In the second part of our interview with Brian Ching, Brian discusses his beginning of his time in MLS with the LA Galaxy, his year in Seattle, the best team he ever played on, plus the future of Major League Soccer.
Wow, another year of hard work and great results in the community is slowly coming to a close. One more chance to say thank you to Brian Ching on December 13th at his testimonial match (still did not get an invitation to play … maybe Matt wants me for color commentary ….)—tickets still available and remember proceeds go to the House that Ching Built—a Habitat for Humanity project led by the man himself.
I am so proud of the accomplishments of the Dynamo Charities Board in 2013 with tremendous help from Maria Duran, the Sidekicks, and the Dynamo office staff.
We started with the best ever Fire Sale in the history of Fire Sales – and with a team led by the 2013 Forever Orange Award winner Rob Denton (well done, welcome to the Club) and Frank Arnold, and (finally) having bags, we almost doubled our sales from 2012!
Our Dine with the Dynamo led by the Sidekicks was a sellout and raised funds for Community Family Center’s soccer field (we hope to have the grand opening of the field early in 2014). Brad Davis and Tally Hall brought a record number of service personnel to the July 3rd game. Will Bruin and Mike Chabala had their friends come let the kids shave their heads (and Salon on Kirby did just a bit of cleanup work). Bobby Boswell booted breast cancer. Andrew Driver showed us what golf attire really is at the Tommy Bahama Island Classic.
We were the top corporate fundraiser (again) for ADA Tour de Cure, even though the rain cancelled the actual ride. Brian Ching recognized some of the many community champions that are also Dynamo fans through Ching’s Champions. The runners got to go through the stadium for the Go for the Goal 5k—and PWC donated $750 for each home goal to Ronald McDonald house. We even had Diesel step up for the Toy Chest; everyone pitched in this year. In addition to the recognized events, many of the players went to visit hospitals and fire stations and community centers and schools and are Big Brothers.
Thank you to everyone who participated in, donated to, was part of, and/or somehow contributed to our events this year—we hope you will be back with us in 2014. If you have specific comments on how you believe our events could be improved (please be both polite and detailed), please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I will read them, and we will use the good ideas you provide—this is your chance to help us be greater in 2014!
Special thank you to the University of Houston Bauer College and Dr. Patrick’s marketing classes for their presentations and ideas—we will definitely be looking at them for 2014.
Lastly, every season brings changes to the roster—a big thank you to those players that will no longer be part of the organization next year. You make us at Dynamo Charities what we are—and if we can ever help you out in anyway, please let us know.
We are Dynamo Charities, proud and thankful to be sponsored by Halliburton Charitable Foundation.
On Sunday, December 1, Brian Ching was introduced as an Honorary Captain at the Houston Texans' game versus the New England Patriots. Joining Ching were Robert Horry of the Houston Rockets, Larry Dierker of the Houston Astros and Chester Pitts of the Houston Texans.
In the first part of our interview series with Brian Ching, Brian chats with Sebastian Salazar about his early years of soccer in Hawaii, his relationship with his mother and his move to Gonzaga.
Hell froze over in Kansas City, as Sporting KC finally beat us in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Don't worry though, only 100 days until the 2014 season! Let us know what game you are looking forward to most in the comments!
Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis! Glenn will look back at the 2013 for the Dynamo, as well as their recently announced partnership with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of USL PRO.
Dynamo president Chris Canetti will join Glenn on the program.
Tune in and give Glenn a call with your thoughts!
Tonight's episode airs from 8-10 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.
Welcome to the family, Riverhounds fans!
We look forward to bright things in the future as our two clubs begin this new partnership together. A couple of things about us you may want to know:
We’re Orange – Just about everything—from our jerseys to our stadium and everything in between—is orange.
We win – Since moving to Texas from San Jose for the 2006 MLS season, we’ve hardly taken our foot off the pedal. Seven playoff trips, six conference final appearances, four MLS Cup Finals and, of course, two championship trophies in just eight years of existence.
We’ve got a steely resolve – Sorry for the steel pun, but over the years the Dynamo have developed a reputation as one of MLS’ toughest teams. When it comes to crunch time, we don’t back down from anybody and we get the job done. Our name itself means “power in motion,” with a nod to our city’s place in the energy sector as well as our team’s play on the field.
We have a new stadium – Yes, yours is newer. But ours still has that new stadium smell to it! Opened in May 2012, BBVA Compass Stadium holds just over 22,000 people and with the atmosphere from our fans and our famous Houston heat, it’s one of the toughest places to play in MLS. In fact, we hold the record for the longest unbeaten streak at home in MLS history. Oh, and as previously mentioned: it’s orange.
We may have 1,336 miles between us, but if you’re ever in the area stop by and catch a game! We’ll be within driving distance of Western Pennsylvania a few times in the 2014 MLS season as well, so feel free to grab some orange and check us out on the road as well (some dates are listed below).
The Hounds are first in your heart, as they should be, but if you’ve been looking for an MLS team to support, we’d love to have you around.
April 19 at Philadelphia Union
May 21 at D.C. United
July 12 at Toronto FC
August 23 at Columbus Crew
September 20 at Philadelphia Union
October 8 at Toronto FC
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.