000-present), as well as players were selected in the first round of the MLS College Draft (1996-1999).

Now the fact that 20 first-round draft choices have played for the Dynamo isn't the interesting part to me. What interests me is that the Dynamo drafted only five of those players. And if you want to include the San Jose franchise that moved to Houston, only eight players of the 20 were drafted by the San Jose / Houston conglomerate. The other 12 were acquired via trade or free agent signing. Here is the complete list.

Year Name Team drafted by
1998 Wade Barrett San Jose Clash
1999 Richard Mulrooney San Jose Clash
2001 Brian Mullan LA Galaxy
2002 Brad Davis NY/NJ MetroStars
2002 Kelly Gray Chicago Fire
2003 Ricardo Clark NY/NY MetroStars
2003 Nate Jaqua Chicago Fire
2004 Joseph Ngwenya LA Galaxy
2004 Ryan Cochrane San Jose Earthquakes
2005 Hunter Freeman Colorado Rapids
2006 Jason Garey Columbus Crew
2006 Patrick Ianni Houston Dynamo
2006 Kei Kamara Columbus Crew
2006 Calen Carr Chicago Fire
2006 Nathan Sturgis LA Galaxy
2007 John Michael Hayden Houston Dynamo
2008 Julius James Toronto FC
2011 Kofi Sarkodie Houston Dynamo
2011 Will Bruin Houston Dynamo
2012 Colin Rolfe Houston Dynamo

Tune into this year's SuperDraft at 11 a.m. CT. This year's draft will be streamed across all MLS networks including HoustonDynamo.com. For complete coverage leading up to the draft visit http://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft/2013

14 January 1:40 pm

In case you missed it, Dynamo players Brian Ching, Corey Ashe, Ricardo Clark and Cam Weaver joined more than 40 current and former professional players for Soccer Night in Newtown, a community event designed to help the residents of Newtown cope following the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Here is a report that ESPN's Bob Ley did on the event.

13 January 7:28 pm

It's no secret that ratings for the MLS SuperDraft have never been high, and while those in soccer circles would love to see the draft rival those of the NBA and NFL, MLS has decided to think outside the box to attract viewers for this year's event. This year's MLS SuperDraft will not be televised on ESPN or any other network, but it will be streamed across the world on ESPN3, ESPNFC, MLSsoccer.com, YouTube.com and all club websites. That's right folks, you can watch this year's draft live on HoustonDynamo.com.

Some might consider the move minor league, but I think it's a brilliant idea. A 12 noon time slot was never going to attract hundres of thousands of viewers. But now, if you are at work or at home, you can turn on your computer and catch the draft, without missing a beat of your regular work day. And if you don't have time to catch the draft live, it will be archived on YouTube later in the day for your viewing pleasure.

Now on to MLSsoccer.com's mock draft following the first day of combine matches.

Click here for the full mock draft.

In the previous mock draft, Simon Borg predicted the Dynamo would take West Virginia defender Eric Schoenle. This time, Borg is giving the Dynamo CSU Bakersfield defender Korey Kindle.

Borg: Sensational athlete. Immediately leaves a mark when he comes into the match. His leaping ability makes him another dangerous aerial weapon for the Dynamo.

Jason Saghini also gave the Dynamo Schoenle in the first mock draft, but this time around he has selected Washington defender Dylan Tucker-Gangnes for Dominic Kinnear's squad.

Saghini: Looked strong in the air, which was expected. But he also looked quicker on the turn than I thought he'd be, and was confident in distribution. Don't see how Houston passes on him.

In his previous mock draft, Matt Doyle projected the Dynamo would take Georgetown defender. In this version, he sticks with a Georgetown defender, but he switches positions from left back (Jimmy Nealis) to center back (Tommy Muller).

Doyle: With Hainault out in Houston, center back is the biggest need and left back option can wait.

In this mock draft, all writers predicted the second round as well. Borg predicted the Dynamo would take Brown defender Eric Robertson. Saghini stayed on the defensive live and gave Houston Wake Forest defender Anthony Arena. Doyle believes the midfield could use a reinforcement and selects Louisville holding mid Paolo DelPiccolo for the Dynamo.

Borg: Dynamo add a tall defender (6-foot-3), who's quick on his feet and excellent in the air.

Saghini: The Dynamo get cover for central defense and left back, both of which are needs with their huge schedule this season.

Doyle: Holding mid is an area that could use some reinforcements and DelPiccolo will fit the Houston system well.

MLSsoccer.com writers are convinced the Dynamo will use their first pick (and maybe their second pick) on a defender. So what do you think? Would you like to see the Dynamo draft a defender or is there another position you would like to see drafted?

Be sure to follow http://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft/2013/combine for the latest information about the MLS Combine and MLS SuperDraft.

11 January 3:41 pm

Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis and goalkeeper Tally Hall are currently in training camp with the U.S. men's national team. US Soccer caught up with our Dynamo men to get their impressions of the camp so far.

Hall spoke about getting to know the other members of the team during his first time in camp, the goals of the camp, the opportunity provided by being called into camp, the honor of being called into camp and representing the U.S., and what possibility of playing in Houston in the upcoming friendly means as a Dynamo player.

Davis spoke about getting into camp and meshing with the other players, taking camp day by day and the excitement of camp. 

10 January 10:25 pm

Nice find by the golks at Dynamo Theory.

Cochrane enjoyd two stints with the Dynamo, totalling 70 appearances over the course of four seasons. An original member of the Dynamo, Cochrane anchored a back line that won back-to-back MLS Cup championships in 2006 and 2007.

Last season, the Portland native played 26 games for the San Antonio Scorpions of the NASL.

Cochrane is not the first Dynamo original to join the coaching ranks. Here are a list of others who have gone from playing to patrolling the sidelines:

  • Former Dynamo captain Wade Barrett retired prior to the 2010 season and is now part of Dominic Kinnear's coaching staff.
  • Craig Waibel, a fan favorite for his work on and off the field, is an assistant coach for the University of Washington men's soccer program.
  • Longtime MLS vet Eddie Robinson hung up his cleats after the 2011 season and is now head coach of the Houston Dynamo U-16 team.
  • Pat Onstad retired following the 2010 season and is now the goalkeepers coach for D.C. United.
  • Paul Dalglish, a Scotland native who scored two goals in the 2006 Western Conference final, is now head coach for PDL club Austin Aztex.
10 January 5:52 pm

With exactly a week to go before the 2013 MLS SuperDraft, the real fun begins. Now is the time that draft experts make their predictions about who will be selected by each club come draft day. Unlike college basketball and college football, college soccer is not as widely televised, so fans of most MLS teams rely on reporters and bloggers to learn more about their team's potential picks leading up to the draft.

MLSsoccer.com recently completed their first mock draft, with Simon Borg, Jason Saghini and Matt Doyle providing their first round selections.

Click here for the full mock draft.

Both Borg and Saghini predicted the same player, West Virginia defender Eric Schoenle, would be drafted by Houston with the No. 13 pick in the first round. Here is what they each had to say about the pick:

Borg: A center back the way Dominic Kinnear loves them. No-nonsense, tough and exceptional in the air on defense and on attacking set pieces.

Saghini: Neither Schoenle nor the Mountaineers had a great 2012 season, but he’s still a big, technical central defender who can provide depth at a spot where Houston needs it.

Doyle also projected the Dynamo to select a defender in the first round, but believes it will be Georgetown left back Jimmy Nealis. Here are his thoughts:

Doyle: Without many glaring needs, Kinnear takes the best left back off the board to provide some competition for Corey Ashe and depth for CCL.

So what do you think? Would you like to see the Dynamo draft a defender or is there another position you would like to see drafted?

MLS Combine matches start tomorrow, so be sure to follow http://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft/2013/combine for the latest information about draft-eligible players.