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02 April 2:35 pm

After Houston’s 2-0 home victory over San Jose last weekend, the Dynamo tied the MLS record with 34 consecutive home games unbeaten in all competitions. With the new record in their sights, the Dynamo got some love in this week's power rankings from MLSsoccer.com and Bleacher Report’s Joe Tansey. Both sites had the Dynamo in their top spot after the fifth week of the MLS season.

MLSsoccer.com had this to say about Houston:

Got to give it up for the Dynamo: They've weathered preseason injuries, a disappointing CCL elimination, some set-piece worries (we're not 100 percent convinced those are gone) and international call-ups all before the calendar even turned to April. And with all that, they're 3-1-0 – and heating up.

But not everybody agrees that Houston’s current form deserves the top spot in the power rankings. Both ESPN.com's Jeff Carlisle and  Yahoo Sport’s Zac Wassink placed Houston in the fifth spot in their respective rankings. According to Wassink:

Houston's next three games include trips to Portland and Toronto surrounding a home match against lowly Chicago. The Dynamo could be atop MLS power rankings by the end of April.

Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated’s Avi Creditor did not move the Dynamo after their home victory, keeping them at the No.3 spot, but did emphasize Houston’s attacking force:

The manner in which the Dynamo scored in a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes was a testament to their attacking quality. On one side, Oscar Boniek Garcia used a tremendous individual effort to get by All-Star defender Justin Morrow and send an accurate cross for Will Bruin. On the other, Brad Davis put in his trademark pinpoint service for Giles Barnes. This dynamic team can come at opponents from myriad ways and angles.

Houston will look to win their first road game of the year when they travel to JELD-WEN Field this weekend to take on the Portland Timbers.

 

02 April 12:19 pm

Go behind-the-scenes at the Dynamo's March 30 match vs. the San Jose Earthquakes with our latest episode of Tunnel Vision.

02 April 9:36 am

Eddie Robinson offers five key story lines to watch for ahead of this weekend's match vs. the Portland Timbers.

01 April 1:56 pm

Looking for a dose of soccer analysis to kick off your April? Tune in to ESPN 97.5 FM tonight for a new episode of Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis. The Dynamo broadcaster has a full lineup of guests including Dynamo defenders Bobby Boswell, Kofi Sarkodie and Jermaine Taylor and midfielder Ricardo Clark. Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter will also be on to talk about the start to their season and this weekend's match with the Dynamo.

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.

Davis will be talking Dynamo soccer, Chelsea's FA Cup win over Manchester United as well as preview this weekend's Champions League matches.

The call-in number for the show is 713-780-3776.

31 March 10:45 am

The Houston Dynamo's home unbeaten streak has been well-chronicled within MLS circles. As it stands, no team in the 18-year history of the league has a longer home unbeaten streak in all competitions and only one team (Real Salt Lake) has a longer home unbeaten streak in the regular season. The Dynamo will look to tie RSL's regular season streak (29) and sit alone atop the all competitions mark when they host the Chicago Fire on April 14.

But just how difficult is 34 consecutive home games unbeaten? According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only one North American professional sports team has a longer streak. That would be the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls who won 44 straight home games from March 1995 until April 1996.

Team

Home unbeaten streak

Dates

Sport

Chicago Bulls

44

3/30/1995 to 4/4/1996

NBA

Houston Dynamo

34

7/9/2011 to present

MLS

Real Salt Lake 34 6/6/2009 to 4/27/2011 MLS

Equally as impressive as the Dynamo's home unbeaten run is their run in BBVA Compass Stadium, their downtown home that opened in May 2012. Our friends at Elias tell us that last night, the Dynamo became only the third team in the history of major North American professional sports leagues to go unbeaten in their first 20 regular season games at a home venue. Last night's win gave the Dynamo a 14-0-6 in the first 20 regular season matches at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Care to guess who the other two teams are to accomplish that feat? We promise you won't get the answer.

The first was the Washington Capitols of the Basketball Association of America (predecessor of today’s NBA), who won their first 27 games at Uline Arena in 1946–1947. While Dominic Kinnear is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in MLS history, that Capitols squad was managed by none other than Red Auerbach, quite possibly one of the greatest coaches in American professional sports history.

The other team to accomplish this feat was the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, who won their first 22 games at Staples Center (2001–2002). That sparks squad was led by three-time WNBA MVP and four-time Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie.

So while it's important to recognize the Dynamo's standing among their peers in professional soccer, it's hard not to appreciate the fact that Kinnear's squad has accomplished feats that few in North American sports history have done before.

29 March 5:17 pm

In the latest Friday Forecast, Jonathan Kaplan and Eddie Robinson discuss the Dynamo's winning streak, Dominic Kinnear's lineup options, stopping Wondo and the emergence of Andrew Driver.

26 March 7:15 pm

Warren Creavalle speaks on his first ever goal for the Dynamo. We're all glad that he managed his way out of the bathroom for this. #freewarren