MLS Regular Season

Dynamo look back as Robertson era comes to a close

Home stadium wasn't always perfect, but good times are tough to forget
Robertson era coming to a close
Robertson Stadium


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Brian Ching celebrates with Houston fans in the '07 playoff win against FC Dallas.

Amid the excitement of an impending playoffs and a new stadium progressing at light speed, the Houston Dynamo’s final home regular season home game at Robertson Stadium is upon them. And it’s a home that, while not the most modern of abodes, is where the Dynamo established their club as a permanent part of the Houston sports landscape.

Dynamo will be eager spectators in season's final week

Depending on results, Houston could finish first in East or in final playoff spot
Dynamo will keep eyes on final weekend
Eager Spectators


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The Dynamo will know their potential playoff games prior to Sunday's match.

After a weekend that saw the club notch an impressive 2-0 road victory against the Portland Timbers and then watch three results go their way, the Dynamo know they are going to the playoffs.

But that’s all they know at this point. Depending on how things play out in games between New York and Philadelphia, Sporting Kansas City and D.C. United, and Chicago and Columbus, the Dynamo could finish anywhere from first in the Eastern Conference to last in the wildcard standings.

Road wins come at perfect time

Houston ranks fourth in fewest road losses after shutouts of Dallas, Portland
Perfect timing
Perfect Timing


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The Sept. 24 win over Dallas was part of consecutive road wins.

It turns out the Houston Dynamo have been saving their best for last in regards to their road form.

How Saturday's games helped the Dynamo clinch a playoff spot

Chicago's last-gasp win over D.C. was the final piece of the puzzle
How Houston qualified without playing


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One day after beating Portland, the Dynamo clinched a playoff spot.

Friday night's 2-0 win against Portland felt like it clinched a playoff spot for the Dynamo, but there was still plenty of math, tiebreakers, and scenarios separating Houston from officially being in the postseason.

Dynamo clinch berth in MLS Cup Playoffs

Houston returns to postseason following Friday win over Portland, other results
Back to the Playoffs
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Andre Hainault and the Dynamo officially clinched a postseason berth on Saturday.

The Houston Dynamo clinched a return to the MLS Cup Playoffs on Saturday after other results around the league, coupled with the Dynamo’s 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Friday night, officially sealed a postseason berth. Houston will play in the postseason for the fifth time in the club’s six-year history; the Dynamo have won two MLS Cup championships (2006, 2007) and played in three conference championship games (2006, 2007, 2009).

Dynamo 2, Portland 0 -- postgame notes

First back-to-back road wins since '09, Bruin sets rookie appearance record, and more
HOU 2, POR 0 -- postgame notes
Postgame notes
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Bobby Boswell and the Houston defense kept a shutout for the second straight road game.

The Houston Dynamo moved into second place in the Eastern Conference and opened up a six-point gap in the race for a playoff spot with a 2-0 road win over the Portland Timbers Friday night at a sold-out JELD-WEN Field. Although Houston cannot mathematically clinch a playoff spot this weekend, the Dynamo now lead Portland by six points and D.C. United by eight points as Houston tries to reach the postseason for the fifth time in the club’s six-year history.

No regrets for Hainault after goal and win

Rested after turning down call-up, Hainault scores first goal of 2011 in 2-0 win
The right call
The right call


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Andre Hainault scored his first goal in almost a year to help Houston to a 2-0 win.

Houston Dynamo defender Andre Hainault made a difficult decision last week to turn down a Canadian national team call-up to focus on his club’s playoff chase. The decision paid off Friday night, as Hainault scored a pivotal 36th-minute goal to give Houston a crucial advantage in a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers. It’s a win that could well have booked the club’s passage to the MLS Cup Playoffs.

Houston takes a big step with 2-0 win at Portland

Dynamo pull into 2nd place in the Eastern Conference with win
Road Warriors
Road Warriors


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Dynamo players mob Brad Davis after he set up the opening goal in Friday's 2-0 win.

The Houston Dynamo climbed a rung up the playoff ladder with a hard-fought 2-0 road win Friday night against the Portland Timbers. In the process, they dealt a major blow to Portland, which had been nipping at Houston’s heels in the postseason race.

For at least one night, the Dynamo jumped over New York, Columbus, and Kansas City into second place in the Eastern Conference with 46 points from 33 games. Portland, meanwhile, remains on the outside looking in with 40 points from its 32 contests.

Match Preview: Dynamo at Portland Timbers

Dynamo look to continue playoff push in Portland
Preview: HOU-POR
Portland Preview
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The Dynamo defeated Portland 2-1 at Robertson Stadium on August 14.

The Basics
Houston Dynamo at Portland Timbers
Friday, October 14, 9:30 p.m. CT
JELD-WEN Field, Portland, OR

All-time series: Houston leads 1-0

SportsTalk 790 - 9 p.m.
La Ranchera 850 - 9 p.m.
KHOU 11.2 - 9:30 p.m. (Dynamo Weekly on KHOU 11.2 from 9-9:30 p.m.)
FS Houston Plus - 9:30 p.m.
TV Azteca-51 - 8:30 a.m. (Sunday morning)

Houston's Costly and Camargo adjust to playoff chase

With Dynamo in 10th spot, duo expected to perform down stretch
Costly, Camargo in unfamiliar territory
Unfamiliar territory

When the Houston Dynamo signed Carlo Costly and Luiz Camargo to loan deals in August it was clear they were being brought in to help the club make a late season push. With just two games left in the season and Houston sitting in the 10th and final playoff berth, there is added – and unfamiliar – pressure for the pair to perform and get the Dynamo into the postseason.

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