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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.

 

 

13 February 9:20 pm

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 16 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 #16:

Dynamo forward Will Bruin set a franchise record with 16 goals in all competitions in 2012, with 12 in the regular season, and 4 more in the playoffs. With 16 goals, Bruin broke Brian Ching's club record of 14 goals in all competitions, accomplished twice, in 2006 and 2008.

On his way to 16 goals, Bruin set or matched a few more club records. He set a new mark for most goals in a single postseason (4) and became just the third player in club history to record a two-goal game in the playoffs with his two-goal performance at Chicago in the Knockout Round.

Bruin scored many important goals to help the Dynamo reach their fourth MLS Cup final in seven seasons. Here are some of the biggest:

• November 11, Eastern Conference Championship leg 1: 68th minute goal gives Dynamo 2-1 lead in home leg

• November 4, Eastern Conference semifinals leg 1: 75th minute strike was a psychological blow to Sporting KC and proved to be the decisive goal in a 2-1 series win

• October 31, Knockout Round: Bruin had never started a playoff game before Halloween Night in Chicago, but the sophomore striker rose to the occasion, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win. His header in the 12th minute may have surprised the Fire, but his second goal, just 19 seconds after the halftime whistle, was a shock to the hosts, and ultimately the difference as the Dynamo handed the Fire just its second loss in 22 home playoff games in team history.

• June 20, vs. Toronto FC: Facing their only two-goal halftime deficit of the season, Bruin scored twice in the second half - a clean finish from the top of the box in the 73rd minute and a header in the 90th minute - to salvage a home draw. Bruin nearly bagged a hat trick moments later when his strong header hit the face of a Toronto defender on its way to goal.

Most goals in a season, Dynamo history:

YEAR PLAYER REGULAR SEASON GOALS PLAYOFF GOALS CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GOALS TOTAL
2012 Will Bruin 12 4 0 16
2008 Brian Ching 13 0 1 14
2006 Brian Ching 11 3 0 14

 

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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 Friday for number 16 on our countdown to opening day.

 

 

12 February 11:34 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 17 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 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 #17:

The Dynamo scored 17 goals in the final 15 minutes of games in 2012. The number of late goals is easily a franchise record, eclipsing the previous mark of 14, set in 2011.

Houston rallied for 14 wins, salvaged a lot of important ties and completed an unbeaten home schedule in 2012. What is one thing that helps make all three possible? Late goals.

It is simple: A late goal can turn a tie into a win, a bad loss into a draw, and of course, preserve a home unbeaten streak and undefeated home season. The Dynamo specialized in late-game dramatics in 2012, with 17 goals after the 75th minute of regular season games. Houston scored a total of 48 regular season goals in 2012, with the goals in the final 15 minutes of matches accounting for a full 35% of its goals.

17 late goals in a season is historic, with only the 2012 San Jose Earthquakes (22) and 2009 Real Salt Lake (19) scoring more goals after the 75th minute in a season since the Dynamo entered the league in 2006. 

Consider this: With 17 goals after the 75th minute in 34 regular season games, the Dynamo averaged a late goal in half of their games. 

Now there are reasons why generally more goals are scored late in games. Players are tired and perhaps more mistake-prone, and teams that are desperate for a goal take more risks, leading to more goals in their favor and also leaving them vulnerable to allow a goal. Still, the Dynamo's 17 goals in the final 15 minutes of games set a franchise standard for clutch. 

Most late goals in a season (since 2006)

Year Club Late Goals (76th minute or later)
2012 San Jose Earthquakes 22
2009  Real Salt Lake 18
2012 Houston Dynamo 17

 

Late goals that helped the Dynamo achieve important results in 2012:

Date Opponent Goal scorer Minute  Result
March 12 @ Chivas USA Andre Hanianult 92+ 1-0 Win
April 21 @ Columbus Brian Ching 81 2-2 Draw
May 19 @ New England Luiz Camargo 87 2-2 Draw
June 16 FC Dallas  Adam Moffat  76 2-1 Win
June 20 Toronto FC Will Bruin 90 3-3 Draw
June 30 Philadelphia Brian Ching 82 2-1 Win
July 18 Sporting KC Calen Carr 79 2-1 Win
August 19 Columbus Adam Moffat 82 2-2 Draw
September 6 Real Salt Lake  Colin Clark  94+ 1-0 Win
September 29 New England Ricardo Clark 77 2-0 Win
 

Houston Dynamo late goals, year-by-year

Year Total goals Goals after 75th minute
2012 48 17
2011 45 14
2010 40 8
2008 45 8
2006 44 8
2009 39 5
2007 43 5

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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 Thursday for number 16 on our countdown to opening day.

 

11 February 9:48 pm

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 18 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 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 #18:

In seven seasons, the Houston Dynamo have played 119 MLS home games. They have lost only 18 of them. The win percentage is staggering - .714 - offering credence to the notion that Houston is the most difficult place to win in Major League Soccer. Many elements have played a part in the remarkable home success, including: great teams (4 MLS Cup appearances and 2 MLS Cup titles in 7 seasosn), great fans (21,015 average attendance in 2012; 4th best in MLS) and perhaps the most-discussed factor, the weatther.

Consider this: A third of Houston's 18 home losses occured in a single season, 2010, when the club went 6-6-3 at home. If you remove the 2010 season from the equation, the Dynamo have averaged just two MLS home losses per season. Outside of the 2010 season, the Dynamo have lost three or fewer home games in every season, and have twice recorded seasons with just one regular season loss: 2008 and 2009. 

18 home losses in 119 home games is a remarkable number, and with the Dynamo riding a 25-game regular season home unbeaten streak into 2013, the Dynamo will look to continue their home dominance. There are many reasons to come out to BBVA Compass Stadium in 2013. I think the fact that Houston has been the toughest place to win in Major League Soccer since the Dynamo arrived in 2006 should be near the top. Houstonians should be proud of their part in the home field advantage, and look forward to more home wins in 2013.

The Dynamo have the best regular season and postseason home win percentages in league history. The charts below detail the Dynamo's year-by-year home records and the top five home clubs in league history.

Dynamo year-by-year home records

Year Wins Losses Draws
2012 11 0 6
2011 10 3 4
2010 6 6 3
2009 8 1 6
2008 10 1 4
2007 8 3 4
2006 8 3 5
TOTAL 61 17 32

Best regular season home records, MLS history (minimum 20 games)

Team Wins Losses Draws Win %
Houston Dynamo 61 17 32 .700
LA Galaxy 155 65 43 .671
Seattle Sounders 35 14 15 .664
Chicago Fire 122 55 55 .644
Real Salt Lake 64 28 34 .643
D.C. United 144 72 46 .637

Best postseasons home records, MLS history (minimum 5 games)

Team Wins Losses  Draws Win %
Houston Dynamo 8 1 0 .889
Chicago Fire 17 2 3 .841
LA Galaxy 25 7 2 .765
D.C. United 13 3 5 .738
Sporting Kansas City 13 4 2 .737

Complete Countdown to Opening Day List:

#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 Wedesday for number 17 on our countdown to opening day.

11 February 11:06 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 19 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.

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.

See #20: The number of combined goals and assists for Brad Davis each of the last two seasons.

Today, we continue with #19: In 2012, the Dynamo set a franchise record with their best home goal-differential in team history, +19, with 31 home goals scored and just 12 home goals allowed.

It is no surprise it was such an impressive number after the club became just the fourth club in league history to complete an undefeated home schedule with an 11-0-6 regular season home record.

The 12 home goals allowed were the second-fewest in team history, after the 2007 club allowed just 11 home goals, although that was a 15-game home schedule, two games less than the 17-game home schedule in 2012.

The Dynamo, with the best home win percentage in league history and a current 30-game home unbeaten streak, have had some impressive home seasons. Here are the best in history, ranked by home goal difference:

YEAR-HOME RECORD-HOME GOALS FOR-HOME GOALS AGAINST-HOME GOAL DIFFERENCE

2012 - 11-0-6 - 31 GF - 12 GA - +19 GD

2008 - 10-1-4 - 30 GF - 14 GA - +16 GD

2012 - 10-3-4 -32 GF - 20 GA - +12 GD

2007 - 8-3-4 - 22 GF - 11 GA - +11 GD    

Return to this blog on Tuesday for number 18 on our countdown to opening day.

 

 

10 February 11:54 am

With the Dynamo set to begin the 2013 season in just 20 days – against D.C. United at BBVA Compass Stadium on March 2 – we will count down the 20 days with a Dynamo-centric countdown to opening day.

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

We begin the countdown with number 20:

20: The number of combined goals and assists for Brad Davis each of the last two seasons.

Davis has reached 20 each of the last two years, with 8 goals (a career-high) and 12 assists in 2012, after the dynamic midfielder reached 20 with 4 goals and 16 assists (another career-high) in 2011. The two seasons represent the best two of his career, and with his recent appearance for the U.S. national team and subsequent trip to Honduras for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier, it is clear Davis is showing no signs of aging.

What makes Davis’ achievement each of the last two years most impressive is that no other player in Dynamo history has ever recorded 20 combined goals and assists in a single regular season. With household names like Brian Ching, Dwayne De Rosario, Stuart Holden and most recently, Will Bruin, it would seem like one player would’ve cracked 20 in a season. Some players have come close. The closest: Brian Ching, who reached 18 with 13 goals and 5 assists in 2008; Dwayne De Rosario, who hit 16 with 11 goals and 5 assists in 2006; and Will Bruin, who reached 16 as well, with 12 goals and 4 assists in the 2012 regular season.

Perhaps most impressive is that Davis holds four of the top five combined totals in team history, with Ching’s 18 in 2008 the only other season in the top five. Davis reached 17 in both 2009 and 2010, with identical seasons of 5 goals and 12 assists.

Will any Dynamo players crack 20 in 2013? Could it be Davis? With a full season of midfield partner Boniek Garcia helping pull the strings, it could happen. What about Bruin? With 16 in 2012, and four more goals in the postseason, he is knocking on the door. Don’t forget about Garcia, who made it halfway (10), with 4 goals and 6 assists in exactly half a season (17 games) in 2012. The Honduran seems primed for a big year in orange.

Best combined total of goals and assists in regular season, Dynamo history:

Player – Total – Goals, Assists – Year

Brad Davis – 20 – 8 goals, 12 assissts – 2012

Brad Davis – 20 – 4 goals, 16 assists – 2011

Brian Ching – 18 – 13 goals, 5 assists – 2008

Brad Davis – 17 – 5 goals, 12 assists – 2010

Brad Davis – 17 – 5 goals, 12 assists – 2009

Will Bruin – 16 – 12 goals, 4 assists – 2012

Dwayne De Rosario – 16 – 11 goals, 5 assists – 2006

Return to this blog on Monday for number 19 on our countdown to opening day.

02 February 2:46 pm

I asked seven Dynamo players their predictions for tomorrow's Super Bowl between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Six of the seven players are predicting the 49ers will win their sixth Super Bowl. Below are the predictions, along with a note on what they expect from the game.

Goalkeeper Tyler Deric: 49ers, 30-13. “They have been the better team all year. Kaepernick will lead them to win. Baltimore will struggle to score against the 49ers defense.”

Forward Cam Weaver: 49ers, by two touchdowns. “Well, the Seahawks destroyed them when they played, and a 49ers win would validate them. 49ers are in the same division as Seahawks, so they need to represent well.”

Defender Eric Brunner: 49ers, 34-30. “I think Ray Lewis will either have two tackles or 15 tackles. Also, heads will be the call on the coin toss.”

Midfielder Adam Moffat: 49ers, 27-24. “Tails will be the call on the coin toss.”

Midfielder Alex Dixon: 49ers, 24-10.

Defender Kofi Sarkodie: Ravens. “I am hoping Ray Lewis wins and ends his career on a good note.”

Forward Brian Ching: 49ers. “As long as they win by four points, I’ll be happy.”

Goalkeeper Tally Hall: 49ers. "I was a big fan of Jerry Rice and my aunt sent me some sweet 49ers sweat pants when I was a kid."

29 January 1:41 am

The Dynamo traveled to Tucson, Ariz. on Monday morning to begin the first of two preseason trips. The club will also visit Charleston, S.C. for the Carolina Challenge Cup Feb. 16-23.

This trip includes three scrimmages against MLS competition beginning Tuesday afternoon (3 p.m. MT, 4 p.m CT) against the San Jose Earthquakes. The Dynamo face the Colorado Rapids on Thursday and the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday before flying back to Houston on Sunday morning.

This week in Tucson represents an opportunity for players to make an impact and an impression with several regulars not on the trip. In addition to Will Bruin, Tally Hall and Brad Davis, who will suit up for the U.S. national team on Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium, Boniek Garcia is with Honduras and Corey Ashe, Calen Carr and Omar Cummings are each rehabbing injuries. With seven potential starters not on the Tucson trip, it offers quality minutes to several trialists and the squad players looking to crack the lineup on March 2 against D.C. United.

Today's practice session was a good indication of the competitive spirit in the camp. After a morning flight from Houston the club had a practice session at Kino Sports Complex with 40-degree temperatures and cold, desert winds. It wasn't an easy day in the sun after a morning flight. The group engaged in a spirited session that included a half-field scrimmage highlighted by impressive speed of play and some quality goals. 

Now, with three games in five days, the players will have a chance to perform against MLS competition. It should be fun to watch. Check HoustonDynamo.com throughout the week for match reports and more.