In part 3 of a 5 part series, Matt Doyle and Dan Haiek look ahead to the SuperDraft, breaking it down team by team, looking at the Houston Dynamo, Real Salt Lake, Chicago Fire & Columbus Crew.
Dynamo midfielder Boniek Garcia has been invited to the Honduran national team's training camp ahead of the squad's participation in the 2013 Central American Cup. Of the seven teams competing in the tourmanent, the top five will qualify for this year's Gold Cup.
Honduras is paired with El Salvador and Panama in Group B. Los Catrachos will take on El Salvador on January 18 and Panama on January 22. All matches will be played at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica.
If Honduras finishes in first or second place in their group, they will automatically qualify for the Gold Cup. If they finish in third place, they will need to win a one-game playoff against the third-place finisher in Group A to qualify. Teams in Group A include Costa Rica, Guatemala, Niacragua and Belize.
Garcia has 72 career caps for Los Catrachos and one career goal. As a result of his participation in the tournament, the 2012 Dynamo Newcomer of the Year will miss the beginning of training camp. According to this report on fenafuth.org, Garcia will re-join the Dynamo after Honduras' World Cup qualification match against the United States on February 6.
On Wednesday, the Houston Dynamo announced the full schedule for the 2013 regular season. Although this will be the Dynamo's second season at BBVA Compass Stadium, it's the first season in which Houston can play home games starting in March. Last year's home schedule did not start until May 12, and as a result, there were a lot of Houston home games in a short period of time.
Here are some key takeaways from the 2013 Dynamo schedule:
As previously announced, the Dynamo will open the season at home against D.C. United on Saturday, March 2. The re-match of last year's Eastern Conference Championship will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network beginning at 7 p.m. CT.
Similar to last year, the Dynamo and FC Dallas will square off only once in 2013. That match will take place on Sunday, March 17 as part of Major League Soccer's Rivalry Week. Since last year's match was played at BBVA Compass Stadium, this year's match will be played at FC Dallas Stadium. The winner of the match will take home El Capitan, a Civil War-era mountain howitzer.
The Dynamo and Sporting KC have played each other in each of the past two playoffs. In 2011, the Dynamo knocked off Sporting in the Eastern Conference Championship. In 2012, Houston defeated SKC in the Eastern Conference semifinals. In total, the two teams have played each other nine times in all competitions over the past two years. This year, the two squads will meet an additional three times, with the May 12 home match to be broadcast nationally on ESPN and the May 26 road match to be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
Speaking of national broadcasts, the Dynamo will play on national TV 13 times in 2013. They will play three times on ESPN2, once on ESPN, three times on NBC Sports Network, once on NBC and five times in Spanish on UniMás.
Potential Road Trips?
The fun part of the schedule announcement is the chance to figure out which games Dynamo fans will be able to travel to. You can expect a large contingent will make the trek up I-45 for the Texas Derby on March 17. Chicago (Sept. 1) and Sporting KC (May 26) are also drivable for those fans wanting to see their club on the road. If you want to see the LA Galaxy this year, you will have to make the trek to California, as the two-time defending MLS Cup champions do not come to Houston in 2013 (at least not during the regular season).
In 2012, the Dynamo had five home games on weeknights and 12 on weekends. In 2013, the Dynamo will have only one weeknight game, with the remaining 16 MLS home games to be played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The lone weeknight game is Wednesday, Oct. 9 against Sporting KC.
So what do you think Dynamo fans? Do you like the schedule? Which match are you circling on your calendar?
According to Major League Soccer, the full 2013 schedule will be released Wednesday at 11 am CT.
We already know that the Dynamo will open the season on Saturday, March 2 at BBVA Compass Stadium against D.C. United. We also know that as a result of the Dynamo advancing to the quarterfinals of the 2012-13 CONCACAF Champions League tournament, Houston will have the second week of the MLS season off. The Dynamo will host Mexican club Santos Laguna in the first leg of their home-and-home series on Tuesday, March 5 and then travel to Torreon for the second leg on Wednesday, March 13.
While the full MLS schedule will be unveiled on Wednesday, we do know that the Dynamo's opponents will flip from 2012. For instance, if the Dynamo played an Eastern Conference foe twice at home in 2012 and once on the road, they will play them twice on the road and once at home. That means that Dynamo fans will more than likely have the chance to see the New York Red Bulls at BBVA Compass Stadium twice in 2013. The only caveat is that there are two Eastern Conference teams that the Dynamo will only play twice - once home and once away - in 2013 (similar to 2012).
With regard to Western Conference opponents, if the Dynamo played the team on the road in 2012, they will play them at home in 2013 and vice versa. So that means Houston fans should expect to see Vancouver, San Jose, Colorado, Seattle and Chivas USA at home this year. The Dynamo will hit the road to Dallas, Portland, LA and Real Salt Lake.
So which teams are you most looking forward to seeing in 2013? What road trips are you most looking forward to planning? Let us know in the comments below!
As a society, we love our "I remember when ..." moments. People love to relive the past and remember where they were or what they felt during that particular moment. For Dynamo fans, it's hard to put into words what the last 12 months have felt like, but I'm going to try anyway. Here are my ten “I remember when …” moments from the 2012 season:
- I remember when the Dynamo opened BBVA Compass Stadium in front of a sold-out crowd on national TV. The anticipation, the atmosphere and the result all lived up the hype with the seven-year journey for a stadium to call their own finally complete.
- I remember when the Dynamo completed an undefeated home campaign, becoming only the fourth team in MLS history to complete the feat.
- I remember when Will Bruin became a legitimate goal scorer in Major League Soccer, breaking the Dynamo’s single season scoring mark in all competitions with 16.
- I remember when Brian Ching redefined the word “leader”, thriving in his new role as a substitute to the tune of five goals and five assists.
- I remember when I first saw Boniek Garcia play, a wiry Honduran who caused whiplash with the amount of times he made you do a double-take.
- I remember when Dominic Kinnear cemented his place among the coaching elite, leading Houston to its fourth MLS Cup final in seven seasons.
- I remember when the Dynamo sported one of the top goalkeeping tandems in Major League Soccer. Tally Hall broke Houston’s mark for shutouts by a goalkeeper and Tyler Deric led the Dynamo Reserves to a division title and helped Houston advance out of their group into the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.
- I remember when I first saw Calen Carr leap over the corner flag to celebrate a goal. It came against Sporting Kansas City and it set the tone for goal celebrations for the rest of the season.
- I remember former Everton star Tim Cahill’s first game at BBVA Compass Stadium. I remember it less for the fact that Cahill played and more for the fact that the Dynamo capped a five-game winning streak with a 2-0 win over New York to move the team into first place in the Eastern Conference.
- I remember when Sporting Kansas City supplanted FC Dallas as Houston’s new rival. Sure, Dallas and the Dynamo will battle for El Capitan every year, but due to the unbalanced scheduled, they play only once during the regular season. The Dynamo and Sporting KC have played nine times in all competitions over the past two years and Houston has knocked SKC out of the playoffs each of the past two seasons. Both teams have reloaded with new weapons in the off-season and are ready to challenge again for the Eastern Conference crown.
To be honest, I could probably continue my list for days. It was an incredible year that will be hard to duplicate. But now I want to hear from you. What are your “I remember when…” moments from 2012?
In case you missed it, the University of Houston recently unveiled plans for their new on-campus football stadium. With the building of a new stadium comes the demolition of an old one. Check out the video below to see the Robertson Stadium scoreboard being taken down.
In six years at The Rob, the Dynamo went 50-16-26 in the regular season and 12-7-4 in the postseason, making the rustic Houston stadium one of the premiere home-field advantages in MLS.
Thanks for the memories, Robertson Stadium. You will be missed.
According to MLSsoccer.com's Andrew Wiebe, the Houston Dynamo opted into the lottery for U.S. youth national team defender Gale Agbossoumonde. As a U.S. youth national team player who signed an MLS contract before the draft, the 6-foot-2 defender was part of a lottery process intead of the MLS SuperDraft. Six teams opted into the lottery: Toronto, Dallas, Houston, Seattle, LA and San Jose.
TFC had the best chances of the group and won the rights to the player. The remaining percentages were not released, but due to Houston's success last year, they probably had a very low chance of getting the player. Because TFC won the rights to Agbossoumonde and Portland won the rights last week to Mobi Fehr, neither team is eligible for another lottery in 2013.
What U.S. international playing overseas would you want to see come back to MLS?
Counting down the hours until your holiday break begins? We've got something coming to help pass the time. Dynamo president Chris Canetti will be taking fan questions on HoustonDynamo.com on Friday at 2 p.m. CT. All topics are fair game: from the business to the team to what he has planned for the holidays.
See you tomorrow!
For folks outside of Houston, it took a few months to realize what those of us inside the Bayou City already knew: Boniek Garcia is the real deal.
The Hondurdan midfielder/striker/jack-of-all-trades joined the Dynamo at the end of June and made an immediate impact on his new club. The Dynamo went unbeaten in their first eight games with Garcia and catapulted to first place in the Eastern Conference. Although Houston took a step back down the home stretch and were only able to secure the fifth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Garcia's play-making ability was crucial to the club's run to the MLS Cup final.
The 28-year-old Designated Player played 17 games for Houston after his transfer from Olimpia and tallied four goals and six assists. Garcia added another goal and an assist during Houston's playoff run.
Although Garcia was not a finalist for Major League Soccer's Newcomer of the Year award, the Dynamo midfielder was voted FutbolMLS.com's Latino del Ano and was voted the Houston Dynamo's Newcomer of the Year and by the Dynamo players as the Dynamo Player's MVP.
2013 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau and in honor of the occasion, the GHCVB is advertising a special campaign titled "Houston is Hip."
When you think of hip Houstonians, you need not look further than BBVA Compass Stadium. Our very own Tally Hall, the 6-4 MLS All-Star who enjoys duck hunting and reading Harry Potter, was invited to be a part of a special photoshoot which included Houston Texans lineback Connor Barwin and rapper Bun B, among others.
Check out footage from Tuesday's video shoot!