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19 February 12:42 am

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 11 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to Opening Day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a description of what makes the number significant. If you have any comments on the subjects, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #11:

The Dynamo set a club record with 11 regular season home wins in 2012, completing a season that was record-setting in many ways. The Dynamo also set franchise records for goals (48) points (53) and average home attendance (21,015) while Will Bruin and Tally Hall set individual records as the club reached its fourth MLS Cup final in seven years.

Moreover, the club with the best home record in MLS history also completed the first unbeaten home season in team history with an 11-0-6 regular season mark. The 11 wins surpassed the previous club record of 10 home wins, set in 2011 and 2008. The Dynamo carry a 25-game regular season home unbeaten streak into 2013 (30 games in all competitions) and can set a new MLS record by extending the undefeated streak to 30 regular season games.

Below are details on each home win in 2012, along with the most home wins per season in Dynamo history. 

2012 Home Wins

DATE OPPONENT SCORE NOTE
5/12 D.C. United 1-0 Win Brad Davis' 30-yard goal opens BBVA Compass Stadium with win
5/26 LA Galaxy 2-1 Win Andre Hainault's header delivers victory in 2011 MLS Cup final rematch
6/16 FC Dallas 2-1 Win Adam Moffat's upper-corner rocket seals win in first Texas Derby at BBVA Compass Stadium 
6/30 Philadelphia Union 2-1 Win Boniek Garcia's debut sparks eight-game unbeaten streak
7/15 D.C. United 4-0 Win Dynamo open season-changing three-game homestand with biggest win of the year
7/18 Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Win Calen Carr scores twice as Dynamo maintain supremacy over East-leading Sporting KC
7/21 Montreal Impact 3-0 Win Four weeks after worst loss of season in Montreal, Dynamo gain revenge and cap nine-point week, perfect homestand
8/3 New York Red Bulls 2-0 Win Dynamo steamroll Red Bulls to gain first place with fifth straight win as unbeaten run reaches eight games
9/6 Real Salt Lake 1-0 Win On a night when stomach flu reduced Dynamo bench to six players, Colin Clark's stoppage time penalty seals unlikely win
9/29 New England 2-0 Win Scoreless game reaches 77th minute before Ricardo Clark, Boniek Garcia find net, ensuring win on rain-soaked night
10/20 Philadelphia Union 3-1 Win

Win completes fourth unbeaten home season in MLS history as Dynamo clinch playoff spot for sixth time in seven years; 11th home win sets a franchise record

Most home wins per season, Dynamo history

YEAR HOME WINS HOME RECORD (W-L-T)
2012 11 11-0-6
2008 10  10-1-4
2011 10 10-3-4
2009 8 8-1-6
2007 8 8-3-4
2006 8 8-3-5

 

Return to the blog on Wednesday for number 10 on our countdown to Opening Day.

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Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#12 - Tally Hall sets club record with 12 shutouts in 2012

#13 - 13 different goal scorers in 2012

#14 - Dynamo win 14 regular season games in 2012

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

 

18 February 3:42 pm

While the Dynamo continue their preseason training camp in Charleston, S.C., their 2012-13 CCL quarterfinal opponent Santos Laguna continues their run through Liga MX.

SECURE YOUR SEATS FOR THE MATCH VS. SANTOS AT BBVA COMPASS STADIUM

Last week, Santos got out to an early lead on first place Tigres UANL, but a 37th-minute strike from Anselmo Juninho gave the home side a 1-1 draw.

Darwin Quintero's second-minute golazo (watch highlights below) gave Santos an early lead and former Mexican national team goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez made three saves for Los Guerreros.

With the draw, Santos moves to 2-3-2 on the season and sits in a tie for eighth place in Liga MX.

The schedule doesn't get any easier for Santos as they travel home this week for a matchup Friday night against second-place Club America. The match kicks off at 9:30 p.m. CT at Estadio Corona in Torreon.

17 February 10:29 pm

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 12 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #12:

Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall had 12 shutouts in 2012, the most in a season by a goalkeeper in club history. The previous mark was set by Pat Onstad, who had 11 clean sheets in 2007. Hall's rise to the elite of MLS goalkeepers has been swift: In two seasons, he has reached two MLS Cup finals, been named an MLS all-star (in 2011), and set the club record for shutouts. Along the way, he also set a club record by starting 67 consecutive games, from opening day 2011 to the final game of 2012, when the Dynamo rested most starters at Colorado to prepare for the playoffs. 

Half of Hall's 12 shutouts came in a remarkable 30-day stretch in which Hall and the Dynamo recorded six shutouts in seven games. The remarkable defensive run began on July 3 with a 0-0 draw against the Chicago Fire and continued through a 2-0 home win over the New York Red Bulls on August 3. In between, Hall and his teammates allowed a single goal, a penalty in a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City on July 18, which was the only goal allowed in the seven-game run. 

After two stellar years as a starting goalkeeper, the 27-year-old was rewarded with his first invitation to a U.S. senior national team camp in January.

Below is a list of all of Hall's regular season shutouts in 2012:

DATE OPPONENT SCORE NOTE
3/11 @ Chivas USA 1-0 W Opening Day shutout began seven-game road trip
3/17 @ San Jose 1-0 W Clean sheet led to San Jose's only home loss in 2012; Earthquakes scored 43 goals in 16 other home games
5/12 D.C. United 1-0 W Shutout in BBVA Compass Stadium inaugural match
5/15 Portland Timbers 0-0 T Three days after stadium opener, Hall holds Timbers 
7/3 Chicago Fire 0-0 T Hall begins seven-game defensive run with shutout of Fire
7/7 @ Sporting KC 0-0 T With temperature over 100 degrees, Hall limits Sporting KC's powerful home attack
7/15 D.C. United 4-0 W Dynamo begin three-win homestand with big victory
7/21 Montreal Impact 3-0 W Dynamo cap nine-point week with revenge win over Impact
7/28 @ Toronto FC 2-0 W Defensive run continues with first road win since March 17
8/3 New York Red Bulls 2-0 W Unbeaten run extended to eight games with comprehensive win over first-place Red Bulls
9/6 Real Salt Lake 1-0 W Two huge late saves allow Dynamo to win with stoppage time penalty despite flu-ravaged squad
9/29 New England 2-0 W On rainiest night of the season, Hall holds Revs before offense provides two late goals

Return to the blog on Tuesday for number 11 on our countdown to opening day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#13 - 13 different goal scorers in 2012

#14 - Dynamo win 14 regular season games in 2012

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

17 February 6:34 pm

The Dynamo held their first training session in Charleston on Sunday morning at the Charleston Battery's practice facility. It was a cold morning, with conditions similar to the first few days in Tucson on the club's preseason trip three weeks ago. The picture below confirms the stories from the Chicago Fire, which encountered a live alligator ambling up the shore and laying out beside the field at their training session on Friday morning. Apparently the gator is known to live in the pond, and he came out on Friday. Unfortunately, there were no gator sightings at the field today. 

Today's practice included some technical work before the group engaged in a full field game that was sharp and crisp. The session ended with a bit of conditioning, highlighting the business-like nature of this trip, or any preseason trip for that matter.

With opening day just 13 days away, the club is getting ready for D.C. United and the long season ahead. After several scrimmages in Houston, this trip represents the final phase of preseason, with the regular season coming into clear view.

The team will train again on Monday and Tuesday before facing the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday. The match is at 4 p.m. CT and can be seen at www.USLnation.com. 

17 February 9:50 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 14 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #13:

13 different Dynamo players scored goals in the 2012 regular season. 13 goal scorers is roughly average for the Dynamo in their seven-year history. The club set a franchise record with 17 goal scorers in 2011. Goal scorers by season: 2010: 15; 2009: 15; 2008: 12; 2007: 12; 2006: 13. 

Dynamo players who scored in the 2012 regular season:

Name Goals
Will Bruin 12
Brad Davis 8
Brian Ching 5
Boniek Garcia 4
Calen Carr 4
Macoumba Kandji 4
Adam Moffat 2
Andre Hainault 2
Bobby Boswell 2
Luiz Camargo 1
Jermaine Taylor 1
Colin Clark 1
Ricardo Clark 1

Return to the blog on Monday for number 12 on our countdown to opening day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#14 - 14 regular season wins in 2012

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

16 February 12:49 am

 

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 14 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #14:

The Dynamo won 14 regular season games en route to a 14-9-11 record in 2012. The 14 wins were one shy of a franchise record, set in 2007. Despite the Dynamo finishing one short of a franchise record, Houston was in a dogfight for a playoff spot in 2012. It was the most competitive playoff race in Dynamo history, as Houston set a franchise record with 53 points but only secured the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Prior to 2012, the Dynamo were a No. 1 or No. 2 seed in all five playoff appearances in team history.

For context, compare the 2012 Eastern Conference playoff teams to the same field in 2011. The five East playoff teams averaged 57.6 points in 2012 after the same group averaged just 48.2 in 2011. That difference is more than 9 points, meaning the 2012 playoff field averaged 3 more wins than 2011. The Dynamo had 49 points in 2011 - four fewer than 2012 - but earned a No. 2 seed.

How many games will the Dynamo win in 2013? Will take advantage of a full nine-month season at home as supposed to starting on the road for seven straight games ( a la 2012)? Will the desire to give itself the best chance to host MLS Cup in 2013 help the club break 15 wins? The answers will be here soon. The season starts in 14 days. 

Here is a list of the most regular season wins per season in Dynamo history:

YEAR WINS RECORD TOTAL GAMES POINTS
2007 15 5-8-7  30 52
2012 14 14-9-11 34 53
2008 13 13-5-12   30 51
2009 13 13-8-9 30 48
2011 12 12-9-13 34 49
2006 11 11-8-13 32 46

 

Return to the blog on Sunday for number 13 on our countdown to opening day.

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#15 - Brad Davis' career goals and assists vs. D.C. United 

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

15 February 10:41 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 15 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we are counting down to kickoff with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day. See the bottom of this post for the complete countdown list.

Each day, we’ll post a short description of what makes the number significant. If you have any Dynamo-related numbers of your own, post them in the comment section below.

Today, we continue with #15:

The success that Dynamo forward Will Bruin has had against D.C. United is well documented. The young striker has six goals in five regular season games and added a seventh during last year's playoff run. But did you know that Dynamo midfielder Brad Davis is just as profilic against the Black-and-Red, tallying 15 goals and assists in 25 career regular season matches against United?

Davis has had more success against D.C. United than any other team in his career. He has scored six goals and added nine assists, including the first goal at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12, 2012.

Davis' success is not limited to the regular season. The five-time MLS all-star recorded assists in each of the Dynamo's postseason matches against D.C. United in 2012.

Can Davis continue his hot streak against United this year? Come to the stadium on March 2 and see for yourself!

Brad Davis vs. D.C. United:

  GAME GOALS ASSISTS
FC Dallas 5/31/2003 0 2
FC Dallas 7/24/2004 2 1
Houston 9/30/2006 0 1
Houston 7/23/2008 0 1
Houston 8/1/2009 1 0
Houston 9/25/2010 0 1
Houston 4/29/2011 0 2
Houston 6/25/2011 1 0
Houston 5/12/2012 1 0
Houston 7/15/2012 1 1
  Totals 6 9

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#16 - Will Bruin sets franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions

#17 - Dynamo scored 17 goals in final 15 minutes of games in 2012

#18 - Dynamo have lost just 18 MLS home games in seven years

#19 - Dynamo finish 2012 with franchise best +19 home goal differential

#20 - Brad Davis' combined goals and assists in 2011 and 2012

Return to the blog on Saturday for number 14 on our countdown to opening day.

 

 

14 February 11:42 pm

Just another day with the Dynamo Girls ...